New Smart Vision System Inspects Thermoformed Packages for Food and Medical Devices

Harpak-ULMA® launches the ULMA-Vision integrated inspection system for thermoform packaging platforms.

Harpak-ULMA®, the industry leader in smart, connected packaging solutions, announces the North American launch of ULMA-Vision — its new, smart, high-performance integrated inspection system now available with its thermoform packaging platforms.

Vision inspection systems have long been used to ensure package integrity, overall product quality, and compliance with industry standards (such as traceability and validation). Smart vision inspection systems are characterized by advancements in machine learning, advanced optics, and adaptive inspection routines. ULMA-Vision offers not only exceptional performance but also unprecedented adaptability and flexibility to accommodate various packaging and product variations. ULMA-Vision systems easily scale with evolving production demands and easily and quickly adapt to changes in products, manufacturing volume, and throughput speeds.

ULMA Vision inspection systems offer reliable, efficient quality control for thermoformed food and medical device packages, whether inline or as a standalone inspection unit (standard or compact). In addition, a retrofit version is available for existing lines. Regardless of version, the system guarantees the highest packaging quality by analyzing the seal, print, bar codes, and artwork – all while optimizing production throughput and ensuring compliance. A highly intuitive software interface ensures fast and easy training and operation for operators.

John Weddleton, Harpak-ULMA’s Automation Manager, noted, “In our markets, it’s common practice for customers to build these solutions using multiple vendors – which frankly adds time, cost, and complexity. We’re challenging that inefficiency by delivering pre-integrated vision inspection capabilities into our thermoforming lines. Our completely integrated solution arrives fully FAT-tested and ready to go. Even our retrofit and standalone versions are designed to operate with our platforms, thus reducing the time and cost of deployment.”

“We’ve ensured these solutions align with our smart, connected machines vision and employ the most current technology available today. The outcome is an innovative, high-performing, and flexible vision inspection system with a lower total cost of ownership, which is easier to use and delivers outstanding value. As a result, we expect to see a lot of excitement in the market,” he added.

Harpak-ULMA will preview the standalone ULMA-Vision unit at the upcoming IPPE show in Atlanta, Jan. 30 – Feb. 1. The formal product launch, including the fully integrated thermoformer solution, will coincide with the Seafood Expo North America in the Boston Convention Center, Mar. 10 – 12 in booth 581.

Discover more about the ULMA-Vision solution here. If you want to learn more, or prefer to experience a live demonstration at one of Harpak-ULMA’s Customer Experience Centers in Boston, Atlanta, or Costa Mesa, Calif. Call (508) 884-2500 to make arrangements.

About Harpak-ULMA

Harpak-ULMA is the North American arm of ULMA, a $1B industry leader in complete packaging line solutions for Food, Medical, Bakery, and Industrial products. Harpak-ULMA provides smart, connected packaging systems utilizing Rockwell Automation’s controls and information platforms to deliver greater efficiency, uptime, and throughput, as well as better package quality and reduced waste. Well-designed, reliable solutions reduce customers’ total cost of ownership, help them overcome the challenges of an aging and evolving workforce, and improve control of maintenance expenses with competitive parts sourcing. In addition to offering ULMA primary packaging systems and comprehensive automation solutions, Harpak-ULMA is the exclusive North American distributor of G. Mondini tray sealers. Harpak-ULMA joined the Rockwell Automation Partner Network in 2018 as part of its initiative to build and deploy smart, connected packaging solutions.

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