With the V15 Round Line, manufacturers get an efficient inspection process that reduces the risk of expensive and brand-damaging product recalls. The system uses six vision sensors to confirm the presence, completeness and readability of alphanumeric label information and printed 1D and 2D codes by generating images of the complete label surface with minimal distortion
This depends entirely on the complexity of the system. A single smart camera may be all that is required – although it is not as simple as mounting the vision inspection camera and turning it on. It needs to be connected to a rejection system (assuming you want to remove the defective products), which is not terribly complicated but does add a cost .The simplest of set-ups will not likely exceed $5000 in cost, while complex systems may reach the $60,000 range. Unsurprisingly, this has made the integration of vision inspection components into other production equipment attractive.
Rather than a stand-alone vision inspection system, an integrated vision system is part of a larger piece of production equipment. For example, a filling system may have a vision element verifying the fill level, or a labeler may have a camera verifying label information before application.
The short answer is "maybe." The long answer is "it depends on how many things you need to inspect on a package and how fast," along with "how big of a risk do you want to take that something makes it to market with a labeling error?" It is the most effective way to verify the quality and content of every product label or package on a production line. How important the ability to do so is for your business is up to you.
The largest and most obvious difference between the two is that a smart camera cannot receive data from multiple inputs. That is to say, a PC-based machine vision system can handle the operation and processing of multiple images from multiple cameras, whereas a smart camera is only capable of processing input from itself.
Getting a system is not the same thing as buying a smart camera. It is of course possible to go it alone – buy a vision inspection camera and figure out how to make everything work on your own. What you miss out on is working with someone who knows everything that needs to go into the creation of an effective vision inspection program. You also get access to someone who can provide service on the system should something go wrong.
Simply put, vision inspection allows for the rapid verification of product labeling and packaging as it moves down the production line. This allows you to achieve a stronger quality control program than manual inspection or random sampling, while also freeing up personnel for other more useful tasks.