Economical inspection of empty bottles
for beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks

Innovative, economical – for mid-sized breweries and bottling plants

The XPLORER inspection system was specially developed by us for reliable empty bottle inspection in mid-sized breweries and bottling plants. Thanks to its intelligent modular construction kit system it can be assembled rationally for individual inspections extending up to full bottle inspection.

It is the modern, economical alternative to comparable but much larger, more expensive systems.

Camera and LED lighting technology

In our CLIP CHECK swing-top check, XPLORER empty bottle inspector and XPLORER DUO swing-top and empty bottle inspector systems, the inspection steps are carried out by advanced CCD / CMOS cameras and long-life, energy-efficient high-performance LED lighting units.

Inspections possibilities

Sealing surfaces / mouth inspection

Dichtflächeninspektion The mouth of the container is inspected for the reliable detection of damaged sealing surfaces. The entire mouth is visualised and analysed for faults. Breakouts, spalling, damage, stress cracks, rust stains and coatings are reliably detected and the containers are ejected from the production process.

Thread inspection

Gewindeinspektion Thread inspectionThe X PLORER thread detector inspects screw caps over the entire thread geometry, whether there is only one thread or several. The threads are unwound via various mirrors and inspected for critical areas of wear and damage..

Base inspection

Bodeninspektion During the inspection of container bases, a high-contrast image of the base is analysed by LED flash lights. Existing structures such as imprints and markings or knurling marks are masked by filters so that every kind of foreign object or damage is reliably detected..

 

Side wall inspection

SeitenwandinspektionTwo high-performance CCD cameras, which take pictures at staggered positions, create overlapping images through a system of mirrors in the transmitted light, thus creating a full 360 ° all-round view. Existing glass structures are analysed, so that faults such as cracks, pitting, scuffing, as well as films and adhering paper lead to the container being ejected..

Residual liquid detection IR / HF

LaugenkontrolleWe use high frequency (HF) and infrared measurement (IR) for the detection of residual liquid. In the case of the HF measurement, a high-frequency field in the base area registers the minutest liquor. Non-conductive liquids such as varnishes or oils are reliably detected by infrared sensors.

Performance range

The performance range of our checking and inspection equipment of up to 20,000 bottles/hr is specially designed for the requirements of mid-sized breweries and bottling plants. Higher performances are possible at any time thanks to our flexible modular system.

For new plants and plant modernisations

Our checking and inspection systems in a stainless steel compact design are extremely space-saving. This makes them suitable for installation in new plants as well as for retrofitting when modernising existing plants. All drives, from the washing machine through the pressureless merging to the filler, are controlled entirely by our systems and regulated according to the filler conductance. The ideal belt speeds can be taught. All control parameters necessary for this are controlled according to the type of container via the user interface.

Areas of application

  • Breweries, bottling plants, dairies and the food industry
  • Full and partial inspection of all common swing-top, screw cap and crown cork bottles
  • Suitable for new plants and, thanks to the low space requirements, ideal for retrofitting as part of plant modernisations

Advantages

  • Modular construction for detailed inspection up to the full inspection of empty bottles
  • Processing of all bottles occurring in the beverage industry through simple type management
  • Hygienic design in stainless steel
  • Can be optimally integrated into new and existing plants
  • State-of-the-art CCD/CMOS camera technology
  • Long-life, energy-efficient high-performance LED lighting
  • Complete system integration from the washing machine to the filler
  • Integrated, future-proof network interface (Industrial, Ethernet, TCP/IP)
  • Remote service connection possible via Internet
  • Minimum space requirement
  • Simple operation by touch panel with self-explanatory user interface

Machine equipment


Detection system

State-of-the-art, extremely high-resolution CCD / CMOS cameras with GigE interfaces. Optimal detection with a bandwidth of 100 MB/s and 8-bit colour depth.

Image processing 

The machine has an internal high-performance PC with maximum detection quality thanks to tailor-made hardware and software.

Machine head

Motor-driven height adjustment for precise positioning for the detection of small, large, low and high containers.

Control cabinet

Our control cabinets are integrated in the machine and are individually adaptable to the respective requirements.

Control panel

21.5" touch screen with self-explanatory user interface, unlimited container type selection, vision and traceability function.

Bottle separator

Precise separation of the bottles at the inlet by photocell-controlled, motor-driven star wheel.

Faulty bottle ejection

Bottles of the incorrect colour and type or with damage and label residues are ejected by KS-pushers.

Bottle alignment station

For the exact positioning of the bottles, the bottles pass through a camera-controlled auxiliary belt station.

360° side wall inspection

Special mirror system with two CCD/CMOS cameras and high-performance LED lighting unit for overlapping 360°all-round detection.

Faulty bottle ejection

Bottles of the incorrect colour and type or with damage and label residues are ejected by KS-pushers.

Bottle diameter adjustment

Manual with hand crank according to easily readable precision meter.

Motor-driven height adjustment

Motorised with on/off switch with easily readable precision meter.