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Some of the new features in Microscan's AutoVISION 2.0 machine vision software are especially beneficial to packaging applications, where conformance to quality standards, accurate labeling, and process efficiency are top objectives. Below are three key AutoVISION applications for food & beverage, consumer goods, and pharmaceutical customers:

1. Inline Verification ensures that every marked part is processed and shipped with legible, high-quality barcodes, ensuring process efficiency and cradle-to-grave legibility. AutoVISION 2.0's 1D and 2D barcode verification tool evaluates a code's quality against published verification standards such as ISO 15415, ISO 15416, and AIM DPM. Parameters can be modified for custom validation to ensure consistently readable codes for internal process control or internal/external quality requirements. Verification ensures that no product leaves the factory without a readable symbol.


2. OCR & OCV: Packaged products must be marked with information such as batch/lot codes, date codes or serial numbers to meet legal requirements or end customer specifications. This data is printed on the product at the time of manufacture using inkjet printers or laser markers. OCR (Optical Character Recognition) can be used to check that the data printed on the product is the correct data by matching it to a " match string". Microscan Link can be used to set the match string from an external system for automated checking. OCV (Optical Character Verification) is used to verify the legibility of the printed text and as such checks if the printer is still operating properly, producing good quality marks.


3. Mix-up Detection is about finding wrong labels or packaging materials used for the wrong product. For example, sugar soda packaged in a diet version container. Usually, this type of error is caused by an operator loading the wrong (label) stock onto a production line or by wrong labels/containers being supplied in a batch of correct ones. AutoVISION allows mix-up detection on the basis of OCR and barcode. In addition, the locate tool can be trained on a unique feature on the artwork of the correct product, allowing mix-up detection where no barcode or OCR readable text is present.
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