IntraVis Vision Systems of Germany, represented in Oceania by HBM Packaging & Plastics Technologies , has been selected to supply a sample pre-watcher inspection machine to APPE, the packaging division of La Seda Barcelona, an industrial plastic packaging group with 15 facilities across Europe, Turkey and North Africa.
Demand for recycled PET, resin blends and performance additives are making the manufacture of quality PET performs used in the manufacture of PET bottles increasingly difficult, so APPE will invest €1.5 million to install IntraVis sample pre-watcher technology.
The sample pre-watcher will replace the manual inspection of preforms and provide an automated, rapid and more in-depth analysis of the preforms.
Tasks carried out will include:
- a complete visual inspection
- colour analysis
- cavity number recognition; and
- neck dimension examination.
IntraVis has also expanded the capabilities of the machine supplied to APPE to include weight control, thread-flash analysis and wall thickness variation.
APPE's group Quality and Sustainability Manager, Billy Jansen, explains that "the extended feature-set has resulted in more consistent quality, earlier identification of quality issues and therefore reduction of scrap, as well as freeing-up operators’ time on other value-added tasks."