Reliably differentiating swing tops: the HEUFT LGX makes it possible!

(PM) , 02.09.2008 - A nostalgic design, the distinctive noise when opening and the practical reclosability feature: swing top bottles are enjoying increasing popularity. Detecting them in a crate and clearly assigning them to ones own production bottles present standard returned empties inspectors with immense problems. HEUFT SYSTEMTECHNIK GMBH has developed a device with the HEUFT LGX which can reliably identify swing top bottles therefore not only guaranteeing that the containers supplied are of the correct brand but also that downstream machines are protected.

However where is the challenge? Why are swing top bottles so demanding as regards the inspection of returned empties?

For this we will take a closer look at the most frequently asked questions which can arise in this connection:

Is it a swing top at all or just a foreign object that is a piece of a neck label?

Difficulties often occur at the unpacker when bottles with swing tops enter the production flow for conventional containers. Therefore the corresponding cases have to be rejected. However the supposed swing top often emerges as the remains of a label – efficiency restraints which can certainly be forgotten with the HEUFT detection.

It becomes really interesting when one has to differentiate between the swing top bottles of ones own production and those of other competitors:

Are they suitable for ones own production? Is the closure in place or is it hanging down?

For this the bottles provide several distinctive features such as the bottle height, finish, closure logo and the colour of the rubber seal. All these features are analysed and collected by means of optical and acoustic inspections. Due to the HEUFT fuzzy logic, the HEUFT LGX can state very precisely afterwards, using a specially defined algorithm whether the bottles which have just been examined are suitable or not.

Conventional devices cannot achieve such precision and high performance when inspecting crates with swing top bottles. Good that there is an exception: the HEUFT LGX.

More about the HEUFT LGX: www.heuft.com/lang/en/heuft-lgx-returned-crate-check_23.html

HEUFT SYSTEMTECHNIK GMBH is the leading manufacturer of a wide range of innovative automation solutions for the food and drinks industry. Besides devices for the quality assurance and quality control of empty and full containers the product portfolio includes high performance labelling machines and conveyor systems as well as applications for precise line analysis. A large number of the pioneering ideas and developments from HEUFT have set standards and in the meantime have become the norm. The sentence "HEUFT ist Systemtechnik" (HEUFT is system technology) sums up the philosophy of the company: a cleverly devised modular system, the use of fundamental development results for the most varied applications and modules together with a logical design for an efficient serial production all generate first-class products at excellent prices. The HEUFT company is active all over the world with its own sales and service branches, agencies and local service technicians. For further information: www.heuft.com
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