METTLER-TOLEDO Boosts Food Safety with New Next Generation Bulk Flow Inspection​

Manufacturers of bulk flow food products can benefit from optimized detection sensitivity and maximized productivity with the X36 Series Bulk Flow x-ray inspection system from METTLER-TOLEDO Safeline X-ray. Incorporating high-performance technology and software algorithms developed specifically for bulk flow product lines, the X36 Bulk Flow offers precise removal of contaminated product at high throughput rates. The system is ideal for inspecting dried fruit and nuts, processed meats, cereals, grains, frozen fruit and vegetables, seafood and dried pet food, as well as other bulk flow products, boosting production line efficiency and ensuring compliance with food safety legislation.

The X36 Bulk Flow is a single vertical x-ray beam system capable of sensitive detection of dense contaminants, including metal and glass shards, calcified bone, mineral stone and high-density plastic and rubber. The system is capable of inspecting throughputs up to 14,000kg/hour, depending on product depth and density, ensuring food safety whilst maximizing line efficiency. Advanced detector technology also allows for lower power consumption, thereby reducing total cost of ownership (TCO) and increasing bottom line savings.

A specially-developed three or six-scoop rejection mechanism enhances precision contaminant removal with minimal rejection of good product, while a troughed conveyor prevents product spilling from the line, reducing product waste. The X36 Bulk Flow is available with a three or six lane scoop rejection device, to suit the individual needs of specific applications.

Built according to the principles of the European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group (EHEDG), the X36 Bulk Flow features an Ingress Protection (IP) 69 rated stainless steel cabinet, making it capable of withstanding the harshest washdown regimes. Sloped surfaces and curved edges minimize bacteria traps and allow water to run off, enabling quick and effective cleaning with minimal downtime, further enhancing line productivity.

In addition, the x-ray cabinet gives easy access to internal mechanisms for essential maintenance, while the rejection mechanism can be easily removed for cleaning. The conveyor’s automatic tracking feature corrects any belt misalignment without the need to stop the conveyor, maximiszing production uptime.

The X36 Bulk Flow features a 15 inch touchscreen display with intuitive software and automated set-up to facilitate quicker product changeovers. The x-ray system’s PC boasts a large memory to store time-stamped images of every product reject, enhancing traceability and helping manufacturers demonstrate due diligence in the event of a product recall. The integrated software monitors the system’s Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), providing manufacturers with relevant information to make improvements to machine and line performance in order to further enhance efficiency and productivity. The X36 Bulk Flow can also be connected to the manufacturer's network, giving authorized personnel the ability to store and analyse inspection and performance data from a remote location.

Paul King, Head of Sales at METTLER-TOLEDO Safeline X-ray said, “In today’s highly-competitive manufacturing climate, food processors need to ensure that their products are contaminant-free and at the highest quality standards whilst meeting tough key performance indicators (KPIs). Typical KPIs include meeting high production targets, reducing operational costs and lowering product waste. With these pressures in mind, our advanced X36 Bulk Flow has been designed to provide precision contaminant detection and removal, without compromising on line speeds or production uptime.”

METTLER-TOLEDO now offers a 5-year generator warranty for all our Next Generation x-ray systems, this ensures the most expensive component of your x-ray system is covered, avoiding any unexpected downtime or additional costs, when purchased with a comprehensive or standard care package.

METTLER-TOLEDO Product Inspection offer ProdX™ 2.0 data management software system which is designed for use on food lines, as well as in pharmaceutical and chemical processing. The data management software package connects product inspection equipment across the entire production line into a single, unified network.


MIAMI, FL – OCTOBER 5, 2017 – Van Berkel International, the Italian brand known for its elegant line of food slicers, knife sets, and cutting accessories, is proud to announce its recent acquisition of OMAS SpA, the food industry’s leading manufacturer of professional machinery.  This acquisition positions Berkel as one of the most prestigious companies worldwide in the production of high-quality slicers and food processing equipment.

“The business moves we’ve made this year are a strong indication of how enthusiastic and passionate we are about the company,” says Alberto Gonzalez, Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “Our recent U.S expansion paired with the acquisition of a brand as well-respected as OMAS, makes me confident in our position to grow Van Berkel’s presence worldwide.”

