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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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Piston Circlip Inspection

Posted in Automotive, Diffuse Dome Light, Featured, Inspection, Lighting, Object Location, Presence/Absence, Video

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Spot the Difference

Posted in Automotive, Diffuse Dome Light, Featured, Flaw Detection, Inspection, Lighting, Object Location, Presence/Absence, Video

See if you can spot the differences between these two images (hint … there’s 5), watch the video for the results....

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Gearbox Inspection

Posted in Automotive, Diffuse Dome Light, Featured, Flaw Detection, Inspection, Precision Measurement, Presence/Absence, Robotic Guidance

The Challenge: A manufacturer of gearbox assemblies needed to guarantee a watertight seal . The assemblies  move on a an indexed conveyor and at various stations different operations to the gearbox take place. There are numerous variants of gearbox being assembled on the same line. At one station a 2mm bead of sealant is applied automatically by a robot. The sealant needs to be checked for presence, position, voids and any variations in its width. Zero defect assemblies are crucial in the assembly and the sealant is a major part of this. 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 sealant is located, measured and checked for defects using a machine vision system incorporating a ‘bead detection’ algorithm. The results are displayed to the operator on a touchscreen and...

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Pill Inspection

Posted in Diffuse Dome Light, Featured, Flaw Detection, Inspection, Medical, Precision Measurement, Presence/Absence

The Challenge: To check that all the pills have been formed correctly, that they are the right size, shape, colour and free from any defects (inclusions, voids, contamination … etc) Accuracy of the measurement needed to be within 10 microns and had to be a 21 CFR Part 11 compliant system. The tablet finishes also vary (coated (film), bright or flat finish, white or coloured, uncoated, printed, embossed, potential multilayers, etc.) so it has to cope with that as well. Our Solution: A turnkey vision inspection solution to check every pill, down to 5 microns. The vision tools checked the perimeter and the center (break) line of each pill for any defects. It can cope with most finishes and the most common tablet shapes as well (round, almond, caplet, triangular, oblong, octagonal, oval, square, pentagonal, tear).  The system checks...

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Bread Inspection

Posted in Colour Inspection, Diffuse Dome Light, Featured, Flaw Detection, Food & Beverage, Inspection, Presence/Absence, Uncategorized

The Challenge: Our customer wanted to be able to check the colour of every loaf to ensure that the ‘bake time’ was correct. The loaves exit the oven in batches of 12 tins.  The customer wanted to introduce a ‘closed loop’ system whereby consistent under or over baking adjusted the conveyor speed through the oven in order to compensate accordingly. Our Solution: A high resolution, colour area scan camera was installed along with diffuse LED lighting. The colour of each loaf in the batch is analysed and based upon statistical trend analysis the control system PLC adjusts the line speed as required. Additionally, individual loafs which fall outside acceptable colour limits are rejected from the line downstream. If more than 5 consecutive loafs are rejected the camera sends an ’emergency’  signal to the PLC so that the operator knows there was a major problem on the...

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ECU Assembly Inspection

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

The Challenge: To ensure that certain components have been correctly assembled on the PCB. Our Solution: A high resolution colour camera and white LED dome light was used to acquire an image of each PCB. Major components, such as electrolytic capacitors, chokes and the semiconductor chips are checked for presence and orientation (capacitors).  Incorrectly assembled PCBs are rejected and the machine operator...

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Cap Alignment Inspection

Posted in Back Lighting, Colour Inspection, Diffuse Dome Light, Featured, Flaw Detection, Food & Beverage, Inspection, Precision Measurement, Presence/Absence, Uncategorized

The Challenge: After bottles exit the filling line, the lids are screwed on each one at rates of up to 100 bottles per minute. The vision system needed to be able to operate in a wash down environment (ideally at least a IP65 system) and for each bottle the checks it carries out need to include: – that there is a bottle cap present – that the bottle cap has been screwed on properly (ie completely screwed on correctly and not cross threaded) – that the bottle cap has no significant defects in it. The system needs to trigger a reject station and let the operator know that a defect has been detected. Our Solution: A self-contained IP67 rated, stainless steel vision inspection solution to check every bottle cap ‘on the fly’, at a rate of up to 120 bottles...

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Cashew Nut Colour Inspection

Posted in Colour Inspection, Diffuse Dome Light, Featured, Food & Beverage, Inspection, Presence/Absence

The Challenge: The customer was having problems with the nut roast time (under / over cooking) and they needed a system to be able to monitor it. The nuts travel through an oven on a conveyor and the roasting can be controlled by either the temperature of the ovens, or the speed of the conveyor (to reduce errors, the bake is controlled by the conveyors only). Initially they wanted the system to run independently of their ovens / conveyors but ultimately they would like to create a closed loop whereby the systems could connect directly to the conveyors, whereby consistent under or over baking adjusted the conveyor speed through the oven in order to compensate accordingly. Our Solution: A high resolution, colour area scan camera was installed along with diffuse LED lighting. The average colour of the roasted nuts is analysed and based...

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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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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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