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SICK and AutoCoding Systems have teamed up to produce a fully-automatic smart vision inspection system for printed coding and marking on food, pharmaceutical and other consumer goods packaging. 

The 4Sight Automatic Print Inspection System is said to achieve significant savings in production stoppages. Innovation achieved in the AutoCoding 4Sight software, operating on SICK’s Inspector P smart vision camera, is said to enable direct closed-loop communication of the printed message from any brand of printer using standard inkjet, laser or thermal transfer technologies.

SICK said the application has delivered an ‘error-proof, high-speed inspection system’ for printed codes such as dates, batch and line numbers. The direct communication concept reportedly cuts out ‘nuisance stops’ and time-consuming set-up operations.