From March 2020
3D X-ray: New technology to detect quality
One of our member-funded research projects is investigating the
potential of 3D X-ray technology to detect both quality and safety issues
in a range of products.
Bread was one such product used in the study. Holes in bread can cause problems on sandwich filling lines when
mayonnaise, for example, seeps through the bread’s holes and on to the conveyor belt - creating a potential hygiene issue.
The X-ray computed tomography scanner can help prevent this problem. We used a scanner provided by Biometic (Italy)
to create a 3D image of a bread loaf revealing areas containing large holes due to the fermentation process.
How can you apply this technology?
This CT scanner now works with an auto-reject algorithm to create a fully automated process that sorts between
acceptable and low-quality products in real time on a production line.
Sound like research that interests you? Contact us to find out more about the project. We’re always looking for feedback on
technologies to explore or review. Submit your suggestions to
firstname.lastname@example.org so we can
investigate technologies that interest you.
Contact: Danny Bayliss