Antares Vision has launched AV Print Inspector, a dedicated high-resolution vision system providing comprehensive in-line layout inspection for webs and labels at speeds up to 80 m/min.
Easily integrated into new or existing labeling, printing, or packaging machines, the new AV Print Inspector offers 100 percent inspection for the increasingly sophisticated, often print-on-demand applications typical in modern product marking operations.
It offers whole-label inspection at speeds up to 80 m/min, supporting all major vision system tools for quality control across a wide array of layout features, including 1D/2D barcodes, optical character recognition (OCR), and verification (OCV), pattern matching and color check.
The new AV Print Inspector can define up to 40 unique regions of interest, each with independent parameters and reportable defect statistics. The result is a 100 percent inspection of all common defects, including dots, smudges, marks, missing or discolored lines, and missing or incorrect barcodes or human-readable data.
The system can either conduct quality control by referring to an imported image, such as a PDF, or via an algorithm that automatically calculates the inspection parameters, discriminating between fixed and variable data. Inspection formats can be created directly by operators using a graphic user interface that does not require significant coding or vision systems experience. AV Print Inspector’s recipe management module has virtually unlimited storage capacity, and the 21CFR/11 compliant system can automatically generate batch and audit trail reports.
AV Print Inspector’s standard head size handles labels and web applications up to four inches wide, with six and 12in options also available.
‘With brand owners in various markets increasingly demanding completely defect-free labeling and print-on-demand operations, solutions like the AV Print Inspector that replace manual sampling with automatic, 100 percent quality control will become the new norm,’ said Chris Collins, North American sales manager for Antares Vision. ‘Not only does the AV Print Inspector guarantee a virtually defect-free print application, its in-line inspection dramatically reduces materials waste for a lower-cost, more eco-friendly process.’