While Berkel offers customers top end food slicers and processing equipment for both professional and domestic use, Omas specializes in professional machinery for customers at an industrial level. The company offers restaurants, grocery stores, and industry professionals a variety of models to choose from that will best fit their needs.

“The purpose of the acquisition is to leverage the scope of both brands to consolidate Van Berkel International's leadership in the high-end slicer segment,” explains Giuliano Reas, President of Van Berkel International S.r.L. “Berkel is recognized throughout the world for making slicers a symbol of excellence and tradition in history. OMAS founded its brand based on the same principles and has affirmed itself over the years due to the high quality of its machines and the deep penetration in foreign markets.”

The current business plan envisions an expansion of the product offerings and penetration of new markets. After last year’s expansion in the United States, Berkel wishes to continue growing in the U.S market as well as in India, where the company invested in a new and improved production site that, in the last two years, has increased the production volume of over 10,000 units/year. This equals to about half of Berkel’s total production, with the rest being manufactured in the Italian plants.

OMAS will be showcasing their food machinery at the HOST Milano’s 40th International Hospitality Exhibition from October 20-24th. Attendees will be able to see first-hand several of their models and experience what the company has to offer industry professionals at the trade show.


For more information about OMAS and their industrial slicers, please visit and learn more about Berkel at


October 17, 2017

Manufacturers of pumped food products can benefit from high detection sensitivity and improved Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) with the X38 x-ray inspection system from Mettler-Toledo Safeline X-ray.

The X38 forms part of Mettler-Toledo Safeline X-ray's cutting-edge Next Generation x-ray inspection technology. The innovative single vertical x-ray beam system for pumped food products boasts a complete new set of software algorithms that have been specially developed for piped food products, including meat and poultry, fruit and vegetables, dairy, baby food, syrups, jams and preserves. It offers optimum detection capabilities, particularly for contaminants such as calcified bone, mineral stone, glass shards and metal filings, while allowing the timely and accurate opening of the reject valve, ensuring precise removal of the contaminated product with minimal product waste. Crucially, the X38 features a uniquely robust, Ingress Protection (IP) 69 rated design that supports and facilitates the rigorous hygiene regimes required by pumped production lines, increasing uptime and optimizing productivity.

Traditionally, pumped production lines have presented a challenge to manufacturers when it comes to cleaning since the machinery is in direct contact with the product.  To overcome this, the production machinery must be designed specifically for harsh wash-down environments accompanied by rigorous and regular cleaning schedules to prevent biological, chemical and physical contamination. With this in mind, the X38 has been built according to the principles of the European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group (EHEDG), featuring a number of design enhancements to support even the harshest wash-down procedures. The system’s pneumatic components have been moved to their own sealed enclosure to protect them from water and cleaning chemical ingress.

The X38’s air conditioner has an IP69 rating that makes it capable of withstanding the high-pressure and high-temperature cleaning applications commonly seen on pumped food lines. The X38’s casing also boasts sloping surfaces and curved edges, which allows water to run off quickly and easily, reducing the need to wipe the machine dry after cleaning and eliminating bacteria traps. These design improvements mean that the frequency of downtime for cleaning can be reduced and in addition the X38's robustness means higher reliability of performance i.e. less downtime. Both of these facts significantly increase overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO).

The system has a number of design features to simplify maintenance and testing processes for manufacturers to enhance OEE. A unique feature of the X38 system is that it automatically calibrates x-ray settings. Traditionally, to calibrate a pipeline x-ray system, a signal from the detector, whilst no product is in the path of the beam, needs to be detected, which is often challenging as the inspection equipment and pipe can still contain product. To avoid unnecessary downtime by emptying product from the pipe, the X38 x-ray generator and detector simultaneously move away from the pipe manifold (inspection window), calibrate and then move back to the inspection point in less than 20 seconds. 

An optional infeed pipe with a test piece insertion port can be supplied, which allows the machine operators to perform regular testing. Additionally, an auto test facility can be added which consists of a test sphere, automatically fed through the x-ray beam while product is moving, thereby checking the sensitivity of detection without interrupting production.

Speaking about the development of the new system, Niall McRory, Global Key Account Manager at Mettler-Toledo Safeline X-ray, explained: “Manufacturers are facing growing competition from new companies entering the international market. To protect and grow their bottom line, more and more are looking for ways to reduce operating costs while boosting the productivity of their pumped production lines”.

