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Out of 137, the Global Startup Heat Map highlights 5 Top Quality Control Solutions impacting Packaging Businesses
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The Global Startup Heat Map below reveals the distribution of the 137 exemplary startups & scaleups we analyzed for this research. Further, it highlights 5 packaging startups that we hand-picked based on criteria such as founding year, location, funding raised, and more. You get to explore the solutions of these 5 startups & scaleups in this report. For insights on the other 132 quality control solutions for packaging, get in touch.
Robro Systems develops Print Inspection Systems
Packaging labels contain information related to product tracking, brand protection, and identification. To keep up with current manufacturing rates, labels are printed at large scales by specialized equipment. This presents a challenge in inspecting the quality of every label. To this end, startups are creating inspection systems that detect printing errors in high-speed production lines.
Indian startup Robro Systems specializes in industrial automation for visual analysis and action systems. The startup’s print inspection system, KPI-330, identifies defects as small as 0.09 mm with a speed of over 200 meters per minute. It detects smudges, foreign elements, dots and marks, inverted labels, and die cuts, among other errors, thereby enabling companies to eliminate printing defects in their packaging.
VH Technology provides Food Package Inspection Systems
The quality control of food packaging is an essential part of food manufacturing to meet health and safety standards. However, stopping or slowing down production for package inspections incurs additional costs. This is why food manufacturers use an extensive array of sensors and devices for real-time, high speed, and accurate inspection. Due to the complex and extensive range of packaging inspection systems, startups are offering solutions that are customizable and integrable into existing food processing operations.
Italian startup VH Technology develops quality inspection solutions for biodegradable food packaging. The startup’s systems use machine learning to inspect package integrity, surface roughness, labeling, plastic thermosealing, and dimensions. In addition, they integrate with the client’s networks, enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
V5 Group enables Pharmaceutical Packaging Inspection
Pharmaceutical companies need to follow good manufacturing practices (GMP) to meet the increasingly strict regulations of the industry. To this end, pharma packaging must clearly describe ingredients, guidelines on safe consumption, and side effects while minimizing packaging errors. To prevent errors in pharmaceutical packaging that could be fatal for consumers, startups are providing manufacturers with camera vision-based inspection systems.
Israeli startup V5 Group offers pharmaceutical packaging inspection solutions. The startup’s computer vision platform, PharmaCheck, runs a wide variety of tests to track the quality of blisters. The system also recognizes a range of product materials and errors as well as removes them from the production process. It detects double filling, powder spills, open capsules, damage, stealing problems, and overfilling, among other errors.
Cogniac develops AI-based Package Inspection Systems
Increasing production capacities creates challenges for quality inspection. Most current inspection systems handle diverse products but are highly complex to install and operate, which results in additional capital and operational expenditures. To reduce costs and improve efficiency, startups are developing AI-based inspection systems that are non-technical to operate and improve over time through self-optimization algorithms.
US-based startup Cogniac develops a machine vision platform to enable industry 4.0 for the manufacturing sector. The platform optimizes models and course-corrects in real-time which reduces setup and implementation time. Using hyperparameter optimization, the AI learns from every image it processes as well as becomes faster and more accurate with every task, constantly improving in the background. The platform also features a user interface that focuses on simplicity to allow non-technical users to operate the platform.
Yoran Imaging develops Thermal Imaging for Package Seal Inspection
The sealing of packaging is important as it not only affects the final quality of a product but also protects products from contamination or tampering. A common method of sealing in the packaging industry is heat sealing or thermal-bonding due to the high quality of the created seal. However, the drawbacks of this process are the inaccuracy in heat applied and the monitoring of temperature to prevent burns or defective seals. To avoid these problems, startups provide thermal imaging solutions that inspect the quality of heat seals.
Israeli-startup Yoran Imaging manufactures in-line inspection systems for heat-sealed packages. Its solution, PAM (Packaging Analytical Monitoring), uses thermal imaging technology and advanced algorithms for monitoring the sealing process. PAM also provides reports and charts to enable statistical process control. It is a low-cost system for real-time inspection without requiring production lines to slow down, also ensuring that brand standards are upheld on packaging lines.
Discover more Packaging Startups
Packaging startups such as the examples highlighted in this report focus on printing, biodegradable packaging as well as artificial intelligence. While all of these technologies play a major role in advancing the packaging industry, they only represent the tip of the iceberg. To explore more packaging technologies, simply get in touch to let us look into your areas of interest. For a more general overview, you can download our free Packaging Innovation Report to save your time and improve strategic decision-making.