Fully automated tube testing system for food

Dec 30, 2011 | Food Processing & Packaging

Cerulean Packing has launched a fully automated tube testing system for laminate and plastic tubes. Q-Test is particularly suitable for the medical, personal care and consumer food product industries where high quality packaging is essential.

“Tube producers in these industries need to test a number of parameters during the production process to prevent possible product failures and expensive manufacturing downtime,” explains global sales manager Peter Wilson. “Q-Test removes the need for manual testing and offers accuracy and repeatability as well as providing a full history of quantifiable results that can help improve product quality.”

There are two measurement modules: Q-Test 1 is based on pneumatics and measures leak, burst and torque parameters of both plastic and laminate tubes using high quality precision transducers; Q-Test 2 adds the ability to measure length, diameter, ovality and side-seam parameters using both laser and high resolution optical systems. Tubes can be fed to the machine manually via a hopper or by using an automated transfer system.

All captured data can be transferred to a Factory Management System for in depth data analysis giving the QA team confidence in ongoing product conformance.

Q-Test is supplied with an industrial PC which controls all the mechanical and software aspects of the system.