“X-ray inspection systems that feature a robust, class-leading design can help manufacturers achieve this, ensuring optimum detection sensitivity while streamlining even the harshest cleaning regimes, boosting line efficiency. This helps food manufacturers remain competitive in an increasingly crowded market”.

The X38 x-ray system can be easily integrated into production pipelines with flow rates of up to 14 tonnes per hour, depending on the diameter of the pipe and the application. It is available with 2.5 inch, three inch or four inch diameter pipes as standard, but can be built with other sizes on request to suit customers’ existing pipework.

Enhanced integrated interlocking systems ensure pipes are fully in position before the x-ray generator switches on, guaranteeing operator safety. Advanced connectivity options enable the system to be set-up from a remote location for easy product changeovers, while also allowing the recording and storing of product inspection data.

We now offer a 5 year generator warranty for all our Next Generation x-ray systems, this ensures the most expensive component of your x-ray system is covered, avoiding any unexpected downtime or additional costs, when purchased with a comprehensive or standard care package.

Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection offer ProdX™ 2.0 data management software system which is designed for use on food lines, as well as in pharmaceutical and chemical processing. The data management software package connects product inspection equipment across the entire production line into a single, unified network.


CONCORD, N.C., Oct. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- As the temperatures begin a slow decline towards teeth-chattering conditions in many U.S. regions, PreGel is turning a spotlight on its cold-weather ingredient flavors. The leading distributor of specialty dessert ingredients has transformed some of fall and winter's most delightful flavors into products that create authentic Italian gelato, classic soft serve, and flavorful ice cream.

Adding to PreGel's amazing line of Super Sprint instant flavored powdered mixes are:

Spiced Apple Cider Super Sprint - 305512 
This instant flavored powdered mix duplicates the invigorating burst of undeniable flavor produced by the pure, unfiltered essence of freshly pressed apple cider enhanced with the dominant tastes of cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves.

Hot Cocoa with Marshmallow Super Sprint - 305482 
The trending novelty of frozen hot chocolate just exceeded standard expectations with this new hot cocoa flavored powdered mix. The sweet taste of soothing cocoa enhanced by the essence of real marshmallows make every bite of this irresistible classic a moment to savor.

White Peppermint Super Sprint - 305522 
Invigorating, revitalizing, and accurate to taste, PreGel's new White Peppermint Super Sprint instant flavored powdered mix recreates the appeal of freshly picked leaves from the European evergreen perennial. Though peppermint serves as one of the most popular flavors during the holiday season, its profile proves complementary to other flavors enjoyed year-round.

Fall Flavor Super Sprint Pack - 316010 
If the essence of fall could be bundled into a fantastic group of flavors, it would be PreGel's new Fall Flavors Super Sprints Flavor Pack. Bursting with the sweet tart essence of ripe green apple, mouthwatering salted caramel, irresistibly sweet maple syrup, and the ever-appealing "gourdness" of pumpkin spice, the flavor options boast a selection as crisp and colorful as the season.

Pumpkin Spice Super Sprint - 305402 
Spiced to perfection with a lush combination of clove, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, create America's favorite fall flavor, Pumpkin Spice, with this instant powdered mix.

PreGel's Fall Favorites reMix collection encourages the creation of niche flavors such as caramel macchiato, pumpkin latte, and caramel apple, perfect for the autumn season. Mixing two PreGel Super Sprint flavors easily allows gelato artisans to create an irresistible new menu option. Categories include Coffee House and Fall Favorites.

Outside of the PreGel Super Sprint line, the company also offers the impeccable taste of Europe's famous spekulatius cookie in a quality Traditional Paste:

PreGel is dedicated to supplying outstanding specialty dessert ingredients, as well as unparalleled learning experiences that aid chefs of all skill levels with properly using its products. With state-of-the-art International Training Centers in Charlotte, NC; Los Angeles, CA; Ft. Lauderdale, FL; and Chicago, IL, and PreGel's 5-Star Pastry Series®, created for advanced chefs, the company lends itself as a dedicated resource for ongoing training, recipe inspiration, and professional guidance. Class registration is available via

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