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Automated Visual Control System For Gob Feeders
Author(s): Hugh Molesworth; Tony Vann
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Paper Abstract

The usable throughput and hence profitability of an automated glass bottle production line depends, amongst other factors, on the weight of glass in each bottle. Present techniques often rely on manual weighing of bottles on a sample basis with manual control of the feeder which forms the gobs from which the bottles are produced. Currently available automated weighing systems provide improved control although the weight measurement is still done only on a sample basis. All such weight measurement systems produce an undesirable delay before the bottle is safely available for weighing. This paper describes an automated visual gob weight control system which overcomes both of the above major limitations of existing control systems. The weight of every gob is calculated by visual scanning in free fall before the bottle is formed, allowing a fast and accurate closed-loop control system to be implemented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 August 1983
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0376, Optical Sensing: Techniques, Benefits, Costs, (10 August 1983); doi: 10.1117/12.934724
Show Author Affiliations
Hugh Molesworth, T. A. Designs (England)
Tony Vann, Integrated Photomatrix (England)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0376:
Optical Sensing: Techniques, Benefits, Costs
S. J. Bennett, Editor(s)

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