Combi X-Ray Inspection and Checkweigher: news for vertical products
To successfully respond to the growing companies’ needs for the inspection and control of products intended for vertical packaging, which travel vertically along the production line, we developed an integrated solution intended for vertical products.
The Integrated X-Ray Inspection and Checkweigher for vertical products combine the potential of two already highly performing tools, the checkweigher, and the X-Ray inspection system, also facilitating the inclusion of control systems into production processes.
Integrated X-Ray for vertical products: the advantages
INTEGRATED SOLUTION FOR VERTICAL PRODUCTS
The Integrated monoblock X-Ray and checkweigher is intended for vertical packaging products that require stability during the inspection and control phase.
Stability is an essential requirement when dealing with vertical products, for this reason, in support to the Combi, there are available side belts kits, placed infeed and outfeed of the conveyor belt.
The use of side belts is necessary to ensure and keep the pitch of the product arrival, to manage any spacing and facilitate the entrance of the products, ensuring perfect stability even in the most critical points of the line.
These kits have micrometric adjustments in width (format change), height adjustments, and brushless motors (totally synchronized with the inspection unit).
A STEP FORWARD IN THE 5th GENERATION
The combined unit was built with all the features that made the 5th generation innovative and performing. Among these, a strength is represented by the easy accessibility to the inspection and control area, which has always been a critical point for X-Ray devices.
The chassis of the X-Ray device must in fact be able to contain and shield the emission. This generally entails some limits in internal access.
Through an in-depth study of ergonomics and functional needs, the Integrated X-Ray and checkweigher for vertical products guarantee the operator countless points of access to the internal area of the machine (to carry out cleaning, for maintenance, inspections, and recover any spilled product):
1. Total access via the rear door, large and with an easy upward-opening through the use of gas springs;
2. Doors on the front and side (so-called covers) and doors that can be opened from below, to facilitate the cleaning of product residues;
3. Large hatch for access to the electrical panel at the front of the machine, under the display, and, through a second smaller hatch, access to the inspection and weighing area.
OPTIMIZING THE SPACES IN THE PRODUCTION LINE
One of the main benefits of the monobloc unit is undoubtedly the optimization of space. Inspection and weighing take place simultaneously, in the same position, thanks to the combination of the two integrated systems.
The innovative and compact solution by Pen-Tec does not consist of two separate units side by side, but of a single system that incorporates both.
Placing two solutions designed and built separately in the production line would not have the same advantages as the single combi by Pen-Tec: the dimensions would remain larger than those of the monobloc unit, and there would be a greater quantity of components subject to wear. In this way, a considerable saving is also obtained on spare parts.
ONE TOOL, DUAL FUNCTION
The combination of the two technologies in one system allows the operator to interface with a single control panel, 15 “color touch-screen, to simultaneously manage the two functions.
Having a single tool for two different types of control also implies optimization of performance, as well as, as we know, of space and costs.
With this system, it is in fact possible to activate both controls at the same time or only one of them. The technologies are programmed to work also in a disjoint way, if one of the two is stopped or in damage: their integration does not necessarily imply their simultaneous work.
The combination of the two tools, therefore, does not involve a downsizing of the performance of one or the other unit: the potential remains the same as for autonomous systems.
Since this is a unit that manages both weighing and inspection data, the rejects are also double: the products data are generated separately, so as to have a count of the rejects for one or the other reason, always giving priority to contaminated ones. The contaminated product will then be discarded and counted among the X-Ray waste and not the checkweigher ones, even if it has both irregularities.
Each detects corresponds to a simultaneous saving of the product image, thus generating an immediate archive available for consultation by Quality Control. In this way it is possible to keep a photographic trace of the detections, of the verification tests carried out during production, and, very importantly, to have real and concrete data to handle any disputes.
OUR SOLUTIONS AS PART OF INDUSTRY 4.0
The Integrated X-Ray and checkweigher is developed with the intention of consolidating our presence in Industry 4.0 or Enterprise 4.0, responding to the needs of space and performance optimization but also of bidirectional information.
This is a further push towards interconnection: a constant mutual exchange of information from and with external systems, which also includes recipe change communications, the ability to monitor the instrument regarding its status, lots management, controls progression, and much more.
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