Fishers, IN – Acquire Automation expanded its Q Series of machine vision label inspection systems with the introduction of LabelQ for Inline Inspection of Oriented Product, an automated system that inspects labeled bottles on the production line for a variety of label conditions. Using one or two cameras, the system inspects the front and/or back labels on an oriented bottle for label accuracy, label position and skew, as well as making sure that the label is free of physical or printing errors. System options also enable it to inspect for print quality and label surface wrinkles.
The Food & Drug Administration identified labelling errors as the number one cause of product recalls. It is critical that manufacturers inspect labels to ensure that the correct label is placed on a bottle, that physical defects such as wrinkles or folds do not cover listed contents such as allergens, and that blurred printing does not make critical information unreadable. LabelQ is able to accomplish this at production line speeds while automatically identifying defective or incorrect labels for rejection from the line before they can leave the facility and cause problems for retailers and consumers.
An optional feature of LabelQ’s system is having the cameras and lights held in a stainless steel NEMA 4X/IP65 enclosure that fits over an existing production line conveyor, eliminating the need to break into an existing line to incorporate the system. A height adjustability function lets the system adjust digitally without any moving parts or tools for quick setup, changeover, and robust performance. The system inspects bottles at speeds up to 400 ppm for bottles carrying labels up to 12 inches in height and 7 inches wide. Optional features enable the inspection of larger bottles and/or labels.
The LabelQ software features a multi-touch HMI interface that enables line operators to complete two-touch product changeovers and add new product targets to the inspection menu. The software also produces reports and audit logs of the inspections carried out. Such reports and logs are invaluable in the event of an FDA inspection, and also contribute valuable information for manufacturers’ Continuous Improvement programs.
Brian Mack, Acquire’s Vice President of Operations, says “LabelQ for Inline Inspection of Oriented Product is designed with the perfect balance of ease of use, robust inspection, and industry leading technology and support. Our goal is to help customers improve their quality programs, minimize risk, and improve their bottom line with this great new addition to the Acquire LabelQ line of inspection systems.”
Acquire Automation, Inc. is an industry leader in manufacturing and vision system solutions for the food and beverage, pharmaceutical and medical device, industrial manufacturing and consumer goods industries. These systems can inspect targets ranging from individual parts to complete manufactured products as well as the labels and codes applied to them. Headquartered in Fishers, Indiana, Acquire Automation serves customers throughout North America. For further information about Acquire and its inspection systems, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.acquireautomation.com.