A packaging’s very first impression is the key to its success. It makes the difference to a product being found by its customers and being selected over the competition. Package must be convincing.

The role of packaging is broadening and includes technical functions but even more important are its advertising roles. It should attract the attention, assist in promotion, provide machine identification (eg. barcodes), impart essential or additional information (braille) and help in utilization.

Packaging may be described in relation to the type of product being packaged: medical device packaging, food and non-food packaging, aseptic packages, pharmaceutical packaging and so on.

Optical inspection of plastics and synthetic materials during production

Packaging Foil

Plastic or synthetic materials are commonly used for packaging, because of its ease to use. They offer various possibilities and are suitable as the perfect material for any package, especially for the food industry.

Common plastic packaging products are PET-bottles, blister packs, daypacks, containers, spouted pouches, PE-Packaging, as well as many more.

During the production process many quality steps are required. It starts at the first prototypes and ends as a final test when the product is fully packaged. Many process quality checks are included which requires visual precision and reliability.

Vision Engineering’s microscopes, Mantis Elite and Lynx, fulfill the requirements of PET bottle manufacturers. Their process of injection molding requires precise inspection, which this microscopes offer.

Lynx has a patent for its optics and provides a pure 3-dimentional high resolution image and the Mantis Elite offers a huge working distance and shows excellent ergonomics. More and more manufacturers use optical systems such as those by Vision Engineering for inspection, testing and control.

Measurement of critical Components

A package consists of multiple components which together provide its particular function. Like the need to be airtight, sterile, re-closable, fits the form to the product and can be easily opened.

To ensure these are acceptable, each of its components requires production to measure them according their specification. The measurement systems from Vision Engineering are commonly used within the packaging industry as they provide outstanding performance.

For example, the Vision Engineering’s Hawk Optical Measuring Microscope is used to measure Blister packs. They are produced by thermoforming for consumer goods like pralines, or foods, and for pharmaceuticals.

Dual Optical & Video Measuring System Swift Duo is used to measure packages for medical instruments.

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Key points

  • Inspection Measurement
  • Fault detection
  • Quality control
  • High-contrast images
  • Dimensional accuracy
  • Research & Development
  • Prototyping test
  • Random sampling
  • Incoming goods inspection

Application examples

  • Inspection and measurement of food packaging ( Laser perforation, blister)
  • Inspection of packaging for medical devices (Blister)
  • Inspection of aseptic packages (quality control of weld seam)
  • Inspection and measurement of carton packaging for medicine (braille)
  • Inspection of packaging for cosmetics products (screw top for perfume flacon)
  • Measurement of flexible tubing used for food packaging (enclosable system)
  • Inspection and measurement of Daypack’s for food and non-food applications ( screw-cap, printing, zipper, spout)
  • Inspection and measurement of Pharmaceutical packaging (containers, closing systems and applicators)
  • Inspection and measurement of PET preformed bottles for beverages
  • Incoming goods inspection (PET granules)

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