4-10 MAY, DUSSELDORF - GERMANY
High tech to Eye tech
at Interpack fair
Spotlights on Artificial Intelligence applied to lipstick inspection and line clearance
The Interpack fair was a particularly important edition for SEA Vision. The tradeshow week was the occasion to show the public, at stand A32 – Hall 15, the work of recent years in terms of the evolution of technologies for the Company’s three business divisions: machine vision, traceability and process automation.
At the fair were displayed Artificial Intelligence-powered technologies applied to lipstick inspection and automated line clearance processes. Visitors were able to enjoy hands-on experience of how AI can shape the pharmaceutical and cosmetic manufacturing processes of the future.
In traceability, the main focus was the blister track & trace software (installed on the Marchesini Group blister packaging line) performing the in-line printing of serialized artworks on primary packaging, together with complete aggregation up to pallet level.
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A new revolutionary lipstick vision inspection control powered by AI
After the first presentation in the recent worldwide premiere launch at the Cosmopack tradeshow, SEA Vision presented its new AI-based lipstick inspection system at Interpack 2023. Lipsticks are challenging products in terms of production and quality control. Even today, in spite of all the efforts made during production to prevent and control a good number of potential defects, there are flaws that still manage to pass through quality control undetected.
Artificial Intelligence sets out to remedy a large proportion of these potential defects. Would you like to discover more?
Open your A-eyes: the new AI-powered automated line clearance is here
Everybody knows that line clearance processes are crucial stages before production start-up. The aim is to ensure that equipment and work areas are free/clean from any residual material or document.
The need for greater safety and smoother processes is what drives SEA Vision’s Smart Clearance technology. Acting as a digital solution, a-eye clearance technology is capable of performing an automatic, accurate inspection of the packaging line work areas using cameras and sensors, highlighting anomalies and providing visual feedback for the operator in real-time.
This brand-new solution is driven by AI algorithms that are implemented with the purpose of automating the line clearance procedures, allowing to avoid errors and deviation, to record digital evidence of the process and to boost the OEE of production lines by reducing the time needed for changeover. Thanks to AI algorithms it is possible to overcome traditional limitations in terms of reflections, shadows and different lighting conditions.
At Interpack 2023, the application was demonstrated on a Marchesini Group RLF800 high-speed rotary labelling machine, which features additional complexities compared to the previous machine shown at the Achema exhibition, thus taking a step further in technological innovation.
In fact, the system implements new advanced automation features for the management of line clearance operations on machines with articulated mechanical configurations such as RLF. The system includes automation libraries that allows to coordinate the movement of the mechanical parts of the machine before the images acquisition. This feature grants a complete control of all the machine surfaces, even on covered and hidden areas. The immediate advantages are the reduction of the number of cameras that are needed and the harmonization of the interactions between the operators and the machines
TRACK & TRACE
From blister to pallet: the next level of serialization and aggregation
At Interpack, it was presented the Blister Track & Trace technology for inline serialisation of primary packaging and aggregation up to pallet level.
The solution was installed on the complete blister packaging line at the Marchesini Group’s stand, including the full line from blister to casepacker-palletizer. The novelty lies in direct In-line printing via an on-board printer installed on the Integra 720, a solution that complements the off-line printing presented last year.
The system manages in-line printing directly on blister, together with the inspection of codes, and then automatically aggregates with the codes printed on their carton, cases, and pallet labels.
The aim of the solution is to fight the risk of counterfeiting when it comes to the primary packaging of drugs and to maximise investments already made by pharma companies to ensure that secondary packaging is traceable for 100% safety during the distribution of products along the supply chain.
PHARMA SOFTWARE SUITE
yudoo at Interpack
It is not possible to talk about Industry 4.0 without mentioning yudoo, a platform that links automation devices, machines, IT and control systems together to manage the entire pharmaceutical production process and, at the same time, collect and analyse data to turn manufacturing insights and traceability insights into action and drive results in terms of OEE improvement.
In its full version, yudoo includes features for managing production lines, integrating existing Track & Trace architecture for serialisation management, real-time OEE performance analysis, and evolved KPIs based on Business Intelligence tools.
What does all this mean? Simple: yudoo is the pharmaceutical software suite that makes digital transformation a reality.
OTHER VISION SYSTEMS
Quality controls on products
On several packaging machines at Marchesini Group’s stand were displayed many SEA Vision’s vision systems applications.
Some examples: presence of vials in tray and label presence, presence of imperfections inside or outside the bottle’s cap, control of cartons and leaflet codes, sku code correctness and variable data printed on the product’s label and more.
TRACK & TRACE
Yudge Level 4
Yudge is SEA Vision’s Level 4 Serialization Track & Trace solution, a contact point between the corporate level and the Level 5 of National Regulatory Agencies worlds.
The Level 4 serialization solution developed by SEA Vision provides an extensive set of capabilities, to enable pharmaceutical companies to manage the different requirements for Track and Trace regulatories.