Safe-Ident OCR

Character Recognition for Food and Pharmaceutical Industries

A best before date on food packaging is required by law virtually everywhere. Products with clearly visible and easily discernible data are essential for both retail and customer.

Our software Safe-Ident OCR is a solution for character recognition and checking best before dates, product numbers or other text on folding boxes, tubular bags and further packaging used in the food industry. The system controls inline whether alphanumerical sequences are on the object and if so, whether they are correct, legible and complete.

High Quality Due to Machine Learning

Problems in image processing that have up to now been unsolvable with the use of conventional algorithms, or for which the engineering costs for creating a solution have been too high, have now become solvable using artificial intelligence. Character recognition is one of these technologies where the quality of the solutions rendered by conventional algorithms has stagnated for years or has shown only minimal progress at best. For these reasons, Strelen relies on state of the art artificial intelligence and machine learning for Safe-Ident OCR. This offers production facilities key advantages:
High reading quality and optimal recognition rates –
– even with hardly readable print often found with high-speed folding box machines where the quality of the print can suffer due to slack in the machine or fluctuations in the packaging duct.

High reading speed – 

ideal for high-speed production-lines as they are customary in food and pharmaceutical industries.

Quick Installation Thanks to Plug and Play

Our extensive experience with numerous installations of the preceding system StrelenOCR entered into the development of Safe-Ident OCR. Many features were expanded and enhanced.

Besides high-performance algorithms, Safe-Ident OCR also features a plug and play technology which enables quick installation. Our product is delivered with a fully equipped stainless steel control cabinet with preconfigured software. Using numerous optional handshakes (such as potential-free contacts, TCP/IP, PROFINET, PROFIBUS and many more), there is no complicated integration necessary when putting the controlling system into operation and customizing it. The performance of Safe-Ident OCR can be customized easily via a simple and intuitive configuration menu.

The scope of supply includes web-client-based visualization and configuration tools. This enables ergonomic handling on-site as well as remote access via tablet or mobile phone.

Safe-Ident OCR is optionally available as IP65- or IP75-version. Reading rates of up to 10 objects per second are possible depending on the performance of the computer system in use. Thanks to small, simple, clamp-on components, Safe-Ident OCR can easily be installed in existing machines.

Special Design for Food and Pharmaceutical Industries

Users can individually customize how the system reacts to different fault signals. Reactions to errors can be defined specifically for each system. Safe-Ident OCR can differentiate between errors such as wrong content or absent print and react accordingly. Furthermore, different reactions to one-time errors or serial errors can be parameterized.

Safe-Ident OCR is designed for the limited space in packaging machines. The integration into existing systems is very simple. Meeting the special requirements of the food and pharmaceutical industries our system also features a hygienic as well as water and dust resistant design.

The user interface:

Safe-Ident OCR User Interface
Safe-Ident OCR can read and compare several user-defined search areas simultaneously.
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