APRIL™ Eye Date Code Verifier
Traditionally, food manufacturers automatically set up the date code printers and then use a line operator to check the date code is printed correctly to avoid any label and date code errors.
APRIL™ Eye closes the loop by reading back the date code, fully automating the date code verification process and removing human error from the process.
The patented APRIL™ Eye solution was developed as part of OAL's Food Manufacturing Digitalisation Strategy, supported by the University of Lincoln and Innovate UK grant funding.
How APRIL™ Eye works?
Typically vision systems have struggled to close the loop because of:
- Varying fonts and sizes
- Font distortion
- Packing changes
Accordingly, vision systems have only been economically viable on "single" product format high speed packing lines.
APRIL™ Eye overcomes these challenges by using the very latest advances in artificial Intelligence to enable the machine reading (close to the performance of the human eye) of Date Codes either offline on any device capable of taking a medium resolution image for instance hand scanner, phone, iPad etc. or from online high-speed image capture devices.