For 100% print quality, monitoring and web inspection systems are not sufficient and must be combined with print inspection systems. BST’s TubeScan product family (TubeScan Digital Strobe, TubeScan Digital Strobe XL, TubeScan Eagle View) is an ideal and cost-efficient entry into 100% print inspection.
BST TubeScan Eagle View offers 100 % web inspection plus a tenfold magnifier web viewing function of particularly sensitive areas such as register marks, print screens or RFID applications. One notable highlight of the inspection system is the high-resolution 5 megapixel matrix camera.
The redesign of BST’s TubeScan product family sets new benchmarks in camera resolution, faster setup and easier operation. These features give printers greater control over their production processes and increase efficiency.
Dr. Stephan Krebs, inventor and product manager of TubeScan, explains: “On the one hand, our patented technology helps to reduce makeready times, operating costs, complaints and waste to a minimum, while producing excellent printed products. At the same time, it simplifies process control so that critical events are quickly identified, and response times are reduced through intuitive operation. That’s why our innovations focus on the precise recording of print processes, their clear display in real time and intuitive control.”
In addition, the compact size of the TubeScan systems allows them to be integrated into almost any press: The space required in web direction is only 125 mm. The modular concept covers web widths from 150 mm to 1,700 mm.
While 100% inspection uses cameras to inspect the entire web for print defects or register variations, TubeScan Eagle View uses an additional movable, high-resolution matrix camera to zoom in on any section of the web measuring 35 x 25 mm. The maximum pixel resolution of the camera increases from 25 µm to 14 µm – a sharp view that justifies the product name ‘Eagle View’. With this resolution, it is even possible to zoom in on halftone dots or individual inkjet dots while running a maximum web speed of 150 metres per minute.
In addition, all TubeScan illumination options are available: For example, 100% inspection can be performed under white light, while the UV light illumination can be utilised by the traversing camera for viewing individual print elements with luminescent ink.
New graphical user interface: touch navigation
The Eagle View, as well as all other members of the TubeScan family, now come with a completely redesigned graphical user interface, meticulously designed and optimised for ease of use. New settings have been introduced for defect classifications and defect tolerances.
The utilisation of the matrix camera enables real-time display of the repeat overview. Details are displayed in a convenient picture-in-picture format on the monitor allowing for effortless control and navigation through intuitive finger gestures. This makes it easy to navigate the detail camera to the desired area in the repeat.
In addition to the picture-in-picture display, the detailed camera image can also be displayed on a separate monitor for maximum enlargement and convenient observation. With the introduction of the new TubeScan Eagle View comes an improved roll report with event history and defect images, as well as a clear defect gallery.
Smart control allows dynamic job change in real time
An additional breakthrough in the TubeScan family is the capability to dynamically change jobs. Now you can inspect multiple jobs on a roll without stopping the digital press. This is achieved through full integration of the TubeScan inspection system with HYBRID Software’s PACKZ enabling significant time savings and waste reduction benefits.
During TubeScan’s Dynamic Job Change, operator interaction is not required. Operators can focus on printing, receiving alerts from the Tube Scan inspection system for issues, often before the press itself detects a malfunction.
TubeScan inspects, decodes and evaluates the variable codes or strings – at constant machine speed and simultaneous print inspection. This eliminates duplicate, unreadable or incorrect codes. The BST TubeScan family offers many new features that enhance daily production, streamlining operations, minimising waste and increasing quality.
For more information contact Stuart from Maxteq on 0433 032 203
BST TubeScan Eagle View offers 100 % web inspection plus a tenfold magnifier web viewing function of particularly sensitive areas such as register marks, print screens or RFID applications.