NextGuard X-ray detector is easy to use and affordable

Published: 22-Apr-2013

Offers up to 50% better detection sensitivity than previous systems

Thermo Fisher Scientific has added a sophisticated yet easy-to-use X-ray detection platform to its portfolio.

The NextGuard platform will enable food processors to meet the global demand for more thorough inspection for product contamination, the supplier to the life science industry said.

The system combines three main attributes – performance, simplicity-of-use and price – to make X-ray product detection more affordable for food, pharmaceutical and other applications.

Based on Thermo Fisher testing, the NextGuard offers up to 50% better detection sensitivity than the previous EZx X-ray system, the company said.

The system is easy-to-install and compact (one metre long) and comes equipped with intuitive software.

“X-ray detection addresses a number of customer concerns, including evolving HACCP standards and requirements from some retailers for X-ray inspected product,” said Bob Ries, Lead Product Manager for metal detection and X-ray inspection at Thermo Fisher.

“Additionally, we are seeing an increased use of metallised film packaging, which is problematic for metal detectors. On the product side, many wet or semi-frozen foods also do not lend themselves to metal detection. Examples include cheese, ice cream, bakery products and others,” he said.

The main features of the NextGuard include:

  • Multiple contaminant detection algorithms to increase detection probability;
  • Ability to modify, test and change detection parameters on the fly;
  • QA check mode, automating operator audits and record keeping;
  • Multiple available X-ray powers with low-cost extended warranties;
  • Wraparound detector intended to reduce “blind spots”;
  • Built-in Internet remote support hardware and software; and
  • Easily removable conveyor facilitating quick cleaning and service.

The first model in the series, the NextGuard C330, is for packaged product contaminant detection and complements the mid- and high-end Thermo Scientific Xpert and POWERx X-ray inspection systems currently available.

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