Channel: Inspection
MSC & SGCC: new process control features for the I-CARE hot-end imaging system

2012-08-06 | Inspection

MSC and SGCC are two major players of the hollow glass inspection market with truly similar paths: almost half a century of experience, and both started as part of famous glassmakers. MSC was created as a small department of BSN in 1963, to invent on-line inspection solutions for its hollow glass production; and, in 1973, SGCC started its existence as part of Saint-Gobain to perform multi-inspection on glass containers with the first star-wheel principle machine. After developing their fields of expertise, SGCC and MSC became independent entities providing inspection equipment globally. In 2008, MSC and SGCC joined forces under the umbrella of Tiama Group to offer complete inspection solutions, with the brand MSC & SGCC.

I-CARE operating principle
The hot-end forming process is, by nature, complex and unstable. The large amount of parameters involved leads to a situation where the forming can only be controlled by skilled operators with a very high level of experience. Even for those, the need for measurement and feedback data is becoming critical. Based on more than 40 years of experience in vision and inspection systems, MSC & SGCC is continuously improving its hot end I-CARE system to bring the best possible answers to this challenge.


I-CARE is a hot-end camera based process control tool dedicated to forming machine operators. Based on one or two infrared cameras, it is able to provide very quick feedback on critical parameters and defect detection, without having to wait for this information to come from the cold end part of the plant. Accurate alarms can also be provided as soon as a deviation appears in the IS machine.
I-CARE has been developed in close partnership with some of the most important glassmakers in the world, thus bringing them a tool able to respond to their exact range of needs. Improving process efficiency, it represents precious help during production changes and the launching of new products. Using the I-CARE software, it is possible to test, either on-line or using stored images, new production settings. Thanks to this simulation, glassmakers know immediately the impact of their set-up on on-going production.

Key features

Using state-of-the-art infrared cameras and a brand new optical...


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Year: 2012 number: 2
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