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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

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

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

Learn how rollers and web handling affect your 100% inspection system’s performance

The following article explains the many reasons why rollers (idlers) and web material properties can adversely affect inspection performance especially for 100% print inspection. Let's understand exactly the effects of idlers and web paths on your vision system. 

Topics: Vision system solutions Print inspection systems Surface inspection systems 100% Inspection Plastic film processing

3D Pixa changes the game when it comes to 3D industrial inspection

3D Pixa can be used for advanced surface inspection

Surface inspection goes 3D but with a large field of view and high accuracy. The 3D Pixa can be used for industrial inspection using standard ImageFlow tools. Watch the presentation and learn more.

Topics: Surface inspection systems 3D