Theia X-Ray Combi Achieves 55% Reduction in Product Giveaway

Designed for inspecting product formats such as bread loaves and meat joints weighing up to 6 kilograms, the Theia from Sparc Systems is capable of inspecting over 250 packs per minute. Under its robust framework, the Theia is one of the most sensitive, precise and dynamic x-ray and checkweighing combination systems on the market today, according to a company statement.

Created for bakery, dairy, produce, protein and non-food manufacturers seeking to comply with regulatory codes of practice while improving line efficiency, the Theia delivers dynamic weight monitoring to reduce product giveaway. Simultaneously, the electric drive x-ray accurately looks for and rejects products with contaminated foreign bodies, including metal, glass and bone, enhancing quality control and providing QA managers with cohesive real-time reporting.

The high resolution of the metal ceramic x-ray tubes enables the Theia to detect foreign materials with high sensitivity levels. Driving increased product quality and security, while reducing the risk of costly product recalls.

Inspecting up to 250 product packs per minute, if a contaminant is detected, the product is sent to a dedicated lockable reject station. An in-line, servo driven reject system removes the need for compressed air, offering potential savings of up to GBP4,000 a year on running costs.

Aside from energy savings, one of the key advantages of the electric drive is being able to locate the two reject units beneath the Theia conveyor. Reducing the width of the system.

After checking for contaminants, each product passes seamlessly onto the dynamic high-spec checkweigher conveyor. By digitizing the checkweighing process to achieve ± 0.25 gram weight accuracy, manufacturers can rapidly achieve productivity gains and save thousands of pounds a week in product giveaway, resulting in a very fast ROI. “In some cases, our customers have reported a 55% reduction in product giveaway,” highlights Sparc’s European Sales Manager, Charlie Graham.

Rather than burying statistical and operational data deep in complex HMI menus, a single, clear, touch-screen control panel offers constant feedback on operational elements including volume, weight and speed. Utilizing the principles of Industry 4.0, integrated data collection software provides instant live OEE data, reporting directly to production and Quality Assurance (QA) personnel.

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