Torus Measurement Systems have recently released the latest gauge in their line of measurement systems for plastic containers. Torus have now integrated those latest measurement modules into one single system – The TQ-LAB. This development is claimed to offer customers multiple quality control tests which can be selected by module to suit each customer requirement. Offering non-contact and destructive tests on both empty and filled containers or preforms, this flexible and portable machine is intended to deliver reliable data to the network with no operator influence. This development offers users multi-module gauging all controlled by one interface, thus simplifying the quality control process.
The only requirement of the TQ-LAB is to place batches of containers onto a turnaround conveyor and select the relevant program. A bespoke vision-system locates the position of the neck and with little programming, an intelligent force feedback gripper and multi-axis pick and place system transfers the product from the conveyor to the first measurement module. Here non-contact thickness and dimension measurements can be taken. Once the first module measurements are complete, the gripper transfers the container into the second module where non-contact internal diameter measurements are taken using miniature white light confocal technology. Finally, top load, volume capacity & container weight are measured in the third station before a final transfer to dedicated pass or fail bins.
This multi-station concept offers customers improvements to accuracy & repeatability, whilst reducing time & labour costs associated with common, manual quality control checks, stated Torus. The TQ-LAB can be supplied as a manually loaded or fully automated package. As with all the Torus range, measurements are fully traceable and certified to UKAS standards and come with CE certification. The gauge utilises Torus’ own windows-based software GaugeXplorer, allowing customers to take control of their quality at a single control station.