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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.

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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

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

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

Advanced Label Inspection tools released

Printing labels is a demanding task. OneBoxVision has released a new tool simply called the Label Wizard. This tool contains label detection and die cut matrix inspection. Other advanced tools, such as Print Inspection, Color Measurement and Label Counting use the information from the label wizard to optimize their results.  Now a system integrator and OEMs can use this suite of algorithms to build advanced but cost effective label inspection systems for the narrow web printing market.

Topics: Vision system solutions Print inspection systems Label Inspection

Automatic sheet inspection system from OneBoxVision

OneBoxVision releases it's new automatic sheet inspection system. Watch the video below to see our latest software operatre an interface with a collaborative robot to automate sheet handling and marking. 

Topics: Vision system solutions Print inspection systems Robotics Sheet inspection

Gel Counting for plastic films

 

Gel counting is 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

GigE is here for plastic film inspection

OneBoxVision has released ImageFlow on it's latest Astro 4X processor supporting the latest network camera interfaces. Now plastic extrusion companies, OEMs and engineering teams can deploy film 100% inspection systems using low cost GigE cameras.

Topics: Vision system solutions Surface inspection systems Building and buying vision systems Industry 4.0