High-precision laboratory thickness and dimensional measurement system

AGR, Hall 11, Booth B40

Agr will display several new product developments as well as an array of quality management and process control equipment for plastic containers. Pilot Vision+ is Agr’s latest and most powerful in-the-blow moulder vision system. This system is positioned for the quality management of bottles with high percentages of rPET. Designed to work in conjunction with today’s high speed reheat stretch blow moulding equipment, the Pilot Vision+ system offers a modular approach to defect detection that works within the blow moulder. The open architecture of this system allows for simultaneous management of up to six cameras, in multiple locations. Some of the features of this system include colour preform cameras for managing colour variations, simple configuration and operation, large-screen user interface and defect categorisation by mould/spindle and defect type. As part of Agr’s Process Pilot family of products, Pilot Vision+ can be combined with Process Pilot for a total bottle management solution, providing the ability to detect random occurring defects as well as manage the process to maintain precise material distribution, even with the lightest and/or most difficult-to-process bottle design.

The Process Pilot system with advanced thin-wall capability is ideally suited for the production of ultra-light bottles. It provides the added precision and blow moulder control necessary to produce very light bottles, with consistent quality, in order to ensure proper performance on the production line and throughout the distribution chain. The Process Pilot system works in conjunction with the blow moulder to continuously measure material distribution on every bottle, and proactively manage the blow moulders to maintain optimal material distribution.

Since the Process Pilot system manages the blow moulder based on actual bottle measurement, it is an ideal tool that can be used to overcome many of the issues that compromise bottle manufacture and filling line productivity such as process and environmental variables, increased levels of rPET and preform variability.

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