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FT System North America releases non-contact Pressure / Leak Inspection system for Carbonated Beverages in Plastic and Glass Containers


FT System, a leading manufacturer of inspection equipment for the food and beverage industry announced today that it has released its newest pressure and leak inspection system, the PCS700-LS. This non-contact inspection system is ideal for detecting low pressure and leaking plastic or glass containers containing carbonated beverages.

Suwanee, GA (PRWEB) October 25, 2012

FT System, a leading manufacturer of inspection equipment for the food and beverage industry announced today that it has released its newest pressure and leak inspection system, the PCS700-LS. The PCS700-LS Pressure Inspection System is ideal for measuring total pressure in transparent and semi-transparent glass and plastic containers filled with carbonated products including carbonated soft drinks, beer and sparkling wines. The system uses a laser to inspect the pressure by analyzing the gas in the headspace of the filled and sealed container. The inspection is non-contact, non-destructive and capable of inspection speeds up to 1,200 containers per minute. The patented technology gives the PCS700-LS the ability to perform the measurement independent of the color of the container.

“ The PCS700-LS was developed to allow beverage producers a more sanitary and dependable method of leak testing carbonated beverages on-line at full production speed.” said Fabio Forestelli, General Director of FT System S.r.l. “The PCS700 uses a non-contact, non-destructive pressure inspection and leak detection technique that eliminates the requirement to use consumable squeeze belts or acoustic sensors to measure the pressure inside a glass or plastic beverage container.” Forestelli went on to explain that “The system uses the latest generation laser sensor which is extremely robust and dependable and well suited for the beverage production environment.”

The FT System PCS700-LS system uses a patented tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS) technique. Certain molecules, including CO2, when in the gaseous state, have a particular and unique frequency where they absorb light. This characteristic is measurable using the TDLAS technology. As a container passes through the sensor, the laser emits a beam at a specific frequency on one side of the container. A receiver on the opposite side of the container measures the beam after it has passed through the headspace of the container. The measurement of total pressure is based on the alteration of the laser beam caused by interference from the CO2 molecules in the head space. The PCS700-LS state-of-the-art laser emitter and receiver analyze the gas in the headspace and convert the data to a pressure value. Any container with internal pressure that falls below user set limits is rejected. The system is ideal for plastic containers and eliminates the need for unsanitary and expensive squeeze belts. The system is also ideal for glass containers with aluminum or steel closures such as beer and sparkling wines.

The PCS700-LS will make it's North American debut at the Pack Expo show being held in Chicago next week.

About FT System:

FT System S.r.l. is a leading supplier of container inspection and monitoring solutions. Based in Alseno Italy, the company has a reputation for quality, reliability and customer satisfaction. This reputation has helped FT System become the preferred supplier of inspection equipment to many of the leading manufacturers and system integrators in the food and beverage industry. Since inception, FT System has grown to become a global leader in inspection and control solutions with more than 3,000 installations in over 60 countries around the world.

In 2009 FT System joined the Arol Group of companies. Arol is the world leader in capping machinery for the beverage industry with over 700 systems supplied annually. The two companies have successfully developed innovative inspection solutions including our patented QCS120 a fully automated system for checking leak, fill volume, cap torque, CO2 content in carbonated beverages and our QT700 in-line cap inspection system designed to inspect cap quality prior to the capping process.

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