Simulation Solutions Ltd. Inspection Systems

Unit 10, Rugby Park, Betchley Road, Heaton Mersey , SK4 3EJ Stockport, Cheshire
United Kingdom

Telephone +44 161 9479-120
Fax +44 161 9479-099
stephen@inspection-systems.co.uk

Trade fair hall

  • Hall 14 / D04
 Interactive Plan

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Contact

Stephen Adie

Senior head of department
Marketing, sales, advertising, PR

Unit 10, Rugby Park, Betchley Road
SK4 3EJ Stockport, Cheshire, United Kingdom

Phone
00441619479111

Email
stephen@inspection-systems.co.uk

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Glass production/Production Technology
  • 01.10  Cold end technology for float glass, laminated glass, wired glass and other types of flat glass
  • 01.10.01  Optimization of glass cutting and glass production yield

Optimization of glass cutting and glass production yield

  • 01  Glass production/Production Technology
  • 01.10  Cold end technology for float glass, laminated glass, wired glass and other types of flat glass
  • 01.10.03  Inspection systems
  • 01  Glass production/Production Technology
  • 01.10  Cold end technology for float glass, laminated glass, wired glass and other types of flat glass
  • 01.10.05  Separator applying machines

Separator applying machines

  • 03  Glass products and applications
  • 03.01  Flat glass
  • 03.01.01  Float and mirror glass

Float and mirror glass

  • 05  Measurement, testing, control technology and software
  • 05.01  Measurement and control technology, sensoring
  • 05.01.01  Measurement and control
  • 05.01.01.04  Measurement and control of glass thickness

Measurement and control of glass thickness

  • 05  Measurement, testing, control technology and software
  • 05.01  Measurement and control technology, sensoring
  • 05.01.01  Measurement and control
  • 05.01.01.05  Measurement and control of glass temperature

Measurement and control of glass temperature

  • 05  Measurement, testing, control technology and software
  • 05.01  Measurement and control technology, sensoring
  • 05.01.01  Measurement and control
  • 05.01.01.06  Measurement and control of glass tension

Measurement and control of glass tension

  • 05  Measurement, testing, control technology and software
  • 05.01  Measurement and control technology, sensoring
  • 05.01.03  Measuring devices to be used on site

Measuring devices to be used on site

Our products

Product category: Inspection systems

CUT PLATE INSPECTION

Eagle-I is the industry leading cut plate inspection system for float glass, offering full conveyor coverage for main line, side leg and off line applications. It allows for the automatic inspection and rejection of all bad glass to user defined tolerances with minimal operator intervention.

Eagle-I+ extends functionality to a fully redundant configuration at optimal cost in a minimum of space.

Cut plate inspection tests include:

Dimensional verification of width
and length
Squareness errors
Plates skewed on the conveyor
Broken or missing plates
Snap fails
Corner and edge defects
Shells and flares detection on both
top and bottom surfaces
Fault marks

Benefits:

Improved operational efficiency
Faster tracing of defects
Reduced wastage
Yield maximisation
Detailed statistical information
Ease of installation
Low maintenance
Stand-alone or redundant configurations

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Product category: Inspection systems

MIRRORED GLASS INSPECTION

AG provides full cut plate inspection capabilities as per the Eagle-I system, but is optimised to also allow for pinhole detection in mirrored glass. Defects may be detected in the silver layer both paint layers.

Mirrored glass inspection tests include:

Verify glass integrity
Pinhole detection in the silver layer
before any base coats are applied
Paint defect detection in either
paint layer

Benefits:

Allows coating problems to be detected at the earliest possible stage
Improved operational efficiency
Reduced wastage
Yield maximisation

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Product category: Inspection systems

INTERLEAVANT POWDER COVERAGE MEASUREMENT

IQ provides a consistent, reliable, and safe means of measuring interleavant powder coverage at a frequent interval, offering measurements of:

Number of particles of each type (beads or acid)
Area coverage by particle type
Total mass of powder by particle type
Density of powder by particle type

The system is available in a range of configurations using either trundling or static cameras to provide full conveyor coverage or point readings. The modular design and tight hardware/software integration employed within the IQ system ensures that the required functionality for interleavant powder coverage measurement is delivered at an optimal cost.

