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Big data is nearly everywhere now and can be used to improve your manufacturing. You can already see its impact in your everyday life. It’s in the supermarket you visit with the codes and tracking on every package. It is in the data evaluated on every internet search you run. Data is also growing and will be a changing factor in sectors like health care systems in the coming years. McKinsey estimates that big data could generate up to $100 billion in value annually in the United States’ health care markets alone (https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/pharmaceuticals-and-medical-products/our-insights/how-big-data-can-revolutionize-pharmaceutical-r-and-d). The growing wave of big data is already huge in business and industry, but there is a lot more coming. The International Data Corporation estimates that “big data and business analytics will grow from $130.1 billion in 2016 to more than $203 billion in 2020” (https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS41826116). When even the United Nations believes that big data can have a ‘big impact’ towards improving the world – then there is no way to deny that the incredible value of big data has been realized (https://news.un.org/en/story/2017/05/557492-big-data-can-have-big-impact-achievement-global-goals-un-says-it-day). Big Data is everywhere – and it is available to help your manufacturing operations, but are your manufacturing operations ready to use big data?
Big data is impacting business decisions every day – and its growth in manufacturing industries will be at least as big as it is in the rest of the economy if not bigger. Some manufacturing big data capabilities like coding and traceability data is already almost ubiquitous. Areas of pharmaceutical manufacturing cannot even operate without full lot-tracing on all products. Quality assurance and vision inspection systems are increasingly used to monitor and verify quality on every package, corrugated box, folding carton and bag that passes through a manufacturing line. These systems can scan to ensure everything from accurate packaging colors are applied or to confirm all required labels are placed on every package. Quality assurance procedures can verify that proper hot melt applications are set on every carton or case created online, running at high-speed. Inspection technologies like the use of X-rays are used on products to make sure there are no metal fragments to be found in shampoo bottles or yogurt containers. Quality inspection systems also generate some of the best big data to help you maximize your manufacturing operations.
As any plant with an inspection and data collection system can attest, big data can quickly play a pivotal part in advancing your manufacturing facility. However, the scale of the data collection can get confusing in a hurry. On large manufacturing lines that are increasingly automated and sometimes running with a single human operator, there can be massive amounts of data being collected continuously. For instance, by the time a product is finished and palletized, a plant could have collected data-points including:
- Electronic images for all sides of a product and its package to guarantee image quality and colors
- Complete measured dimensions of a box to validate perfectly square packaging
- X-rays of product contents to make sure no debris or contaminants are included
- Data on tracking codes and verification that all packaging stickers have been placed correctly
- Verified hot-melt seals for every single box, carton, package or bag manufactured
Those are just some of the data-points that can be collected through different quality assurance processes. In a corrugated box making plant that produces about 20,000 boxes an hour while operating 20-hours a day for approximately 340-days per year – it is straightforward to see how data can become very very BIG in a single day. That data can be useful when reviewing both a fault with an individual package in real-time on the factory line or later with a customer weeks or months after it was delivered. It can also help track the date of manufacture and shipping for an individual folding carton. All those data-points also build into incredible elements that will help you evaluate and improve your operations. Big data can help identify both small issues like the under-performance of a specific piece of equipment or can help you identify whole new areas for improvements on your manufacturing line.
Best Manufacturing Uses for Big Data
Big data does bring some exciting possibilities for industrial manufacturing. But, for manufacturers like you, there are some critical things to strategize about before you get swept up in the movement. Specifically, there are a couple of considerations that you need a plan for before you implement new collection systems:
- What are you going to do with all of your big data? How will you use the information to help your operations?
- Where are you going to store your data and how long will you keep it?
Both of the above are significant points to consider, but the first one is the most critical decision you will make regarding any information your manufacturing plant may collect. Just as data is only big when there is a lot of it, so too, it is only important if you have a plan on how to use it in your operations.
