Full Container Inspection: Vent Tubes and Pet Filling

Hi I’m Rich Cisek and today’s
installment of quick tips with Rich we’re going to talk about beverage
inspection. So, for those of you are not familiar with beverage operations you
might be surprised that there’s actually foreign material that can get into your
beverage containers. There are two things I’d like to talk about today; vent tubes,
and then general foreign material. So when a container’s filled there’s a vent tube
that helps the filling process. Those vent tubes can be made of plastic or
from metal. The challenge is they break off, and when they break off and get seemed
in the can they can be fairly hard to spot, obviously, other than shaking the
can to find it. The other challenge is that you don’t immediately know where
the missing vent tube came from. It’s somewhere on your filler and because
plant personnel today are so busy finding these things can happen after
the fact. Sometimes materially after the fact, and that means a lot of rework. Peco-InspX has two solutions I’d like you to consider. One is our full filler
management solution, which inspects every container that comes off the line and it
tells you the performance of each fill head to within plus or minus a half a
percent of the container volume; which is outstanding. So if your filler needs
maintenance, you’re going to know exactly which fill heads to adjust. The other
nice advantage of that kind of system is that it’s going to tell you if you lose
something which fill head it came out of. So, you can immediately stop the line, go
and fix your filler, and pick up the ejected container and you’re done for
the day. Versus in today’s world you often have a big mess clean up and have
a lot of rework inspection to do. Incidentally, we have a lot of customers
who contact us saying I’ve lost a vent tube, and in generally in cases of PET or
in aluminum, we can find that vent tube provided that it’s made of metal
or x-ray detectable plastics. With single container inspection we can find vent
tubes that are made of Teflon or other high-density plastics in addition to
x-ray detectable. So, the bottom line is if you want smooth filler operations use
full container x-ray; it’s far better than just a fill level monitor. The other
thing I want to talk about for a minute is PET container filling. So, one of the
things that people in the business know is PET containers are not uniquely made,
they’re not like a machined can where everyone is exactly the same. They’re
blown from the mold and there are variations and often customers have
challenges with addressing fill level monitoring or fill volume because each
container is different. So, they merely set it for the worst case and throw away
a lot of product. With a full container x-ray inspection you can get the exact
volume of what’s put in the container and you can know that every container is
precisely filled and balance that with the need to get all the containers
similarly filled so that you have a nice looking product on the shelf. This is a
very big difference from existing fill level monitors and it’s what makes full
container x-ray systems phenomenally valuable to beverage operators. So, stop
throwing away product, stop looking for vent tubes, get a Peco-InspX full
container x-ray system with filler valve monitoring and sleep well at night. For
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