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What Are Automated Vision Systems?

What are automated vision systems? What capabilities do they have and should you consider investing in one? Automated vision systems, also known as machine vision systems, provide image-based inspection for a variety of industrial and manufacturing applications. Machine vision systems typically involve a smart camera that has been calibrated to perform specific inspections automatically as […]

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3 Reasons You Need a Vision Integrator, Not a Vendor

If you’re reading this blog, chances are you may be familiar with the benefits of machine vision systems to the manufacturing and packaging industries. When properly designed, automated vision inspection systems allow for higher speeds of inspection, with greater  accuracy. The important phrase to note here is “properly designed.” Hundreds of vendors are willing to […]

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Addressing the Impact of Staffing Shortages on Manufacturers

  One of the unexpected ramifications of the pandemic was a massive talent shortage. In 2022, 1 in 4 manufacturers state that staffing shortages are a critical issue for them. The manufacturing industry is still down over 500,000 jobs since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, with most firms urgently seeking skilled labor. According to […]

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The Solution to Product Recalls is Plant Automation

  “If it’s not right, they send it back,” said the CEO of a food manufacturer. Mass retailers are rejecting mislabeled products now more than ever before. And they don’t just send the pallet back, they can reject the whole truck! This is all part of a vigorous process to ensure the safety of perishable […]

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5 Things to Look For in A Vision Inspection System and Partner

Whether you’re new to machine vision or not, there are many options for vision inspection systems today. It can be hard to choose. This guide will help you select the right system by highlighting the 5 things to look for in an inspection system and partner. PROJECT MANAGEMENT As with any project, project management and […]

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Preventing Issues Caused by Spray Triggers

Spray tiggers for home care and personal care products are increasingly popular but often cause filler jams, line backups and product leakage. From bent tubes that don’t pump out solution to tubes that completely miss getting inside the bottle allowing product spillage, mating spray triggers to bottles correctly can prevent a multitude of costs. If […]

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Comparing Two Approaches to Automated Packaging Inspection

High speed packaging inspections help reduce scrap rates, improve product traceability, and protect both your brand and your customers. When done right, these inspections are seamlessly integrated into your lines, helping maintain high throughput rates and providing much more accurate inspections than manual methods. These inspections can look at: Artwork Barcodes 2D matrix codes Expiration […]

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What is OCR Optical Character Recognition?

Optical Character Recognition, or OCR, is a way to automate quality assurance inspections for labels and packaging. At much higher speeds than the human eye, OCR systems can read and analyze various alpha-numeric information on product packages, including: Artwork 2D barcodes Expiration dates and other similar codes Allergen and ingredient information   In as little […]

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Would High Speed OCR Label Inspection Work For Your Products?

Food and beverage manufacturers face an array of challenges when it comes to packaging, labeling, and quality assurance. Add high speed lines, and overlooked issues can be quickly replicated across hundreds or thousands of products. From creating unnecessary scrap to making products untraceable or out-of-compliance, these errors have real costs that are hard to prevent […]

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Why Vision Systems Fail and What to do About It

Many installed vision systems get disconnected or fail to produce results over time because: They get moved or “tweaked” out of alignment Reject rates, alarms or poor results rise over time Line operators cannot easily program new product configurations into the system Inspection programming is not robust enough for all in-plant scenarios How can you […]

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