November 6, 2019
Digitizing Quality Inspection for the Plastics Industry
Digitizing Quality Inspection in the Plastics Industry with Scortex.
Scortex’s solution enables the automation of complex quality inspection, capable of detecting defects real-time to inspect 100% of the production. It provides automatic quality reporting and data management for unprecedented visibility over production. The solution is shaped by each customer’s quality specifications, combining deep learning software capabilities to continuously learn and improve defect detection and an edge compute platform for fast & robust detection.
The Plastics Market
With its wide ranging applications, plastic production and associated quality requirements are much more than meets the eye. There are growing opportunities for optimizing manufacturing processes with the advent of cutting edge machine learning capabilities to detect defects on complex textures and geometries. Digitizing quality checks can improve production throughput time of a plant and ultimately make it easier to meet tight production tolerances since manual labour simply cannot match machine precision. Through the available key quality data and integration with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) quality modules, our customers get the output trend data which could be used to improve the extent of parts per million (PPM) defects.
Our solution is efficient for reducing the cost of quality and automating processes without being a bottleneck and also reduces the time required for quality checks.
Solution and Scope
The Scortex Solution can be implemented within the plastics manufacturing process through an integrated and adaptable system that can include robotics, vision systems, and server infrastructure. The Scortex Solution integrates complexity with multiple layers of software, while edge compute incorporates a cloud platform that enables scalability within the organization.
Our expertise in digitizing quality inspection allows us to cater to productions of large volumes with targeted specialization for :
Variety in materials and textures
Streaked or warped parts
The Value We Create
Configured to fit your production lines, our adaptable and integrated solution can provide quality insights that can be of value in the following ways:
In high volume manufacturing industries, our customers were often limited in their productivity due to visual quality control. Industries such as Automotive, Aeronautics, Luxury items and Consumer Goods are now installing Scortex Solution in their factories to profit from its expertise in deep learning and deployment of our integrated and adaptable Solution.
The quality control engineer has the configurability to adapt the Solution as required to meet the production outputs while conforming to standards and defined thresholds. This adaptability enables the quality team to save material, downtime, unnecessary expenditure, and energy.
The real-time and systematic quality reporting helps analyse the process and the defects giving insights allowing companies to explore opportunities in optimisation of the plastics manufacturing processes and insights into increasing efficiency.
Since the Scortex Quality Intelligence Solution system is fully integrated on a real-time assembly line, there are no bottlenecks and minimal adjustments needed in the production processes.
Whether it is plastic, polymers, metal, wood or packaging, we were able to get images, learn from them, spot the defects and eject the defective parts at manufacturing speed.
For a French Tier 1 automotive company we set up an inspection station for painted plastic parts, we established a 100% automated detection for 2 types of defects ( inclusions and runs).
With our solution there was a reduction in inspection time from +15 seconds to 3 seconds, elimination of inspection variability, reduced inspection costs, obtained high value and real-time data.