Following the global partnership between AutoCoding Systems and SICK, we’re going to be demonstrating our new automatic print inspection solution, 4Sight, on the SICK stand at the forthcoming PPMA Total Show.  We’re delighted that the 4Sight solution has already been shortlisted in the PPMA Awards for the most Innovative Vision Solution.

Visitors to the show, which is taking place at the NEC between 1st and 3rd October, will be able to see how the 4Sight application communicates directly with any brand of printer, with no requirement to “teach” the camera what to look for.  Unlike more traditional vision inspection techniques, no fixturing, such as an edge or logo, is needed; the software can automatically cope with variations in artwork, background and text location.  The versatility of the solution means it can be set for varying levels of inspection, from print presence through to full OCR. The application offers full flexibility allowing users to determine acceptable print quality tolerances and define what is considered a good read, bad read or no read on a per product basis.

As all processing is undertaken onboard the SICK camera where the 4Sight software resides, no line-side PC is needed.  There is a simple set-up process for camera position, set-up, focus, illumination and exposure time, with no requirement for operators to configure features or regions of interest.  The software automatically adjusts to accommodate real-time message changes, such as date code and clock time.  In addition, there are a number of configurable features to allow the solution to be easily optimised for fast processing time, making it an ideal print inspection solution for high speed applications, such as bottling and canning lines.

PPMA visitors will also be able to see demonstrations of AutoCoding’s world class code deployment and packaging verification solution which is already being used on over 1000 packaging lines throughout the UK, US and Australia to reduce the risk of coding and packaging errors.