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    SmartView® Nonwovens Web Inspection Systems

    On-Line Detection, Identification, and Visualization of Nonwoven Defects

    SmartView Nonwovens has become the most trusted web inspection system worldwide. With more installations on more lines than any web inspection system ever, SmartView is relied upon around the world by virtually every major roll goods producer. For many of them, SmartView is the de-facto standard in on-line defect detection and identification.

    The SmartView system detects irregularities or defects in the nonwoven web. SmartView then identifies each defect using our patented SmartLearn® Multi-Step Classifier. The defect image is displayed for the operator to see. All information and images are available in real time and can be stored in our database for future use. Reports can be created and formatted to fit the needs of every mill.

    Our Value

    SmartView provides more value to users than any other surface inspection system:

    • Improve product quality
    • Maximize yield
    • Detect, identify and visualize defects before value-added processes
    • Reduce the need for manual inspections
    • Provide the reports you need in a form you can use

    We have been successfully inspecting nonwoven materials for two decades. In fact, SmartView systems inspect over 1 billion square meters of nonwovens every day! We have customers on all continents and more nonwoven customers worldwide than anyone else in the industry. More companies guarantee their quality with SmartView systems than any other surface inspection systems combined.

    Our Detection

    The SmartView Nonwovens system is highly modular, allowing the use of appropriate technology for your application using standard system components. We install appropriate light and camera configurations for each line. Cognex offers the most comprehensive selection of lighting solutions in the industry, applying collimated LED, diffuse LED, or side lighting, depending on your application needs. For example, the use of collimated light allows us to employ our exclusive synchronized-view technology with two sets of cameras looking into the surface from different angles. In addition, our collection of thresholding algorithms can be optimized for your particular material and requirements, all performing on-line in real time. You never have to wait for SmartView results.

    Example Defects Found by SmartView Nonwovens:


    Nonwovens Defect: Wrinkle Nonwovens defect: Thick Spots Nonwovens Defect: Broken Filament Nonwovens Defect: Calendar Cut


    Thick Spots

    Broken Filament

    Calendar Cut

    Typical Defects Found by SmartView Nonwovens:

    Polymer Drips
    Broken Filaments

    Bond Point Fusions
    Light Spots
    Dark Spots
    Thin Spots
    Thick Spots
    Calendar Cuts

    Meltblown Filiment Drops


    Our Classification

    The SmartLearn Multi-Step Classifier is a patented classification tool set for SmartView surface inspection systems. SmartLearn provides the flexibility to implement classification schemes tailored to your particular process and requirements. The advanced SmartLearn architecture allows the use of various learning classifiers. Combining automatic learning classification with expert knowledge, SmartLearn maximizes the potential of your inspection system for improved product quality, higher production yield, and decreased customer returns.

    Our Through-Process Visibility

    SmartView Nonwovens: Screenshot The Windows®-based SmartView Nonwovens system, connected to your mill network, provides information for mill-wide users, from the manufacturing floor to the front office. SmartView Nonwovens uses industry standards like OPC and ODBC to ensure easy integration with other plant business, production, and quality systems. A real-time operator interface shows current inspection results on-line all the time. The Open Network Inspection Viewer, distributed across the plant network, enables any user to view current or historical inspection results remotely from any step in production from hot mill to the finishing line.

    SmartView Can Do More

    SmartView users can easily upgrade their system with powerful capabilities that are not available anywhere else.

    Our Web Quality Monitoring software automatically measures and reports the web quality and formation characteristics of any nonwoven material in real time. This revolutionary technology uses previously recorded sample images of different web quality levels to determine the quality of the material as it is being produced.

    SmartView Streaming Video can combine defect detection with full-width video recording of the web. Watch in real time or go back and replay any archived roll to virtually inspect the strip. All this is done with standard SmartView cameras and lighting.