Baldwin announces Defender inspection system

Baldwin Vision Systems has introduced a new 100 percent inspection system, called Defender, for wide web flexo presses that can find and remove print defects.

Baldwin Vision’s new Defender inspection system can speed up packaging workflows by finding defects in flexo printed rolls.

There are three parts to this with the core being Defender 100% Inspection. This  uses defect detection algorithms to classify each defect, in order to determine what to do with it. It uses self-learning algorithms to monitor the capabilities of the press and automatically apply optimum inspection tolerances to each job. Job settings can be quickly modified and saved and its possible to manually fine tune the sensitivity levels for multiple defect types and different substrates to reduce false or nuisance alarms. It uses fan-cooled LED lighting for good image detail with low image noise.

Another component, Defender Data Central takes the visual maps of each inspected roll and applies intelligent print inspection. Quality control operators can analyze for defect distribution, count, and type as well as identifying out-of-tolerance areas to be cut out. The systems can generate job-based quality reports.

The third element, Defender Waste Manager, links with rewinding, slitting, and sheeting equipment to automatically control when they stop/reject. It helps operators identify where the defects are and to fast-forward to the exact location of the defect within a roll to remove it.

John Cusack, Business Development Specialist for Baldwin Vision Systems, comments: “Print buyers are increasingly requiring 100% print inspection along with detailed print quality reports. The Defender technologies enable printers and converters to  monitor and enhance their processes and directly improve their bottom lines. On top of that, knowing where defects are and having the tools to easily remove them greatly reduces the risk of returns, litigation, lost business, and a dam­aged reputation. The Defender workflow gives printers the ability to meet brand owners’ expectations, retain current customers, pursue new markets and win new business with a clear competitive advantage.”

You can find more information on the Defender Inspection system at

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