Nonwovens Industry
On-Line Detection, Identification, and Visualization of Nonwoven Defects

AMETEK Surface Vision Nonwovens has become the most trusted web inspection system worldwide. With more installations on more lines than any web inspection system ever, AMETEK Surface Vision is relied upon around the world by virtually every major roll goods producer. For many of them, AMETEK Surface Vision is the de-facto standard in on-line defect detection and identification.

The AMETEK Surface Vision system detects irregularities or defects in the nonwoven web. Our systems then identify each defect using our patented SmartLearn® Multi-Step Classifier. The defect image is displayed for the operator to see. All information and images are available in real time, and can be stored in our database for future use. Reports can be created and formatted to fit the needs of every mill.

Our Value

AMETEK Surface Vision provides more value to users than any other surface inspection system. Our systems:

  • Improve product quality
  • Maximize yield
  • Detect, identify and visualize defects before value-added processes
  • Reduce the need for manual inspections
  • Provide the reports you need in a form you can use

We have been successfully inspecting nonwoven materials for two decades. In fact, AMETEK Surface Vision systems inspect over 1 billion square meters of nonwovens every day! We have customers on all continents, and more nonwoven customers worldwide than anyone else in the industry. More companies guarantee their quality with AMETEK Surface Vision systems than any other surface inspection systems combined.

Nonwovens Wrinkle
Nonwovens Thick Spot
NonWovens Broken Filament
Nonwovens Calendar Cut
Wrinkle Thick Spots Broken Filament Calendar Cut

Typical Defects Found by AMETEK Surface Vision Nonwovens Systems:

Polymer Drips
Broken Filaments
    Bond Point Fusions
Light Spots
Dark Spots
Thin Spots
Thick Spots
Calendar Cuts
    Meltblown Filiment Drops

Our Classification

The SmartLearn Multi-Step Classifier is a patented classification tool set for AMETEK Surface Vision inspection systems. SmartLearn provides the flexibility to implement classification schemes tailored to your particular process and requirements. The advanced SmartLearn architecture allows the use of various learning classifiers. Combining automatic learning classification with expert knowledge, SmartLearn maximizes the potential of your inspection system for improved product quality, higher production yield, and decreased customer returns.

Our Through-Process Visibility
The Windows®-based AMETEK Surface Vision Nonwovens system, connected to your mill network, provides information for mill-wide users, from the manufacturing floor to the front office. Our Nonwovens system uses industry standards like OPC and ODBC to ensure easy integration with other plant business, production, and quality 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 from any step in production from hot mill to the finishing line.

AMETEK Surface Vision Systems Can Do More

AMETEK Surface Vision users can easily upgrade their system with powerful capabilities that are not available anywhere else. Our Web Quality Monitoring software automatically measures and reports the web quality and formation characteristics of any nonwoven material in real time. This revolutionary technology uses previously recorded sample images of different web quality levels to determine the quality of the material as it is being produced. Streaming Video can combine defect detection with full-width video recording of the web. Watch in real time or go back and replay any archived roll to virtually inspect the strip. All this is done with standard cameras and lighting.

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