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HEUFT X-ray technology – Part 8: implementation without bureaucratic hurdles

Expensive approval procedures, complex rules, high levels of bureaucracy and exorbitant follow-up costs ... Why such fears are unfounded when it comes to investing in HEUFT inspectors with pulsed radiometric technology is explained briefly in the eighth part of our X-ray series.

HEUFT systems with unique pulsed X-rays often emit radiation for only one per cent of their operating time in contrast to conventional X-ray scanners which send out radiation continuously: for example HEUFT X-ray strobes only discharge X-rays of the lowest intensity and dose for 36 seconds instead of a full 60 minutes during an in-line inspection of 36,000 products within one hour in order to achieve, among many other things, a high-precision glass in glass detection and metal detection.

No radiation whatsoever can be detected in the product and packaging after the examination. Therefore nothing stands in the way of the safe use of a foreign object inspector from the HEUFT eXaminer II series or the X-ray assisted all-surface empty bottle inspector HEUFT InLine II IXS.

Simple notification obligation instead of costly approval requirement

Fears that special requirements and obligations make the use of a HEUFT X-ray inspector complicated and costly are also unfounded. Special fire protection regulations and a company fire safety officer are not required for this. And they may be operated in Germany along filling and packaging lines in accordance with a simple unbureaucratic notification procedure because these in-house developed X-ray modules have a type approval from the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (National Metrology Institute of Germany).

Only a competent radiation protection officer with his own in-house authority has to be appointed for this purpose. There is no obligation to obtain authorisation for X-ray generators without a type approval which involves a complicated procedure and a great number of rules and regulations for daily operation when it comes to using a HEUFT inspector with radiometric technology.

Safe use of X-rays with low follow-up costs

The follow-up costs after the investment are also kept to a minimum. Whether directly on site or online via the HEUFT TeleService: special support contracts ensure that maintenance costs are low and can be accurately calculated. And the latest further development of the pulsed X-ray technology extends the lifetime significantly. This has been proved by means of a current in-house long-term test of one of the new X-ray generators.