XSpectra - a new generation of x-ray inspection systems
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Eu fundend No 849381

The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 849381.

Xnext took part in Ecomondo, the leading event in Europe for the green and circular economy. The expo took place in Rimini, Italy from 5 to 8 November 2019. It brought together all sectors of the circular economy, from material and energy recovery to sustainable development.

Invited by EASME – the European Commission’s Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises – Xnext had the opportunity to present its contribution to a better circular world!

During the conference organised by the European Commission, “Supporting actions to mitigate Food Waste”, Bruno Garavelli, Xnext’s CEO and co-inventor of XSpectraÒ, explained the functioning and the specificity of the technology and its impact on the entire life cycle of products with the goal of improving the efficiency and use of resources.


Combating food waste is a responsibility of all actors in the food chain, ranging from those who produce and process food to those who make it available for consumption and ultimately consumers themselves”.

Food waste prevention is central to building a circular economy and a sustainable society. First, because the food industry is one of the most energy-intensive industries; second, because most countries in the world are experiencing significant population growth, which contributes to similar growth in the food industry. There are undoubtedly many reasons for food waste, and it can occur at every stage of the food-supply chain. One of the reasons is certainly the lack of technologies capable of both accurately evaluating food safety and allowing for more efficient production process.

Xnext has developed XSpectra®, a new generation of X-ray inspection systems, which can detect both low- and high-density foreign bodies, overcoming the shortcomings of conventional X-ray machines and thus reducing considerably the amount of food waste and energy loss

The problemPart of the solution
In the EU, around 88 million tonnes of food waste are generated annually with associated costs estimated at 143 billion euros and generating about 8% of Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions.   Let’s take a simple, but emblematic example: the withdrawal of a single jar of tomato of 125g generates a waste of 225L of water and 1,5kg of CO2.    XSpectra® is a win-win-win situation: for the consumers, for the food manufacturers and ultimately for the environment.   Reducing food waste and better supply chains are perhaps small pieces in a big puzzle, but, together, they showcase how innovative technologies and practices can pave the way for a wider change in sustainability.  

At the EU stand, Xnext had also the chance to present in detail the XSpectra project and explain to what extent an innovative solution such as XSpectra® can contribute to a new model of circular economy. Like no other technology currently available, XSpectra performs an analysis of the physical and chemical properties of the product. It is like getting the fingerprint of the material inspected. Thanks to its unique properties, XSpectraÒ can therefore be used in many sectors: food, waste and material recycling, pharmaceutics, metallurgy, plastics and composites, electronics, clothing, shoes, biomedical, extraction industry, security controls etc.


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