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Making it easy to inspect and measure plastic film

OneBoxVision releases it's for Machine Vision Application library for the plastic industry

OneBoxVision offers a complete suite of software solutions for both cast and blown extrusion processes.  Our line, site and enterprise solutions allow your plant to start small and expand to all lines quickly while reducing the cost per line dramatically.

 Cast or Blown Extrusion


Topics: Sheet inspection OneBox Vision Plastic film processing 100% Inspection Plastic film inspection Surface inspection systems

Surface inspection is now standard on plastic extrusion lines

Inspection is now standard in the plastic industry!

The modern extrusion and converting/laminating lines now use surface inspection systems as standard. Your customers demand 100% quality control.  All plastic film include some level of contaminates, arising from the production process or due to the nature of Polymers. Therefore gels are only a question of resolution. Extrusion and converting lines classify many defect types such as gels, black specs, fish eyes, holes, oil stains, insects, scratches, coating voids, air bubbles etc. These all originate from different issues but most all can have an impact on the further processing. 

Topics: OneBox Vision Plastic film processing Plastic film inspection 100% Inspection Surface inspection systems

Inspection 4.0 for plastic film extruders

ASIX - Inspection 4.0 for plastic film

Industry 4.0 requirements are now a staple element of modern industrial automation solutions.For inspection systems this translated into the ability to conform to automation standards and integrate with historians while supplying real time data for analytics. To this end we have developed a complete video data archival capability that conforms to ISA 95 automation standards.

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

The different types of plastics

Plastics can be divided into two major categories:

1. Thermoset or thermosetting plastics. Once cooled and hardened, these plastics retain their shapes and cannot return to their original form. They are hard and durable. Thermosets can be used for auto parts, aircraft parts and tires. Examples include polyurethanes, polyesters, epoxy resins and phenolic resins.

2. Thermoplastics. Less rigid than thermosets, thermoplastics can soften upon heating and return to their original form. They are easily molded and extruded into films, fibers and packaging. Examples include polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

Topics: Plastic film processing

A glossary on plastic packaging

Often terms are thrown out acronyms and mistakes are made. The following is a short glossary of terms used by the plastic film and packaging sectors when discussing processes and types of plastics.  If talking to a machine vision system provider that is providing an inspection solution , it's probably better to provide the longer description. Hope you find it useful.

Topics: High Resolution Scanner Plastic film processing

100% inspection tool for process control

Often it's difficult in high speed manufacturing to get good feedback on what you would consider obvious issues. Opacity measurement, color reflectivity in plastic film processing, textiles, coating variations for converters, formation analysis for non woven inspection and other visual measurements that change during a long run are not normally measured in real time and 100% inspection vision systems usually target defects that are visually obvious, ignoring the slow moving process issues that cost you dearly in the long run.

Topics: Machine Vision Plastic film inspection Plastic film processing Non-woven Inspection

What needs to be measured in plastic film?

Looking at the plastic film industry from the point of view of an inspection supplier can be quite narrow. This article focuses on measurement requirements often ignored.  

Topics: Plastic film inspection Plastic film processing Surface inspection systems

Plastic film defect segmentation

Roll defects versus film defects

There are so many sources of defects in plastic film processing. By  segmenting according to roll or film, root causes can be addressed. The  table below looks at providing an exhaustive list for the both blown and it can also be applied to cast processes also.

Topics: Plastic film inspection 100% Inspection Plastic film processing

Beginners guide to cast film extrusion

 Cast Film Extrusion Technology

 The cast film extrusion process  is gaining increased popularity and enjoying sustained growth worldwide.  New lines are being installed in a significant number and the market segments penetrated by this technology are on the rise.  This article identifies the main components of a cast extrusion line and presents the fundamental aspects that require consideration when approaching cast film technology.

Topics: Plastic film processing 100% Inspection Plastic film inspection

Collapsing the bubble in blown film

Why we do it?

As we design inspection systems for the plastics industries, I am always searching for great knowledge bases on the cause of defects and problems in the extrusion and printing processes. The goal for OneBoxVision is to provide information to our clients that will help them improve. I came across a great paper from LyondellBasell.  The following blog entry and supporting document is a mix of info from that white paper and some other sources. Hope you find it useful.

Topics: Plastic film inspection Plastic film processing