In manufacturing, big data can help in numerous ways, but some of the most obvious uses for data include:
- Using data trends as indicators to make machinery adjustments such as altering performance settings. This information can help correct errors or identify service needs through early-detection of signs that consumable parts will need replacement soon.
- Review your manufacturing performance data related to the line operators working during sessions. Is there an equipment setting or procedure that a line operator is missing that causes problems? Could a short training-refresher solve some of your operating issues?
The two big data uses above are good examples of the difference between just having big data and actually using big data to drive your manufacturing improvements. Achieving things like increasing the overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and having line operators who implement the optimal systems and standards on every shift could completely change your operations. Data can reveal your best opportunities to improve your machinery and/or performance of your line operators. Big data can notify you when consumable parts are nearing the need for replacement before they break and cause damage. Big data can even highlight problematic equipment where a replacement might offer an immediate ROI and quick payback. You can use big data to reduce or eliminate faulty packaging and defective products produced on your line. Reducing downtime with data support is already here, and all that data could one day reach into obscure areas of your operations such as identifying the environmental conditions that your plant operates most efficiently at.
If you don’t already have it, big data will be coming to your manufacturing plant. That is inevitable. It will be more prevalent every year. Most new manufacturing and industrial equipment have data collection and reporting capabilities. Which pieces of big data you can benefit most from analyzing is the key to your manufacturing improvements that you should start evaluating today. A PwC industry report last year stated,
“Industrial manufacturers will have to figure out how to manage the data coming from an avalanche of sensors, integrated equipment and platforms, and faster information processing systems. … (T)he anticipated efficiency returns from digitization over the next five years across all major industrial sectors are substantial: nearly 3 percent in additional revenue and 3.6 percent in reduced costs per year. “(https://www.strategyand.pwc.com/trend/2017-industrial-manufacturing-trends)
This change is to take place in just the next five years. For manufacturing companies that resist jumping onboard with big data advances, dangerous days are coming. The revenue increases and cost reductions reported by PwC may be the differences in manufacturing efficiency that determines which manufacturers survive and which fail in the global economy during the next five years.
Big Data is Important Today
However, big data is not just about the distant future or the next 5-years of manufacturing operations; It is about right now. Today, with decisions you make regularly, big data can help you make them better. For instance, you probably have regular (daily, weekly, monthly) reviews of your spot check results. You may even be looking to evaluate where you are in the journey to achieve the elusive Six Sigma defect rates. However, with traditional spot checks only looking at a tiny number of total packages, boxes, cartons, packages, or bags, you will always have to worry about the misfortune of pulling the wrong box and missing defects. Furthermore, pulling the wrong package will send you looking for issues that do not actually exist, rather than addressing the true nature of what is occurring. Without big data, no one can immediately identify whether an issue is a trend affecting many of your products or just a random occurrence impacting a small number of products.
When a spot check pulls a package with faulty adhesive applications, how long is spent checking other packages and investigating what problem created the fault? What if misfortune had an operator pull the one defective box out of tens-of-thousands of packages with perfect adhesive applications? Think of the time lost. Big data derived from an automated quality assurance or visual inspection system that automatically ejects a faulty package, would also be a night and day difference in identifying whether you have a random package fault or an actual defect trend. This action can be taken immediately at any point during a shift or even on regular monthly reviews. Big data collection can show results from every single package that runs through your line during this shift as well as dating back months or years. So, not only will you know your exact production defect rate, you will be able to remove such defects automatically before shipping, and you will have the ability to differentiate between a single error or trending defects. These are the types of improvements that make big data sound pretty great, right?
Where Should I Start with Big Data?
