FAQ's

Q. Are inspection solutions necessary?

A. Product integrity is a big issue for manufacturers. The high speeds at which products are processed, packaged and labelled today, as well as the reality of short and varied production runs, results in a wide variety of possible defects. And the second those defects leave the factory doors, they can be potentially damaging for the brand owners.

Product inspection systems, such as metal detectors, checkweighers, x-ray and vision inspection systems, can help ensure that every product leaving your factory doors is of the best quality, ticking all the boxes for consumers and retailers. At the same time, they can substantially decrease operational expenses and optimise plant efficiency. There are also compliance requirements and regulations which may mandate the use of inspection.

To find out if an inspection solution would benefit your business, calls us on 1300 IQVISION (1300 478 474). You can also download our Ultimate guide to inspection eBook.

Q. Do I need a Checkweigher?

A. Checkweigh systems are used to reduce waste and overfill. They can support weight compliance for two standards: AQS and non-AQS (UTML).

Checkweighing is also essential if you supply to leading retailers. They often have their own compliance requirements, such as the Woolworths’ WQA, which mandates checkweighing for Home Brand products, and highly recommends it for all products.

Checkweighers are most often associated with compliance to regulations, but they can also boost your bottom line by reducing waste, tightening tolerances and ensuring more consistent products. So even with a packet of nuts, saving the tiniest amount of overfill could add up to massive savings over time.

Because checkweigh technology can help manufacturers detect issues with product overfill (or underfill), you are able to correct the problem fast and save costs.

Q. Which is better, metal detector or x-ray?

A. Metal detection and X-ray inspection have long been the first line of defence for food and beverage processors, but vast improvements in engineering and software mean it’s not immediately obvious which will provide the best performance.

So what’s the answer for metal detection vs X-ray inspection? Well, the bottom line is, one solution doesn’t fit all. There are many factors that affect performance so the best way to choose your ideal inspection system is to look at your exact application, product and industry needs.

To find out if which will better suit your inspection requirement, calls us on 1300 IQVISION (1300 478 474). You could also refer to articles on our blog.

Q. What is Machine Vision?

A. Machine vision is the application of camera and computer technologies to provide automatic inspection, process control and robot guidance in manufacturing and industrial applications.

Q. What is a smart camera?

A.  A smart camera or "intelligent camera" is a self-contained, standalone vision system with built-in image sensor in the housing of an industrial video camera. It contains all necessary communication interfaces, e.g. Ethernet,  I/O lines for connection to a PLC. 

Q. What can a vision inspection system do? 

A. As vision system technology improves, so do the number of ways vision inspection is being used on packaging lines. A snapshot of common applications include:

  • Confirming package and product match, lowering risk of recall
  • Reducing scrap by detecting wrong or mislabeled products early in the production process
  • Checking for torn or missing labels
  • Reading 1D and 2D barcodes, enabling products to be tracked and traced through manufacturing
  • Verifying print integrity, ensuring brand imaging on store display
  • Detecting products damaged in operations
  • Ensuring that inkjet printers are functioning properly by checking date code presence 
  • Performing date and lot code OCR and OCV, verifying that product information is correctly printed and that labels are placed on the right products
  • Providing robotic guidance
  • Checking for shape, roundness and conformity
  • Providing shape-based orientation

Q. What is the cost of a vision camera?

A. Vision technology is continuously evolving and becoming more and more accessible because the cost is reducing while the adoption has increased multi-fold. The cost depends on a number of factors including:

  • Application which will determine the camera, lighting, software and peripherals needed
  • Complexity of application that will determine the effort required to build and commission the system
  • The chosen technology brand

An experienced systems integrator can help you with all the above three areas.

Q. What are the benefits of a vision inspection solution?

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