LUTZ, FLA. — Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection has rolled out a new program to reduce lead times for its line of checkweighers, metal detectors and x-ray inspection equipment for use in food processing. The Configure-to-Order (CTO) Quick Ship Program allows manufacturers to select from several proven inspection technology options to meet food safety compliance regulations and get products to market faster.

“This year, the pandemic has impacted demand for food products in an unprecedented manner,” said Harry Seibert, head of sales at Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection. “Expanded eat-at-home opportunities have led to significant increases in volumes in all food categories. As such, we have designed our Quick Ship Programs to help manufacturers quickly respond to product demands thereby ensuring that all goods leaving their facilities meet stringent food safety compliance requirements and are safe for consumers.”

The Quick Ship Program includes Mettler-Toledo’s C31 and C33 checkweighers and SC3600 case scales for dry processing environments. Processors are able to add a new system, or replace an existing checkweigher, through the program’s rapid design and delivery process.

These two checkweighers and the case scale are available through CTO in various height, length, throughput and accuracy configurations, according to Mettler-Toledo. All three systems are supported by the company’s ProdX Data Management Software and offer various connectivity and line integration options.

Also available are the company’s X33 and X34 x-ray inspection systems, which have throughput rates of up to 300 products per minute. These sensitive detection systems are able to identify various contaminants, such as metal, glass, mineral stone, calcified bone, high-density plastics and rubber, in products that have already been packaged.

The company’s x-ray systems are available in several configurations for CTO, including 800mm or 1800mm in length, heights of either 850mm, 950mm, 1050mm or 1150mm, and width options of 300mm or 400mm. Both systems offer reduced energy consumption compared to traditional x-ray solutions, with the X33 using just one-fifth of the power typically needed, and the X34 equipped with a low-power generator.

Mettler-Toledo’s Gravity Flow and Pipeline metal detectors are also available through the Quick Ship Program, offering inspection solutions for bulk, free-flowing and liquid/slurry products. For CTO, the Gravity Flow metal detector is available in PowerPhasePRO and Signature models in 100mm, 150mm or 200mm diameters. The Pipeline metal detectors are also available in PowerPhasePRO and Signature models with 3-inch or 4-inch pipelines through CTO.

To further highlight its inspection systems, Mettler-Toledo will exhibit several systems at Process Expo 2021, scheduled to take place in-person at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago from Nov. 2 to 5.

The company will showcase its X38 pipeline x-ray system designed for liquids and slurries, as well as its X36 x-ray system designed for bulk or packaged products. Its Gravity Flow metal detector will be on display featuring an Automatic Test System (ATS), used to rapidly confirm centerline sensitivity for four metal types.

Mettler-Toledo’s C35 AdvancedLine checkweigher (left), and its Profile Advantage metal detector (right). Mettler-Toledo’s C35 AdvancedLine checkweigher (left), and its Profile Advantage metal detector (right). 

Mettler-Toledo will highlight its V31 oriented line vision inspection system, which checks for label placement, correctness, barcodes, alpha-numeric text codes and container fil levels, among other final packaged product attributes.

The C35 AdvancedLine checkweigher will also be there, showcasing its ability to perform at high-speeds and resist high-pressure and high-caustic cleaning.

Additionally, Mettler-Toledo’s Profile Advantage metal detector will star in a fully functional Bakery Production Line demonstrated on the Process Expo show floor for producing gluten-free rolls.

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