Application Note

X-Ray Inspection Of Meat In Cartons


The Eagle Pack 720 PRO with Material Discrimination X-ray (MDX) inspects on a single production line all cartons of bone-in and boneless meats according to their unique specifications ensuring a safe product, while maximizing efficiencies and product yield.

Carton Challenges

  • Identify mis-packed and mis-labeled products
  • Bone and metal detection for boneless product
  • Metal contaminant detection for bone-in product

The Eagle Solution
The Eagle Pack 720 PRO with MDX dual energy technology creates an easy-to-read image that distinguishes harmful contaminants from good product even if they share similar physical characteristics and densities such as cartoned meat or bone.

PRODUCT SWITCH automatically adjusts inspection parameters “on the fly” while the line is running – making job changes simple and seamless. By scanning a bar code, this feature allows products with different inspection requirements to run on the same line by instantly switching to the correct set of inspection parameters. This eliminates downtime required to manually switch and recalibrate products.

Our advanced imaging software, SimulTask PRO, is installed on every Eagle system and sets the new standard for performing multiple quality checks without sacrificing production efficiencies. With this technology, Eagle’s Pack 720 PRO inspects and rejects cartons of different product types for contaminants, while simultaneously checking weight and identifying mis-packed and mis-labeled product.

Eagle Pack 720 PRO Solution

  • Throughput up to 150 feet per minute (45 mpm)
  • Barcode input for dynamic product switching
  • SimulTask PRO software simultaneously detects contaminants and verifies weight
  • MDX technology for unsurpassed detection of contaminants with different compositions
  • Eagle TraceServer collects data from several machines and stores it in a centralized database
  • Reject review station allows operators to quickly identify defects within the carton for minimal product loss
  • Custom production reports help identify potential training areas for employees, quickly pinpoint inefficient areas and provide higher visibility into production outputs

Application Specifications
The contaminant sizes below are based on processing product samples 30 times to ensure optimum inspection out of 30 passes. Smaller sized contaminants can be found with a different probability of detection.

Bone-in Carton

  • 20 mm Aluminum
  • 20 mm Calcified Bone
  • 8 mm Stainless Steel

Boneless Carton

  • 10 mm Aluminum
  • 10 mm Calcified Bone
  • 3 mm Stainless Steel

X-ray Images

Line Integration
The Eagle Pack 720 PRO inspects and collects information on all cartons on a production line to ensure a safe product. Being able to utilize the information to maximize production efficiencies is crucial. X-ray inspection is more than a machine used as a part of a due diligence strategy for brand protection. In today’s environment the x-ray sensor needs to be integrated into the customer information exchange.

Rejecting nonconforming product is essential, but knowing what to do with that reject and where in the supply chain the contaminant was introduced allows the customer to address and correct the issue. Understanding vendor information or production efficiency patterns also allow customers to adjust in real time to the information available. Integrated solutions ensure the customer not only collects the data, but can react and make better informed decisions about their process.

Reject Review Station
Having a system that can detect and reject foreign objects is only part of a total solution. Being able to manage those rejects can be daunting. Integrating a reject review station allows a customer to scan and review carton reject history to:

  • Quickly identify and remove contaminants from the product
  • View potential problem areas that can be addressed
  • Identify mis-packed or mis-labeled product
  • Review quality standards and specification validation

Reject Review Station ensures a way to queue, review and return rejected cartons to the line without interrupting production.

Custom Reporting
Often, the x-ray system is only one input in a series of line conditions. In order to tie the various conditions together into a usable report, the customer must have a robust IT structure and support to extract the needed information. For example, in a standard carton application a user may be able to see that they had 12 rejects in a shift. In an integrated application a user could potentially see that the rejects all occurred under two product codes during specific times in a day. The latter could be used as a training opportunity or a sales advantage.

The integrated reporting features can:

  • Quickly identify areas of inefficiency
  • Help identify potential training areas for workers
  • Offer higher visibility into production outputs
  • Provide vendor analytics
  • Prepare standard production, process and batch reports
  • Send email notices to selected recipients if certain conditions occur
  • Create validation reports to ensure quality standards are being executed according to the HACCP plan

Vendor lean report for fat analysis.

Reject report for quality and production.