This webinar assesses what is the most effective location for x-ray inspection on a production line and discusses how effective inspection has to be part of a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) approach.
Manufacturers typically install an x-ray inspection system at the end of the production line, although it can be installed at any point during the production process. The questions are:
1. Which are the best locations for x-ray inspection equipment?
2. Where are the critical control points to ensure the highest levels of product safety?
3. Should x-ray inspection be at the beginning of the production line, where the raw materials arrive, at some intermediate stage, or at the end of the line before products are shipped out?
4. Or would products safety and quality be better served by installing x-ray systems at more than one critical control point?
The webinar starts with a brief description of why manufacturers use x-ray inspection, and how the technology catches contaminants. It goes on to explain that effective x-ray inspection has to be part of a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) approach to product safety. After briefly covering the first two of the seven HACCP principles, the webinar takes readers step-by-step along the production line.
The steps that are covered in the production line include raw ingredients, bulk flow products, pumped products, processing, before and after packaging and sealing, and final cases.
The production line steps covered are:
1. Raw ingredients
2. Bulk-flow products
3. Pumped products
4. Before and during processing
5. After processing
6. Before packaging and sealing
7. After packaging and sealing
8. Final cases
At each production stage, the webinar discusses the advantages and disadvantages of placing x-ray inspection equipment at that point. As a general rule, early inspection gives better detection rates because the product can be inspected in shallow layers and in a homogeneous form that lends itself to x-ray inspection. On the other hand, inspection of sealed and packaged product comes at a point when no new contaminants can get in.
The step by step analysis helps analyze risk versus cost of choosing the optimal location - one that gives the best level of product safety, for the least disruption, and for the least cost.
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