Paper Industry

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

Our Web Inspection Experience

Since our first surface inspection system in the 1980s to today’s state-of-the-art inspection systems, our engineers have understood the complexities of web inspection of paper. A “one size fits all” solution does not provide optimum performance for the product requirements and the range of paper-processing lines available today. Various paper-production processes all have unique properties and defects that require unique solutions to achieve accurate real-time web inspection. Based on years of experience, we know the right combination of lighting, cameras, and other hardware, as well as detection and classification software for every paper process line. We provide the best technology for each application, and never make compromises with the results. Only AMETEK Surface Vision systems provide advanced inspection technology ensuring real-time detection of all paper defects, while our special web inspection software can easily be configured to provide unparalleled, automatic identification and visualization of your defects.

Our Value

AMETEK Surface Vision systems provide 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 paper surfaces for two decades. In fact, AMETEK Surface Vision systems inspect over 1 billion square meters of paper every day! We have papers customers on all continents, and more paper customers worldwide than anyone else in the industry. More companies guarantee their quality with AMETEK Surface Vision systems than any other surface inspection system.

Our Detection

The AMETEK Surface Vision paper system is highly modular, allowing the use of appropriate technology for your application using standard system components. We install appropriate light and camera configurations for each line. AMETEK Surface Vision offers the most comprehensive selection of lighting solutions in the industry, applying collimated, diffuse, or side lighting, depending on your application needs. In addition, our collection of thresholding algorithms can be optimized for your particular material and requirements, all performing on-line in real time. You never have to wait for results.

Example Defects Found by AMETEK Surface Vision Paper Systems:
  • Paper Caliper Tear Caliper Tear
  • Paper Edge Crack Edge Crack
  • Paper Slime Hole Slime Hole
  • Paper Felt Hair Felt Hair

Typical Defects Found by AMETEK Surface Vision Paper Systems:
  • Holes
  • Dirt/Contamination
  • Water Drops
  • Oil Drops
  • Streaks
  • Scratches
  • Edge Cracks
  • Coating Skips
  • Voids
  • Wrinkles
  • Caliper Tear
  • Dark Spot
  • Light Spot
  • Edge Tear
  • Calendar Cut
  • Scabs

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 Paper system, connected to your mill network, provides information for mill-wide users, from the manufacturing floor to the front office. Our solutions use 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.

The AMETEK Surface Vision Advanced Winder Advisor controls your re-reeling operation, saving time and ensuring every defect is evaluated and properly handled before it can cause problems on downstream operations.

Our Web Quality Monitoring software automatically measures and reports the formation quality characteristics of the reel in real time. It can even predict post-processing properties of the product when it is being produced.

AMETEK Surface Vision's Line Synchronization allows quality information to be passed from paper machine, to re-reeler, to coater, to calendar so scrap can be reduced and yield maximized.

With our Advanced Cutter Control SmartView can reject, during the packaging operation, sheets of cut paper containing defects originally produced on the base paper machine.

AMETEK Surface Vision - Paper Solutions BrochureBROCHURE - PAPER SOLUTIONS
AMETEK Surface Vision helps paper, packaging and tissue manufacturers meet their production challenges with fully integrated web inspection and monitoring solutions that boost efficiency and improve quality. Setting the highest standard for web inspection and monitoring in the paper industry, we have been successfully inspecting various grades of paper for more than 20 years.
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