Omron vision sensors set new benchmark in product inspections

Omron vision sensors set new benchmark in product inspections

When it comes to product inspections, Omron vision sensors are far more accurate than the human eye.

 Omron’s vision sensors are ideal for a wide variety of industry sectors, including food and beverage, packaging and pharmaceutical applications.

 “Previously, all line inspections were carried out manually using several people along a production line,” says George Nematian, Omron Product Manager (Advanced Sensors, RFID and Quality Inspection).

 “This was very time consuming and did not have the same level of accuracy. When a line is running very fast, a human cannot check the faults.”

 The FQ2 Vision Sensor is ideal for inspecting caps on plastic bottles to determine whether the cap is damaged, missing or is not inserted properly.

 “It can check for the level of liquid – whether too high or low – for beverages such as fruit juice or soft drinks,” Mr Nematian says.

 “It can also check if there are any scratches on metal surfaces of can check whether there has been any damage to label.

 “They are far more accurate than the human eye when it comes to product inspection.”

 Previously, vision sensors placed the image processor in a separate Controller, now Omron has built the processor into the camera unit.

 The sensors are IP67 water resistant, meaning they can be used in wet environments.

 All cables from the camera are flexible. This allows the sensor to be used safely on moving parts.

 Main benefits

 Omron’s vision sensors can operate 24/7.“They are reliable and very cost effective,” says Mr Nematian. “Everything is automated … there is no need for manual checking.

 “With big savings on labour costs, most companies can recover the purchase cost in a short time.”

 And Omron’s vision sensors are highly accurate.

 “Depending on the programming they can have an accuracy rate of between 99 and 99.9 percent,” Mr Nematian says.

 The equipment is also low maintenance, with very low operating costs.

 Training and back-up support

 “Depending on usage, most components will usually last between 5-7 years before being replaced, says Mr Nematian. “Some machines have been running for 20 years without any problems.”

 Machines can be programmed according to customer needs.

 “Every application is different so we can program them to suit all requirements.”

 Also, Omron provides training and full back-up support for its range of vision sensors.

 Half-day and full-day training courses are available for customers at Omron offices in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane or at their own premises.

 Key features

  • Fast, accurate, reliable, cost effective
  • Outstanding image quality and clarity base on 16.7 million colours
  • Power LEDs, High Dynamics Range (HDR), polarization and halation filters enable stable inspections on surfaces that cannot be achieved by conventional vision sensors
  • Fast and easy real-time parameter adjustment, eliminating the need to stop the machine for fine tuning and optimization of settings, resulting in zero machine downtime
  • Designed with IP67 rating and can be used in harsh environments.

 Made to high quality standards in Japan, the FQ2 Vision Sensor was designed and developed for the Australian market – specifically for quality checks.


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