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Verifying ‘right product – right packaging’

21 September 2018

An integrated high-speed quality control system developed by SICK helps ensure that the right packaging is always used for the right product, avoiding the risk of rejects, safety issues or costly customer returns. 

The Inline Code Matcher is a stand-alone system that is easy to retrofit to existing packaging lines. It works by matching 1D or 2D code data on products and packs, and automatically compares them to the pre-assigned product packing list at high-production speeds. 

Based on SICK’s Lector 620 image-based code readers, the modular system can be configured for code validation across multi-lane food, beverage or confectionery production lines.
The unit signals when mismatches of product, packaging, labels, outers or lids are detected, ensuring that a product packed into a multipack, tray, carton or case is correct for that outer, before the goods are dispatched.  

Up to eight Lector 600 image-based code readers can be easily configured without any special training to monitor up to four lines simultaneously.  The system enables real time visual display of the latest process data, as well as tracking and recording error patterns and long-term trends. 

The SICK Inline Code Matcher comprises of between two and eight SICK Lector 620 image-based code readers, a 7in touchscreen HMI, software and a SICK Sensor Integration Unit. Nine different 1D codes are read as standard, including GS1 Databar, and five 2D codes including QR and Data Matrix. Up to four objects can be scanned per second per line. The SICK Sensor Integration Unit includes a 4GB SDI card memory, for comparing pre-entered product data with the current run, saving error patterns and allowing rapid product switching or new products to be entered. Connection via USB Ethernet link to the factory control network facilitates wider digital data sharing and monitoring of the quality control process.

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