Our customer, an international medical devices company based in the West of Ireland, develops, manufactures, and markets healthcare products and services worldwide.
Their manufacturing process was being hampered by a lack of automated label inspection which meant that products were being shipped out from time to time, with a label missing, no label applied or incorrect labelling. This was a long running problem, but, when a pallet of goods was returned from Asia at a huge expense to the company, the Packaging Engineer knew that an immediate solution needed to be found.
The AIS Solution
As a longstanding partner, they turned to the AIS engineering team for advice on a solution that would work for them. The AIS team advised installing 2 fixed barcode scanners (Datalogic Matrix 210) on each line that connected up to the AIS VB5 for in-line barcode validation and verification. The system can be customised to enable the operator to set-up the system to:
- Look for one or two labels, depending on the product line being labelled.
- Check if box has a barcode
The lines can then be stopped automatically if products are not labelled or mislabelled.
The system has now been in operation for a number of months with huge success and has been extended to 9 lines (half of the production lines) with a view to extending to all lines in the coming months. It has saved the company a huge amount of money as well as time and has made the production lines much more efficient overall as it guarantees correct labelling of product.
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