Reliable Examination of Labels
Single-dose packages, bottles, cans, and many other packaging units require mandatory quality controls. Mixed up label rolls or print layouts are a horror scenario for anyone in food production. Visual controls of the products take up a lot of time and human ressources. Despite dual control systems transposed digits or careless mistakes are still a looming risk. And such errors can cause expensive claims or even require a product recall. Current developments in digital image processing and artificial intelligence open up new, efficient and reliable ways of monitoring.
SAFE-IDENT Label Professional is a complete testing station that enables offline verification of complete packages or printed products.
Prevent and Avoid Overproduction Easily
It can happen so quickly that the wrong labels wind up on a product or a product was printed incorrectly – they may even identify the product correctly, but unfortunately in the wrong language. Since many companies export all across Europe or even worldwide, the same labels or products are usually available in different languages. But, not every employee is able to recognize every language immediately and without a doubt! Errors during the loading process of the packaging machines are therefore pre-programmed. These are often noticed only after numerous batches have already been produced – with expensive consequences. An inline inspection of each individual product could be a solution, but this poses a challenge due to the large variety of different packaging. If the inline system has to adapt to stretch films, cardboard boxes, tubular bags, cans, paper composites, vacuum packs or glass, the complexity and the costs increase disproportionately. Additionally, the labels of packagings of piece good are also often curved and not machine-readable. But digital image processing offers an innovative solution.
Reliable Inspection Instead of Dual Control
With SAFE-IDENT Label, Strelen Control Systems has developed a tried and tested system that is already being used successfully in industry. Safe-Ident Label quickly and reliably checks data for presence, correctness, legibility and completeness. The products do not have to be tested inline with this process. Instead all necessary labels or films of a product are placed on a test sheet, which is then compared with the stored sample sheet in the database. The hardware used is a standard table scanner using up very little space. Highly developed and powerful software based on artificial intelligence enables the collection and processing of complex data. Beforehand, the software is taught any desired range of products. The user can define various features, such as font, barcodes or data matrix codes. All types of labels, including outer packaging labels as well as data on printed packagings and products, are recognized in the inspection process and all identification numbers, codes, lot numbers and best-before dates are compared with the stored data record. At the same time, a log with documentation is created. If the software registers an error, production is not released and the responsible employee is informed.
SAFE-IDENT Label evaluates the collected data regardless of content or language. If employees are not 100% sure about the language or script or cannot at first glance distinguish between similar languages (such as Polish and Czech) and fonts (such as Cyrillic or Greek), Safe-Ident Label identifies the corresponding language directly. A neural network is used for character recognition.
A Multitude of Uses in a Variety of Industries:
Compatible with other Strelen Products
Various Hardware Versions Available
SAFE-IDENT Label can be combined with other Strelen products to perform multiple verification tasks with just one system. With SAFE-IDENT Code, any code on a product is captured and read regardless of position. SAFE-IDENT OCR can additionally verify all variable data inline, even at very high production speeds or difficult environmental conditions.
The standard version of SAFE-IDENT Label includes a conventional tabletop scanner with a correspondingly compact design, on which sample sheets with affixed labels or a number of loose labels are placed. The Professional Edition integrates a single-camera solution into a complete inspection station in which entire packages (top and bottom) and printed products can be inspected offline in a single process. In cooperation with REA Elektronik GmbH, Strelen also offers a complete solution with the REA VeriCube for metrological code inspection according to ISO standards and – thanks to integrated label software layout control.
You can find all the information about Label in the various versions in our info flyer, which you can request here free of charge:
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