Vision 2000: counting with cameras

The centrepiece of ILAPAK’s new suite of counting systems is the state-of-the-art Vision 2000, which offers a flexible, accurate and low-noise alternative to conventional vibratory counters.

Using advanced line scan camera technology, the Vision 2000 counts and feeds baked goods into boxes or the infeed of a VFFS machine. Speeds of up to 100,000 products per hour with over 99% accuracy can be achieved.

The Vision 2000 offers complete flexibility in terms of product type, shape and size. It can accommodate fresh, par-baked, frozen and difficult-to-handle raw dough products, whether baguettes, pretzel sticks, rolls, bagels, donuts or croissants. 

Key to the flexibility of the belt-based system is a powerful line scan camera. The images are overlaid to produce a ‘real time’ picture of the product flow, and intelligent software processes this image to calculate when the target number per pack has been reached. Batches are separated via pneumatically controlled ‘fingers’.

Whilst there are competing systems on the marketplace, ILAPAK’s vision counter boasts the fastest available camera technology and a unique emphasis on hygiene and accessibility. This is reflected in the unrivalled build quality of the machine, which is constructed from stainless steel and superior grade plastics for easy cleaning and simple maintenance.

“Other systems use polyurethane belts, requiring the dismantling of sidewalls in order to remove the belts. Our system, in comparison, runs on quick release plastic chain belts which are very easy to remove and clean, explains Björn Brandt, Product Manager, Counting/Feeding solutions with ILAPAK.

The machine’s functions are regulated by the latest Siemens S7 control unit, and it features an easy-to-operate touchscreen panel.

The Vision 2000 can also serve as a valuable quality control tool, screening product flow for deformed or damaged products, such as bent and broken baguettes. Optional a laser can be integrated to check the height of the products as well.

If required, the system can also be supplied with an integrated metal detector, which can share a reject system with the quality control module. Indeed, engineering turnkey lines, from freezer to box or bag, is ILAPAK’s forté.

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