Cognex are the perfect multi-purpose systems, allowing simultaneous inspections of neck ovality / finish, flash and handle fold. Cognex are available as off-the-shelf, self-customisable units but can be fitted with remote access capability so the ALS Controls team are always on hand for any necessary support.
The ALS Controls VCS10 is the Rolls Royce of vision inspection in terms of sophistication and advanced functionality but not in terms of price! The VCS10 offers high-end, bespoke plastic container inspection at high-speed – up to 400CPM as well as optional infeed metering.
Top down neck inspection can be conducted to identify issues such as: blocked bore and ovality; the overall dimensions of the bore (at +/-0.15mm) and; for any signs of flash. 360°container body inspection can also be performed to assess: handle formation / fold / blockage, flash /slug in a handle, signs of contamination / burn holes to 0.2mm in size, streaking and; for any flash around the container body. Neck thread inspection can check thread dimension at +/-0.1mm, thread step height and of course for any flash.
ALS Controls’ Bar Code scanning solution can inspect every container as it comes out of the labeller / filler at speeds of up to 400 containers per minute to ensure the correct label is on the container. Add in a colour cap sensor and the container cap can also be checked against the label and/or the selected container type; rejecting those that do not match the chosen correlations.
The bar code scanner is supplied with an operator interface which allows operatives to select which container is running and can also be used to read the codes of new products for set-up purposes. The unit can also be connected directly to modern filler control systems and automatically read the container type being produced without the need for operator set-up.
Supplied in a stainless steel cabinet with warning sounder and lamp indicator the unit is IP55 rated for use in wash down areas. The unit can be supplied free standing or with brackets to mount to a conveyor. All fixings are hand adjustable for easy operator changeover.