Jumping into big data already has a ton of options that can offer immediate impacts on your manufacturing operations. A great starting point might be a vision inspection or quality assurance installed to scan every individual package, box, carton, or bag assuring that every product leaving your manufacturing line is in excellent condition. Such quality assurance and inspection systems can help you take big data from a concept to an easily-implemented action that makes your manufacturing better. There are so many significant data opportunities to select from with inspection systems, and each of them will help keep your plant competitive. Examples of where data collection on your lines can benefit include:
- Data collection that helps identify the source of problems or faults on your line. For instance, big data’s individual images of glue faults will help diagnose if the defective products are the result of an empty glue container, a problem with the pump or a dispenser/applicator head problem. However, longer-term defect data trends can indicate shift crew or machine problems that may be recurring or worsening due to maintenance issues. Harvesting this valuable big data for worsening or improving trends forms the foundation for the process, maintenance improvement, or accolades for personnel that work on the lines.
- Vision inspection systems that identify printing errors on your line. An inspection system can eject any package with a faulty barcode or poor image quality, but it can do more by recording every variable code for inclusion in data shipped to your customers with all the boxes. If problems are found, your mixed media data inspection system can be used to rapidly identify if the cause of the issues is a damaged print plate, an ink shortage or even if a line operator accidentally added the wrong color ink during the last refill. All these benefits also apply to flexo-printing products as well, where solid inspection systems will grade code quality to prevent poor flexo printed codes from being shipped.
- Many inspections systems can integrate with your current manufacturing equipment. For example, with folding carton manufacturing, there are vital folds completed that are not visible to the naked-eye during high-speed operations. Inspection systems are available to verify correct folds, identify faults and help address issues immediately as they develop. These systems can be integrated with your current folding machines and can show fast ROI.
- Help your manufacturing line operators perform better. Mistakes happen in every office and plant, but there is not always a way to find out who made a mistake and help them learn from it. In a folding carton plant, an employee might repeatedly set up machinery incorrectly by switching folding rails to an outside tab when it should be an inside tab. Or, in a corrugated manufacturing operation, what if an operator feeds corrugated boxes backward into machinery and causes asymmetric scores that lead to misaligned flap wings and equipment issues? Monitoring for such problems and catching them quickly is precisely what an inspection system can deliver. But more than that, having data that monitors when problems occur can highlight employee training needs that can save your operations time and money.
Big Data is Changing the Future, Starting Today
The best part of big data from an automated inspection and/or quality assurance system is that you will be grabbing data that is actually useful to your daily and monthly operations. Deriving the benefit of this new data requires only that you have systems that offer data tracking and that you have a plan to analyze the data. The first successes can be found in basics like determining a random failure versus a pattern of failures. Big data may seem like a huge lift, but the truth is when you boil it down properly, it will be better informed to make the same line operation decisions you currently make. Once you get those decisions ironed out, then you have the option to explore new areas you may never have considered before all this data was available. It is entirely up to you.
Take the first step, look at your manufacturing options for quality assurance and vision inspection systems. While asking about your options, be sure to ask for suggestions on how you can use all the big data that will pour into your hands. Now is the time to get into the big data game, before you get left behind. Big data is not just going to boom in the future, it is booming now. And tomorrow, it will start determining which manufacturers will grow and which will fall off into unsalvageable inefficiency.
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Global demand for corrugated boxes is expected to rise 4% annually to 234 billion square meters by 2017, a considerable acceleration from the 2007-2012 period. Largely driven by economic resurgence and growth in manufacturing goods packaging, competition among corrugated box manufacturers has never been greater.
A Message for Corrugated Box Manufacturers: Deliver faster, cheaper and better boxes.
Packaging buyers are increasingly demanding more from corrugated box manufacturers. Not only are you now expected to deliver boxes in record time, but also at unbeatable prices. In conjunction with an increased selection of available adhesive dispensing systems offering the latest technology, the bar for corrugated box manufacturers to deliver 100% defect-free boxes has been raised.
Upgrading Your Flexo Folder Gluer For Maximum Performance
So, how do you ensure your flexo folder gluer is ready for the zero defect challenge? It all starts with selecting the right glue station for your specific application and making the necessary upgrades to ensure it’s equipped for maximum performance.
