Iris Inspection machines is to launch its Evolution NEO machine at glasstec.

The company said it brings the Evolution equipment into a new era of smart machines and provides better productivity results.

The Lyon-based group said its specialist engineers had spent more than six man years of work had resulted in Evolution Neo, which will be at the exhibition in Düsseldorf, Germany this October (Hall 14, Stand No C22).

The methodology adopted embraces defect identification, as well as the creation of statistics by defect type. Local trend analyses are produced on the machine, with information presented in a user-friendly format.

The equipment delivers valuable features that help glass container producers to save time during the manufacturing process.

The company said an important advantage when compared to conventional automated inspection machines is the Evolution NEO’s ability to take advantage of repeat settings, whereby a library of alternatives is created for the initiation of faster, more precise and repeatable adjustments.

Every setting has been designed to be handled by the machine itself, making the equipment less dependent on the involvement of human operators.

Evolution NEO can recognise the article and its exact shape, automatically drawing the inspection zone. This simplifies job changes for the operator and reduces the human error factor significantly.

The equipment has advanced statistical tools and allows operators to follow defect rejection rates, while also bringing their immediate attention to the most significant information analysed by the machine.

It can be accessed via a laptop, smartphone or tablet and this approach also provides managers with an overview of ware quality and productivity.

In addition, within its statistical tools, Evolution NEO integrates a set of different data, including time, mould number, images etc.

The dashboard permits different analysis levels to be presented, either in the form of a quick overview or deeper analysis. In particular, alerts can be accessed remotely.

Reduced dependence on human intervention was a key goal for this development, alongside a desire to provide better productivity results, while bringing the smart factory concept much closer to reality.

The latest Iris software release improves the inter-operability between Evolution NEO machines and hot end equipment, with the ability to share defect characteristics and defect images in real-time, alerting IS machine operators to instances of critical defect detection.

An Evolution NEO machine has been installed and tested for several months at a glass container plant in Europe, with promising results achieved.