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3D Vision Solutions for Consumer Product Applications

Consumer product applications have different requirements than industrial applications. Text and images on packaging are important to brand recognition, communication, and even consumer safety.

The following three vignettes show how quickly and easily the In-Sight 3D-L4000 vision system provides both 2D and 3D capabilities to consumer product applications. 

Painless Label and Packaging Inspection

A pain reliever manufacturer needed a machine vision system for label and packaging inspection that could:

  • Inspect boxes
  • Detect defects
  • Confirm presence and readability of labels

The In-Sight 3D-L4000 was selected for its capabilities and easy-to-use software. With an advanced smart camera and 2D and 3D software working simultaneously in a single compact design, setup was fast and intuitive. The system verified packaging and label quality and communicated results in a simple user interface. Moreover, the user-friendly interface allowed in-house technicians and operators to manage, monitor, and change the software as needed to meet specific application requirements. The In-Sight 3D-L4000 was integrated quickly into the pain reliever production line, successfully preserving package quality, brand recognition, and consumer safety.

As part of the inspection of packaged goods, the In-Sight 3D-L4000 smart camera detects 3D features by imaging displacements of a projected laser line. High-quality 2K resolution and patented speckle-free blue laser optics allow the camera to capture details on labels, text, and images on the surface of packages. These 2D capabilities leverage the tools in the industry-proven Cognex In-Sight software. The software has also been upgraded, with a new 3D toolset to solve multiple machine vision challenges simultaneously.  

Additionally, the  In-Sight 3D-L4000’s unique blue-laser optical design has several benefits including: 

  • Eye safe operation
  • More light delivered to the surface than competing solutions
  • Accurate 3D point clouds for measurements
  • Capability to capture a scan even with a percentage of the laser is blocked by debris

This last feature is an unprecedented achievement in 3D laser scanning, made possible by the patented speckle-free laser optics. Most laser scanning applications limit the designer’s option to mount the scanner upside down because of concerns about debris blocking the laser light.

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