Clear or Reflective Object Detection

Detecting transparent clear or shiny objects is one of the biggest challenges sensors face. Variations in target shape, size, material, color and translucence can complicate accurate detection. Light can burn through a target or be reflected away in erratic ways. Harsh, hazardous and washdown environments found in many applications not only challenge detection, but can dramatically shorten the lifespan and performance of a sensor. Banner offers several solutions designed and developed specifically to overcome the many challenges common to clear object detection.

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  1. Clear Plastic Food Container Detection in a Sanitary Environment

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

  2. Detecting Clear Glass and Plastic PET Bottles in Washdown Environments

    • Detect clear glass and PET plastic bottles • Various shapes and sizes • Washdown environment, IP69K ratings

  3. Consistent Detection of Transparent Plastic Bottles Along a Conveyor Machine [Success Story]

    • Detecting clear plastic bottles at multiple points on a machine • PET material • Very small changes in the amount of light received

  4. Detecting PET Bottles to Regulate Product Flow

    • Translucent bottles in a range of shapes, sizes, colors and contours
    • High-speed air conveyance system
    • Identifying gaps and accumulations to regulate product flow

  5. 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

  6. Hygienic Sensors for Glass Vial Detection in Harsh Chemical Environment

    • Clear vials in pharmaceutical and medical manufacturing • Hygenic sensor needed • Harsh chemical washdown

  7. 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

  8. Detecting Clear Bottles to Trigger Shrink Sleeve Labeler

    • High-speed labeler processing 800 bottles per minute
    • Equipment exposed to high-temperatures and liquids
    • Bottle types vary with frequent product changeovers

  9. Detecting Transparent Bottles in a Washdown Environment

    • Detect accumulations to regulate line pressure
    • Bottles vary in size, shape, color, and translucence
    • Clear and reflective object detection without a reflector

  10. Detecting Reflective Packages on a Conveyor

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

  11. Accurate Counting of Transparent Pharmaceutical Bottles

    • Count translucent and reflective glass vials
    • High-speed process requiring quick response times
    • Challenging light conditions

  12. 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

  13. Counting Transparent Plastic Containers on a Conveyor

    • Counting containers • Made of clear plastic • Containers are various shapes and have ridges

  14. Counting Reflective Rings

    • Counting rings on a conveyor belt • Very reflective surface • Cylindrical shape

  15. Seal and Perforation Detection on Translucent Poly Bags

    • Detect perforations on continuous web of translucent plastic bags
    • High-speed equipment
    • Large-volume of material processed

  16. Detecting Clear Pharmaceutical Vials Filled With Liquid

    • Sensing glass vials filled with transparent liquid • Aseptic, stainless steel environment • Rounded bottles

  17. Detect Installed Glass on Automobile

    • Detect the presence of a moonroof • Extended range capabilities • Automobile assembly line

  18. Transparent Glass Bottle, Vial, or Plate Detection

    • Recognize clear glass vials and bottles • High-speed application • Precise leading edge detection

  19. Profiling Clear Glass Plates and Detecting Broken Edges

    • Detect low contrast edges of glass on conveyor
    • Clean industrial environment
    • Equipment regularly exposed to high temperatures

  20. Detecting and Indicating the Presence of a Tipped Bottle

    • Detect translucent bottles filled with clear liquid
    • Long bottling line with numerous areas to monitor
    • Accurately locating tipped bottles minimizes system downtime

  21. Color Sensor Automates Sorting of Clear and Tinted Bottles

    • Plastic bottles varying in color and translucence
    • High-speed system requiring fast response times
    • Accurate sorting ensures bottles are correctly filled and labeled

  22. Detection of Clear Liquids in Transparent Packaging

    • I.V. bags, glass vials, syringes and other pharmaceutical packaging
    • Saline solutions, medications, vaccines and similar pharmaceuticals
    • Fill level inspections ensure product content amounts are accurate

  23. Detecting Tipped-Over Bottles on a High-Speed Bottling Line

    • Translucent bottles varying by size, shape, color, and faceting
    • Large scale system requiring monitoring in multiple locations
    • Quick clearance of tipped bottles reduces line jams and product damage

  24. Detecting Shiny, Unfinished Cans

    • Small installation areas with multiple deployments on the line
    • Shiny cans reflect light emitted from sensors, triggering false detections
    • Accurate detection of cans supports smooth product flow

  25. Clear Container Detection in a Clean-in-Place Rotary Filler

    • Bottle types vary in size, shape, color, translucence, and material
    • Equipment is regularly exposed to harsh washdown
    • Accurately tracking bottles prevents product loss and line blockages

  26. Hygienic Sensor Detects Variety of Bottle Types on a Rinser

    • Bottle types vary by size, shape, color, contours, and translucence
    • Equipment is regularly exposed to liquids and high-temperature washdowns
    • Reliable presence detection saves resources and ensures smooth product flow