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New date code inspection solution from Omron

22 March 2013

Food products with incorrectly printed date codes can cause major issues for manufacturers if they enter the supply chain. Omron has just launched a new vision sensor that offers robust printed text inspection, which is simple to operate and at a fraction of the costs of existing technology.

Printed date codes providing ‘expiry’ or ‘use by’ information are a legislative requirement for most food products and are often an area of concern for manufacturers. Incorrectly coded products, missing codes or codes which are not legible can all be common issues experienced during the printing process. Products entering the supply chain with code errors can cause major issues for manufacturers ranging from costly product recalls, supermarket fines and damage to brand reputation.

Omron’s new vision sensor could be a simple and cost effective solution to inspect for these issues and provide piece of mind that 100% of the product that leaves your factory has been inspected for errors. Utilising vision sensor technology, Omron’s new FQ2 provides all the functionality you need to check printed date codes, without the complexity or price tag of traditional inspection solutions.

Utilising a revolutionary new OCV (Optical Character Verification) inspection tool which requires no pre-training of character fonts, the system can be configured with very little effort and without the need for vision programming experience. The FQ2 has pre-trained fonts for all common printing methods including thermal inkjet (TIJ), hot stamp, inkjet and laser marker printers and will even compensate for skewed or unevenly spaced characters automatically.

A handy touch screen monitor provides a local interface for the camera which visualises the operation and allows simple readjustment of the verification code. The camera has an integrated lighting and lens and is ready to work out of the box with minimal installation effort.

The camera performs the verification function and a simple digital output provides a pass / fail result for action.

For more information or a free no obligation demonstration, contact Omron.

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