Image processing in production
Image processing in production

Solutions for your unique requirements

Balluff's vision solutions enable early detection of production errors, perform optical checks, detect and decode objects, and assist robots in position finding. This ensures maximum quality and flexibility in your production process.

Traceability solutions

Identifying objects through decoding is essential for many tasks: for uninterrupted tracking of products and assembly tasks in production control, in controlling replenishment processes in kanban systems, or for optical detection of tools. Our product line for optical identification includes stationary barcode readers like our vision sensor, mobile handheld readers, and accessories for standard and industrial grade applications. This hardware enables optical detection and reliable verification of all common 1D and 2D barcodes as well as stacked codes, and they're easy to use.

Application examples: Traceability solutions

  • Packaging industry – Code and plain text detection on packages

    The solution

    At the end of the packaging process, you check plain text on the packaging and verify the printed barcode as part of quality assurance. Manufacturing and expiration dates, and serial numbers, need to be quickly and reliably verified. BVS vision solutions from Balluff meet these needs and more.

    Features

    • Read, check and verify codes and text in one step
    • Flexible, targeted linking to the production environment
    • SmartCamera available as IO-Link or fieldbus version
    • Complete imaging and analysis in one product
    • Standardized C-mount lenses and M12 connectors
    Code and plain text detecting on packaging

  • Food industry – Detecting PDF417 code on raw materials delivered

    The solution

    When raw products are delivered, the first step is to identify them. This is done using stacked linear barcodes called PDF417 codes, located on the products. Unfortunately, these codes are frequently not at the same height, making automated scanning difficult. Using the Balluff handheld BVS HS-P reader gets the job done simply.

    Features

    • Reads barcodes (1D, 2D and stacked) and direct marking codes
    • Rugged, industrial-grade design
    • IP65 with drop protection up to 2 m
    • Low weight and ergonomic shape
    A handheld reader scans the code on a side of pork

  • Life science – Identifying samples and racks

    The solution

    RFID and barcodes make it possible to identify samples and racks and clearly match the recorded data. This increases uptime by letting you skip unnecessary inspection stations. And a high rate of uptime means high productivity.

    Features

    • Unambiguous identification and data mapping
    • Customer-specific content on RFID tags
    • Wide variety of bar codes can be inspected
    • High rate of uptime for high productivity
    • Counterfeit protection
    Identify samples and racks

Solutions for product and process control

Balluff vision solutions enable efficient production by providing reliable support in product and process control. They let you detect processing errors early, enable fast corrections and prevent scrap batches so that your costs are reduced.

Application examples: Product and process control

  • Beverage industry – Seal monitoring

    The solution

    Checking seals in the beverage industry requires that many different features be inspected at the same time. The BVS Vision Sensor does just this to ensure reliable monitoring.

    Features

    • Rapid installation and configuration ensure short setup times
    • Convenient setup
    Seal monitoring

  • Pharmaceutical industry – Checking blister pack contents

    The solution

    When several monitoring functions are required at the same time or in quick succession, a BVS vision sensor from Balluff is the ideal choice. It can be flexibly adapted to your processes, and changes can even be made in-process. A single sensor is all you need to reliably monitor your production.

    Features

    • Rapid installation and configuration ensure short setup times
    • Convenient setup
    Checking the blister pack contents

  • Automobile Industry – Pressing Plant – Detecting Cracks in Formed Parts

    The solution

    The Balluff SmartCamera detects process-related cracks in formed parts immediately after the part is produced. It sees even the smallest irregularities and reliability checks bore holes and punch-outs too. This 100% inspection means you can avoid follow-on costs from rework and complaints.

    The user interface is operator-friendly and simple to configure.

    Features

    • Simple operation and use of industry standards (Halcon)
    • Software, library, manual and online help integrated in the unit
    • Control and image data can be passed on over a separate network
    • I/O and fieldbus interfaces
    Detect cracks in formed parts

  • Automobile industry – Paintshop – Checking sealing compound at difficult seams

    The solution

    The BVS-E series Universal Vision Sensor checks difficult seams to verify that the sealer has covered the entire length of the joint. Its extraordinary flexibility make it a match for other demanding quality checks, like contours, gray levels or widths.

    Add an LED ring light to provide increased, shadow-free illumination for an even more reliable inspection. An optional process monitor makes it easy to visualize inspection results.

    Features

    • Highly efficient quality control, without manual inspection
    • Minimized downtime and scrap
    • Easily configurable using PC software with simple programming language
    Checking sealant at difficult seams

  • Plastics industry – Connectivity and joining technology – Visual quality control

    The solution

    The SmartCamera lets you check all finished parts including their production steps: Are they complete and without flaws? Are the size, distance and position correct? And are they correctly aligned?

    The best part — All the camera's tasks are simple to teach.

    Features

    • Flexible use of analysis tools
    • Simple to operate with user-guided tool teaching
    • Optimized display of the results
    Visual quality control

  • Automobile industry – Final assembly – Semi-finished parts identification

    The solution

    Our SmartCamera is ideal for identifying the delivered parts for different vehicle models on assembly lines. It reliably reads all common 1D and 2D codes on parts including bumpers and shafts and ensures that the right semi-finished parts are assembled. The SmartCamera is simple to set up and operate from a web browser.

    Features

    • Operator-friendly user interface
    • Rugged housing and standardized M12 connections for all interfaces
    • Includes image processing software based on the HALCON image processing library from MVTec
    • Integrated IO-Link master port for incorporating additional sensors
    • Exclusively for Profinet users: Send process-relevant information, control and image data over a separate network
    Optical identification of semi-finished parts

  • Monitoring connector assembly

    The solution

    Balluff's industrial cameras are ideal for various inspection and monitoring tasks in connector assembly. Whether for location control in feeding, completeness checking or for final quality inspection, they see even the smallest differences. They check bore holes and punch-outs absolutely reliably. And setup is easy, using our powerful controllers and intuitive operating software.

    Features

    • Very fast image transmission and high resolution
    • Multiple cameras can be connected to one controller, enabling inspections from different angles
    • Multiple USB3 or GigE camera connections
    • Versatile LAN and process interfaces