Quality is crucial for manufacturers’ growth and sustainability. Without quality measures, you run the risk of food safety issues, production downtime, and worse, damaged brand perception. Increased demands for more products quicker and increasing expectations by consumers’ means manufacturers can no longer rely on the human eye for inspection.
Automated vision inspection systems, bottle inspection, can inspection, foreign object detectors, X-ray machines, and scanners are now used to ensure product quality. Not only are automated inspection systems important for quality, but they also provide efficiency, manufacturing intelligence to improve production, and reduced operational expenses.
Not all inspection systems are the same. You’d be surprised at how the tiniest functionality can gravely impact an inspection systems efficiency. Below are some best practices to consider when evaluating your inspection system needs.
- What is on your packaging line? Make sure you choose the right inspection systems for your packaging line. Take into consideration maintaining the equipment, how your processes will work, product changeovers, and what inspection system needs both upstream and downstream. More importantly, be sure to calculate return on investment.
- What are your line inspection system requirements? Make sure the inspection system meet your production line needs. Will the inspection system provides a return on investment? How long will it take to realize the ROI? Is the system scalable to meet your growth forecasts? Are you able to determine obsolescence; this will provide insight into how long you can use the inspection system parts.
- Upstream and Downstream. Incorporate process controls at critical points on the production line to provide quality checks.
- Make sure your inspection system is designed to meet your inspection requirements. Communicating clear goals to your vision machine manufacturer will provide the information they need to manufacturer your machines to the desired specifications and compliance requirements.
- What are the limitations? Make sure you know the conditions the inspection system needs for optimum performance. Vibration, electrical needs, Ethernet, salt, sugar, or moisture can be sensitive elements for inspection systems, and you need to be aware of this upfront.
- Staff training. Your inspection system manufacturer must train your staff on how to operate the system, understand maintenance schedules, and have a checklist for optimum use. Today’s inspection systems have easy-to-use operating systems that reduce operator errors.
- Get it right. Spend the time to conduct a Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) to make sure your inspection system works to your specifications before installation.
Implementing an inspection system on your production is a considerable investment, and every manufacturer inspection needs differ. Know your goals upfront, communicate, and take the time to implement the inspection system correctly.
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