Since the advent of faster, direct-electric valves, and advances in adhesive technology, jetting the glue from a distance away from the board has become a valid method for applying adhesives.
This non-contact gluing method has gained in popularity due to its ability to reduce the risk of board marking and skew, as well as the fact that it requires very little “housekeeping,” when compared to contact gluing. As an added bonus, the all-electric, non-contact system does not have the glue pattern applicator, or related wear items typically associated with an air-operated contact system.
Previously, non-contact glue stations could only be used for top-down gluing. In order to produce inside and outside glue lap, machines required glue stations, along with associated fluid handling system components, to be mounted on both the tab-side and 4th panel sides of the machine.
Further research and development efforts have since led to the creation of non-contact glue stations that offer increased configuration flexibility, as well as new glue valve technology, which is capable of operating at higher glue pressure.
By equipping your flexo folder gluer with a glue station that offers both top-down and bottom-up non-contact glue application capabilities, you can really maximize the utility of your machine. Installed on one side of the machine, the operator can quickly set it to run for either inside or outside glued boxes with only the pull of a ring.
Other benefits include:
- Eliminates the need to invest in gluing equipment for both sides of the machine
- Avoids potential risks of board marking, board skewing and applicator headwear associated with contact gluing technologies
- Ideal for machines that can only mount a glue station on one side
Quantity and Quality: The Importance of Quality Assurance Equipment
We can’t stress enough, how important it is for corrugated box manufacturers to select the right glue station in order to maximize flexo folder gluer performance and keep up with demand. Quantity however, is only half of the story.
As advances in adhesive dispensing technology have been made, expectations for supplying perfect boxes have increased. While efficiently delivering boxes in record time and at unbeatable prices is an advantage in and of itself, what if you could also guarantee that every box is 100% defect-free. Would you buy from a company that wasn’t supplying 100% defect-free boxes when they could? No. So why would your customers? This is where the other half comes in: Quality.
Delivering a quality product not only increases client retention, but also helps you stand out from the competition. By equipping your flexo folder gluer with state-of-the-art camera inspection systems and the latest developments in adhesive application technology, you can actually gain control of what you ship.
Don’t wait for an unhappy customer when you can ensure a perfect box before it even leaves your door.
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Valco Melton offers a variety of solutions for upgrading your flexo folder gluers including the new 3NCR Non-Contact Glue Station for Top-Down and Bottom-Up Applications, and our ClearVision® Camera Inspection System, an all-in-one quality assurance program that features GlueChek™, FoldChek™ and BundleChek™ technology to ensure defect-free products from your flexo folder gluer.
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Although the dispensing equipment you select is of the utmost importance to ensure a quality adhesive pattern is applied precisely and without error, box makers often overlook the importance of preventative maintenance. Let’s be honest, it’s usually an afterthought. We have seen time and time again, problems relating to adhesive dispensing equipment that could have been avoided if the box maker would have just followed a few simple steps, every so often, to make sure their glue machinery was running at 100% efficiency. To help you avoid this unwanted downtime and make sure your glue patterns are always at their best, here are seven preventative maintenance procedures for better box manufacturing.
1 – Overtime, particles and coagulated glue can build up on filter screens causing restricted adhesive flow and excessive stress on the adhesive. Cold glue filters should be checked once per week after installation or after a change in the type or brand of adhesive. Depending on the amount of build up, adjust the frequency to accommodate your dispensing equipment.Remember, opening the filter housing allows air into the system, so make sure you have the proper purge valve setup before you begin.
2 – Make sure glue pressure follows machine speeds. For box makers, the glue regulator is the most important adhesive delivery component in determining how much glue volume is applied at a given machine speed. If you experience too much glue on the joint when the machine slows down, or there is not enough glue when the machine speeds up, it could be the regulator. To test fluid regulators without an electronic pressure control, use the T-handle on old style regulators and the Auto/Manual switch on the new style regulators to manually check the function. If pressure does not increase or decrease, a simple repair is in order. Valco Melton regulator repair kits for corrugated box manufacturers provide a quick and inexpensive solution.
