Benchtop X-ray CT unit offers fast, hi-res scanning

May 8, 2023
Shimadzu's XSeeker 8000 offers users a simple-to-use interface.

XSeeker 8000 This benchtop X-ray computed tomography (CT) system from Shimadzu Scientific Instruments has an X-ray output of 160 kilovolts, allowing the system to monitor thick, hard-to-penetrate molded plastic parts, aluminum die-cast parts and other metal parts.

What’s new? The XSeeker 8000, which comes with Shimadzu’s newly developed XSeeker control software.

Benefits Compact size and fast, high-resolution scanning. Despite being the smallest and lightest system in Shimadzu’s X-ray output class, the XSeeker 8000 can provide an input resolution equivalent to 5.6 million pixels. The software offers the highest throughput to date and eliminates complicated set-up steps so new operators can run it with minimal training. Operators simply align the sample part in the scanner, select one of four scanning condition buttons and push another button to begin the scan – which can be completed in as little as 12 seconds. The system can display CT data in as little as 10 seconds – about half the time of Shimadzu’s other CT models.

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments Inc., Columbia, Md., 410-381-1227,

Vital statistics 


20.7 inches by 25.6 inches by 35.2 inches


639 pounds

Maximum output resolution    

Approximately 5.6 million pixels

Maximum part size

3.9 inches by 3.1 inches

About the Author

David Tillett | Associate Editor

Associate Editor David Tillett writes and edits for Plastics Machinery & Manufacturing, Plastics Recycling and The Journal of Blow Molding. He covers new products, industry news, patents and consumer and business equipment. He has more than 20 years of experience in daily newspaper, online and magazine journalism.