Anritsu launches pressure washable food vision inspection tech

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Food inspection technology experts at Anritsu Infivis, have launched a vision inspection machine specifically designed with the ability to withstand high-intensity pressure washing.

The IP69K sanitary x-ray, based on the company’s ever-popular XR75 platform has been built to meet and exceed high-pressure washing and sanitary requirements for meat or wet products in the Americas and Europe. Ideal for positioning within the processing area of a production line – as opposed to the packaging area – the IP69K combines reliability, ease of use and low cost of ownership in a robust and compact footprint.

The machine’s detection of low-density particles such as fish and poultry bones is unmatched, thanks to its DualX+ technology, with direct signal conversion that makes the X-ray image sharper and dramatically reduces the product effect, making it possible to detect the smallest levels of foreign material in products.

Food manufacturers no longer need put up with inspection technology that has to be kept away from water, which can be inconvenient and unhygienic. With its ability to withstand washdown at pressures of 80 to 100 bar (1,160 to 1,450 PSI), with rates of 14 to 16 l/min, and at temperatures up to 80°C/176°F in certain conditions, the IP69K can be fully included in facilities using intensive washdown procedures to meet strict sanitation standards.

With its gasketed joints, robust HMI screen guard and heavy duty stacklight cage, the equipment allows for easy cleaning with high-pressure jets. The machine’s robust but open design allows accessible cleaning to a microbiological level, with sloped surfaces and drainage holes to prevent water pooling.

Anritsu has ensured that no stone has been left unturned when it comes to the hygiene standards of the IP69K. All seams on the machine are fully welded, so there is no risk from deteriorating silicone seals and the machine’s conveyor belt is sealed with a specialised coating that prevents bacteria or moisture from permeating it.

“Low density particles such as fish and poultry bones can be notoriously difficult to detect, so it’s imperative that inspection equipment offers the highest level of sensitivity,” Michael Stuart, Anritsu’s European Sales Director, commented. “But it’s no good doing this during the production stage, if the inspection equipment can’t be thoroughly cleaned. That’s just removing one hazard but adding another. This is why we’ve introduced the new, washable IP69K, which is really setting the standard for hygienic design within the industry.”