Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.; 763-783-2500; www.thermofisher.com
Offering foreign object detection for a variety of food applications, the Thermo Fisher Scientific NextGuard X-ray system also uses customizable vision software to inspect packaged products for flaws such as missing pieces or components. The algorithms detect less-dense contaminants such as glass or rocks in complex, textured products including nuts and tea bag boxes. A pull-down menu allows the selection and sequencing of image processing and analysis algorithms. An optional 0.4mm pixel detector is available for metal detection in lightweight, homogeneous products such as powders or cheese.