There is a strict qualification process that determines which food items will make it to your cupboard - and it doesn't rely solely on your shopping list and good taste! Automated packaging systems today employ a series of highly regulated checkpoints to guarantee the integrity of each and every food product available on the market. These systems have become the norm in the food and beverage industry, where sophisticated machines work autonomously to ensure that your food is packaged quickly and safely.
To prevent errors from slipping by unnoticed amid all the hustle and bustle, automated packaging systems rely on data tracking and inspection solutions (like barcode and machine vision technology) to communicate errors back to the line operators or to a centralized system. These technologies perform many functions throughout a packaging line, capturing and processing data at various checkpoints to ensure your can of beans arrives to you properly labeled with the correct contents, free from dents and defects, and thoroughly documented in compliance with important safety regulations.
In a recent webinar from Microscan, ID and Inspection from Can to Carton, we followed a can of beans down a packaging line to observe the role that barcode and machine vision play in the efficient production of a quality end-product. Presenter Mike Dietzel, Solutions Engineer on Microscan's industry-focused Packaging team, led our tour of the automated packaging process. During the presentation, Mike explained common applications of ID and inspection technology from the point at which the beans are canned to the moment they leave the factory.
At one stop in our packaging line tour, Mike offered a close-up look at a machine vision system that is used to locate, read, and verify both barcodes and text. After the contents of a can are sealed up tight, the can is printed with inkjet symbols that convey important information like expiration dates or batch codes. If a can is printed with the wrong symbol, or if the printed text or barcode are unreadable, the machine vision system logs an error. The can is then rejected to prevent the wrong product - or an improperly marked product - from entering into a larger batch and shipping out to your local grocer.
Wondering what other common tasks machine vision and barcode can perform in food and beverage packaging? Watch our webinar on demand - ID and Inspection from Can to Carton - to learn more.
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