3 – Applicator heads and nozzles must be kept clean. Buildup over long periods of time and a lack of cleaning after the machine is down can cause added downtime. Likewise, worn applicator heads can cause poor pattern quality (ticking at the end of the pattern, buildup on the leading edge or even missing glue lines). Applicator heads are wear items, subject to the abrasiveness of paper and are susceptible to some chemical corrosion after prolonged exposure. Quick-disconnect fittings are another critical component to achieving quality adhesive patterns. Loose applicator heads are prone to leaking. To avoid issues, inspect the fittings to verify that the applicator head is properly secured to the valve. Replace quick-disconnect fittings as required.
4 – Check to see if the Electronic Pressure Control (EPC) speed-tracking curve is accurately setup. Doing so will help you to achieve optimum pattern volume at all machine speeds. If the EPC is not working properly, you are relying 100% on operator skill to monitor adhesive output. This requires constant adjustments in order to maintain proper adhesive volume. Without a functioning EPC, the amount of wasted adhesive can quickly become a costly problem.
5 – A slipping encoder can cause intermittent pattern length variations, which can mean a troubleshooting nightmare for maintenance departments. Encoders should be regularly inspected for smooth rotation, good wheel or timing belt condition and secure mounting. Box makers should also pay close attention to common problem areas such as incorrect belt tension, damaged encoder cables or loose cable connections. By adding simple encoder maintenance to your schedule you can prevent extended downtime and hassle.
6 – Glue hose lines back to the regulator should be inspected for kinks and flushed periodically to check for clogged sections. An inexpensive section of tubing can become a costly problem for corrugated box manufacturers if it causes a flow restriction, as this results in poor glue volume at high machine speeds. Don’t overlook the pump suction line. A damaged suction line could cause air pockets to get into the glue line. This results in skips in the glue pattern or no glue pattern at all. Signs of leakage are not always obvious; plan now to avoid problems later.
7 – Ensure there are no false triggers from tab scrap. Corrugated box manufacturers operating with tab-side installations are often plagued by flying tabs from the slotter. False triggers from tab scrap can be the result of broken or dull knives. Replacing worn out knives along with routine maintenance is recommended to combat false triggers from tab scrap. Additionally, a dual scanner setup using two photo eyes, along with control settings can help block false triggers.
The corrugated box manufacturing industry has long been focused on reducing waste as one of the key drivers of efficiencies. Like most box makers, you are probably focused on reducing waste in your facility. However, most people fail to realize the complex interdependent relationships that exist between quality, waste, product price, cost and production volume. What if “increasing” waste built value for your customers or increased your revenue and “decreasing” waste actually increased the cost of the box or even lowered sales? With so much at stake, it pays to take some time to more closely examine the tipping point between quality and waste.
What is Waste Anyway?
There are actually two separate types of waste – internal and external. Internal waste is typically what the corrugated box industry refers to as “waste.” Internal waste represents any defective sheet or box that is produced and not shipped to the customer. However, if you don’t catch the defective product and it ends up in the hands of the customer, it is considered external waste. External waste is rarely, if ever, discussed unless brought up by the customer. The cost is only accounted for in the form of credits for defects returned. Some customers do not return many defective or problem products to the corrugated box maker, resulting in an inefficient and distorted feedback loop.
Through our investigations, we have found that the costs tracked for external waste are more often larger than the internal waste figures. Furthermore, customer complaints, credits and feedback are a minority of the actual rate of defective product that customers are receiving. What this means is that some customers are bearing much of the direct costs (downtime, lost productivity, wasted products) associated with external scrap rates, while box makers are bearing much of the direct costs associated with internal scrap rates.
