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Ready meal sleeve and best before date verification

Posted in 2D Datamatrix Reading, Diffuse Dome Light, Featured, Food & Beverage, Inspection, Lighting, Object Location, OCR (Optical Character Recognition), Packaging, Part Identification, Presence/Absence, Video

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CAB and Fuse Box Assembly Check

Posted in Automotive, Colour Inspection, Direct Bright Field Illumination, Featured, Inspection, Object Location, Part Identification, Presence/Absence, Video

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Verify & Monitor Direct Part Markings

Posted in 2D Datamatrix Reading, Automotive, Cognex, Featured, Flaw Detection, Inspection, Part Identification, Video

The Challenge: The customer wanted to read and verify 2D datamatrix codes that have been laser marked and / or dot peened onto the surface onto machined surfaces. The laser marked codes were not too much of a problem as there are no wear parts on the laser marking system. However, the stylus on the dot peen marker wore and as a result the quality of the code deteriorated. All codes marker need to meet at least a grade C on the AIM-DPM standard. Zero defect assemblies are crucial in the process so every code needs to be successfully read, therefore the code quality must meet the standards. When poor quality code is identified an alarm needs to be triggered to prompt the operator to remove it from the line so that the stylus can be replaced and the...

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Datamatrix Reading

Posted in 2D Datamatrix Reading, Featured, Inspection, Other, Part Identification

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Food Label Reading

Posted in 1D Barcode Reading, Featured, Food & Beverage, Inspection, OCR (Optical Character Recognition), Part Identification, Uncategorized

  The Challenge: Product information is printed directly onto the outer case of food products as they travel down a conveyor at a speed of 10m/min. The information contains a barcode, the product’s weight, best before dates and the price. All of the information needs to be read and checked against the database and weight sensors situated on the line. Information on the product type is contained within the code, which also needs to be checked. All data needs to be logged in a database located on the network for future traceability. Our Solution: A complete turnkey solution was provided to the customer to be able to read, verify and record the information contained in the printed information....

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Gear Inspection

Posted in Automotive, Featured, Flaw Detection, Inspection, Part Identification, Precision Measurement

The Challenge: An injection moulding process manufactures gears at a rate of 1 every 10 seconds. Each one needs to be checked to ensure there are no short shots, voids, contaminants or other formation defects. Our Solution: A turnkey machine vision inspection solution was designed to to check each gear. The system counted the number of complete teeth and checked for any defects in size, shape or inclusions. The cameras are integrated to a reject station, a network and information screens. Defective products are detected, rejected and an image stored on the network....

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Insert Detection

Posted in Automotive, Featured, Inspection, Object Location, Part Identification, Presence/Absence, Robotic Guidance

The Challenge: A moulded automotive housing travels down a conveyor at a linear speed of 10m/minute. Brass threaded inserts are pressed into the moulding at eight locations. Sometimes the inserts are incorrectly inserted or occasionally missing all together. The vision system needs to check that all inserts are present and correctly inserted into the part. Our Solution: A self-contained vision system locates the moulded part in 360 degrees of potential rotation on the conveyor. The inserts are then inspected as required. Any inserts/location that fails the inspection is relayed to operator in order for them to perform corrective action. This helped improved the factory automation on site and reduced human operator...

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Barcode Reading

Posted in 1D Barcode Reading, Featured, Food & Beverage, Inspection, OCR (Optical Character Recognition), Part Identification

The Challenge: A printer generates a product label ready for application onto a product. Prior to application, each label needs to be inspected to ensure that the print quality and the information  printed is of suitable quality and correct. The labels index at a rate of 2 per second. Our Solution: A high resolution camera system was employed to read the label information using OCR (optical character recognition) and also to grade the barcode to the ANSI standard. Labels with either incorrect, partially missing data or poorly graded codes are marked by an inkjet marker and removed from the line prior to...

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Connector Inspection

Posted in Diffuse Dome Light, Featured, Flaw Detection, Inspection, Lighting, Object Location, Other, Part Identification, Presence/Absence

The Challenge: A manufacturer of electrical connectors needed to guarantee the correct print and number of holes were present on each connector head. The connectors are manufactured in a semi automated process and they produce hundreds of different variants, with new ones being designed every week. Therefore new connector configurations/jobs need to be easily programmed into the system. When a defect is identified this needs to be relayed onto the operator (with a display identifying the fault) so they can remove it from the line to be re-worked. Our Solution: A turnkey solution was created whereby the operators presented the connector head to the vision system after it has been assembled for it to be checked that it is correct and that there are no defects. To help easily train the system for new connectors, a front end was created for the operator to easily load...

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Trim Material and Colour Inspection

Posted in Automotive, Colour Inspection, Featured, Inspection, Part Identification

The Challenge: The machine vision system needs to be able to identify which trim material has been assembled and what its colour is, with over 20 variants to the texture and shade, this needs to be extremely accurate. This needs to happen on the fly while the job is moving on a conveyor at a rate of 5m/min. The system needs to be able to connect to the network and recognise which job is being broadcast so it can ensure the configuration is correct for each instance. Our Solution: A high resolution colour vision camera was installed which detects the the trim colour, and material as it moves down the conveyor. The detected trims are compared against the expected configuration and incorrectly assembled trims are highlighted on the operator interface screen. The defective job can then be removed from...

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Assembly Operation Inspection

Posted in Automotive, Featured, Inspection, Object Location, Part Identification, Presence/Absence, Robotic Guidance

The Challenge: An automotive engine manufacturer needs to check that operations have been carried out correctly during the assembly process. The assemblies  move on a an indexed conveyor and at various stations different operations to the engine take place. There are numerous variants of the engines being assembled on the same line. Zero defect assemblies are crucial in the process so nothing can be missed. When a defect is identified an alarm needs to be triggered to prompt the operator to remove it from the line so it can be re-worked. Our Solution: The assemblies are checked using a turnkey machine vision system with various pattern recognition and contrast tools. The results are displayed to the operator on a touchscreen and transmitted to the PLC for further information processing. The camera is integrated to machines, PLCs and screens for the operator to help...

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Since our foundation in 1967, ABCON has supplied automation controls and sensor technology into most types of manufacturing process and industry sectors. We have always moved with the times, supplying the latest sensing technology as it becomes commercially available. Throughout our history we have continually formed alliances with some of the Worlds leading manufacturers of sensor technology.

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