Automation is inconceivable without industrial image processing. Image processing systems also play a major role in automated packaging processes. This is by no means insignificant, because an essential feature of processes such as pick & place or flow-wrapping machines is the continuous flow of product. Cameras, however, work with individual images that cannot fully represent the product flow. This is why Schubert developed its own pick & place vision system, which is tailored to the requirements of packaging machines and supports the use of robotics.
With its pick & place vision system, Schubert customers primarily benefit from automated and highly efficient quality control: Only products that meet the customer’s programmed specifications are recognised by the vision system and then picked up by the packaging machine’s pick & place robots. Whether a flow-wrapping machine, a case packer or simply pick & place – at the end of the packaging process, the manufacturer benefits from fewer rejects, fewer complaints, lower costs and a guarantee of consistently high product quality.
Line sensors are a fundamental component of Schubert’s pick & place vision system. They are integrated into the incident-light scanners and 3D scanners, and enable a continuous product flow to be observed. Like all system components in Schubert packaging machines, the vision system is also modular in design: The 200-millimetre-wide modules can be combined in one scanner up to a working width and therefore a product width of 1800 millimetres. To complete the industrial image processing, the vision system also includes integrated lighting, software and other applications.