Confidence and traceability in beverage can dimensional measurements using non-contact techniques

Ahmed Khafaga, Ranveer Matharu, Wayne Sadler, Trevor Toman

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    The food and beverage metal packaging industry produces millions of units daily. A key to controlling a highly complex manufacturing process is to conduct offline dimensional measurement of sampled products. In this paper, a methodology to verify the performance and validate the traceability of a non-contact measurement system, is demonstrated. A single-point laser triangulation sensor (laser) is used as part of a setup to measure the height of a finished can. The measured heights are compared on a contour measuring instrument to enhance the confidence of the results. An experiment, conducted in laboratory conditions, concluded that measuring a specific can height with the laser produced a systematic error which is within acceptable parameters.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number100205
    Number of pages5
    JournalMeasurement: Sensors
    Early online date22 Sept 2021
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021

    Bibliographical note

    The authors acknowledge support from the Innovate UK and SEN-CON (UK) LTD. This research was supported under the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project reference 511326.


    Innovate UK and SEN-CON (UK) LTD


    • Uncertainty analysis
    • Beverage can
    • Optical metrology


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