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Not just for broken bones - see why they are vital for food quality assurance.

Food production is a sector where investment in quality equipment is vital, helping your business deliver a product you trust is safe. Looking over food quality assurance equipment options, the X-Ray machine seems out of place, but is actually vital to safe processing. Let's take a look at why X-Ray machines are important to the quality control process.

Food safety and quality control in Australia

The national food processing industry is controlled by stringent safety and quality control laws in line with the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) and national legislation. Bodies like Food Standards Australia New Zealand enforce these rules, ensuring the food produced and quality control equipment businesses use are to code. Businesses in the sector need to make sure they use the best equipment to check for food quality assurance – which is where X-Ray machines come in.

Food standards are strict in Australia - so you need quality assurance equipment to assist. Food standards are strict in Australia – so you need quality assurance equipment to assist your production line. 

The uses and benefits of X-Ray scanning

X-Ray machines may seem an unusual piece of equipment to use in food quality control. Typically, they are more visibly used in the medical sector to scan for broken bones. But the same principles that make them an effective tool in hospitals make them perfect for checking for food impurities. X-Ray machines send waves of radiation through food as it runs along the conveyor belt. These rays pass through lighter material and are blocked by denser material, generating images with black spots for density and lighter spots for hollows.

This offers numerous benefits:

  • Food technicians can identify solid impurities like stone, glass or other objects that may have become lodged during production;
  • They can also notice hollow areas that may be rotten or contain trapped air for further quality control;
  • Additionally, X-Ray machines ensure output is a uniform quality and appearance by identifying disparities in weight and appearance across a line of products.
X-Ray machines allow you to scan for consistent quality during food processing. X-Ray machines allow you to scan for consistent quality during food processing.

SRO's X-Ray equipment

Guaranteeing higher food quality production is easier when you work with industry providers who can source the best X-Ray equipment for your processing operation.

SRO Technology offers a range of X-Ray machinery that will not only improve quality control in your production line in a cost-effective way, but also exposes consumers to minimal radiation. Through stringent testing, our equipment offers the same quality assurance value as other devices in the sector, despite exposing operators to less radiation than would be absorbed in a dental X-Ray scan.

For more information about our X-Ray equipment or other machinery we offer for the food processing industry, contact the SRO Technology team today by clicking below.