Vision technology for the food and beverage industry
As Europe's leading provider of machine vision technology and services STEMMER IMAGING has extensive experience working with world leading equipment manufacturers, systems integrators and end volume end users in many aspects of food production from automated harvesting, processing, sorting and portioning right through to validating the packaging and labels before shipment.
Machine vision is a well-established technique across a host of industries, improving quality and efficiency in the manufacturing and processing sectors. Its ability to make inspections reliably and at speed 24/7 makes it an invaluable enabling technology in quality control. Technological advances in machine vision continue to be made rapidly, opening up more and more possibilities.
The JAI SW-4000Q-10GE 4-CMOS RGB/NIR line scan camera combines the colour accuracy of prism technology with a 10 GigE interface for high-speed inspections, with RGB + NIR output at up to 72 kHz.
The new Gocator 2512 smart profiler from LMI Technologies features specialised laser technology for high-precision 3D scanning of specular materials such as glass, polished metals and plastics.
Aluminium trays are used worldwide in a wide range of shapes for packaging food. Novelis Deutschland GmbH, with the help of the system integrator, Industrielle Sensorsysteme Wichmann GmbH (ISW), and based on machine vision components from STEMMER IMAGING, has produced a two-stage inspection system to check the quality of the trays.
Inspection of sausages with machine vision
Wolf GmbH uses a sorting system from BT-Anlagenbau for the reliable detection of synthetic intestine residues, some of which are as small as 1mm² on Berner sausages, and to detect contaminated products. The key elements of these systems are machine vision components from STEMMER IMAGING combined with smart imaging software and a precise sorting system from BT-Anlagenbau, which enable the inspection of sausages in flight during the production process.
Bergader Privatkäserei, established in 1902, relies on state-of-the-art technology as well as traditional craftsmanship in the manufacture of its cheese specialities. A hyperspectral imaging system is being used for the first time for the packaging of the blue cheese ‘Bergader Edelpilz’.