The need to manufacture products reliably and without faults is more important in the food and beverage industry than anywhere else. Manufacturers face continuous pressure to deliver products to a very high quality and ensure safe and accurate packaging. In recent years, machine vision inspection has become increasingly popular to meet these exacting quality requirements. Here, Stephen Hayes, managing director of automation technology specialist Beckhoff UK, discusses the benefits of using machine vision systems for quality control in food manufacturing.
From farm to the shelf, complete traceability is essential in the food industry. Human decision in identifying quality factors is usually faulty, inconsistent and slow. Machine vision systems don’t just scan the food, but they ensure products meet the high standards of food associations by tireless automatic monitoring.