If customer complaints were, in fact, true indicators of the external scrap rates, this model would be useful for making operational decisions. However, discussions with end-users have shown that customers are not complaining about the vast majority of problems. Similarly, many box plants don’t complain about every hiccup in their machines or every minor issue with their paper – that’s the norm and they are used to it. Because this feedback loop is broken, many corrugated box makers have a warped view (literally) of how much scrap they’re actually sending their customers.
Two clear options are available to box makers for handling waste. First, do a better job of finding all defects before shipment and remove them from the production stream, increasing internal scrap rate and improving quality. Alternatively, send defects to customers in an effort to reduce internal waste, but increasing external scrap rates and decreasing quality. What are box makers expected to do? Is sacrificing quality worth the savings of reducing internal waste? What impact will this have on your business?
The secret to improving both internal and external waste is not only to identify the defective products and remove them from the production stream, but also to identify the root causes of the scrap production and address them. Investment in quality assurance systems for box inspection, operator training, as well as PM discipline and keeping equipment current can both identify scrap and reduce its root causes. If management is committed to solving problems on the floor that are causing waste, not only will less defective product be produced internally (internal waste) but also less defective product will be shipped to customers (external waste). In addition, profits will improve and customer retention will increase, which directly improves the bottom line. Finding the problem quickly through quality assurance devices and not having them occur from the other improvement measures will decrease internal and external scrap rates and improve the ROI performance of the business.
If investment in quality assurance systems, operator training, improvement in preventative maintenance programs and an upgrade program for production machinery can reduce the internal scrap rate, then the external scrap rate will be significantly reduced. Box makers will improve profits and keep happy customers who shouldn’t need to complain about the products they receive.
Why pay the price of the traditional corrugated box manufacturing industry’s approach for quality, counting pennies and losing dollars.
Check out this new case-study published by PaperBoard Packaging on Minnesota Corrugated Box after they implemented ValcoMelton’s ClearVision GlueChek System: Eliminating Glue Issues to Create Perfect Boxes. Minnesota Paper Box is mentioned by PaperBoard as having over 250,000 square ft of space in its state-of-the-art facility.
This is one of many positive stories that I have received about box companies that have added camera inspection systems to their corrugated production lines. If you’d like to find out more about Valco Melton’s ClearVision GlueChek System and what it can do for you, let me know here.
Today, the corrugated box industry is very competitive. Not only do you need to deliver corrugated boxes in record times at unbeatable prices, but with the various technologies available, the standard requirements for corrugated box manufacturers have been set extremely high. You are now expected to deliver flawless, 100% defect-free boxes. In an effort to help you manufacture boxes at the highest possible level, we have gathered together a few important points, learned from over 60 years in the industry.
- Keep it clean! I’m sure many of you are tired of hearing those three words. But, as many others will tell you, it wouldn’t need to be said, if everyone made sure to do it. If you are working with an older glue pot and wheels, you know they tend to generate a little glue slinging. This can affect the quality of the glue joint and create stickers where boxes in the bundle will stick together. Glue pot and wheels can also create adhesive contamination with dust and debris. Additionally, the metered amount of adhesive is hard to maintain to ensure a proper bond. As for adhesive applicators, although they are the cleanest choice, it is important to check them regularly to avoid possible nozzle or applicator clogging.
- Minimize any possibility of human error. This may seem impossible to some, but it can be done. When working with different sized board panels and speed requirements in the corrugated box industry, it is necessary for the operator to constantly adjust the pattern length and placement in order to keep a consistent and high quality adhesive application. This is a time consuming task; any distraction can cause a mis-adjustment that will result in product loss. It is now possible to upgrade your adhesive application system to a gluing station with automated pattern changes or auto-glue, which ensures a proper glue-lap joint regardless of the length of the tab or panel.
