A 8-camera inspection system developed by Olmec-UK has garnered the Processing and Packaging Machinery Association (PPMA) award for Most Innovative Machine Vision Project. The system, used for wound-care dressings in heat-sealed paper packaging pouches, provides automated vision control of product position within that packaging to minimize trapped in-seal faults, along with fully automated rejection of any defective product. The system was awarded for its “successful execution of a complex and complicated application, using a mix of camera, lighting and software,” PPMA judges said. “This was a challenging project both in terms of the vision requirements and the limited space available in which to integrate the vision components,” said Olmec Technical Director Robert Pounder. “Not only has it significantly reduced the number of trapped in-seal products produced, the system can provide information on trends in the manufacturing process and is used by the production team on a daily basis to understand system performance and to drive improvements.” The Olmec team received “highly commended” recognition, as well, in the Partnership of the Year category, for its collaboration with Rofin-Baasel and Universal Converting Equipment in the development a vision-based system for true real-time monitoring of perforation quality in laser-perforated flexible, modified, atmosphere packaging. For more information, visit www.ppma.co.uk.