LINE ANALYTICS AND OPTIMIZATION
Closely monitoring filler and capper performance keeps high speed line operations smooth. FILTEC systems can identify underperforming or broken valves and capper heads within seconds. Immediate warnings prevent wasted product, container damages, and line failures. Analytics provide detailed foundations for line planning and optimization.
Consistent fill level is the most obvious indicator of product quality and the easiest way to monitor the efficiency of a bottling line.
Fill level inspection can be done with both basic x-ray or gamma ray machines, or with robust vision systems. X-ray and gamma ray based machines are best used for high speed, simple applications or for opaque containers, while vision systems can be most beneficial when performing multiple types of inspection simultaneously, such as foam level inspection or floating object detection.
Capping and crowning flaws can result in leaks and damaged product. Cap and crown inspection can be as simple as a sensor determining whether or not a cap is in place, or as complex as equipment that can identify whether a cap is correctly pressurized or if the closer correctly matches the product in the container. FILTEC's vision inspection equipment can also determine if a tamper band is present or damaged on glass containers with thread closures.
Many foreign objects that may be too large to be washed out of returnable glass often float in the necks of filled containers. In dark liquids, these objects can be impossible to see with the naked eye, but a finely tuned vision system can spot them easily.
Sunken objects can appear in sealed, full containers between the filler and the end packaging. Most often, these are small glass shards, introduced when a bottle bursts within the filler or as a result of a crowning or capping defect. Because these glass shards have the same density as the bottle itself, they cannot reliably be detected with x-ray technology, and often are too small to see with the naked eye.
FILTEC's newest unit, the SUREtec, isolates sunken glass fragments in full containers through analyzing refracted light driven by powerful strobes. The SUREtec debuts in early 2016 - to request more information, please contact your local FILTEC representative.