- Ensure that the board has been glued, folded and printed properly. These days this is possible by incorporating a quality assurance vision inspection system into your process. Quality assurance has 3 components: identify the non-conforming product, remove it from the production line, and monitor the lines’ statistics to hold plant operations accountable. All 3 are possible in ways not imagined five years ago in the corrugated box manufacturing industry, with vision-based quality assurance. Snapshots of defective products are saved and catalogued. Machine performance can be monitored remotely and statistically analyzed. The same statistics enable managers to be aware of developments on converting lines as they occur and to take corrective action in a timely fashion.
- Scrap can blotch your reputation. For a flawless result, incorporate a scrap or tab removal system to prevent hanging scrap that has not been properly cut after being folded into the box.
5. Get rid of defective boxes before they make it onto your delivery truck. Bundle ejection systems are used in conjunction with a quality assurance system to guarantee that the defective boards are removed from manufacturing and not shipped to the customer. As the second major component of a Quality Assurance System in paper converting, removing defective product from the line automatically is unparalleled in regards to effectiveness. All other options rely on operators to sort product or catch errors and take them out of the stream. Automatic ejection takes care of the removal without interrupting production.
By implementing these tips into your manufacturing process today, you will begin seeing its direct impact on the quality of your corrugated boxes. If you are interested in hearing more about any of these topics, please let me know!
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More and more, manufacturers within the industry are realizing the benefits of providing perfect boxes to their customers… improved client trust and retention, fewer instances of damaged product due to defective boxes, increased volume, and a higher price per box. We noticed this change as it was happening years ago and started quickly working on new technology to meet the required need to innovate the old standard.
Well, a young, dynamic company named ClearVision Technologies, Inc. out of Vancouver, Canada, started by a group of talented entrepeneurs, beat everyone to the punch. With a devote focus to solve the industry’s issue by creating the best camera inspection technology, and to do it first, they were recognized by the very strongest companies as the solution that could actually guarantee a perfect box for its customers. Their expertise built from years of research and working one on one with customers to discover an innovative vision inspection solution, produced thousands of real examples showing exactly how they could now do this. After successful installation at one of the largest integrators, the product went to market. As a result, it wasn’t hard for others to realize the decision to invest in ClearVision™.
Valco Melton quickly recognized that ClearVision™ had become the corrugated industry standard. As the leading adhesive dispensing company in the industry for almost 40 years, we wanted to make sure that the camera inspection experts joined our team. The synergies of the two companies were perfect, and so ClearVision™ was added to Valco Melton’s umbrella of solutions for adhesive dispensing and vision inspection.
With the added knowledge and experience from Valco Melton’s adhesive application division, ClearVision™ has continued to show the industry how it can also find peace in The Perfect Box™. To date, more than 284 box plants worldwide have discovered the gains and additional cost benefits with ClearVision™ box inspection and bundle ejection systems:
- Detection systems only spray bad boxes.
- Operators cannot be relied upon to remove bad boxes.
- Research shows fewer than 10% of sprayed boxes are removed.
- You cannot promise your customers 100% quality unless you are certain of removing non-conforming product.
To learn more about how ClearVision’s patented camera technology is changing the way box makers do business, and how you too can take advantage of this opportunity to deliver more value to your customers click here.
Despite a wide range of opinions and options in regards to manufacturing in the corrugated industry, the most successful box makers worldwide all seem to agree on one thing; that is, to provide customers with anything less than defect-free boxes 100% of the time is unacceptable. It used to be that manufacturers had to expect a certain margin of error, running machines slowly, and spending time manually checking each bundle as best they could to ensure each customer was going to keep coming back. With new vision technology innovations out in the market and successfully guaranteeing The Perfect Box™, bad box excuses are now just excuses. Customers have found that there are companies with camera inspection technology on their production lines that can actually produce a complete and perfect bundle at extremely high speeds without the need for operator intervention. This means less waste, higher production rates, and a guarantee that boxes once delivered won’t cause manufacturing problems for the end user.
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