IQ offers the following features:

Detailed visual data with real-time measurement display
Data and statistics across time ranges
Full integration with plant control equipment and plant networks
Feedback to plant to allow closed loop control of powder applicators

These features allow detailed analysis of interleavant powder enabling specific problem areas to be targeted quickly and efficiently.

Typical issues that IQ can help with include:

Too little powder:

The reduction of stained glass rejections due to inadequate coverage of powder. The IQ system enables the user to monitor interleavant powder coverage and ensure that an optimum level is kept. The impact of this is fewer stained glass issues which results in less buy back issues from the customer.
The reduction of motion scratches during shipping due to inadequate interleavant powder coverage. It is sometimes possible that batches of glass are scratched due to localised areas with too little powder. The IQ system enables the user to be alerted of these localised areas therefore avoiding a potential cost of buyback issues.
A reduction in the number of buy back issues related to inadequate interleavant powder coverage which causes plates to adhere to each other. Although this happens infrequently the potential impact of each buyback issue can be thousands of dollars and may adversely affect customer relationships.

Too much powder:

The ability to monitor the powder levels to ensure optimum coverage may allow for a reduction in the amount of powder applied thus generating a cost saving.
Excess powder can cause problems for downstream processors who must wash the glass before performing value added work. Inadequate washing may leave powder residue that detrimentally affects their value added work, leading to potential buyback issues and poor customer relations.
Excess powder accumulates in and around the area of application. This is an area of concern for both equipment maintenance and health & safety. Equipment may need cleaning more often as powder may block ventilation panels etc, and the powder can cause a slip hazard. Ensuring optimum levels are applied reduces this risk and avoids a potential law suit should an accident occur.

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Product category: Inspection systems

IQ –EPS CLOSED LOOP SYSTEM

Inspection Systems and Grafix/IfG have collaborated to provide a turnkey solution which enables glass manufacturers to not only to apply and measure interleavant powder but to also self adjust to provide a closed loop system.

Coverage information determined by IQ system
0-10V signal applied to the applicator which adjusts amount of powder being deposited with no operator intervention
Graphical zone map display of coverage allows operators to easily monitor powder levels
Result is powder coverage that is correct and consistent across the entire plate surface

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Product category: Inspection systems

Thickness Gauge

The TG system provides a generic one-stop solution for the measurement of glass thickness with the following features:

Horizontal or vertical configurations
Hot or cold end location
Continuous scan or fixed position modes
Glass edge position reporting
Stress measurement module integration

Principle of Operation
Confocal sensor with controller
Wide range of thicknesses
User configurable sweep/spot reading options
SQL database support

Measurement & Display Options
Cross-web thickness profile
Longitudinal thickness profile
2D thickness zone map
Edge position trends
Temperature profiles
Optional stress module

Benefits
Repeatable & robust measurements
-24/7 operation
-More effective use of manpower
Feedback to production & maintenance teams
-Optimise product thickness
-Detect thickness variations
-Detect ribbon shifts
Prevent
-Waste incurred in making glass too thick
-Issues related to ribbon position

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About us

Company details

Inspection Systems has worked in float glass inspection since the late 1980s and the Eagle-I system was one of the first cut plate glass inspection systems brought to market. We now have over 80 automated vision systems across 6 continents, serving clients such as the Pilkington NSG Group, Guardian Industries Corp, Cardinal FG, AGC North America and the PFG Group.

Our equipment is integrated to plant from companies such as Grenzebach, Bottero, Bystronic and the ICAP Group and offers functionality ranging from the measurement of powder particles to jumbo plates and from the automatic rejection of bad glass to robot stacking of good glass

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Company data

Sales volume

2,5-5 Mio US $

Export content

max. 75%

Number of employees

11-30

Foundation

1989

Area of business

Measurement, testing, control technology and software

Target groups

Flat Glass