Ilapak enhances baked goods counting and feeding system

Equipment manufacturer Ilapak has enhanced its Vision2000 vision and counting platform with new laser height detection capabilities and design features created for easier maintenance access.

The system is reported to use advanced line scan camera technology to count and feed baked goods into the infeed of a VFFS machine at high speed. It can also be supplied with a quality control module – an option that is said to be proving increasingly popular.

According to Ilapak, the module uses a powerful camera to screen the product flow for deformed or damaged products such as bent and broken baguettes by performing surface and length/width checks. The business has now further advanced the Vision2000’s quality control capabilities, introducing integrated laser height detection as an option.

“We are seeing increasing interest from our bakery industry customers in harnessing vision technology for quality control as they see that the benefits stretch beyond identifying out-of-spec product. Laser height detection, for example, acts as a quality control tool for upstream production, highlighting issues with products rising either too much or not enough, and has the potential to increase overall line efficiency by removing from the flow too-high products that could cause jams,” said Björn Brandt, product manager, counting and feeding solutions.

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