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Food and Packaging Inspection

Food and packaging inspection, including inspection, measurement, or counting of bottles, cans, containers, labels, foods, pills, and more, offers different challenges than electronics or semiconductor inspection. It is important to find all the dead pixels in a flat panel television, but it is vital that the labels on your prescription medicine are accurate and legible, and that food containers are free of contaminants before filling and properly sealed afterwards. Industrial machine vision plays an important role in quality control for many foods and pharmaceuticals. Color imaging, which is not necessary for many industrial applications, can become very important in food inspection, as it is often necessary to judge ripeness or "doneness." 

Food, pharmaceutical, and packaging inspection brings other challeges too: some foods, medicines or containers cannot tolerate bright lights or the high temperatures that often accompany them. This makes low-light image quality very important.


Verify seal integrity

Grade grain or fruit

Verify labeling and lot codes

Check fill levels


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What vision tasks do you need to perform?

Could your manufacturing process benefit from vision tasks like these?

  • Inspect vials or blister packaging
  • Verify the presence and correct orientation of labels
  • Count the number of pills
  • Read a barcode, 2D matrix code, or stamped characters
  • Check for surface defects or contamination before filling
  • Identify blemishes or foreign material

Teledyne DALSA Machine Vision Capabilities and Tools

  • High speed, low light, high resolution image capture
  • High speed Framegrabbers for data acquisition, such as the Xcelera series
  • Sapera, Sherlock, and iNspect software for powerful image processing including:
    • Pattern matching tools for locating and identifying parts or features for alignment
    • Edge tools for detecting the presence, absence, or position of features
    • Measurement tools for checking dimensional accuracy
    • Barcode (1D and 2D) readers for product identification and tracking
    • Print recognition (OCR) tools for product identification, tracking, and readability
    • Count tools for verifying the number of parts or features
    • Surface flaw tools for detecting scratches, cracks, and discoloration
    • Color tools for verifying the amount and location of colored elements.

Teledyne DALSA-authorized distributors can show you how to start saving time and money with our industrial vision solutions.

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