Automatic Paper Cup Inspection

Developed specifically for paper cup manufacturers, the INSPEC 300 automatic paper cup vision inspection system provides 100% machine vision inspection of all paper cups produced on today’s high-speed paper-cup forming equipment. Paper cups passing through the paper cup vision inspection system are assigned either a “pass” or “fail” status based on the inspection tests. Paper cups that pass all of the vision inspection tests are discharged through the “pass” blow-off tube and continue on to the bagging and packing equipment. Paper cups that fail any of the vision inspection tests are discharged through the “fail” tube, where they can be collected for further evaluation.

The INSPEC 300 paper cup vision inspection machine is completely servo driven and inspects paper cups for non-visual leaks and for contamination inside of the paper cup during the cup manufacturing process and paper cup forming.

INSPEC 300 Automated Paper Cup
Inspection System

  • Designed specifically for paper cup manufacturing
  • Speed: 305CPM
  • Paper Cup Vision Inspection System
  • Paper Cup Leak Detection System
  • Paper Cup Production Data
  • Automatic Operation
  • Servo Motion Controlled Indexing
  • Microprocessor Control System
  • Computer Operator Interface
  • Optional Date or Lot Coding
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Photo of IMC's Inspec 300 Automated Paper Cup Inspection System

Photo of Automatic Cup Inspection Process

Detect Any Contamination In Your Cup

An advanced computer vision system is used to image the interior of each paper cup. The vision inspection system will cause a cup to be automatically ejected from the paper cup inspection machine whenever contamination is detected within the cup.

Paper Cup Contaminations:

Contaminations inside of the paper cup are a result of defects in the paper or contaminations from the paper cup manufacturing process.

  • Defects during paper cup manufacturing include: bugs pressed into the paper; separation of laminations or other defects, including ink splatter from the printing process; bottom splice tape and half-moon bottoms. 
  • Contaminations from the paper cup forming process include: grease smeared onto the interior of the cup; melted, dirty poly bonded to the interior sidewall; and oil, dirt and grease sprayed onto the bottom of the cup during transfer from the paper cup machine mandrel to the pocket.  Most of the contaminations from the paper cup forming process will begin suddenly and will occur over several consecutive cups.

Our experiences predict that in a typical day’s paper cup manufacturing, as many as 175 paper cups will contain some form of contamination. Without the INSPEC 300, all of these contaminated paper cups reach your customer!

Photo of paper cup contamination: Mosquito Photo of paper cup contamination: Burnt Grease Spray Photo of paper cup contamination: Malformed Bottoms (Leakers)
Mosquito Burnt Grease Spray Malformed Bottoms (Leakers)
Photo of paper cup contamination: Ink Splatter Photo of paper cup contamination: Malformed Rim Photo of paper cup contamination: Burnt Goo
Ink Splatter Malformed Rim Burnt Goo
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