Ensure product safety and show full traceability with vision inspection
Food and beverage manufacturers face growing scrutiny in areas such as quality control, product safety, sustainability and traceability. Whether it’s adapting to changing regulations, proving product and ingredient traceability or preventing pack contamination, the whole industry is under pressure like never before.
Changing consumer trends means new products coming to market with more bespoke and complex packaging. From the rise of new plant-based food ranges to the return of cardboard packaging in the drinks industry, the future of many products will depend on the effective monitoring and management of raw materials, product integrity and wastage.
Powerful solutions to the industry’s biggest challenges
Protect product quality
Monitoring raw materials in real-time can catch potential defects early, improving productivity and reducing wastage or costly extra reworks. Vision intelligence can inspect product volumes or quantities, check for missing items or use the latest deep learning technology to automate previously ‘human’ inspections such as product variation or cosmetic damage.
Hit sustainability goals
Reducing or removing plastic from the manufacturing process while ensuring pack stability is a real challenge, especially when consumers continue to demand single-use products. Vision inspection can check pack integrity on lines where plastic has been replaced by hot melt glue and prevent wastage through rapid inspection for perishable goods.
Prove full traceability
Showing and proving product traceability is crucial for quality, consumer safety and reputation. Vision intelligence can follow products through the supply chain, checking batch codes, tracking allergens and ensuring the correct product labelling to give retailers and consumers confidence in your products. And make future recalls easier to trace.
Protect product quality
Automated vision intelligence can carry out simple or complex and inspections – from fill level inspection or product inspection to high-speed label or code inspection, optical character recognition (OCR), 2D and 3D object identification, sortation, presence or absence verification and much more.
Automate quality control
Spot missing parts or defects, catch operator errors or prevent assembly issues before products leave the factory. With automated vision inspection, quality control systems can ensure repeatability and reliability in every finished product.
Get ready for ‘lights-out’
The future of ‘lights out’ automation is fast approaching for all manufacturers. Ignoring the fact won’t work forever. Whatever stage your business is at on its industry 4.0 journey, vision intelligence can help you adopt automation to find efficiencies and stay competitive long-term.