Accession Number : ADA321202

Title :   Combat Ration Advanced Manufacturing Technology Demonstration (CRAMTD). 'Non-Destructive Prototype to Inspect MRE Pouch Seal Integrity'.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. May 94-Sep 95,

Corporate Author : RUTGERS - THE STATE UNIV NEW BRUNSWICK NJ CENTER FOR ADVANCED FOOD TECHNOLOG Y

Personal Author(s) : Litman, Neal ; Yam, Kit

PDF Url : ADA321202

Report Date : DEC 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 47

Abstract : The objective was to develop a preliminary design of a prototype machine to perform non-destructive inspection for leaks and weak seals for MRE pouches. The inspection techniques currently in use for packaged food manufacturing are not capable of rapidly detecting many package defects that occur in the typical manufacturing process including combat rations. Of particular concern is the continued reliance of inspection methods that include on-line human inspectors and off-line statistically based destructive methods. The existing approach is questionable in terms of cost, ability of finding defective packages and potential for creating defects by pouch handling. Therefore, an effective automated on-line non-destructive inspection system would have enormous benefits to the packaging operation. The scope of this project included feasibility of implementing on-line non-destructive pouch inspection system, determine the most cost effective solution, design/develop and fabricate a prototype device, demonstrate the prototype system and develop specifications for a commercial version.

Descriptors :   *PROTOTYPES, *RATIONS, *SEALS(STOPPERS), AUTOMATION, COST EFFECTIVENESS, NONDESTRUCTIVE TESTING, DEFECTS(MATERIALS), MEALS, INSPECTION, PACKAGING, MACHINES, LEAK DETECTORS, ONLINE SYSTEMS, FOOD PROCESSING, STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY.

Subject Categories : Food, Food Service and Nutrition
      Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE