SEA Vision takes to Interpack a new revolutionary technology powered by Artificial Intelligence algorithms and applied to lipstick inspection and automated line clearance processes. At the fair, customers will see these technologies for real and enjoy a hands-on experience of how AI can shape the pharmaceutical and cosmetic manufacturing processes of the future.
The Interpack fair is to be held from 4 to 10 May and will be a particularly important edition for SEA Vision. The tradeshow week will be the occasion to show the public, at stand A32 – Hall 15, the work of recent years in terms of the evolution of technologies for the Company’s three business divisions: machine vision, traceability and process automation.
There will be a particular focus on the new revolutionary technology powered by Artificial Intelligence algorithms developed with ARGO Vision and applied to lipstick inspection and automated line clearance processes. At the fair, customers will see these technologies for real and enjoy a hands-on experience of how AI can shape the pharmaceutical and cosmetic manufacturing processes of the future.
In traceability, the main focus will be on the blister track & trace software (installed on the Marchesini Group blister packaging line – Hall 15, Stand A42 1-6) performing the in-line printing of serialized artworks on primary packaging, together with complete aggregation up to pallet level.
SEA Vision continues its journey in the development of software applications based on Artificial Intelligence technologies, with the aim of strengthening and improving the range of inspection solutions for pharmaceutical products on which the company’s history and expertise are based.
A revolutionary lipstick inspection control powered by AI: a-eye lipstick
After the first presentation in the recent worldwide premiere launch at the Cosmopack tradeshow, SEA Vision is set to present its new AI-based lipstick inspection system a-eye lipstick at Interpack 2023.
Lipsticks are challenging products in terms of production and quality control. They come in countless colours, finishes, shapes, formulations, and combinations. Even today, in spite of all the efforts made during production to prevent and control a good number of potential defects, there are flaws that still manage to pass through quality control undetected. This leads to costly reprocessing and, in the worst-case scenario, these products can make it to market, implying serious risks for businesses in terms of brand reputation.
Artificial Intelligence sets out to remedy a large proportion of these potential defects. The SEA Vision system (under development by a joint team from SEA Vision and ARGO Vision) uses semantic segmentation on the zones of the lipstick (e.g. body, tip, neck, mechanism, etc.) to identify every possible flaw pixel by pixel. This is achieved by classifying areas by categories and assigning each one a name or â€ślabelâ€ť. Each part or area of the image is classified by categories and identified by a colour on the screen to provide the operator with immediate information about the areas being inspected.
The system learns how to discern an ever-increasing variety of more and more complex defects, item-by-item. Learning takes place both on the basis of proprietary datasets â€“ a mix of real and synthetic images generated with the most advanced data augmentation and neural generation techniques â€“ and by combining the different models and parameters observed over time.
These deep learning-based semantic segmentation techniques are now the de facto standard in Artificial Intelligence and greatly accelerate the development of object-analysis capabilities. In other words, the ever-expanding range of scenarios the system can consider enables the system itself to evolve and become more and more precise.
AI-powered Automated Line Clearance: a-eye clearance
Everybody knows that line clearance processes are crucial stages before production start-up. The aim is to ensure that equipment andâ€Żwork areas are free/cleanâ€Żfrom anyâ€Żresidualâ€Żmaterial or document. However, these very important phases still require manual intervention by operators to perform specific paper-based tasks and activities, with the consequent risk of human error. The need for greater safety and smoother processes is what drives SEA Vision’s a-eye clearance technology. This brand-new solution is driven by AI algorithms to automate line clearance procedures while avoiding errors, reducing the time needed and boosting the OEE of production lines.
As part of the yudoo 4.0 software suite, a-eye clearance technology is capable of performing an automatic, accurate inspection of the packaging line work areas using cameras and sensors, highlighting anomalies and providing visual feedback for the operator in real-time.
The system will be demonstrated on a Marchesini Group RLF800 high-speed rotary labelling machine, which features new complexities compared to the previous machine shown at the Achema exhibition, thus taking a step further in technological innovation.
In fact, the software integrates important new advanced automation features for the management of line clearance operations even on machines with articulated mechanical configurations such as RLF. a-eye clearance can now coordinate the movement of mechanical machine assemblies that stand between the cameras and the parts to be inspected. One immediate advantage is the ability to use a small number of cameras without the need to install more to capture all the hidden scenes.
The system is enhanced by AI algorithms and overcomes traditional limitations in terms of reflections, shadows and different lighting conditions.
yudoo 4.0 software suite
It is not possible to talk about Industry 4.0 without mentioning yudoo, a 4.0 platform that links automation devices, machines, IT and control systems together to manage the entire pharmaceutical production process and, at the same time, collect and analyse data to turn manufacturing insights and traceability insights into action and drive results in terms of OEE improvement.
In its full version, yudoo includes features for managing production lines, integrating existing Track & Trace architecture for serialisation management, real-time OEE performance analysis, and evolved KPIs based on Business Intelligence tools.
What does all this mean? Simple: yudoo is the pharmaceutical software suite that makes digital transformation a reality.
From blister to pallet: the next level of serialisation and aggregation
At Interpack, we will be presenting the Blister Track & Trace technology for the inline serialisation of primary packaging and aggregation up to pallet level.
The solution will be installed on the complete blister packaging line at the Marchesini Group’s stand, including the full line from blister to casepacker-palletiser. The novelty lies in direct on-line printing via an on-board printer installed on the Integra 720, a solution that complements the off-line printing presented last year.
The system manages in-line printing directly on blister, together with the inspection of codes, and then automatically aggregates with the codes printed on their carton, cases and pallet labels.
SEA Vision and Marchesini Group decided to invest in this challenging project in order to further enhance product identification, which is a prerequisite in the healthcare industry. While, today, this condition is met for cartons and pallets, it does not apply to primary packaging such as pharmaceutical blisters. The aim of the solution is to fight the risk of counterfeiting when it comes to the primary packaging of drugs and to maximise investments already made by pharma companies to ensure that secondary packaging is traceable for 100% safety during the distribution of products along the supply chain.
A new User Interface
SEA Vision has completely re-designed the user interface of their vision systems to improve user experience and usability, and will be presenting it at Interpack. The main strengths of the new UI are web-accessibility, an app-specific interface and customisation.
- Web-accessibility enables multiple visualisations of the interface from a web browser from every device;
- App-specific interface: a specific skin is designed for each application (depending on the product â€“ blister, syringes, track & trace and others…) but is based on the same software core. The app interface shows only what is relevant to that product, speeding up the operator’s day-by-day activities, affording better ergonomics, usability and ease of use;
- Customisation makes it possible to include specific customer personalisation, such as showing specific data in a specific position, or customised dashboards;
- New menu organisation divided into main sections: â€śdeskâ€ť for configuration of the vision system; â€śrunâ€ť for batch execution; â€śviewâ€ť for visualisation of dashboards and important batch information, and â€śBIâ€ť for the Business Intelligence data analysis.