Baldwin releases new Defender print inspection and defect-tracking solution

Baldwin Vision Systems (Waukesha, Wisconsin) has unveiled a new suite of data-connected technologies to identify, track and remove printing defects. Specifically designed for wide-web packaging substrates, Defender 100% Inspection “is the foundation for the industry’s most comprehensive defect-tracking solution,” said the company. “Defender Data Central and Defender Waste Manager combine to function as a seamless defect-detection and tracking workflow.” The combination of technologies enables printers to easily deliver defect-free, ideal print quality to brand owners and print-buying customers. Empowered with valuable production data and detailed print quality reports, users can improve their processes and put more work through their press – reducing the need for additional presses or press time.

Defender 100% Inspection monitors the entire web 24/7 to detect and manage defects such as spots, streaks, colour shifts, haze, wrinkles, pinholes, contamination, and any other random defects.

“Print buyers are increasingly requiring 100% print inspection along with detailed print quality reports,” said John Cusack, Business Development Specialist for Baldwin Vision Systems. “The Defender technologies enable printers and converters to monitor and enhance their processes and directly improve their bottom lines. On top of that, knowing where defects are and having the tools to easily remove them greatly reduces the risk of returns, litigation, lost business, and a dam­aged reputation. The Defender workflow gives printers the ability to meet brand owners’ expectations, retain current customers, pursue new markets, and win new business with a clear competitive advantage.”
Defender 100% Inspection utilizes advanced defect detection algorithms to quickly classify each defect, driving better print quality decisions. Unique self-learning algorithms monitor the capabilities of the press and automatically apply optimum inspection tolerances to each job. Job settings can be quickly modified and saved. Manual fine-tuning makes it possible to reduce false or ‘nuisance’ alarms by simply adjusting sensitivity levels for multiple defect types and different substrates. Plus, high efficiency fan-cooled LED lighting delivers greater image detail.

Defender Data Central offers more intelligent print inspection by using visual maps of each inspected roll. Quality control operators can analyze for defect distribution, count and type. Out-of-tolerance areas are identified for removal, and job-based quality reports can be generated. Defender Waste Manager can interface with rewinding, slitting and sheeting equipment to automatically control when they stop or reject – allowing for fast and easy removal of defective material. Defect location data speeds up the converting process by allowing operators to fast-forward to the exact location of a defect within a roll.

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