Advancements in Food Safety: NDT X-Ray Inspection

They say you are what you eat, but really what are you eating? Thanks to Non Destructive Testing (NDT) the food industry is becoming safer than ever before.

The food and beverage industry uses X-ray inspection systems to monitor product quality for safety, consistency and integrity. Using X-ray technology provides excellent detection of contaminants such as metal, glass, high density plastics, bone and stone and thus helps avoid dangerous objects from entering your system. This even works for food packaged in metal films or foil.

NDT is a crucial element to ensuring our safety when it comes to food and beverages. The more advanced X-ray technology becomes, the safer the quality of these products will be. Detecting physical contaminants in food is not a simple task, especially when the object can be as little as 1mm in diameter.

In 2016 alone, millions of food products were recalled due to contamination by foreign objects.

Credit: Thermo Fisher

When operating microfocus X-rays at maximum magnification, the microfocus X-ray focal spot size helps makes sure that the image is continually sharp. The accompanying software allows image integration and contrast enhancement. Using microfocus X-ray with a higher brightness will help pinpoint the exact location of defects. This continues to be an area within NDT that is quickly growing in importance.

In addition to screening food and beverage products, X-ray technology is also used for confirming mass, counting components, inspecting seal integrity, detecting damaged packaging, monitoring fill levels, and identifying missing or broken products.

Luxbright’s brilliant microfocus X-ray tubes with ultra cooling technology have the possibility to improve the quality of non-destructive testing and bring entirely new levels of food quality assurance.