KS CONTROL Inspection techniques

Innovative and efficient empty bottle inspection
The outstanding features of the KS inspection equipment revolves around considerable flexibility from partial through to total inspection and maximum product safety achieved from state-of-the-art inspection technology in the most confined of spaces. Oriented very much to practical applications and with all the inspection scope of comparable yet significantly more complex and larger equipment, the KS inspection equipment is specially designed for the requirements of mid-size breweries and bottling plants.

External bottle detection
A compact camera and lighting station can be integrated at the machine intake point for detection of external bottles based on size, diameter, shape and colour and for embossing detection. The external bottles are reliably removed from the production process before they get into the system.

Sealing surface and mouth inspection
High-intensity cameras complete with LED coaxial light stations integrated  in the machine head dependably detect any damaged sealing faces. The entire mouth is imaged and analysed as to faults. Nicks, flaking, damage, stress cracks, rust stains and deposits are automatically registered and the packagings in question are taken out of the production process.

Thread inspection
The XPlorer² thread detector inspects screw tops of whatever thread geometries. Various mirrors are used to process the thread pitches of whatever number and to examine any critical signs of wear or damage.

360° side wall inspection
For side wall detection with complete all-round visibility, we use a special mirror station at the bottle inlet and outlet. By means of 90° rotation in the belt station and the telecentric parallel inspection, cracks, impact marks, scuffing, paper residue and film are reliably detected over the entire bottle (360°), and the bottle is ejected.

Base inspection
LED Bottom-Up LED lighting is used to analyse a particularly high-contrast image of package bases when they are being inspected. Filters blend out any structures, such as stamps, embossing or knurling marks, leading to assured detection of any kind of foreign matter or damage.

Residual liquid detection IR/HF
We deploy high-frequency measurements (HF) and infra-red measurements (IR) for liquor detection and residual liquids, respectively. The high frequency field involved with an HF measurement registers even the most minute liquor quantities at the base. Infra-red sensors assuredly detect any non
conductive liquids, such as paints and oils.

100% swing-top inspection
Responsible inspection of swing-top bottles is considerably more complex than an empty bottle inspection of the crown cork bottles usually met with on the market. Along with the empty bottle inspection and thanks to our patented, no-contact, hygienic clip raiser, it is now possible for the first time to rationally and completely inspect a swing-top in all performance classes.

Clip alignment
As regards precision bottle alignment of swing-tops, the KS Clip Check and XPlorer Duo are fitted out with a camera-controlled and servomotor-driven belt station operating at various speeds. The
bottles coming in are precisely turned and aligned. Faulty bottles which cannot be aligned with, for instance, missing caps or jammed/bent clips are not inspected.

Own and external logo detection
Specified reference images in a special camera/light configuration enable a distinction to be made between own and external logos and between damaged and rubbed-off inscriptions. Thus, one's own material is dependably extracted, for instance, in an external bottling operation.

Bottle neck inspection
The bottle neck is inspected with the clip raised  - with no interfering contours or shadows at all  from hanging clips. For the first time this has ensured all-round detection of the neck.

Rubber seal inspection
A colour camera and a special LED lighting station enable the various rubber colours to be distinguished and for any cracks, dirt contamination, seal-absence or damage to the clip ceramic to be detected.