Despite the current trend towards plastic packaging, glass bottles still dominate some parts of the beverage industry. In the food industry, hygiene is of utmost importance and correspondingly the inspection of bottles is an equally important task. Furthermore, the aesthetic value of glass plays an important role, as the material "glass" often stands for quality.
Industrial cameras are used to inspect bottles throughout their manufacturing process. The cameras continually check the bottles' shape, color and whether they have hairline cracks or whether foreign bodies have been included during manufacturing.
During the filling process, the bottles are inspected for their cleanliness and fill-level. Furthermore, the label of the bottle needs to be checked, as its position has considerable influence on the consumer's buying behavior. Finally, a correct and legible date and bar code on the bottom of the bottle complete the process. The bar code is used as the foundation of the product's security and traceability.
In the case of reusable bottles, industrial cameras sort the bottles according to their shape and color and check for their integrity and cleanliness. The life cycle of a bottle terminates in recycling: Here industrial cameras remove superfluous and undesirable materials, such as ceramics, and sort the pieces of glass according to their color.
The Imaging Source manufactures a wide range of industrial cameras for glass manufacturing. Please follow the link below for an overview: