Food and beverage manufacturers are also serving an increased number of niche markets and regional markets, so they often have hundreds of different labels and need to ensure the correct label is affixed to every product in the correct position and orientation to avoid considerable expenses involved in remaking and reshipping the product. Increasing levels of complexity and automation are further increasing the challenges of diverting packages to the correct location within the processing plant.
Machine vision can help food and beverage manufacturers improve manufacturing quality and performance by eliminating defects, verifying assembly and tracking, and capturing information at every stage of the production process. Vision systems can confirm that the product matches its label, that the label is in the right position and correctly oriented, that the safety ring is present, that the cap is correctly positioned and tightened on the label, etc.
Machine vision can be used to track product quality such as ensuring that ingredients are uniformly dispersed, ensuring liquids in bottles are consistent in color, checking fill level, etc. Machine vision can also be used to divert products to the correct area of the plant for processing or shipping, divert flawed products off the production line before further value is added to them, and trace and track products throughout the manufacturing process and supply chain.