Almost halfway through another year, it is time for some updates on technology in the field of packaging.
Technological growth, this year, has accommodated the increased concern for hygiene and a significant surge in e-commerce.
Let’s look at a few of the recent developments:
X-RAY TECHNOLOGY WITH LASER VISION
X-Ray technology has now been used for inspection of food and its packaging for years now. But now machines deepen the level of precision by strengthening the algorithm used to pinpoint defects.
In a gist, x-ray technology works by reporting the discrepancies’ in the energies absorbed by the body of the product. These discrepancies could simply be a result of the change in the density of the product or due to a contaminant or leak.
Now, traditionally, only one algorithm is used to study any unevenness, but with newer technology, up to five algorithms can be put into place to ensure no inconsistencies go unnoticed. This is the same as adding four more dimensions to the image of an object. Now it can be observed from different angles; different points of view. And all of this takes place with the use of a single system.
These new machines not only consider energy absorption but also employ shape recognition and much more. Advanced algorithms can be used to detect improper sealing and tears as well.
FIT-TO-SIZE AUTOMATED PACKAGING
Automated packaging systems and lines are known to lower human involvement and thus increase accuracy. Today, fit-to-size boxes can be created for products using 3D scanning technology. These machines can size, construct, weigh and label each package – whether it contains one item or more. With short cycle times and high efficiency, such machines are not only worth the initial set-up cost but also ensure reduced material consumption and waste of human resources in manual labor.