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Qipcam In-Line System for thermal inspection of the packaging seal

New seal quality inspection technology is based on thermal, high definition camera images. Following the production of the sealed item, an image is taken and analyzed by special software. This highly-advanced and accurate thermal imaging results in remarkably clear information with respect to abnormalities in seal quality. This analyses takes place during production, so that defects are immediately detected, in-line and in real-time. The system works with all kind of laminate, printed and un-printed, with or without aluminium.

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How the Qipcam System makes a thermal image of the seal

Thermal images of the seal, which is produced by the packaging machine or welding equipment, can be indispensable for your future productions. Also in-line wall thickness control at blow molding equipment will be possible.

When a packed product fails the test, it is pushed out by a rejecter unit for further investigation. Each individual package is therefore tested on its impermeability, independent of the production rate.

The Qipcam System consists of the following 3 units:

  • High performance camera: records both the standard (i.e. correct) seals and all types of variations in seal quality, which will be compared to each other.
  • Control PC in IP65 Stainless steel enclosure and different IO’s to rejecter.
  • Qipcam software: Analysis of pixels received from the camera translated into a seal quality finger print.

Qipcam working principle

In a fraction of a second, a quality test is performed. When the seal quality of the package is satisfying, the newly sealed package is passed through. If not, it will be removed from the production line by a rejecter unit, generally delivered by our industrial partners. The system can be stopped and (re)started any time. The operator can interact with the production line whenever needed. No special actions on the Qipcam system are necessary. At first, before the system starts running at standard production, the Qipcam system automatically records 30 to 50 seals and generates a reference seal for all future recordings. This action should be done only once and stored in the system. When production starts, this reference seal is the basis for comparison of all subsequently produced seals.

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Do you have questions about, for example, our thermal cameras or seal check methods? Or do you want to know more about the ways to improve your packaging machine, plastic welding process or wall thickness control at blow molding equipment , with the Qipcam System? You can always reach us by telephone or email.

Qipack’s 3 step approach

How we guide your enterprise in reaching its packaging quality targets:

  • Audition of the packaging line
  • Packaging process improvement
  • Online production monitoring

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