USA – Multinational manufacturer of scales and analytical instruments Mettler Toledo has introduced a new x-ray inspection system to enhance the effectiveness of detecting contaminants on production lines. 

The X34C x-ray inspection system is designed for high-speed detection of contaminants in small and individual packaged products, such as flow-wrapped confectionery, snack and cereal bars, and small bakery packets. 

The system has a length of 700mm, which includes an integrated reject, allowing it to be installed into production lines where space is limited.  

According to Mettler Toledo, the X34C can operate at 120 meters per minute, enabling the machine to align product inspection with high-speed flow-wrapping machines and pack sealers used for packing individual products in the confectionery sector. 

The focal distance of the 0.4mm diode detector and the 100W Optimum Power Generator increases the probability of detecting small contaminants and helps reduce the False Reject Rate.  

These components are automatically optimized for different applications, therefore, it does not always need to run at its full 100W capacity, reducing power use. 

The new x-ray system also features easy-to-use operating software, including the company’s ContamPlus inspection software, with an automated set-up process to reduce the need for operator training.  

The machine can be configured to meet customer requirements, including an air blast reject system to remove contaminated products at high speed, and it can operate in a range of working environments. 

Q4 results beat Wall Street expectations 

Earlier, Mettler-Toledo International Inc. reported fourth-quarter earnings of US$230.9 million. 

On a per-share basis, the Columbus, Ohio-based company said it had net income of $9.94. Earnings, adjusted for costs related to mergers and acquisitions and amortization costs, came to $10.53 per share. 

The results beat Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $10.07 per share. 

Analysts believe Mettler-Toledo’s portfolio strength, cost-cutting efforts, robust sales and marketing strategies, and margin and productivity initiatives aided the fourth-quarter performance. 

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