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X-Ray Machine, requirements, concerns, issues, benefits

Postby Ferrara » Mon Oct 13, 2014 12:20 am

We are thinking of buying an X-Ray machine in our ready to eat food products factory for checking contaminants. We have been sold on the benefits of the use of X-rays and supermarkets are also keen that we include x-rays machines on our lines.

Guaranteed QA deliverables are defined in our supermarket contracts and we have never slipped on any of the benchmarks. We just want to make sure that we keep our customers and consumers happy, but we are not 100% sure regarding our legal requirements for having an X-ray machines at site. Will there be any radiation impact on workforce safety / product integrity, what sort of additional training will be required for internal work force, any licensing requirements for using the radiation equipment / cabinet X-Ray at site?

Any help to these queries will be highly appreciated.

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Re: X-Ray Machine, requirements, concerns, issues, benefits

Postby vijay » Mon Oct 13, 2014 6:17 pm

Hi Ferrera,

Every country have different regulations and even within one country different states may have slightly different requirements.

I understand from your profile that you are based in western part of Sydney and as per NSW EPA requirements, any company who owns, store, give away, sell and possess a radiation equipment needs to have a Radiation Management license.

You can apply for the management license from the below link and can get all the details from the EPA site.

http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/resources/rad ... ceappn.pdf

http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/radiation/

In addition to that, Radiation license is required for the person who has to provide service support to the X-ray Inspection equipment. The operators at your site may only require basic training regarding the risks involved and the safe operating practices on the X-ray equipment and that is usually given by the X-ray machinery supplier. Any specialized user license may not be required for your operators.

Regarding radiation exposure to your operators and products. It is minimal and many times it is just equivalent to the background radiation only. This is almost guaranteed if you have a good quality X-ray inspection machine and all the safeguards are in place.

Cabinet X-ray machines for checking food contaminants & product integrity are very safe and almost all the major food and beverage companies are using these machines now a days to make sure product safety in the market.

As a matter of fact, we can hep quite a lot on this, I have sent a PM to you, please check & we can discuss further on this.

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Re: X-Ray Machine, requirements, concerns, issues, benefits

Postby Ferrara » Wed Nov 19, 2014 8:22 pm

Thanks a lot, Vijay.

Appreciate it.

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Re: X-Ray Machine, requirements, concerns, issues, benefits

Postby Rose » Thu Jun 11, 2015 10:36 pm

I have got some experience with MT, Eagle and Scantrac X-ray systems. The contamination detection repeatability, machine reliability and false reject rates are all cause of concern for us.

Do others also face similar issues on their machines? We are talking about products in cans? How can the situation be improved? Any ideas?

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Re: X-Ray Machine, requirements, concerns, issues, benefits

Postby Richard » Tue Aug 23, 2016 4:18 pm

Hi Rose,

Call the service person from the equipment supplier and get training organized for your people.

If the process and packaging line parameters are same and if the X-ray inspection machines has started to give issues recently, then it may be related to incorrect setting on the machine or skill / knowledge gaps within your workforce.

Any team based structured approach like SGA (Small group activity, where proper fish bone/ pareto analysis is done) or FTA (Fault tree analysis) can go a long way in terms of resolving these sort of issues on your line.

Al the very best!



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