Cookie Counting Verification
Simple “cookie-cutter” solution for complex counting applications
If you have ever been on a diet, you understand the importance of portion control. When it comes to the food and beverage industry, portion control can be the difference between millions in revenue or millions in loss. Underfilled cookie or other food containers can damage a brand’s image and lead to packaging errors and unplanned downtime. Challenges increase as food production lines become faster, more automated, and more dynamic. Even a simple cookie line may demand advanced 2D and 3D solutions to inspect packages for accurate volumes, shapes, and quantities.
A Healthier Technology
Typical 2D vision inspection systems are great for reading labels. Depending on the application and product, these systems can also find edges and count products accurately. As food processing and packaging lines become more complex, however, 2D systems are finding their limitations. To consistently determine volumes, heights, edges, quantities, and even frosting accuracy, an inspection system needs true 3D measurement capabilities.
Many modern 3D vision solutions provide easy-to-use blob, volume, and edge extractor tools to solve complex food inspection applications. The In-Sight 3D-L4000 smart camera with In-Sight software from Cognex has streamlined the process, making it simple to use these tools in a familiar spreadsheet format. To generate more accurate 3D point clouds for in-line measurements, the In-Sight 3D-L4000 offers the highest-quality 2K resolution and patented speckle-free blue laser optics. And since the In-Sight 3D-L4000 generates a full 3D point cloud, not just a height map of the top surface, it can more accurately apply 3D blob tools to identify separate but touching objects, such as cookies in a container. The In-Sight 3D-L4000 offers a number of true 3D algorithms for making volumetric measurements, such as distances between cylindrical volumes.