All Food Solutions

  1. Clear Plastic Food Container Detection in a Sanitary Environment

    • Detect transparent plastic food containers • Sanitary environment • Leading edge detection required

  2. Counting Multicolored Reflective Packages on a Conveyor

    • Verify packaging and count on conveyor • Foil and film packaging such as tea bags • Multiple colors on packaging material

  3. Clear Glass Jar Detection for Food and Beverage Splash Zone

    • Clear glass jars to be filled with food • Strict sanitary environment • Frequent, high-pressure washdowns, IP69K ratings

  4. Detecting Reflective Packages on a Conveyor

    • Detect reflective food wrappers such as Mylar • Conveyor belt presence verification • Utilize foreground suppression

  5. Monitoring Flow of Transparent Plastic Bottles on a Conveyor

    • Monitor conveyor to ensure there are no stuck bottles • Bottles are clear plastic • Large sensing area

  6. Cap Orientation Verification

    Banner’s Q4X laser sensor, made of 316L grade stainless steel, is very suitable for pharmaceutical environments and other aseptic filling areas. The Q4X has a sensing range of 25 to 300 mm, precise beam spot size and can effectively detect the orientation of caps as they exit a feeder bowl. If any caps are upside down, the Q4X will detect a height difference and reject the cap.

  7. Illuminating Inside A Cartoner

    Banner’s WLS28 LED Light Strips allow operators to identify frozen dinners that have not properly entered a carton and fix the problem with minimal downtime. Their long-lasting and durable cool white light means they’re an energy-efficient solution for illuminating the inside of a cartoner. IP69K rated, they can handle frequent machine wash down procedures.

  8. Accurately Measuring Bakery Ingredients

    Baking is a mixture of creativity, precision and attention to detail. The Wilkinson Baking Company has added technical innovation to the mix. The Wilkinson Bread Bakery is a compact, completely self-contained and fully automated bread bakery. This unique machine combines technology with tradition to transform simple raw ingredients into bakery fresh bread at 40 loaves an hour.

  9. Consistent Dough Height Measurement

    The dough for one of the company’s many popular breakfast cereals must fall within specific height parameters to ensure that it will have the perfect flake. Dough that is too thick will emerge from baking stiff and heavy. Dough that is too thin will crumble easily. This impacts the quality, taste and texture of the final product as well as product weight and packaging. Any product that does not meet the rigorous quality standards of the company will not be shipped or sold on the consumer market.

  10. Measuring the Height of Baked Bread

    The bakery’s multi-staged baking process begins with mixing, kneading and fermentation and completes with proofing, baking and cooling. At each stage, experienced bakers perform quality checks for appearance, texture, size and weight. Loaves that do not meet the company’s standards are rejected for consumer sales. The company needed to build-in system capabilities to help them better manage their resources and maintain quality standards.

  11. Monitoring Height of Tortilla Dough

    A US producer of authentic Mexican foods, such as tortillas and tostadas, strives to provide the best-tasting and freshest products for its consumers. In order to achieve this goal, consistency on the packaging line is key. The company was looking for a way to eliminate inconsistencies in their tortillas. Because they did not have a way to continuously monitor dough thickness on the production line, the dough nips often turned out either too high or too low, resulting in irregular tortilla sizes and weights. If a package of tortillas is under weight, it must be scrapped. In order to help eliminate waste and improve product consistency, the company worked with Banner to find a monitoring solution.

  12. Carton Stack Height

    The two-point teach option on the Q4X analog laser measurement sensor is used to teach the full and empty magazine. Manual adjustment can be used to fine tune the output. The analog output provides a real time gauge of the stack height. This allows the cartoner machine to have several “call for parts” set points without having to manually move the sensor. The Q4X is a robust, rugged stainless steel sensor ideal for use in many industrial, factory environments.

  13. Level Monitoring for Washdown Environments

    Banner’s U-Gage QT50U ultrasonic sensor excels at the most challenging level applications, bouncing sound off any solid surface—even those that may vary in consistency or contrast. The sensor is available with a Teflon-coated transducer cover, making it resistant to harsh chemicals and suitable for the food and beverage industry. Ultrasonic sensors are able to provide accurate monitoring of pump-controlled tanks by sending a continuous signal to measure the current tank depth.

  14. Monitoring Content Levels inside a High-Volume Hopper

    Banner’s LTF Series Laser Measurement Sensor features high excess gain, superior signal control and automatic adaptive laser power control. These features enable reliable detection of the chewing gum from up to 12 meters away, regardless of color or reflective surfaces inside the hopper.

