Tetra Pak, a food processing and packaging company in Sweden, has chosen SICK ’s (Sensor Intelligence) IVC-3D Smart Cameras for checking the lids and caps of their liquid packaging for their Tetra Top Package line.
The IVC-3D Smart Camera fulfilled the requirements from Tetra Pak and offered uncomplicated data exchange with the master control systems through the use of Ethernet (EtherNet/IP, OPC, TCP/IP) or RS-485, as well as standalone operation without PC.
The IVC-3D Smart Camera combines image processing, lighting and evaluation into a single unit. The 3D camera helped Tetra Pak locate the caps, of the packages, at high speed while verifying its proper fit. It can also process measurements even when the containers are located in a carton. In each image, the height and inclination of the cap are measured to check the correct application. Containers with flawed lids are sorted out with the measured values transmitted to the master control system for analyse and statistic purposes.
The IVC-3D Smart Camera, available from SICK, are easy to operate, simple to install and are factory calibrated. The 3D Camera systems can still work even with diverging positions and inclined containers.