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Conor ONeill

Conor ONeill

Recent Posts by Conor ONeill:

Upgrading older camera inspection systems is a viable strategy

Obsolescence is often the logic that older equipment needs to be replaced. The operating system may be out of date, the cameras not available as spares etc. Its possible to take older inspection systems and rework them, reducing CapEx requirements and also risk. The following looks at the  costs, risks and benefits associated with upgrading your older print and surface inspection systems. 

Topics: OneBox Vision

Surface Inspection for webs is one of the largest sectors for machine vision

The machine vision industry is diverse with applications ranging from robotic guidance to bio-metrics. Industrial manufacturers  are currently automating using machine vision to improve quality while reducing cost, and of course to enable process control.   One large sector in the area of web and sheet inspection. Key sectors  include the plastic film extrusion industry, the flexible packaging industry, converters of high value products such as film and foil, metal decorating, the label printing industry, the building and decorative products industry, the non-woven and technical composites industries. These sectors produce high volume, capital intensive products in roll and sheet formats. The annual market potential for machine vision in the roll and sheet sectors exceeds  €250,000,000 and like all other machine vision sectors is experiencing strong growth with CAGRs in some niches up to 15% . 

Topics: OneBox Vision

How to choose the best location for an inspection system?

Choosing the best location to install an inspection system on your production line can often be a difficult decision. The key factors in choosing where to install your inspection system are discussed in this article.  

Topics: Vision system solutions Print inspection systems Vision network Surface inspection systems

Productivity tool for printing applications

Operator Assist

Learn about how Operator Assist allows the operator to view a Full-Screen video of the material while being inspected in real-time. We added a new button to ImageFlow RT to launch the screen.

Topics: Print inspection systems Machine Vision ImageFlow Industry 4.0 Ireland

Building camera solutions  for converters

Inspection 4.0 for converters

The converting factory normally starts with a substrate. This can be paper , film, foil or sometimes a non-woven. More often than not it’s plastic film. Our  software is designed to inspect rolls or sheets of plastic. Usually a converter will pass the substrate through some other value added process, whether it’s printing, laminating, perforation or pouching. Sometimes it can be all of them.

Topics: Print inspection systems Surface inspection systems Plastic film inspection 100% Inspection

Key requirements when purchasing a 100% inspection system

What to look for when specifying a vision system?

Its all about delivering a quality solution within budget and on time. This can be summarized by looking at cost, capability, reliability and support. Most vision systems are now completely solid state, unless there are moving parts such as linear slides or conveyors to move your product. Modern systems use LED lighting , solid state cameras and often high performance processors with no mechanical disk drives.

Topics: Vision system solutions Building and buying vision systems Building vision networks

Process control for spun-lace using machine vision

Measure air permeability and density for SpunLace processes

There is a relationship between air permeability and fabric characteristics such as fabric weight, thickness and density for many non-woven types. Vision systems now seek to provide added value for producers by improving the capability around process control tasks such as formation analysis to enable this. 

Topics: Machine Vision Non-woven Inspection

A Vision Network is a key element of Industry 4.0

Why industry is beginning to integrate machine vision as part of their industrial network.  Industry 4.0's new way forward is to combine the use of embedded smart technology, imaging workstations and post processing solutions to optimize the productivity and to advanced automation. Lets look at what's involved in building a vision network.

Topics: Vision network Building vision networks Industry 4.0

How to specify a web inspection system?

The specification of a vision system for web and sheet operations, is key to a project's success. This article will focus you on the key issues that will help reduce cost of purchase while optimizing performance. The key sections are:

  • 3 key figures that will decide the cost of your inspection system.
  • 5 steps to categorizing defects.
  • The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
  • 4 results gained from specifying your system correctly.

If you are part of a team that uses, purchases or plans capital expenditure for inspection systems, read more as this framework will add value.

Topics: Vision system solutions Building and buying vision systems 100% Inspection OneBox Vision

LAB Color at low cost for printers

OneBoxVision has  released online color monitoring for printing applications in ImageFlow. Now an operator can define multiple points on a job and measure the LAB value on each and every repeat. This is a simple to use and an absolute requirement for industrial printing applications. This capability enables long run color verification and also supports color standardization across lines and sites.

Topics: Print inspection systems