Plastic packaging manufacturer Greiner Packaging has activated a Zeiss computer tomography system at its Kremsmünster site in Austria to measure various plastic parts used in the food packaging sector.

The new system uses X-ray to measure sensitive plastic parts faster and more accurately, and makes the entire process a touch-free experience.

Using computer tomography, the new measuring technology can evaluate various component errors that could previously only be detected, such as porosity.

Greiner Packaging manager Franz Reitbauer said: "This means the thin-walled plastic parts being measured will no longer be slightly deformed as a result.

"Moreover, the computer tomography system facilitates up to one hundred percent reproducibility and repeatability."

The 3D results of the computer tomography system are used for porosity analysis, assembly control, and metrological verification of all measurements.

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The new system has also streamlined the Kremsmünster site’s measuring methods by uniting different measurement and test methods in a single procedure.

"The computer tomography system facilitates up to one hundred percent reproducibility and repeatability."

It is three times faster than the previous solution, and can simultaneously measure and verify several parts.

Greiner stated that the 3-D workpiece verification used by the new system is fully automatic, and that user-independent test results can be automatically displayed on the respective machine installed on-site.

The parent company of Greiner Packaging, Greiner Group, currently has more than 133 production and distribution centres worldwide.

Image: Greiner Packaging activates a Zeiss computer tomography system at its Kremsmünster site. Photo: courtesy of Greiner Packaging.