Design and Implementation of Automatic Palletizing System with Vision Based Algorithms for Quality Control

Diego Arce, Gustavo Pérez-Zuñiga, Edelfre Flores, Francisco Cuellar, Victor Jimenez

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Abstract

In recent years, the pharmaceutical industry has been implementing automatic systems in their manufacturing and packaging processes. This has led to reduced risks, increased productivity, lower costs, and improved competitiveness. The adoption of Industry 4.0 principles and technologies has played a key role in automating processes and optimizing results. Therefore, this paper presents the design, implementation, and preliminary validation of an automatic palletizing and quality control system implemented in the solid drug production line. The proposed system incorporates two main technologies: intelligent computer vision and collaborative robotics, which are complemented with industrial-grade equipment and instruments. The computer vision system performs quality control on pallet boxes by detecting defects, tears, stains, and taping faults on each side of the boxes, as well as recognizing the text characters of the labels for subsequent processing. Additionally, a weight-based quality control is implemented to ensure that all boxes contain the exact number of solid drugs. Through preliminary validation tests, the viability of using this automated mechatronic system for the handling and quality control of boxes was demonstrated. The handling process was carried out using a robot, and it was determined that the robot can complete palletizing and quality control of a pallet of 21 boxes in a total of 11 minutes and 33 seconds. This innovative solution represents a successful application of Industry 4.0 principles and technologies in the pharmaceutical industry, enabling companies to further optimize their processes and remain competitive in the market.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2023 5th International Conference on Robotics and Computer Vision, ICRCV 2023
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages271-277
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9798350326369
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023
Event5th International Conference on Robotics and Computer Vision, ICRCV 2023 - Nanjing, China
Duration: 15 Sep 202317 Sep 2023

Publication series

Name2023 5th International Conference on Robotics and Computer Vision, ICRCV 2023

Conference

Conference5th International Conference on Robotics and Computer Vision, ICRCV 2023
Country/TerritoryChina
CityNanjing
Period15/09/2317/09/23

Keywords

  • Automation
  • Computer Vision
  • Mechatronics
  • Palletizing
  • Quality Control

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