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A game changer in glass production inspection 

With an aim to take productivity levels to a new high in the glass packaging industry, Tiama empowers manufacturers with real-time data and quality controls to minimise human intervention. At a time when industries are reaping the befits of Industry 4.0, the France-based company is challenging the conventional inspection process in glass production by combining smart manufacturing and manufacturing intelligence. “We believe in staying a step ahead of the market and technology transformations. Tiama is currently bringing the capabilities of deep learning, machine learning and artificial intelligence to the glass packaging industry. Apart from the hollow glass inspection in the food and beverage industry, we are continuously exploring new avenues like pharmaceuticals and more for innovative applications,” begins Max Hodeau, CEO, Tiama. 

With experience spanning over half a century, Tiama has 39 patents to its name. These are a result of new products, innovation, and state-of-the-art solutions engineered by Tiama. Their philosophy resonates with the provision of real-time recommendations and technical data to help their customers—the glassmakers. This allows the latter to deliver products with enhanced quality and productivity.  

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At the core of Tiama’s rapid growth in the industry is a platform that provides a holistic view of plant productivity and allows stakeholders to make the right decision anywhere at  any time. The company offers a full range of sensors at the hot-end for monitoring multiple factors—such as gob’s weight, shape and temperature, the position of the article, dimensional measurements, infrared emissivity, and more—throughout the production process. When it comes to detecting defects in the articles, des Roziers explains that machine vision can be a game-changer in producing articles that meet the demands of today’s customers. To be successful in this, he states that manufacturers need three important ingredients: a high-performing product, adept services and their data. That said, Tiama’s modular machine vision platform performs a wide range of measurements and controls customised to the specific requirements of the clients. 

This is an extract of an article published in the magazine “Manufacturing Technology Insights”. To read the full article click here.

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Tiama: A full range of services to meet customer satisfaction

In response to the growing demand of services from its customers, TIAMA created a special Service Department in 2016. With a team of 70 engineers (speaking 15 languages) all over the world, and seven technical area managers, TIAMA is now organized to meet all the requests in terms of maintenance, training, technical assistance, audit, etc., and can also rely on all the remote assistance tools offered by the company. By improving key customer indicators, TIAMA also ensures that its range of services offer the best payback possible.

What can Glassmakers expect from Tiama Services ?
Each day of service sold to customers must be designed to improve the final quality of the production process. Four major indicators can be enhanced: resorting rate, final customer claims, machine uptime and false reject rate. The goal that Tiama and its customers want to reach together is to improve one or more of these indicators, for each day of service performed. Each progress, however small, will not only lead to a quality gain, but also to financial savings for the customer.

This is an extract of an article published in a magazine. To read the entire article click here.

If you want to know more about Tiama Services:
Here is an article about the Tiama Toolings activity
Here is an article about the Tiama Customer Support
And if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at: marketing@tiama.com

 

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Tiama HOT Lab: Developments of Tiama’s Hot End sampling solutions

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Tiama has continued to develop its range of Hot End monitoring solutions called the Tiama HOT Systems, providing key information on the hot end process from the gob to the fully formed container. In 2016, Tiama decided to launch a sampling solution as part of this range called the Tiama HOT lab. There are currently 30 Tiama Hot lab machines installed worldwide at key glass container producers, covering 5 different continents.

The Tiama HOT lab is an automatic statistical solution providing quick, accurate, non-contact dimensional measurements of hot bottles. These measurements include glass thickness, internal bore, tuck-under angle (D-angle) sunk & bulge and all other external diameters.

Multi-Product production

The unique design of the Tiama Hot lab ensures it provides accurate measurement solutions for the industry’s wide range of glass container designs including non-round shapes. A new feature, added at the beginning of 2020, provides a solution for measuring Multi-Product production.

Multi-Product allows the user to place an assortment of bottles, varying in height, shape and diameter into the loading cart. The robot then finds, collects and places the bottles into the Tiama HOT lab one by one and measures them all.

This is an extract of an article published in a magazine. To read the entire article click here.

If you want to know more about the Tiama HOT systems:
Here is an article about the Tiama HOT systems
Here is an article about the Tiama HOT eye
Here is an article about the Tiama HOT form
And if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at: marketing@tiama.com

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Tiama HOT Systems: A full range of sensors at the hot end

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Tiama has always been known for its visions and carousel machines but for several years now, Tiama has also become a major player in the hot end area of the plant.

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Today, the Tiama HOT systems range is composed of five modules, and four of these are online systems positioned along the entire hot end process, starting at the gob level, after the shear cut and until the annealing lehr:

  • Tiama HOT mass: A gob forming control solution
  • Tiama HOT eye: A hot end defect recognition solution
  • Tiama HOT form: A hot end infrared radiation monitoring
  • Tiama HOT move: A hot end article positioning management
  • Tiama HOT lab: An automatic statistical dimensional measurement of hot bottles

This is an extract of an article published in a magazine. To read the entire article click here.

If you want to know more about the Tiama HOT systems:
Here is an article about the Tiama HOT eye
Here is an article about the Tiama HOT form
And if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at: marketing@tiama.com

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DSM: a new feature for a 3D characterisation of the container finish surface

Picto Tiama InspectionIn the last 2 decades, Tiama was at the origin of some major breakthrough in the glass inspection industry. The NCT+ which was a non-contact thickness system, has revolutionized this type of control and helped glassmakers to decrease the weight of their articles. The NCG, launched more recently, can also be highlighted for ring and neck diameters. And finally Tiama launched in 2017 the WEM – Wire Edge Measurement – providing the possibility to measure the containers finish inner protrusions.

With the DSM, Dip and Saddle Measurement, Tiama is once again proving its inventiveness and proposing to its customers a major new step forward that will allow them to optimize the approach of this critical defect, especially in the production of jars.

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Operating principle of the DSM

With a dedicated, patent pending light source, integrating optical mirrors produced by partners coming from Space industry, and highly defined cameras with five million pixels, the finish surface has never been more precisely characterized.

Moreover, where other solutions on the market are combining several 2D views with matrix cameras, not found to be precise enough to guarantee a good repeatability of measurements, Tiama system, with its high resolution images and optical principle, can give a very precise 3D mapping of the container ring surface that can be used to assess the quality of the container’s finish and establish the measurements of:

  • Dip defects (lack of material of the finish surface) up to 150µm (± 15 µm)
  • Saddle defects (Double and symmetrical distortion of the finish surface) up to 350µm (± 50 µm)
  • Off level finish (Slope on the finish surface) up to 1mm (± 200 µm)
  • Height Defects (± 200 µm)

Tiama device DSM, can be used to inspect all articles finish, and especially jars up to 110 mm diameters. It is effective on all glass colors and it can inspect up to 400 bottles per minute, as a new feature for MULTI4 machines or as a standalone solution.

Saddle measurement
Saddle measurement
Dip Measurement
Dip measurement

This is an extract of an article published in a magazine. To read the entire article click here.