SCITECH has released the Cognex Checker 101, a simple-to-use and inexpensive sensor that can visually detect the presence of items during the manufacturing process.
Checking for the presence or absence of multiple items is one of the most common tasks in manufacturing. This can involve the cap and the label on a bottle, all of the lugs on a truck wheel or all of the tablets in a blister pack. To ensure product quality most manufacturers currently use either a complex system of multiple photoelectric sensors, or they rely on people to perform inspections. The Checker can easily and cost-effectively check all products at each stage of production. Because it can analyse over 400 images a second it can keep up with even the fastest manufacturing operations.