Slowmo has a wide ranging experience in filming production lines/manufacturing processes.

It is proficient in gathering images used for fault detection in canning lines, bottle filling and capping, labelling, packaging, cartons and boxes as well as pick and place lines, types of cutting and newsprint production.

If you have an issue with your line, Slowmo can assist in determining the source of the fault. Through the high speed images, fresh observations can be made. We don’t just take images. Mark Johnson from Slowmo actively takes part in the fault finding process using his production line experience and knowing the capabilities of his cameras. We come with our own PPE and all electrical equipment is PAT tested.

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Benefits of High Speed Filming

A short video highlighting how high speed cameras are useful tools when dealing with all types of productions line issues. By seeing the line in slow motion, as well as being able to record a line stoppage/crash after it has occurred, makes high speed filming a key tool in determining both the presence and source of a line fault.

Introduction

Production lines are required to operate at high rates. For example, drinks can lines can run at 25 units per second. Seeing a damaged or misaligned can at these speeds is near impossible with the naked eye. Using a high speed camera and recording at, for example 500fps, a one second real-time event is stretched out to 20s, slowing the movement down enough to detect any issues.

The detection and recording of a damaged can, partially filled bottle or missing cap is normally just the start of the analysis. Further high speed filming can reveal which wheel position/nozzle/cap chuck is at fault. With all the image data collected up to this point, a successful solution to the line problem can usually be determined. With other types of production lines, there can often be problems with various processes such as drilling, gluing and labelling, which are still too fast to be picked up without a camera.

Almost every factory loses at least 5% of its production capacity through downtime and many lose up to 20%. The use of a high speed camera can quickly resolve downtime problems and Slowmo can act quickly upon a request, sometimes the same day.

Why high speed cameras are useful in determining production line faults

A digital high speed camera can capture movement after the event has occurred. It does this by continually buffering images in the camera memory and then waiting for a trigger signal.

The allocation of available memory can be set to record those movements occurring before this trigger so essentially recording something that has just happened. If a fault in the line is imminent then one can arm the camera, wait until after a line failure or the appearance of a faulty product is seen and then press a trigger button. You can then see exactly what may have caused the issue. Solutions can be found very quickly when events are viewed in slow motion.

Note: the viewing of a fault hence subsequent triggering of the camera can take place some distance away from where the camera is positioned. Often it is impossible to detect a fault until the product has cleared the particular process/machine and come into view.

Rental Options

  1. For urgent production line fault detection/one day shoots, then it is best to hire Mark and his camera/s for the day. He will determine the most appropriate camera position and settings together with lighting and capture the images necessary. Mark was previously an engineer and is very familiar with filming in factories, laboratories and specialised production environments.
  2. For a more longitudinal analysis, all cameras can be dry hired on weekly or monthly basis without an operator. Kit comes complete with laptop, lenses, lights, tripod and stands. The Photron AX-100 mono can cover most industrial applications supplemented by the Photron SA3.
  3. A combination of the above. Mark can spend the first day setting up the kit and providing training. The kit is then left in position and dry hired for the rental period.

Production line client list

  • Alcoa Capping line
  • Alpla Plastic bottles
  • BAT Cigarette manufacture
  • Bonds Confectionary Sweet packaging
  • Britvic Labelling
  • Cadburys Sweet packaging
  • CAW Ingredients Bottling line
  • Copella Drinks Labelling
  • Cussons Bottle filling
  • Diary Crest Milk containers
  • Glaxo Smith Kline Pill sorting
  • G-Pharm Vial filling
  • Fielding Diaries Capping line
  • Heineken Canning line
  • Howdens Kitchen Cabinet manufacture
  • Johnson and Johnson Capping line
  • Kingspan Insulated Panels
  • Kliklok Cartons
  • McLelland Cheese wrapping
  • Morton Printing Newspaper printing
  • Nestle Coffee capsules
  • Oystar Milk production
  • Princes foods Canning line
  • Royal Mail Letter sorting
  • Saica Pack Cardboard boxes
  • Scottish Newcastle Can line
  • Seven Seas Blister packing
  • TRM Pack Cardboard boxes
  • Unilever Ice Cream
  • United Biscuits Biscuit packaging
  • Vita Foam Cutting process
  • Wiseman Diaries Capping line