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Olmec UK nominated for two awards

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Olmec UK has been shortlisted for the Most Innovative Machine Vision Project and Partnership of the Year categories of the PPMA Group Industry Awards. At the show, visitors will be invited to challenge one of its vision systems to a game of Paper, Scissors, Stone.

The winners will be selected by an independent judging panel and announced during the PPMA Show which will take place from 30 September to 2 October 2014 at the NEC Birmingham, UK.

The nomination for the machine vision award is for Olmec’s development of a multifunctional 8-camera inspection system for a manufacturer of woundcare dressings. It features an automated vision control of the dressing position within its packaging to minimise the possibility of the product being trapped in the seal as the packaging pouch is sealed. The system provides fully automated rejection of any defective product.

Olmec UK have been nominated in the partnership category for their work with Rofin-Baasel and Universal Converting Equipment in the development of ‘VisionPerfoControl’ – a vision-based system for true real-time monitoring of perforation quality in laser perforated flexible modified atmosphere packaging. VisionPerfoControl can measure hole sizes ranging from 30–120µm diameter on a web running at speeds up to 450m/min.

Olmec UK Technical Director, Robert Pounder, said: 'We are really pleased to be shortlisted for both awards. We actually won the machine vision award in 2012, and reaching the final again is a great reflection of the technical expertise that we offer our customers.'

The company will also be asking visitors to attempt to beat its Paper, Scissors, Stone vision system. The vision system will watch the challenger choose the Paper, Scissors, or Stone shape with their hand whilst and instantaneously demonstrating its own choice. The company hope this will demonstrate the ability of high speed imaging and shape recognition, with experts on hand to explain how it works, win or lose.

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