Plastics

Plastics Industry
On-Line Detection, Identification, and Visualization of Plastics Defects

The shift in today’s global economy has affected all segments of the plastics, film, and converting industries, and many companies are experiencing a changing demand for product across all applications. This shift in supply and demand has resulted in higher yield expectations. Plastics manufacturers and converters are under pressure to run more efficiently, but as lines run at faster speeds, the occurrence of defects can significantly increase. Although quality is essential in any economy, it has never been more vital than now. Manufacturers can’t afford to make inferior products. And, if material is shipped with undetected defects, companies not only risk upsetting their customers — they risk losing them.

Real-time inspection enables faster process correction and better yield optimization.

AMETEK Surface Vision Systems Inspect Millions of Meters of Plastics Every Day

We have been successfully inspecting various grades of plastic and film for more than a decade. In fact, AMETEK Surface Vision systems inspect millions of square meters of plastic film and sheet every day. We have vast experience in applications ranging from clear films, to opaque sheets, to glass and foils. Our Plastics web inspection system can help you to reduce overall operational costs and optimize processes. Additionally, the AMETEK Surface Vision Plastics system helps you to:

  • Increase process efficiency
  • Improve product quality
  • Maximize yield
  • Ensure more thorough and accurate grading of materials
  • Detect, identify, and visualize defects BEFORE you ship
  • Generate inspection reports
  • Decrease the number of customer returns
  • Increase efficiency of downstream converting processes
  • Perform on-line detection, identification, and visualization

The shift in today’s global economy has affected all segments of the plastics, film, and converting industries, and many companies are experiencing a changing demand for product across all applications. This shift in supply and demand has resulted in higher yield expectations. Plastics manufacturers and converters are under pressure to run more efficiently, but as lines run at faster speeds, the occurrence of defects can significantly increase. Although quality is essential in any economy, it has never been more vital than now. Manufacturers can’t afford to make inferior products. And, if material is shipped with undetected defects, companies not only risk upsetting their customers — they risk losing them.

Example Defects Found by AMETEK Surface Vision Plastics Systems:

Plastics Wrinkles
Plastics Gels
Plastics Coating Voids
Plastics Streaks
Wrinkles Gels Coating Voids Streaks

Typical Defects Found by AMETEK Surface Vision Plastics Systems:

Gels
Carbon Specs
Holes
Contaminants
Edge Cracks
Wrinkles
Inclusions
Scratches
Die Lines
         Coating Voids
Wrinkles
Repeating Defects
Folds
Edge Cracks
Streaks
Scratches
Blisters
         Scratches
Dents
Coating Voids
Inclusions
Spots

On-Line Users

Each user performs a different function within the plant and needs job-specific information. The user interface of the AMETEK Surface Vision web inspection system is easily configured so that operators, inspectors, process engineers and production managers have the information they need at their fingertips when they need it and in the format that they want.

Information Systems

The Windows®-based AMETEK Surface Vision system, connected to your network, provides information for plant-wide users, from the manufacturing floor to the front office. Our Plastics system uses industry standards like OPC and ODBC to ensure easy integration with other plant-production and quality-assurance systems. A real-time operator interface shows current inspection results on-line all the time. The Open Network Inspection Viewer, distributed across the plant network, enables any user to view current or historical inspection results remotely.

Application Focus

The AMETEK Surface VisionPlastics system is highly modular, allowing the use of the appropriate technology for your application, using standard system components. While many web inspection systems are designed to be "one size fits all" systems, AMETEK Surface Vision recognizes that each production line has unique needs, and provides best-in-class technology to build the right solution. We offer the most comprehensive selection of lighting options in the industry, applying collimated, diffused, or side lighting, depending on your application. We build systems using optimal cameras, lenses, and lighting, as well as optimized software packages to provide superior detection, identification, and visualization of your defects.

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