Greg Frisby, Global Industry Manager for SpecMetrix Systems
Global manufacturing leaders and brand owners within the food, beverage and related packaging industries have been facing a long-standing challenge: The high costs, quality impediments and profusion of man-hours spent on their coating and film weight QA processes. “The reason can be attributed to a shortfall in ‘quantifiable information’ related to product coating and finish quality as well as in-process metrics,” begins Greg Frisby, Global Industry Manager for SpecMetrix Systems at Sensory Analytics. The missing piece of detailed coating mapping and QA data on incoming supplier components and end-products often leads to quality claims and downstream financial impacts. Sensory Analytics stands to address this challenge, with a suite of advanced coating measurement solutions that significantly curb plant waste streams, coating costs, and set-up times.
At the core, the company’s SpecMetrix systems, a product line of coating thickness and film layer measurement systems, address the need for quantifiable process and operational data in a real-time, cost-effective fashion. “Our target organizations are well established multi-billion dollar market leaders that have had to rely on less accurate and indirect off-line measurement methods to control their product quality,” says Frisby.
The patented and proprietary SpecMetrix systems—an amalgam of software, algorithms and electro-optical system designs, integrate with most manufacturing control processes to deliver real-time coating or layer thickness data and QA reporting. These tools can be used off-line in a QA lab or tech center or in-process to directly measure coatings on the production line. SpecMetrix systems incorporate advanced ROI optical technologies that provide a continuous stream of absolute thickness measurement data for all applied wet or dry coatings. This ensures cost savings and increased production center profitability by reducing scrap and waste materials.
In depth, Sensory’s data-driven optical technology and solutions development expertise drives the framework of SpecMetrix systems that provide nanometric precision and provide continuous absolute thickness measurement data on most applied coatings and individual film layers, down to sub-micron levels. The scintillating features of the system are its scalability and range of use, which can meet the futuristic needs of the clients. “For instance, SpecMetrix system are uniquely capable of measuring opaque or specialty coatings, including nano-barrier and scratch resistant(SR) layer measurement,” adds Frisby. Moreover, SpecMetrix’s flexibility and technological advances curb significant measurement challenges identified through its CPG industry network; ushering in both financial and quality benefits.
Sensory Analytics has worked in close partnership with the leading names in the industry to drive significant quality improvements and faster ROI. “SpecMetrix’s ACS systems have enabled a number of world’s leading metal container producers to save up to 20 percent on all applied external coatings and gain double digit labor cost savings by reducing set-up times and line changeover,” says Frisby. A leading brand owner that is driving for advanced container quality is Monster Energy, an energy drink manufacturer, who now exclusively uses SpecMetrix ACS systems to inspect supplied cans within their global technical center network, assuring their customers of the highest standards of container performance and quality.
Sensory’s expanding global customer base stands a testimony to their delivery of unprecedented levels of QA and process data. Besides an aggressive global expansion, “We look forward to supporting broader industry applications with automotive, aerospace, medical and electronics leaders through the commercialization of a growing line of in-process, automated and hand-held SpecMetrix measurement solutions,” concludes Frisby.