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SATRA invests in footwear X-ray system

Unique automatic detection

25th August 2016

SATRA has purchased an advanced X-ray system for examining footwear, which will also have application for assessing many other types of products.

The Ishida IX-GA-4075-S is a belt-fed system that can be used for non-destructive testing of a whole range of products. Products as wide as 400mm can be assessed, giving the capability to scan boxed or unboxed products as large as boxed men’s safety footwear.

The x-ray machine can penetrate through most types of packaging, even aluminium foil, enabling an operator to check that product boxes contain a matched pair that meet product specifications. SATRA technicians will be able to offer individual assessment and analysis of a single piece of footwear to identify faults or potential problems, or bulk checking of a large quantity of goods, using the machine’s automatic detection software.

With its unique software for automatic detection, the system can be programmed to ignore high-density items that form part of the product, such as metal shanks, ceramic toecaps, slide fasteners and other closures, whilst quickly identifying erroneous objects such as broken sewing needles, broken eyelets and footwear tacks. Alternatively, the machine can be used to identify whether components are correctly positioned within the footwear and whether there are any defects in specific embedded items.

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