Quality control of metal decoration lines

Sacmi MVS range to get a worldwide audience

Sacmi’s MVS system has an illuminator and high-resolution video cameras and allows for total quality control of numerous pack types, from lids to lugged caps and cans

China, Germany, Panama – three key events from March to May will offer industry specialists with an extensive range of decorated metal container inspection machines from Sacmi. The first event, ChinaCan 2016 (the sixth edition) will be held in Shanghai from 16 to 18 March.

Sacmi will present the new MVS (metal vision system) range, which has now been broadened with new vision systems specially designed for in-line inspection of both decorated metal containers (classic beer and soft drink cans) and their main component parts (the metal can ends typically used to package foods such as tuna fish and legumes plus lugged caps such as twist-off and Euro-twist used with products such as preserves and pickles).

The range is huge – MVS-E for can ends, MVS-T and MVS-C for the inspection of lugged caps and cans, and now includes the new ElioSCan, capable of inspecting up to 2,800 beverage cans a minute, thus complementing standard pack control with a system for total can and jar decoration control, including the ability to ‘recognize’ the specific decoration applied on the current batch to eliminate the risk of incorrect or mixed-up decorations. The ElioSCan has a new patented illuminator that eliminates the reflections from the can, thus boosting inspection sensitivity on each individual product zone. Images captured by the four color cameras (5 megapixels each) are then processed by the CVS360 software developed by Sacmi R&D.
Moreover, on display will be the Eclipsim, specifically designed to inspect lithographed metal sheets on the line. Characterized by an ultra-high resolution camera and good computing power, the Eclipsim system lets lithographers monitor the production process, accurately highlighting any decoration defects to allow real-time process corrections.

Following ChinaCan, the Sacmi MVS range will be showcased at Euro CanTech, to be held from 4 to 6 April in Berlin. Then, from 18 to 20 May 2016, Sacmi will move on to Panama for LatamCan, the international conference for Latin American can makers. At all these events there will be a general presentation of everything the Sacmi Group has to offer the beverage and packaging industry, alongside a more focussed presentation of decorated metal packaging vision systems.

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