  15. Date/Lot Code Inspection

    To verify each package has a date/lot code printed on it, an iVu Series sensor is configured for a Match inspection. An image of the date/lot code is captured. When the inspection is running, if the sensor detects a package without the date/lot code the sensor sends a fail output to the line, and the product is rejected.

  16. Food Packaging Label Inspection

    To verify each box is correct, an iVu Series sensor is configured for a Match inspection with 360 degree rotation enabled. An image of the correct box is captured and when the inspection is running, if the sensor detects an incorrect box, the sensor sends a fail output to the line, and the product is rejected.

  17. Detecting the Positioning and Presence of Tamper Evident Bands

    Banner iVu TG vision sensor with multi-point inspections is ideal for detecting and evaluating the position of tamper-evident bands. In this application, the band should be positioned around both the cap and the neck of a bottle. A seal positioned too high, too low, or completely missing would be considered unacceptable. With multi-point inspection, the iVu TG vision sensor can simultaneously detect missing and poorly positioned bands.

  18. Correct Label Verification

    An iVu TG Image Sensor works well for label verification because it comes with four sensor types, including a match sensor. The match sensor determines whether a pattern on a label matches a reference pattern and if it is correctly oriented. With just the touch of a button—or remotely through a PLC—users can easily teach the iVu image sensor to recognize and match the correct label pattern, requiring no image processing expertise.

  19. Food Packaging Inspection

    A high-resolution PresencePLUS P4 OMNI 1.3 mounted above a conveyor inspects each box of 12 chocolate candies, making sure each paper nest contains one candy and that the candy is intact.

  20. Labeling Detection

    In an application with limited space, the WORLD-BEAM Q20 sensor is easily positioned to verify the presence of a label before it is applied to the product.

  21. Candy Color Inspection

    A PresencePLUS P4 COLOR OMNI mounted about a conveyor inspects each box of 12 chocolates, making sure each paper nest contains the correct type of candy, based on color. It rejects boxes that have the wrong chocolate in a nest, are missing product or have damaged product.

  22. Label Alignment Inspection

    As each salad dressing bottle leaves the label station, an iVu Series sensor, configured for a Match application, inspects the label and compares it to a preconfigured reference to determine if they match. The iVu verifies that each bottle has a label applied and that each individual label is applied straight and not skewed. If the label is missing, or incorrectly placed on the bottle, then the sensor outputs a signal to the labeling machine.

  23. Inspecting for Missing Chocolates on a Packaging Line

    Banner sensors are positioned above a conveyor inspecting each passing box for missing chocolates. When a passing box breaks the trigger beam created by a pair of Q12 opposed-mode sensors, an array of QS18AF sensors mounted above the box inspect each location for missing chocolates. When a box containing the wrong amount of chocolates is detected, an output signal is relayed to a main controller at the packaging line warning of the failed condition.

  24. Tension Loop Control for Clear Plastic

    In this application, monitoring of the tension loop control is done by an ultrasonic sensor, the Banner S18U. The S18U bounces sound waves off of the clear plastic for a reliable and consistent sensing application. Standard photoelectric sensors have difficultly detecting clear material, particularly if its condition changes – in this application, the loop will fluctuate.As the loop fluctuates, its distance from the S18U also changes.

  25. Loop Control for Clear Plastic

    The analog U-GAGE S18U ultrasonic sensor positioned below a web of clear plastic monitors the tension of the loop, signaling the rate of uptake to increase or decrease as needed.

  26. Thermal Remediation Temperature Measurement

    The EPA has placed restrictions on the use of many fumigants citing a correlation between their use and ozone depletion. As an alternative, a large-scale flour mill performs three to four thermal remediations per year to eradicate flour beetles. The temperature inside the mill is brought up to 122° F (50° C). This is done gradually to minimize equipment and building strain caused by heat expansion.

  27. Hot Part Detection in Food Preparation

    To ensure that a griddle is on, non-contact T-GAGE M18T temperature sensors are aimed at the cooking surface to detect that the surface is hotter than the surrounding air. If the waffle iron is hot, the batter will be poured in and the process will continue. If it is not hot enough, the T-GAGE temperature sensor output won't trigger the batter release mechanism allowing the iron additional time to heat.

  28. Refrigeration System Monitoring with a Wireless Network

    A resistance temperature detector senses the temperature of a walk-in cooler and sends the data to a SureCross FlexPower Node. The Node in turn sends that data to a Gateway, which issues an alarm to management if the temperature exceeds acceptable limits. The DX80 FlexPower Nodes have a IP67 rating for rugged environments and work well in the cold.

