Pipeline inspection


HEUFT eXaminer XT

Detecting foreign objects reliably:  first identifying and then packaging.

There is always a danger of contamination due to pieces of metal, glass splinters, pieces of plastic or stones when raw materials are processed into a liquid or paste-like product mass.  The HEUFT eXaminer XT identifies such foreign objects in unpackaged products such as sauces, jams, fruit preparations, cheese spreads or sausage meat.  The particularly low-radiation, pulsed X-ray technology of the pipeline inspector is impressive even at high throughput rates due to maximum detection reliability.


Pipeline inspection

A precise look into the pipe:  pulsed X-ray technology.

Pieces of metal, glass splinters or stones:  the system already identifies foreign objects such as these before the packaging process highly precisely.  The product mass is transported through a specially constructed, hermetically sealed pipeline which is illuminated by means of an X-ray strobe.


The extremely short exposure time reduces the radiation exposure as well as motion blurs to an absolute minimum in the course of this:  high-resolution pictures are produced even at high / fluctuating transport speeds which each display a complete section of the production flow.  These are digitised and specifically evaluated by the HEUFT reflexx high-performance image processing system.  In contrast to conventional metal detectors the product's own signal does not have a negative effect on the detection performance of the HEUFT eXaminer XT.  It not only finds metal contamination reliably but also solid foreign objects made of other materials.


Fault rejection

Preventing recalls:  the reliable rejection of the contaminated product mass.

The HEUFT eXaminer XT emits a corresponding signal if it has detected a risk to product safety.  Therefore the partial quantity in question can be reliably removed from the production flow.


Performance validation

Playing it safe:  self-diagnosis.

The pipeline inspector is equipped with a test program for validating the performance.  It checks the detection performance at freely configurable intervals.  This ensures that it always finds what it should.

Optional additional functions

Improving the inspection result:  dual beam for a 3D reconfirmation.

The HEUFT SPECTRUM TX systems with their modular design can be extended at any time.  For example the HEUFT eXaminer XT can therefore be expanded by means of an additional X-ray strobe.  This dual beam technology makes the analysis of two overlapping individual pictures possible and with that a 3D reconfirmation of the result of the examination from different angles of vision.  The second X-ray image therefore improves the inspection result.  This increases the detection reliability and reduces the amount of false rejections.



Controlling centrally:  one platform for all requirements.

Precise, network-compatible and cross-system:  the HEUFT SPECTRUM TX forms the basis for different technologies, modules and functions.  The devices of the generation of the same name can be exactly adapted to individual requirements on site and retrofitted at any time due to this universal platform.


A cross-system component equality of 70 per cent ensures a high availability of spare parts.  The central HEUFT SPECTRUM TX control unit creates a high level of precision during continuous product tracking and quality assurance due to its multiprocessing capability.  A future-proof network connection ensures reliable remote maintenance and production data acquisition for optimum efficiency and productivity.  In-house developed hardware and software and its own operating system ensure computing power and offer no opportunity for viruses or malware.




Operating HEUFT systems reliably:  graphical user interface with practical tools.

Clear, helpful and specific:  the HEUFT PILOT graphical user interface convinces due to an easy to understand, multilingual menu structure with extensive auxiliary tools.  Therefore the reliable operation of the HEUFT SPECTRUM TX systems is not difficult.


Important information and clear error messages with service notes provide the respective user with specific support.  This avoids incorrect adjustments and shortens standstills e.g. during brand changes.  Password protected operator levels adapted to the respective area of responsibility also contribute to this.  Also integrated:  a complete online user manual and a tool for the uncomplicated identification and direct ordering of spare parts.



HEUFT reflexx

Combining photographs and reliably detecting objects:  image processing in real time.

Fast, powerful and exact:  combining several camera and X-ray images with each other and specifically detecting various objects.  The HEUFT reflexx carries out all this in real time.


The in-house developed hardware and software provides high computing capacity and is exactly tailored to the requirements of the in-line quality inspection.  It generates high-resolution, noiseless detection pictures and analyses them precisely.  Integrated filter technologies clearly differentiate between supposed and actual faults.  This reduces the false rejection rate sustainably.


Network technologies

Networking everything:  online connection for increased efficiency and quality.

Information transmission in real time, production data acquisition, line analysis and remote maintenance:  networking is the answer!


HEUFT systems have future-proof network interfaces (Gigabit Ethernet and TCP / IP) for an online connection via the Internet and the database interface (SQL / DDE) for top line efficiency and an optimum quality management with considerably faster and easier workflows.  Therefore production data, shift records, productivity faults and HACCP limit value analyses are available network-wide.  The result:  early identification of quality and efficiency problems.  The firewall protected direct connection to the HEUFT TeleService makes competent remote maintenance possible all around the clock.


HEUFT CleanDesign

Cleaning quite simply:  hygiene-optimised construction.

Accessible, clean and safe:  its HEUFT CleanDesign predestines the system for use in hygienically sensitive areas.


Sloping surfaces facilitate cleaning and prevent the accumulation of stubborn dirt.  Special channels and openings allow the liquids required for cleaning purposes to be drained off completely.  Consequently dangerous germs and bacteria have no contact surface whatsoever.  Specially constructed casings and doors create optimum accessibility.  The electronics are totally encapsulated.  Sensitive areas such as the inspection units are dust-proof and protected against contact as well as water jets.



  • speed-independent X-ray inspection
  • a higher degree of detection reliability than that obtained when inspecting the already packaged product
  • an unequalled low radiation dose
  • motion blurs minimised due to extremely short exposure times
  • optional dual beam technology for a 3D reconfirmation
  • the detection performance is not impaired by the product's own signal
  • highest sensitivity due to the use of the HEUFT reflexx technology
  • self tests for performance validation
  • extremely compact construction in accordance with the hygiene-optimised HEUFT CleanDesign