NMW 2003: ipd's iLabel checks label placement, quality

Chicago, IL—ipd, the intelligent products division of Coreco Imaging, Inc. (Billerica, MA), in-troduced its latest machine vision appliance, iLabel, on March 4 at National Manufacturing Week (NMW) 2003.


Chicago, IL— ipd , the intelligent products division of Coreco Imaging, Inc. (Billerica, MA), in-troduced its latest machine vision appliance, iLabel, on March 4 at National Manufacturing Week (NMW) 2003. Requiring only minutes of setup time, iLabel accurately checks the placement and quality of labels on bottles, boxes, cans and other packaged goods. iLabel will be available for sale in April 2003. ipd is located at Booth 4112 at NMW 2003.

'Vision appliances are prepackaged machine vision solutions that incorporate everything users need to perform a specific inspection task in a rugged, compact enclosure with a simple user interface,' says Steve Geraghty, ipd's director. 'iLabel, the second product in ipd's line of machine vision appliances, is an easily deployed solution for manufacturers of packaged goods.'

iLabel first verifies that the correct label is present and properly placed on the package. It then detects flags, tears and damage to the label, and inspects each one for significant defects such as smears, splatter and contamination.

sers through the steps needed to set up an inspection task, including defining parameters for acceptable label positions and angles. Using proprietary neural network technology, iLabel then automatically learns the variation in good labels. The learned label and inspection parameters can be saved asa 'solution' and quickly restored or downloaded when the label is changed. Solutions can be saved on the vision appliance or on a network so that a particular label inspection can be trained for one manufacturing line and used on many others.

2 using standard protocols.

Users can configure inputs that trigger inspection events and outputs that control such external equipment as PLCs and rejecters. The vision appliance's sophisticated internal control processor provides direct control of rejected products in simple applications, often making a PLC unnecessary.

Users access iLabel through a standard web browser, enabling them to configure, remotely moni-tor and debug their applications. The vision appliance is available with an external CCD interface that supports a variety of industry-proven cameras. A dedicated display output allows users to focus the camera and perform a runtime check prior to running the application.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor

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