  29. Leading Edge Detection of Packages with a Thin, Flexible Edge

    Banner’s LX Series is an economical solution for detecting the leading edge of flat objects, such as the frozen dinner containers. With a web of modulated light, the LX Series part-sensing light screen can detect any item—in any position—passing through the light screen. The LX Series’ response rate 0.8 to 3.2 ms prevents sensing delays and keeps the conveyor moving at the optimum speed for placing dinners in the bucket.

  30. Detecting Different Size Packages on a Conveyor

    Banner’s S18-2 barrel sensor is a cost-effective, reliable sensing method for this type of application. Its small size makes it easy to integrate along the manufacturing line, and its competitive price means it is well-suited for applications requiring multiple sensors. With a powerful and bright visible red emitter beam, the S18 sensors are easy to align during set up.

  31. Flap Detection on Cartons in Food and Beverage Industry

    The QS18LD laser diffuse sensor scans across the top of the package to see if any flaps are open. The laser diffuse sensor provides accurate detection to verify whether the frozen packages are sealed properly.

  32. Dough Height Inspection

    By using Banner’s L-GAGE Q50 (Q50) LED-based linear displacement laser sensors to detect dough height and depth prior to final proofing and baking, bakers can consistently maintain exact bread loaf dimensions.

  33. Carton Trigger For Date/Lot Code Printing

    With a narrow beam that projects a small bright spot, the QS18LLP laser, polarized, retro-reflective sensors provide precise position control when triggering various devices. In this application, the QS18LLP is able to correctly detect the glossy carton as it travels down the conveyor—without proxing—and trigger the ink jet printer to print the date/lot code on the carton. The second sensor triggers the P4 OMNI to inspect the date/lot code and verify it is legible and correct.

  34. Packaging Frozen Dinners on a Cartoner

    WLS28 Work Light Strips: Bright, long-lasting LED light strips provide optimal visibility inside the cartoner for operator access and easily fit on the machine without obscuring access Safety Hinge Switches: Stainless steel, load-bearing safety hinge switches support the cartoner’s machine door and will shut down the machine if the doors are opened, and minimize the risk of intentional defeat

  35. Date/Lot Code Verification

    Banner’s rugged PresencePLUS P4 Sealed OMNI vision sensor works well for date/lot codes because it uses Optical Character Verification/OCV inspection to ensure the correct day and lot code are printed legibly. With an IP68-rated housing, the sensor is ideal in food and beverage applications because it can withstand harsh wash-down environments. The P4 OMNI sensor easily locates the region of the carton magazine that needs to be inspected for date/lot codes by verifying the edge of the box. Wi

  36. Sensing in Food Packaging and Conveying

    The sensing characteristics of this application are simple, yet unique: the sensors are positioned directly above a white, highly reflective background and must detect darker, lower contrast objects of varying texture. The EZ-BEAM T18 fixed field sensor is an ideal solution. It has a sharp detection cutoff and is not sensitive to color variations – it will signal the presence of an object within a certain range and ignore the background.

  37. Sensing in Food Checkweighing

    The EZ-BEAM Q25 retroreflective sensor is ideal for this application. It emits a high-powered beam that will reliably detect any dark object that passes over the scale. If clear objects are to be detected, a Q25 polarized retroreflective model is used. With its IP69K-rated housing, the Q25 is designed to withstand the harsh washdowns required in food applications. Setup is easy; the Q25 has no adjustments.

  38. Carton Counting

    Banner’s WORLD-BEAM QS18LP laser sensor accurately inspects every carton that passes on the conveyor, ensuring the robot is triggered to load cartons into the package. With a visible laser sensing beam, the QS18LP provides precise position control, which is ideal to ensure accurate counting of cartons at a close range. The rugged QS18LP is also ideal for confined spaces and is easily set up along a conveyor for accurate sensing. With highly bright LEDs, operating status is visible from 360⁰.

  39. Color Sorting

    The D10 sorts gum packets by color—yellow, blue, or green—using dual-discrete outputs. The two outputs of the D10 Expert are programmed as follows: yellow is both outputs ON, blue is both outputs OFF, and green is one output ON and one OFF. The output wire of a Q12 sensor is connected to the inhibit wire of the D10 to ensure that the outputs are off when a packet is not present, so the sensor does not erroneously signal that a blue packet is present.