Primary Beverage Packaging Solutions

  1. Detecting Clear Glass and Plastic PET Bottles

    Banner’s Q4X clear object detection sensor measures the distance to and light intensity of a stable background condition, such as a smooth or painted surface. This allows the sensor to reliably detect a broad range of translucent objects without the use of a reflector.

  2. Line Pressure Monitoring of Clear Bottles

    Banner Engineering’s new Q4X laser clear object detection sensor is able to detect clear objects without the use of a reflector. It is simply taught to a stable background. It makes a decision on the presence of a target based on both distance and intensity for reliable detection of challenging targets such as bottles and cans. Eliminating a reflector in a washdown area also eliminates a potential point of failure.

  3. Detection of Plastic PET Bottles

    QS18E Expert Clear Object Detection Sensors are deployed at strategic points along the length of the air conveyor. Each sensor is configured to use the Light Set sensing mode for clear object detection. As a bottle passes between the sensor and the reflector it will absorb light from the sensing beam and the sensor’s microcontroller will detect these changes. Quick detection of accumulations or gaps using the QS18E helps manage the flow of bottles through the system, reduces downtime and improves overall plant efficiency.

  4. Cap Sorter Detection

    Banner’s R55F fiber optic sensors have the capability to detect the presence of caps regardless of their color or size – a clear advantage in an industry that has a wide variety of bottle caps and frequent line changes. In this type of application, the fiber optic sensors are used to recognize long pauses between the caps which would then signal a jam to the operators of the machine. The fibers are compact and can be easily mounted in confined and typically inaccessible spaces.

  5. Level Monitoring On Rotary Filler System

    Banner’s SureCross wireless system can easily transmit temperature, pressure and fill levels to a local PLCs. The wireless system will seamlessly alert operators if bottling is occurring below the desired fill level. This helps prevent errors and leads to greater consistency in bottled beverages. Consistent fill levels mean no recalls—and no wasted products. Using a wireless system also eliminates the need for slip rings on the rotary filler, which in turn reduces maintenance costs.

  6. Non-Contact Fill Level Verification

    Banner’s QS30H2O sensor is a specialized sensor developed to address challenges with sensing the presence of water and water-based liquids. The QS30H2O operates in a through beam sensing mode and the emitter uses a wavelength that is tuned to not pass through water. The high excess gain of the sensor makes it powerful enough to see through an assortment of plastic and glass containers. Two pairs of sensors can be utilized to determine that the fill level has met minimum but is not overfilled and wasting product. Apertures can be placed on the receiver end to minimize the beam pattern and increase accuracy of the application. This ensures products that do not meet fill level criteria are not processed or shipped.

  7. Label Inspection in a Wet Environment

    A sealed PresencePLUS Pro COLOR vision sensor is encased in an enclosure that protects it from damage in a wet environment. The Pro checks for label presence and placement.

  8. Detection of Cap Orientation

    The Banner Q3X laser diffuse sensor is ideal for applications that require orientation detection with small contrast differences. It offers fixed background suppression which means that the sensor can be set to recognize a specific distance and ignore anything past the set point. The Q3X is set up to detect when the top of a cap is facing toward the sensor and ignore the cap when it is facing away. When it detects a cap facing toward the sensor, a fail output is sent and the cap is rejected and removed from the line. The Q3X has a reliable sensing range up to 300mm and has a very high-speed detection rate. It can capture up to 2,000 events per second. It was also designed with an angled three-digit display to provide clear user feedback for an easy setup. It is made of rugged nickel-plated zinc making housing that is suitable for use in environments with a variety of liquids.

  9. Slip Ring Replacement with Wireless Solutions

    Slip rings are subject to constant movement which in turn leads to continuous maintenance in order to avoid degradation of the rotating electrical connection caused by normal wear and debris. Slip ring failure can be a very costly occurrence. It stops production and creates unwanted downtime. The DX80 wireless radios provide a non-contact solution for transmitting the sensor signals from inside the filler bowl to the control panel. The wireless node located on the rotary filler can be battery powered thus providing power to the sensors for a wire-free installation. The DX80 wireless solution eliminates the need for slip rings, helping to decrease downtime and maintenance.

  10. In-Line Accumulation on Single Filer

    The Q60 background suppression sensor detects when the staging area is clear of bottles or cans and the system is ready for the next layer of containers. The integral timing delay on the Q60 filters out any potentially unstable signal from the bottles as they move in a cluster. Indication is then only made when the area is truly clear and the staging area is ready for more containers.