Icon X-ray – Fortress Technology’s newest star player

Icon X-ray – Fortress Technology’s newest star player

To strengthen food safety programs worldwide, Fortress Technology will unveil its latest flagship product at PPMA 2024: the Icon X-ray.

A fully integrated X-ray inspection system equipped with internal cameras and an automatic reject device to optimize floor space. The Icon X-ray’s powerful performance and defining features reflect its icon status. Discover the innovative features of this high-speed X-ray system, designed to significantly improve processing efficiency, consumer safety and contaminant detection in hygienic, high-care food production facilities.

The Icon X-ray inspects and rejects packaged chilled, baked and confectionery products and uses Fortress Technology’s patented IA+ algorithm. This gives the machine its unmatched processing and detection capabilities to adapt to variable density products containing high density metal, ceramic, glass and plastic contaminants. IA+ also enables food processors to add future machine learning capabilities.

The Icon X-ray prioritises operator safety and a consistent inspection throughput of up to 200 ppm. The Icon X-ray features internal cameras to closely monitor product status and address any operational bottlenecks immediately. Processors can select optional transparent, opaque windows on the sliding access panels that fully shield operators from X-rays while observing the inspection process. The 6mm thick stainless steel X-ray cabinet is equipped with the appropriate shielding, reducing the costs associated with post-purchase safety modifications.

Robust, hygienic and easy to clean, the Icon X-ray also features a fully enclosed, maintenance-free air-cooled generator. In addition to maximizing detection sensitivity, this generator has been proven to significantly extend the life of the x-ray generator.

The Icon X-ray’s ultra-hygienic design supports sanitation processes and increases plant productivity and food safety, with beveled, easy-to-clean surfaces to promote water drainage, accelerate drying time and prevent cross-contamination. Fully sealed panels ensure that no cables are exposed to dust and other particles. As a result, the Icon’s frame can withstand repeatable, high-pressure, high-temperature jet spraying, washing down or steam cleaning procedures. The electrical panels are also dust-tight, protecting components from moisture damage.

Additional time-saving sanitation features include easy-to-remove magnetic X-ray curtains, a quick-release, tight-fitting conveyor belt and IP69k-rated sensors.

Data integration and reporting are included as standard. For enhanced connectivity, processors have the option to integrate network communication adapters to integrate with existing systems and support real-time data sharing and analysis. Uniquely, the Icon X-ray software automatically integrates any existing COP from a UK retailer, integrating into a test software pre-programmed into the machine menu.

The Icon X-ray’s 10-point industrial capacitive touchscreen display provides seamless user interaction and is responsive and reactive. The ability to interact, swipe, zoom and select an instruction saves time, minimizes downtime and increases productivity. To perform testing, production workers simply select the retailer and product being inspected on the touchscreen, perform a calibration and QA test, run the test packages through the x-ray, confirm the reject and remove them from the reject bin.

“The Icon is truly a game changer for inspections. It adds a new level of food safety and traceability that is no longer the preserve of the most elite food brands,” claims sales director Phil Brown

The Icon X-ray comes with Fortress Technology’s highly regarded Never Obsolete Warranty, which ensures the longevity of the equipment and saves customers money.

Visit Fortress Technology at their new booth in aisle B, booth 32.

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