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How to reduce risk when purchasing your 100% inspection system?

This article puts a focus on how to reduce your risk when purchasing a 100% inspection system, choosing the right partner and also choosing the correct location for system installation can help reduce risk.No matter what industry you operate in whether it be plastic film, non-woven or printing purchasing a 100% inspection system is often a CapEx cost to your organisation. There are two main strategies that can be implemented in order to reduce the risk associated with purchasing your 100% inspection system.

Choose the right partner for your 100% inspection system.

Choosing the right partner or vendor is key to the success or failure of your 100% inspection system. The selection of a partner or vendor depends on what requirements you are looking for. If your application is simply to measure or detect something simple, then any vendor will suffice. 100% inspection systems for the plastics, non-wovens and flexible packaging markets are more complex machines. The equipment however is 99% off the shelf. The inspection system provider integrates this equipment and the value add is the software that they provide. In this case your inspection partner is in fact a software supplier. Capture-456759.jpg





Chosing the correct vision system partner can reduce risk by providing you with the following benefits.

  • Timeliness: Their timely deliveries are crucial to how effective you can be in improving productivity. A quick turnaround of new software features can be key to implementing a successful quality program. 
  • Competitiveness: They can give you the upper-hand on your competition based on their capabilities, quality, reliability, technological breakthroughs and industry knowledge. 
  • Quality: Often the inspection supplier will affect the quality of your product. Higher quality increases customer satisfaction while also decreasing your risk. 
  • Innovation: Your choosing vision supplier can make major contributions to your operations by introducing you to other technologies and other suppliers. This innovation will help you reduce risk while maintaining your competitive advantage. 


Choose the best location for your 100% inspection system

Choosing the correct location to install a 100% inspection system on your production line can often be a difficult decision. Often users choose a location best suited in reaction to the pressure from the production or sales department to solve an issue that a customer has complained about. Choosing the right location can reduce the risk of embarrassing defects getting to your customers. 

Vision mapping is a process where each location is analyzed to achieve the following:

  1. Identify the appropriate vision solution for each location. 
  2. What should be measured, stored and how it should connect to upstream and downstream processes?
  3. Assigning the priority of the roll-out to achieve key business goals. 

Each point on a vision map should have its own local map. This map should address:

  • Process - What are the hidden process control benefits for this location? 
  • Operator - What are the benefits for day to day operation if installed?
  • Next process - What gains can be achieved for the next process?
  • Business - What would this installation achieve in real business terms?

The following table is an example of a local map:



Next Process


Data for root cause analysis.

Real time alert.

Acceleration through smart analysis.

Customer support.

Classification of alerts.


Reduce downtime.



Increase throughput.


Real time optimization.



The combination of these two strategies can help reduce your risk both with purchasing and also installing your 100% inspection system. Developing good relationships with your inspection partners is not a complicated process. Be communicative, tell them of your needs and standards, treat them fairly and be demanding.

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