Take a look around: Sensor sees cylindrical surface, 360 degrees

Natick, MA — Ability to see the cylindrical surface of bottles and cans, vials, or cosmetic containers at 360 degrees without product orientation or accurate positioning would save a lot of time and effort. The Cognex OmniView uses 4 cameras to do so, reading barcodes, verifying text, inspecting graphics and measuring features at speeds up to 1,200 parts per minute.
By Control Engineering Staff December 20, 2007

Natick, MA — Ability to see the cylindrical surface of bottles and cans, vials, or cosmetic containers at 360 degrees without product orientation or accurate positioning would save a lot of time and effort. The Cognex OmniView uses 4 cameras to do so, reading barcodes, verifying text, inspecting graphics and measuring features at speeds up to 1,200 parts per minute.

Traditional methods requires stopping the line and rotating each cylindrical object in front of a line scan camera, a process that is too slow for modern production, Cognex says. Eliminating complex and expensive equipment needed with a line scan camera, the company says, dramatically lowers cost, reduces complexity, and boosts throughput.

Cognex OmniView ensures product quality and package integrity by:
* Reading 1D barcodes and 2D matrix codes;
* Checking for date code presence;
* Detecting damaged products;
* Checking for torn or missing labels;
* Confirming package and product match;
* Verifying required allergen statements;
* Assessing print quality; and
* Inspecting package graphics.

—Edited by Mark T. Hoske, editor in chief
Control Engineering News Desk
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