Acrovision has created the Validator OMNI – the latest addition to our suite of in-line Package and Label Inspection Systems – this will read and check barcodes in any possible direction / orientation on circular packaged items (such as pots, jars, cartons etc.) – the full 360!
The Validator OMNI reads each EAN barcode to match against a pre-set matchcode. It can also read a 2D ‘foil code’ on the lid of the product to confirm a correct lid and cross-check against the EAN code.
Each camera’s ‘field of view’ is overlapped, meaning there are no blank areas, so the Vaalidator OMNI doesn’t miss a code!
This Validator OMNI is ideal for food and drink manufacturers to validate codes on both the circular containers and the foil lids. For instance, on the side of the pot, the OMNI validates the EAN barcode (which can be in numerous positions around the pot) to match against a pre-set matchcode. It also reads a 2D ‘foil code’ on the lid of the product to confirm a correct lid and cross-check against the EAN code.
We also have a key packaging contractor who is also using the OMNI to read codes on all kinds of cylindrical packaging items, containers for yoghurt, soup, noodles, for example.
The excellent depth of field means that the smallest to largest size pots and all possible barcode positions can be validated without any physical change required. The line system receives information about what product is running and sets the correct barcode in each camera. Products that don’t match are rejected and a reject signal is triggered. Batch statistics and reports can also be sent back for archiving and ongoing analysis of results.
Acrovision’s Validator OMNI solution, using Cognex DataMan camera vision systems, consists of up to six cameras around the conveyor belt to cover the diameter of the pot and an optional camera on top, if foil inspection is required. Each camera’s ‘field of view’ is overlapped, meaning there are no blank areas, so Validator OMNI doesn’t miss a code.
Acrovision’s Validator family has been created to offer a cost-effective solution more-or-less ‘off-the-shelf’, depending on level of validation needed. Each Validator consists of one or more cameras, the Validator software and generally, a front-end monitor to display real-time data and provide the interface to select new batch runs. The Validator 200 checks barcodes and text, whereas Validator 300 ensures 100% correct product in the correct packaging, including fill-level and cap-detection.