End of line inspections have become a key focus within the Food, Drink and Tobacco industry as retailers are becoming more and more stringent about suppliers meeting correct packaging specifications, quality compliance and good manufacturing practice. The result of incorrect labelling can result in poor customer satisfaction at best; at worst, hefty fines or Emergency Product Withdrawals (EPW). There has been an increasing percentage of product recalls since 2016, especially in the Food and Drink sectors – all of which could be avoided with Acrovision’s Validator Range. To find out more on current product recalls and food alerts, please visit the Food Standards Agency.
The Validator Solution
Acrovision has created a suite of in-line Package and Label Inspection Systems to monitor and control production lines to ensure 100% correct product in the correct packaging with the correct data. This inspection system helps to control the quality of products and their packaging, by ascertaining the sources of defects immediately after being detected by our end of line technology.
Not only can the Validator ensure quality compliance of the packaging, but it can also offer a bespoke inspection system and front end to ensure there are no foreign bodies in the products, which could again result in EPWs and potentially cause a health risk to the public if this is not considered.
The Validator family has been created so that a cost-effective solution, more or less “off-the-shelf”, can be offered with the flexibility of being able to customise each customer’s specific needs. Research shows that manufacturers have the need to check the following aspects of their end of line packaging:
Correct and readable barcode
Correct and readable batch code/ serial number
Label applied and in correct position
Minimize end of line defects
Ensure quality compliance throughout production
One of the new additions is the Validator OMNI – created to read and check 1D and 2D barcodes in any possible direction / orientation on circular food packaging items.
Please click below for some published press releases on the Validator: