In virtually all industrial sectors the relevance of image processing is continuously on the rise. Solutions based on the analysis of digital images are becoming more and more popular, especially in answer to challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution which led to the digitization and interlinking of production means. Cameras are used in machine and plant engineering to monitor production and packaging processes.
Controlling Variable Data on Pre-Packaged Goods
A best before date on pre-packed food or medication is required by law in the EU, Switzerland, and many other markets worldwide. It is a challenge for the image processing industry to quickly and reliably check best before dates and product numbers, regardless of the products’ different packaging formats and designs.
Our product SAFE-IDENT OCR determines whether the best before date, as well as the product number, are present, correct, legible and complete on the product. The software can handle numerous different packaging formats and is able to decipher any data regardless of the print quality.
Code Inspection Optimizes Quality Control
Quality control is also essential in industrial packaging processes for almost all industries. Loading the packaging machines with the wrong material can lead to high expenditures of time and money. For instance, a product containing allergenic substances might erroneously be put into boxes declaring a non-allergenic product. Simple random offline controls after the packaging process hold the risk of a high error rate, which leads to many rejects.
SAFE-IDENT Code can check the presence and correctness of up to 300 barcodes and data matrix codes per minute during the packaging process. Our one camera solution with excellent optical qualities can tackle all the challenges of inline quality control. Even tiny, variable data on varying packaging formats can be read quickly and reliably.
Reliable Examination of Labels
Single-dose packages, bottles, cans, and many other packaging units require mandatory quality controls. If these products are provided with the wrong or with erroneous labels, high costs may arise, which could have been avoided.
SAFE-IDENT Label quickly and reliably checks whether the labels are present, correct, readable, and complete. For this, labels are placed into an offline monitoring station on a random basis – for instance, at the start of a new product batch and then at regular intervals.
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