Need to Detect Splices? Here Are Two Efficient Solutions

If you’re a label manufacturer, paper producer, printer, or any other manufacturer working with rolls of material that are joined via splicing, you’re going to need one or more splice detection systems. These sensor solutions detect the presence of a splice in a variety of ways, but all with the goal of helping you understand and manage your production line.

EMX Industries, Inc. has developed a complete portfolio of industrial automation sensors that are easy to integrate into virtually any production line. When it comes to splices, we offer two specific options that deliver unparalleled performance. Let’s cut to the chase:

1. The LabelX Sensor

The LabelX sensor identifies the differences between separate materials — i.e. labels and a backing sheet, or materials of different contrast. At some point in your production, the start of a new roll of material will need to be joined with the end of another roll. The LabelX can be used to identify where that join occurs. With three different teaching modes, you can easily configure the LabelX based on your materials.

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2. The OPAX Sensor

The OPAX sensor is an opacity detection and verification solution that offers more flexibility than the LabelX sensor. Typically used to measure the opacity of bottles and films, it can also be used as a splice detection system. While the OPAX works similarly to the LabelX, it can sense when two overlapping materials are present and is more customizable. You can configure the light intensity and gain according to the results you want to see and materials you’re using. The only drawback is that it’s a bit slower than the LabelX. Fortunately, all EMX sensors are designed for high-speed production environments, and we can help you determine if the OPAX will work in yours. The OPAX also has an available aperture kit that can be used to reduce light output for ideal detection performance.

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Additional Splice Detection Systems to Consider

It’s likely that you use additional materials to indicate the presence of a splice, though that’s not always the case in every application and production environment. But, if you use splicing tape, luminescent paint or tape, or contrasting materials to indicate a splice, you can also take advantage of other splice detection systems:

Go deeper into these sensors to learn how they can support your splice detection needs.

Feeling Spliced? We’ll Connect You with the Right Splice Detection Systems

EMX Industries, Inc. offers complimentary sample testing using all of our sensor solutions. If you’re unsure which splice detection system will be best for your material or environment, simply reach out to us. 

You’ll send in a sample of your material (in this case, two samples spliced together using your preferred method), and our engineering team will test it using applicable sensors. You’ll receive a complete report with photos as applicable along with recommendations for how to use the recommended sensor to achieve the best possible results.

Submit your sample request today.