AIS X-Ray Micron Scan

225x more powerful than a standard food inspection system

X-ray of 0.1mm stainless steel wire in food product

Our newest and most advanced scanner offers a resolution 225 times more powerful than a standard food inspection system1.

Extremely Powerful Detection

The extremely high resolution of this scanner is achieved using advanced linear sensors that can accurately detect minute contaminants. Its detection capabilities are increased by the sensor being less dependent on the orientation and location of a foreign body within the product.

The AIS X-Ray Micron Scan can detect glass fragments down to 1.0mm and stainless steel wire to 0.1mm as well as stone, calcified bone and certain rubbers and plastics.

The Micron Scan excels at the inspection of loose product such as flours or powders where the contaminants are likely to be extraordinarily small and difficult to detect.

This level of detection is not possible on today’s high speed production lines. The Micron Scan is designed to operate off-line and – to achieve optimum accuracy – be operated by our expert staff.

Quality assurance, assured

Our inspection service allows you to outsource or verify your quality assurance procedure for a challenging contaminant issue.

Potentially affected product batches can be delivered to AIS, inspected, and any safe product returned to the shelves in a very short turn-around.

Certified since 1999

Premier in Europe to achieve ISO 9001

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Our service is always fast and reliable

AIS offer an alternative high resolution x-ray scanner, the Ultra Scan, to deploy at near-line and off-line locations at your own premises.

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AIS X-Ray Ultra Scan

The Ultra Scan offers a resolution 15 times more powerful than a standard system and can be installed at your premises on a short-term basis.

  1. The following resolution can be achieved in a 15cm x 15cm product sample:
    Typical food inspection system – 140,000 data points
    AIS X-Ray Ultra Scan – 600,000 data points
    AIS X-Ray Micron Scan – 9,000,000 data points

Request a Free Sample Inspection

We offer a reasonably immediate appraisal of what can be achieved with your product or particular container. Simply send a sample of your product for inspection, or call us – we can often evaluate the issue on the phone.

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AIS X-Ray Micron Scan FAQs

What type and size of things can AIS detect?

As a general statement, x-ray can identify anything which has a reasonable absorption differential to the product in which it is surrounded. Typically, we detect foreign objects such as metal and glass fragments or higher density plastics and rubber compounds.

The size of object that we can identify is influenced by the density and size of the contaminant and the product, the position of the contaminant within the pack, and the type of packaging.

Detection of missing items and quality concerns is subject to similar factors.

Our highest resolution x-ray scanner, the Micron Scan, can detect a sieve wire of just 0.2mm in a single item or a piece of metal just 1.0mm sphere in a multi-pack or case. It can also detect glass fragments down to 1.0mm as well as stone, calcified bone and certain rubbers and plastics.

We will always give a clear and honest appraisal of what is achievable and be prepared to demonstrate that to you at any time.

Request a Free Sample Inspection for AIS to evaluate your product and problem.

Can the new scanners operate on-line or near-line?

Ultra-high resolution sensors cannot match the high speeds used on modern production lines.

The AIS X-Ray Micron Scan is designed to operate off-line and be operated by AIS’ expert staff to achieve its optimum accuracy.

The AIS X-Ray Ultra Scan can be deployed at near-line and off-line locations.

How are the machines set up?

All systems consist of a conveyor cabinet and x-ray generator plus high powered PC and software for x-ray detection and image processing.

To take full advantage of the higher resolution, the image processing hardware and software must be able to handle the data rate that the detectors produce. The hardware and software within the Micron Scan and Ultra Scan are optimised to handle these high data rates.

Is the x-ray equipment for hire?

Yes, some of our customisable x-ray inspection systems and metal detectors are available to rent at your premises. These can be hired, subject to availability, on flexible contract periods – usually for an immediate or short term requirement.

Find out more about X-Ray Equipment Hire.

What is AIS’ Free Sample Inspection?

Our Free Sample Inspection service offers a no obligation evaluation of what is achievable for your product and problem. Simply complete the form here and send a sample of your product for inspection at AIS’ premises.

This initial evaluation is reasonably immediate, confidential and free and we will always provide an honest appraisal of what is possible. All enquiries are treated as 100% confidential.

You can also call us – we can often evaluate the issue on the phone.