Icy, Iconic, Innovative: Basler scout on Yummy Mission
Tip Top is New Zealand’s largest supplier of frozen confectionery. The factory produces around 120,000 to 150,000 liters of product each day and is constantly looking to improve processes to boost efficiencies. In ice cream production, dry powder is mixed with wet ingredients in exact quantities to ensure consistent flavor and texture. If both components become intermingled prior to the mixing process, or if the ingredients are added inconsistently due to human error, quality problems and potential delays can be a direct consequence.
To reduce its susceptibility to such production errors, Tip Top developed an entirely new production process. In the newly designed process, dry and wet ingredient areas are separated. The dry area was elevated to a higher level, while wet ingredients were kept at a lower level. From above the dry ingredient conveyor a Basler scout camera captures images of the powder bags. Two banks of white fluorescent lights were mounted above the camera to provide adequate illumination.
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