Success Story: Food and Beverage

PB 14 Proax Omron 400

November 23, 2021

By Proax Technologies

In the highly regulated food and beverage industry, where sanitary production is a top priority, producers must consider a variety of opportunities and challenges in order to compete. Optimizing end-to-end plant processes and enhancing the safety production is the key to overcoming industry obstacles and seizing growth opportunities. Most importantly, when dealing with automation processes it is critical to keep consistency to avoid halts in the assembly line.

The Challenge

Issues such as misprints and quality control accuracy can lead to a delayed production. For one specific partner, their challenge was detecting defects on cardboard boxes and validating the date of preemption. There were up to 30 points to inspect and/or validate. Basically, it is several operators who visually inspect the boxes at the exit of the packaging machine. With the amount of defects to be inspected and the confirmation of the preemption date if it is well printed and readable, it is difficult for one operator to see everything at the same time. He consequently focuses on a few defects at a time and the quality control is not optimal. Some defective boxes go unnoticed. Therefore, they need technology capable of rapid inspection for quick return of investment. Proax Technologies was selected to assist for our technical expertise and specialized capabilities for analyses.

The Solution

Based on the problems identified, using the FH Multi-Camera Controller, with its 4 cameras and 8 lights, made it perfect for optimizing quality control. We used the standard Hig-speed controller, because the boxes run at a good speed. In addition, there were up to 30 points to inspect and/or validate. A good CPU power and several cameras are needed to cover the whole inspection area. The quantity of lights chosen allows us to have a homogeneous and balanced lighting on all the different dimensions of cardboard boxes that the customer uses.

Customer Benefits

Implementing the FH Multi-Camera Controller solution allowed for maximum precision when handling the boxes’ ejection from the machine conveyor and immediately inspected for conformity – therefore keeping up with production speed. The lighting chosen is CCS. In the food industry, high protection ratings must be respected and this supplier has IP69K lighting of very good quality. In using the FH series multi-camera controller, this solution offers the possibility to support several cameras through a simple and intuitive programming platform.

During the course of this project, Proax brought in specialists who were able to accompany the client throughout the execution, which realized profitability. The performance of the system, allowed for the client to better utilize its staff to fill in gaps in the assembly time, which were previously overlooked.

The finished project, which ends up on the grocery store shelf, was presented impeccably to consumers. If the boxes showed any signs of damage they would be overlooked and therefore result in wastage of materials.

The success of this project opens door in the Food Industry where several customers use the same type of machinery.


Related Articles

Changing Scene

  • Tri-Mach Announces the Purchase of an Additional 45,000 sq ft. Facility

    Tri-Mach Announces the Purchase of an Additional 45,000 sq ft. Facility

    Recently, Tri-Mach Inc. was thrilled to announce the addition of a new 45,000 sq ft. facility. Located at 285 Union St., Elmira, ON, this facility expands Tri-Mach’s capabilities, allowing them to better serve the growing needs of their customers. Positioning for growth, this additional facility will allow Tri-Mach to continue taking on large-scale projects, enhance product performance testing, and provide equipment storage for their customers. Read More…

  • HELUKABEL Group Builds New Facility for Automation Cable Solutions

    HELUKABEL Group Builds New Facility for Automation Cable Solutions

    The HELUKABEL Group recently announced it is going to build a new facility in Haan, Germany that will house its robotic dress pack and drag chain system subsidiaries under one roof. The new building will also serve as the headquarters of HELUKABEL’s Rhine-Ruhr sales branch, and is planned to be completed by 2025. Robotec Systems’ core business is robotic dress pack solutions and has been a HELUKABEL subsidiary since 2012 operating out of Duisburg, a suburb of Duesseldorf in northwest Germany. Read More…

Sponsored Content
Fire Protection for Lithium-ion Battery Energy Storage Systems

Lithium-ion storage facilities contain high-energy batteries combined with highly flammable electrolytes. In addition, they are prone to quick ignition and explosion in a worst-case scenario. Such fires can have a significant financial impact on organizations. Rapid detection of electrolyte gas particles and extinguishing are the key to a successful fire protection concept. Since December 2019, Siemens has been offering a VdS-certified fire protection concept for stationary Li-ion battery storage systems.

Click HERE to learn more.

For a Multiplied Value Unified


During the last few years, the Excelpro Group has welcomed AIA Automation, Envitech Automation and Conrad Lavoie Electrical, all of which have become ‘Member of the Excelpro Group’.

It was with great excitement that in November of 2022, Excelpro announced that these three companies officially became Excelpro. This decision is part of a strategy to enhance the Excelpro Group’s brand in its market.

These companies already collaborate on various client projects. This merger brings together the complementary strengths of the employees and ensures a global synergy of the activities throughout the Group.

Read More

Service Wire Co. Announces New Titles for Key Executives

Bruce Kesler and Mark Gatewood have been given new titles and responsibilities for Service Wire Co.

Bruce Kesler has assumed the role of Senior Director – Business Development. Bruce will be responsible for Service Wire’s largest strategic accounts and our growing Strategic Accounts Team.

Mark Gatewood has been promoted to the role of Vice President – Sales & Marketing. In this role, Gatewood will lead the efforts of Service Wire Company’s entire sales and marketing organization in all market verticals.

Read More

Modern Niagara Partners with Global Sustainability Platform Worldfavor

Worldfavor is a global sustainability platform, digitizing and automating the collection, calculation, aggregation and visualization for analysis and reporting of ESG data. Now, Worldfavor is proud to welcome Modern Niagara as a new customer. Modern Niagara is the first Canadian construction company to partner with Worldfavor.

“Worldfavor was founded to be the best platform for sharing, accessing and gaining insights from corporate ESG information. Worldfavor’s mission is to make sustainability mainstream and with that we offer solutions to accelerate sustainability through the value chain. Modern Niagara is the first Canadian construction company to partner with Worldfavor. 

Read More

JMP Parent Company, CONVERGIX Acquires AGR Automation, Expanding Global Reach

Convergix Automation Solutions has completed the acquisition of AGR Automation (“AGR”), a UK-based provider of custom, high-performance automation design and systems integration primarily to the life sciences industry.

Following Convergix’s acquisitions of JMP Solutions in August 2021 and Classic Design in February 2022, AGR marks the third investment in Crestview’s strategy to build Convergix into a diversified automation solutions provider targeting the global $500+ billion market, with a particular focus on the $70 billion global systems integration and connectivity segments. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Read More

Latest Articles