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How to Select X-ray Curtain Shields for Your Food Inspection System

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How to Select the Right X-ray Curtain Shields for Your Food Inspection System

Why do you need x-ray curtains?

X-ray curtain shields are of critical importance to the safe operation of a X-ray Scanner.  Proper protection from x-ray radiation keeps food packaging workers safe while ensuring compliance with radiation regulations.   Our x-ray curtain shielding is lead free, as use of lead curtains in food manufacturing facilities is not acceptable.  Choosing the right x-ray curtain will also ensure long life, with minimal wear while eliminating issues with product hold-up or jams. launched their first lead free curtain shields into the industry in 2003.   Today we offer over 20 types of lead free radiation protective curtains for food scanners.  All curtains meet FDA Standards for lead free materials.

Options for Curtains Shielding on Food Xray Scanners

The vinyl curtain is the most common product used on packaged food scanners. Factory installed X-Ray curtains for X-Ray scanners are typically Light Blue or Black in color. The vinyl coating makes the shielding easy to clean and provides durability for applications where constant abrasion is seen.  We carry all radiation shielding materials used on x-ray scanners in the food industry.  The most common protection levels at 0.125 mm Pb, 0.25 mm Pb and 0.35 mm Pb.    If your food scanner is equipped with low-cost vinyl x-ray curtains, you can easily determine the material protection level by measuring the thickness.
0.125 mm Pb Equivalent         1.0 mm thick                185 grams/ft2
0,250 mm Pb Equivalent         1.4 mm thick                325 grams/ft2
0.350 mm Pb Equivalent         1.8 mm thick                435 grams/ft2
These lightweight x-ray curtains are perfect for x-ray systems processing lightweight pouches, cartons, or cups where normal curtains would cause the product to catch or stack up on the conveyor belt. The Ultralight curtains are often used in applications where product spacing is critical, especially upstream of a check-weigher. The UHMW on the product contact side also increases lifespan in higher wear applications.
0.125 mm Pb Equivalent         0.6 mm thick                155 grams/ft2
0,250 mm Pb Equivalent         1.0 mm thick                275 grams/ft2
0.350 mm Pb Equivalent         1.4 mm thick                370 grams/ft2

These x-ray curtain materials have been specifically developed for factories where raw food may come in contact with the product. The materials are compliant with either (1) US FDA requirements specified under 21 CFR 177.600 (e) and 177.2600 (f) for use in food contact applications, or (2) EU regulation (EC) 1935/2004. A reduction in surface friction and abrasion resistance is achieved by applying a special coating. To increase the tear resistance, polymer threads are encapsulated in the rubber.  Materials are available in 0.125 mm Pb and 0.25 mm Pb equivalents.
Our newest materials are FDA compliant and allow us to provide curtains which comply with the strict sanitary regulations in USDA regulated facilities, specifically in meat and dairy processing plants. The custom cut curtains will meet sanitation best practices, specified under the USDA Guidelines for the Sanitary Design and Fabrication of Dairy Processing Equipment, part G11. These curtains have also been certified to comply with 3‐A Sanitary Standards for Multiple‐Use Rubber and Rubber‐Like Materials Used as Product Contact Surfaces in Dairy Equipment.  Materials are available in 0.125 mm Pb and 0.25 mm Pb equivalents.


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How we can help you with your x-ray radiation curtain shields

Whether you are looking to replace your existing x-ray curtains with the same material, or have a problem or special need which requires an alternate curtain material, we can help.  We have supplied x-ray curtains to companies in over 60 countries, and for all makes and models of x-ray systems.  Since we stock most materials at, we are able to provide custom cut curtains quickly to address your radiation safety concerns or production issues.
Contact us today to see how can help you with your radiation protection needs.
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Benefits of the Radiation Protection Curtains:

  • Largest Selection of X-ray Curtains
  • All Lead-Free Compliant
  • Knowledgeable about most brands of Food Scanner X-Ray Systems
  • Protection Levels for a wide range of systems, from low power (30 kVp) used in pharmaceutical applications to highest power (160 kVp) used in cased meat inspection.
  • Options include Standard, Ultralight, Low Friction, Raw Food Contact Compliant, USDA & 3A Compliant
  • Custom cut to OEM curtain template
  • Free samples
  • Duplexed curtains
  • Custom designs
  • Fast Turnaround
  • Global Shipping

Fast, Global Shipping 

We have supplied X-ray curtains to customers in over 60 countries worldwide.  Even if your country is not on the list, we will still ship to you!

Africa: Algeria, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Egypt, Madagascar, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa
Middle East: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates
Asia: China, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, Uzbekistan
Europe: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom
North America: Canada, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, United States
Oceania: Australia, New Zealand
South America: Argentina: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru

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