Over the past few years, the print and packaging industry has become increasingly competitive with additional demands for improved print quality and reduced wastage of expensive raw materials. To keep up with these demands, printers and converters are increasing production speeds and reducing job run times. Unfortunately, this means that defects and errors on the print web are not spotted until it's too late, and the job is rejected during QC after a large quantity of material is already printed. These rejections increase rework, thus severely affecting protability. The only way to ensure a consistent and high quality print without extensive rework is to make use of an automated defect detection system.
Full print width defect detection systems
A.T.E.'s DetectAXIS is an intelligent supervisor that ensures 100% print defect detection. With the help of high resolution line scan cameras, it captures sharp and 'near-print quality' images at full production speeds. At these speeds (of up to 600 metres/minute), it is virtually impossible for the unassisted human eye to spot errors and defects.
The DetectAXIS, on the other hand, can spot these defects quickly – it compares the captured images with golden templates and detects defects that are practically invisible to the operator. When a defect is spotted, the DetectAXIS generates alarms and warnings, consequently bringing to the operator's attention that corrective action is needed. DetectAXIS thus ensures defect free, high quality print output.
The DetectAXIS captures sharp images of the print web with camera-based, cutting-edge smart imaging technology. Irrespective of your printing methods and format, the images taken by the DetectAXIS are consistently precise and of the highest quality. Even the smallest of errors are identied; the printed material can be examined up to a resolution required by the customer.