Chicken Bone X-Ray Inspection Systems

Chicken Bone X-Ray Inspection Systems

It’s no secret – the presence of bone in chicken and other poultry is one of the biggest concerns in the manufacturing of these products. That’s why TDI Packsys developed the chicken bone x-ray inspection system to provide unparalleled sensitivity in the detection of bone, cartilage and other foreign materials most commonly found in poultry. Read More
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It’s no secret – the presence of bone in chicken and other poultry is one of the biggest concerns in the manufacturing of these products. Being a natural part of the bird, it can be nearly impossible to fully eliminate bones from finished products simply through process improvements alone. Standard x-rays and manual inspection can certainly help catch and eliminate many of the bones that do make it through the packaging process, but even these can allow sizable fragments to slip through to your customers.

It is for this reason that TDI Packsys has developed the chicken bone x-ray inspection system. It has been designed specifically with the needs of the poultry industry in mind; providing unparalleled sensitivity in the detection of bone, cartilage and other foreign materials most commonly found in poultry. With IP69K construction and customized infeed leveling rollers available, the chicken bone x-ray from TDI Packsys is more than just an inspection system – it’s a complete bone elimination solution for the poultry industry. With the ability to detect bones down to 1.5mm in size, the chicken bone x-ray leads the pack in providing you with the confidence that no bones will sneak through and make it to your customers’ plate.


The chicken bone x-ray from TDI Packsys has been specifically designed for the inspection of packaged, fresh chicken products. Able to inspect packages up to 10lbs (4.5kg), the system is able to bring the superior performance of TDI Packsys bone inspection to a variety of packaged poultry products.

Regardless of the cut and packaging style of the poultry, the Chicken Bone x-ray can maximize the detection of both low and high-density bones on tenders, nuggets, breasts, shredded, and ground meat. In addition to bones, the chicken bone x-ray system from TDI Packsys also provides unmatched sensitivities for metals, glass, stone, plastics, and other foreign materials in poultry,

Detect More Bones, With Less Headaches

The chicken bone x-ray inspection system from TDI Packsys has been designed specifically with the needs of the poultry industry in mind. We know how hard it is to prevent some bones from making it into your finished product, and that you need an inline control point that you can rely on to catch the ones that do. That’s why we’ve worked with leaders in the poultry processing industry to develop the chicken bone x-ray. Using our most advanced inspection software, the chicken bone x-ray is able detect bones down to 1.5mm in diameter.

At speeds of up to 196 feet/minute, the chicken bone x-ray from TDI Packsys is able to keep up with the demands of your process, while maintaining the highest level of inspection performance and product quality.

Standard Features

Each of our x-ray systems come with the training, service and support your staff needs — TDI Packsys is with you every step of the way to make sure you are 100% satisfied. Additionally, TDI Packsys provides annual testing, certification and maintains FDA registration to ensure your system remains in complete and continual compliance with all applicable regulations.

  • Full Range of Detection – Metallic and non-metallic contaminants including glass, ceramic, stone, bone, hard rubber and hard plastic.
  • Metal sensitivities to 0.3mm stainless steel; 0.2mm x 2mm steel wire
  • Defect Inspection – Detects breakage, displacement and cracks.
  • Easy to Use and Clean – Intuitive Windows®-based user interface, simple assembly and disassembly.
  • Does not require an operator to monitor for contaminants – System will automatically identify and, when paired without optional rejection conveyor, remove any packages suspected of having contaminants.
  • Flexible – Suitable for a wide range of product types and package formats.
  • Customizable Programming – TDI Packsys x-ray systems use proprietary software which allows custom generator strength, speed, and algorithms for each program.
  • Windows-Based Software – Easily navigated Windows-based software allows the user to quickly change between programs. A real-time image of the current product allows operators to quickly locate and identify contaminants.
  • Detailed Data Logs – TDI Packsys x-rays provide detailed logs on production rates, times and contamination %s which can be easily accessed on the HMI or downloaded via ethernet or USB.
  • Unmatched Performance – TDI Packsys x-ray inspection systems offer the best contaminant detection on the market, down to 0.3mm.
  • Remote technical and programming support to maximize uptime and performance
  • Password restricted operator / administrator access

All X-ray inspection systems use componentry from global market leaders, including VJT, Siemens, and Schneider. Each unit is constructed of 304 stainless steel with a stunning mirror finish (optional sand blasted finish). X-ray Inspection systems from TDI Packsys can be used in virtually any environment, and all areas are rated for full wash down with our IP69K option.

Why We Are the Best

TDI Packsys offers the most precise x-ray inspection systems on the market. When your application requires an exceptional level of metal detection sensitivity, or the ability to detect non-metallic contaminants such as bone, stone or even glass, then pharmaceutical or food x-ray inspection equipment is a necessity.

TDI Packsys offers a wide variety of systems that deliver best-in-class performance at a tremendous value. No other provider can match the level of safety and quality of inspection systems that TDI Packsys delivers. Our machines also provide a higher level of quality and performance features, such as unique triple-beam x-ray detection, for incredibly precise three-dimensional inspection.

If you are interested in seeing the superior performance of x-ray inspection systems from TDI Packsys, we offer free, no-obligation validation testing of your exact products and any contaminant samples you would like tested, in addition to our standard certified contaminant sample set. We simulate your exact production conditions, and will provide photos, videos and a formal report on the sensitivities you would be able to achieve with a TDI Packsys x-ray. Reach out today to get your validation test scheduled, and see the real difference of TDI Packsys x-rays.


