International player invests in Sacmi inspection systems for correct cap application on the dairy and ready-to-drink products made in its US plants
Sacmi has become the official “problem solver” of a leading food&drink multinational that has several plants across the USA (with dairy and ready to drink tea bottling lines), meeting their quality control needs efficiently and effectively. For example, a common bottling line problem concerns the need to check the cap application angle on every single container and reject all containers with caps that are either too tight (i.e. too difficult to open) or too loose (i.e. with compromised product sealing performance).
In this case, the solution is the CVS360-3D, the module for 360° quality control of three-dimensional objects. Developed by Sacmi's Automation & Service Division, this advanced system (mounted on the LVS360 platform) caught the attention of the customer, who then carried out in-the-field trials plus dynamic tests performed in Sacmi Imola's Beverage R&D facility. The outcome: output quality that is 100% guaranteed, with false rejects reduced to less than 0.03%.
Installed and started up just recently - to the customer's immense satisfaction - the LVS360 system equipped with the CVS360-3D module has the outstanding capacity of being able to check for correct cap application and, more specifically, measure (using 4 HD video cameras) the exact distance between the embossed logo on the cap and the one on the bottle support ring (the PUM or pull-up mark). Moreover, advanced CVS360-3D module software, which translates the acquired 3D image into a 2D image, gives a perfect reconstruction of both cap and bottle neck. This allows measurement of the distance between the PUMs (a key parameter in testing for proper cap application), allowing real-time detection of every minimal deviation from quality parameter settings.
Designed for use on food&drink lines, the LVS360 system has an inspection capacity of 72,000 bottles per hour, with neck diameters of up to 38 mm. Made of stainless steel and featuring an excellent protection rating (IP65), it can be washed with water both inside and out.
Once again, this key order underlines the soundness of Sacmi's integrated, modular and customisable quality control solutions for every stage of bottle, label and primary packaging manufacture. The same user-friendly interface of the machine – and the CVS3000 software shared by the entire range of Sacmi inspection systems – makes control incredibly easy, speeding up setting times and allowing remote control of line performance from any device connected to the corporate network.