Artur Theis GmbH & Co. KG in Germany has decades of expertise in the field of manufacturing folding cartons for pharmaceutical products. In its latest machine, Artur Theis equips the high-quality packaging with different identification and information carriers. These include labels with 1-D codes, genuine lettering and holograms, as well as bollinos which are pharmaceutical stickers which can be partially or completely removed from the packaging.
The new Artur Theis machine can affix labels, stickers, and bollinos to up to 200 different types of folding cartons and check that they are in the correct position. The Cognex In-Sight® Micro 1400 intelligent vision system with PatMax® pattern matching technology is fully integrated in the machine and checks the exact positioning of the labels. The In-Sight Micro also provides extremely high repeat inspection accuracy within specified tolerances and identifies possible defective products so they can be reliably removed.
In the past, Artur Theis performed the inspection of product characteristics with the human eye. However, the increased level of automation in the pharmaceutical industry made it much more difficult to inspect packages for important information and data carriers. In addition, affixing additional information on the packaging by the pharmaceutical manufacturer requires far greater precision than the human eye can provide. This includes the use-by date, product, and lot numbers as well as information for healthcare providers such as health insurance funds. If the labels and stickers are not perfectly aligned to the central features of the folding cartons, then the additional information cannot be applied correctly.
In selecting the In-Sight Micro 1400, the packaging experts of Artur Theis were also impressed by its small size – (30 x 30 x 60 mm). The complete and fully self-contained system is particularly well suited to measuring, guiding, inspecting, counting, and identifying products on fast-moving production lines. And in addition, the In-Sight Micro also offers particularly flexible mounting options.
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