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Stemmer Imaging and Olmec win PPMA awards

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STEMMER IMAGING, in collaboration with vision integrator SIGA Vision, has won the PPMA Group ‘Partnership of the Year’ award. In making the award, the judges commented: ”This is a partnership in the truest sense of the word. STEMMER IMAGING, through its size, has enabled SIGA to develop projects that could not be self-funded. In turn, SIGA has provided feedback and challenges that have allowed STEMMER IMAGING to continuously improve its products, giving great results for all of its customers.“

At the same time, Olmec-UK won the PPMA Group ‘Most Innovative Machine Vision Project Award’ for the development and installation of a multifunctional 8-camera, two stage inspection system for woundcare ‘island’ dressings in their heat-sealed paper packaging pouches. This provided novel automated vision control of product position within the packaging to minimise ‘trapped in seal faults’, together with fully automated rejection of any defective product. 

The Partnership of the Year award recognised the partnership between the two companies to solve complex vision inspection applications that has grown and developed during the past 5 years. Particularly strong in the pharmaceutical industry, SIGA Vision primarily develops inspection solutions using the Sherlock machine vision software platform from Teledyne DALSA and its own GUI for easy configuration.   

STEMMER IMAGING has been able to provide all the technical support for Sherlock needed in addition to any vision hardware needed for individual projects. In the early days of the partnership STEMMER IMAGING was also able to help with the loan of demo equipment during the ‘proof of concept’ stage of a project.  

Mark Williamson, Director – Corporate Market Development at STEMMER IMAGING said: “We were delighted to win this award for the second time in three years. It is a reflection of the way that we cultivate long term relationships with OEM customers and vision integrators alike.  To work with integration companies with the exceptional machine vision expertise and professional approach offered by SIGA brings a number of mutual benefits”.  

“Our partnership with SIGA Vision has strengthened each year as more complex projects are successfully delivered”, he continued. “We have complete confidence that any project SIGA undertakes will be fulfilled with excellence, mirroring our own ethos of delivering the best service and solutions possible.” 

The PPMA Group Awards presentations proved to be extremely busy for STEMMER IMAGING. In addition to collecting the “Partnership of the Year’ award, the company was proud that Kynan Ellen was ‘Highly Commended’ in the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ category. STEMMER IMAGING also sponsored the ‘Most Innovative Machine Vision Project’ award, which was won by Olmec-UK.

The judges awarded the prize to Olmec-UK for its ‘successful execution of a complex and complicated application, using a mix of camera, lighting and software’. The panel also praised the company for demonstrating the ‘long-term value of an investment in a machine vision solution’.

The company was also given ‘Highly Commended’ recognition in the ‘Partnership of the Year ‘ category for its work with with Rofin-Baasel and Universal Converting Equipment in the development of ‘VisionPerfoControl’. This is a vision-based system for true real-time monitoring of perforation quality in laser perforated flexible modified atmosphere packaging.

Olmec Technical Director, Robert Pounder, said: “This was a challenging project both in terms of the vision requirements and the limited space available in which to integrate the vision components. Not only has it significantly reduced the number of trapped in seal products produced, the system can provide information on trends in the manufacturing process and is used by the production team on a daily basis to understand system performance and to drive improvements”. 

“We are very proud that this is the second time in three years that we have received this award”, he continued.  “It is a very public recognition of all the hard work that everyone in the team at Olmec puts into each and every project we undertake.”

Further information:

Stemmer Imaging

Olmec-UK