Vials

Inspection of vials in several stages of the process

Hot end: Pan

The Pan inspection system is mounted on the carousel / forming machine(s) and measures the outer dimensions of the shoulder, neck and lip while the product is mounted in a chuck. Pan systems are available for indexing and non-indexing forming machines.

The hot-end design requires a dedicated optical design. Electronics, camera, lens and lighting unit are placed outside the carousel, on the back end of the Pan system. The full unit can be moved backward and forwards using guiding rails on the side of the unit. This allows faster maintenance; slide the unit back, perform the required activity and slide the unit in place again.

As a safety measure, a break part has been designed (inside the carousel). In case of bad positioning of the unit by an operator, the break part will be torn off and thus prevents damag to the unit and other expensive parts. The break part is cheap and easily replaceable.

Inspection-results are displayed on the screen in a graphical form (each measurement in a graph). In addition to that, the performance of each individual chuck and tool can be reviewed, as well as the performance over the full batch for each measurement.

 

Before oven: Telesto

Telesto is designed to measure the inner diameter of the vial using a perpendicular view. The vial is lifted from the line and aligned with the optical configuration. A full scan is performed in the measured inner diameter.

The Telesto system can be combined with other inspection systems, keeping the same user interface. Telesto uses special handling and a dedicated optical configuration to provide very accurate inspection performance.

 

After oven: Rhea

VIMEC Rhea systems perform cosmetic inspection on vials, a final inspection which is typically performed shortly before the packing. The Rhea system uses different viewing angles and various camera types to perform cosmetic inspection on various parts of the product. Given the large number of possible defects, the design anticipates on a setup of multiple complimentary Rhea systems to ensureĀ complete cosmetic inspection without compromising quality.

The system has been optimized to allow the best coverage of the product without any concession is speed or performance. The main areas for inspection include body, neck, lip, sealing area (top) and bottom. Rhea uses bright field illumination for all viewing angles and the vial is rotated over 360ā°.

 

After oven: Triton (Dark Field)

Like Rhea, Triton is used for the cosmetic inspection of vials. This inspection functionality uses Dark Field lighting for detection of cracks, inclusions and other reflective defects.

The default configuration uses a Roto-handler for handling and presentation of the products. This high-speed handling unit offers more increased efficiency, resulting in higher inspection-speed the conventional systems.