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Conor ONeill

Conor ONeill

Recent Posts by Conor ONeill:

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

Gels in plastic film and using a camera system to count them

Gels are inherent in the extrusion process. Often the best way to control your process is to use a vision system to count. This is becoming  a common requirement for plastic film web and sheet producers. This article details the different applications that OneBoxVision offer for Gel counting. 

Topics: Vision system solutions Surface inspection systems Plastic film inspection

The questions to ask when purchasing to avoid obsolete camera inspection systems

System Overview

The goal of this document is to review the inspection system technically and to identify future support issues. The diagram above shows the 4 key areas that are then surveyed in detail below.

  1.  Camera system
  2. LED Lighting system
  3. Image processing system
  4. Software
Topics: Vision system solutions Print inspection systems Surface inspection systems Building and buying vision systems Building vision networks

Why rollers are important parts of a 100% inspection system

Rollers are used to guide the web material along a predetermined path through a process
line. Let's take a printing press as an example. The path will vary on most presses as different
print jobs have varying print requirements (number of colors, cold seal, side of printing,
drying time, etc.). The web path will also vary depending on the drying times and drying
temperatures of the inks. Under the inspection head, rollers are used to present the web to
the cameras in as stable a condition as possible. There are a couple of configurations often
used for both surface inspection and print inspection.

Topics: Vision system solutions Print inspection systems Surface inspection systems Building and buying vision systems

Using a vision system to support process control, manufacturing and quality

When purchasing an inspection solution you must think about the end user. Often it is a project engineer that specifies a vision system for their surface inspection requirements, but does not consider how it works for all the key users who operate it daily.  Let’s look at the key stakeholders in a factory that interact with vision systems:

  • The operator - this includes the personnel at the process line and converting lines.
  • The engineer - this normally is the process engineer that is responsible for the
    operation and upkeep of the process lines.
  • The quality supervisor - this is the individual tasked with using the data to guarantee quality of goods and the interface between customer service and production.

Topics: Vision system solutions Print inspection systems Surface inspection systems Building and buying vision systems OneBox Vision

Smart converting using inspection data for track and trace

100% inspection system work flows

When manufacturing discrete items like boxes of biscuits, pharmaceutical products, cans and bottles there has always been the capability to inspect and reject. This has been taken for granted. When operating in a roll to roll environment the challenges are quite different. It is not always possible to stop the line so when a defect is detected it will continue to the rewind and become part of the product to be shipped.

Topics: Print inspection systems Surface inspection systems Building and buying vision systems 100% Inspection Industry 4.0

Understand the cost of upgrading vision systems for web and sheet inspection

The effects of choosing proprietary vision solutions become evident within years of a purchase. Imagine investing hundreds of thousands of dollars, even millions in a network and finding out 5 years later that the complete system is out of date and cannot be modernized. Yes, you would seek out the purchaser and possibly hang them from the nearest tree. However it never fails to amuse me that the same thought process making sure office infrastructures are open systems, are not employed when purchasing an IT solution for the factory floor.

Topics: Vision system solutions Surface inspection systems Building and buying vision systems

New solution with print and surface inspection in one package

ImageFlow 7.7.1 now includes the following new features: 
Topics: Plastic film inspection 100% Inspection ImageFlow

Tension on a web must be understood if using a machine vision system

Tension and the materials you produce make a difference to inspection systems. Another area where defects can be introduced into the inspection process is due to tension variation. This can happen where there is poor tension control, particularly when the tension is too low or due to the material properties of the web.

Topics: Vision system solutions 100% Inspection Plastic film processing