The use of x-ray inspection is incredibly safe. Ambient x-ray emissions are less than 1 microsievert per hour, well below FDA standards. Both software and hardware are equipped with extensive safeguards, which constantly inspect the machine’s state, and prevent accidental emissions caused by operator error or system malfunction. For example, if the operator accidentally opens an access panel during operation, x-ray generation is stopped immediately. All TDI Packsys x-rays are FDA certified, and are compliant with all UK, EU and FDA regulations to ensure safe use. Radiation from TDI Packsys x-rays is produced by an electronic generator, rather than a radioactive material, which means there is no radiation being produced when the system is not running. During operation, radiation levels produced are incredibly low, and our intelligent body design and use of protective curtains in the product tunnel keep radiation to less than 1/5th the FDA allowable limit. Products inspected by x-ray systems remained unaltered after inspection, and are 100% safe for use or consumption. With the numerous safety features and redundancies, operating an x-ray inspection system is 100% safe for both people and products.

X-ray inspection systems work by producing beams of high frequency electromagnetic radiation (x-rays) in a generator. These beams are then directed at a desired target, which will absorb some of the rays while allowing others to pass through. On the opposite side of the target from the generator sits a detector which then reads the EM waves that make it through the target.

The higher the density/larger the size of the product, the less radiation will pass through. The result is an image produced by the detector which details the high and low density areas throughout the target. This is the same principle seen when making shadow puppets on a wall. Some light is blocked by the puppet, and the resulting shadow gives detail on the shape of the puppet. With x-rays, that detail is also internal.

The main difference between metal detectors and x-ray inspection systems is in the methodology of how each machine inspects for foreign materials. Metal detection relies on conductivity to locate stainless, ferrous and non-ferrous metals in product, while x-ray uses density differences between the product and foreign bodies to perform inspection. X-ray technology allows for a far greater range of foreign materials to be detected, including metal, glass, stone, bone, rubber, gasket (both metal detectable and non-metal detectable), plastic, and various other mid and high-density items. As a general rule of thumb, x-ray inspection systems are able to detect contaminants at a much smaller size than metal detectors.

Some products are limited by their composition and packaging with which inspection systems can be used. Products with metallic packaging, such as those with metallized foil, cannot be accurately inspected with a metal detector, and require the use of an x-ray system. The best way to determine which option is best for your application is to receive a consultation or free, no-obligation validation testing. We can test your exact product on a variety of different systems using certified test cards, or foreign material samples you provide, to offer you a formal report on the capabilities and expected performance of each type of technology. At TDI Packsys, we believe validation testing on your specific products is an integral step in choosing the right system for your needs.

No PPE is required to be worn while operating x-ray inspection systems from TDI Packsys. The use of lead lining and protective curtains in the x-ray mitigates radiation from the generator, allowing only a fraction of the radiation used in inspection to exit the system. The FDA regulates these systems, and has set a standard of 5 μSv/hour as the safe level of radiation. X-ray systems from TDI Packsys emit doses of less than 1 μSv an hour, well below the FDA allowable limit. Every day, we are exposed to background radiation naturally produced by the sun and various environmental factors. Each year, the average person is exposed to 2,400 μSv of this background radiation, a higher dose than you would get standing next to an active x-ray inspection system for more than 3 months straight.

Food products inspected by x-ray remain unchanged. Because the radiation used in x-ray inspection systems is comparatively low to the natural background radiation found in every setting, there is no change to the nature of the product during x-ray inspection. There is also no possibility of the product itself becoming radioactive. The process by which stable compounds become radioactive is known as activation, and can only be caused by neutron radiation, a specific type of radiation that isn’t used for x-ray inspection. The type of radiation used by x-ray inspection systems is actually a type of light, with a wavelength longer than the visible light we are able to see. Because of this, exposure to the x-rays inside an inspection system is similar to taking a photo with the flash on: the product is quickly illuminated, but remains completely the same once the exposure is finished.
X-ray systems from TDI Packsys are able to detect a range of materials in clean products, including stainless steel, ferrous metal, nonferrous metal, glass, ceramic, stones, bone, rubber, gasket (both metal detectable and non), plastics, and some organic materials. The exact size and range of materials able to be detected by x-ray varies by product type and specific process, and our formal no-obligation validation test is the best way to determine what is possible for your products. TDI Packsys consistently detects materials and sizes that other vendors cannot. For more information on what can be detected in your process, contact us for a free consultation or a validation test.
While all x-ray equipment utilizes the same advanced technology to inspect products, the actual components used and the size of the equipment has a significant impact on the price of the x-ray system. Stronger generators, higher configuration detectors, and more advanced software will all increase the cost of an x-ray system. For products that are low format and don’t need the same power as other, denser packages, TDI Packsys proudly offers our XE series of economical x-rays that start around $38,000. These systems, while being economically priced, still offer exceptional sensitivities on all the same foreign material types as our other x-ray systems. Like all industrial equipment, if specific construction is required to raise the IP rating for washdown environments, or to modify the integration of the system, you can expect to see a marginal increase in price. The easiest way to determine exactly how much the right x-ray system would cost for your specific application is to contact us for a no-obligation consultation and system proposal.

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Chicken Bone X-Ray Inspection System



X-Ray Tube

MAX 350W Beryllium Source Generator

Inspection Width

400mm (15.75 in)

Inspection Height

160mm (6.3in)

Detection Sensitivity without product

SUS Ball Φ 0.3mm SUS wire Φ 0.2 * 2mm

Conveyor Speed

10 – 40 meters / minute

Display Screen

Full-color TFT 15″ Touch Screen

Operating System

Windows XPe/7 Professional


USB and Ethernet

Product Management

Complete production log

Image Management


Parameter Adjustment

Auto or manual programming


220V, Single Phase, 15 amp


SUS 304

IP Rating


Temperature Control

Industrial Air Conditioned


Removable protective curtain

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