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Cognex vision achieves 100% read rates at Heinz

23 July 2014

As one of the most recognised and respected brands in the world, HJ Heinz produce a wide range of food products for their global consumer market.

At the factory in Cumbria, Baby Milk Powder is manufactured and packaged ready for distribution overseas, and due to the sensitive nature of the products, accurate barcode reading is essential to ensure the correct products are identified and shipped to each customer.

Heinz were keen to upgrade their existing label verification system to a more reliable version which could achieve 100% read rates thereby eliminating any risk of packaging errors, and looked to Olympus Automation to install a barcode reading solution to achieve complete code reading accuracy.

Based in Peterborough, Olympus Automation is a leader in process and automation systems, who worked alongside Cognex to select the DataMan 302X image-based barcode reader which, given its advanced functionality, would allow all images to be seen in real time and therefore establish if a code had been read or not. In addition to meeting the requirements for 1-D code reading, the DataMan 302 readers are able to read new 2D codes planned for use on the cans in the near future.

Robin Sandman, Engineering Manager at Heinz commented, "Heinz chose Olympus Automation and Cognex to deliver their Autocoding system because they were the only suppliers we reviewed to offer 100% read rates on products.”