Container inspection

2D & 3D Reusable Logistics Inspection Systems

Automated 2D & 3D container inspection

Quality inspections of products and production parts are essential in daily practice. However, reusable transport containers, such as pallets, also need to be inspected for possible damage. With our automated multi-use logistics testing plants (e.g. our PACO pallet inspection system), we can help you to automatically detect deformations and damage to transport containers using 3D sensors and camera systems.

This control is important as it can ensure automated loading with robots. Collisions between robots and reusable containers are avoided by ejecting deformed containers. In addition, the exchange criteria for EPAL pallets in accordance with the GS1 standard and Euro pallet cages are checked.

Our inspection systems are used in production and distribution logistics for a wide range of industries:

  • Automotive
  • Packaging manufacturer
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Food & Beverage
  • road, air freight, rail
  • Warehouse & storage logistics
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Testing plant for pallet inspection for EPAL pallets
3D Aufnahme einer EURO Gitterbox mit eingezeichneten Prüfpunkten zur automatisierten Kontrolle von Prüfmerkmalen.Eine 3D-Aufnahme, die während einer automatisierten 3D Gebindekontrolle einer Gitterbox aufgenommen wird.Im Zuge einer 3D Gitterboxkontrolle aufgenommenes Bild, auf dem ein Fehler erkannt wird.Seitliche Darstellung einer EURO-Gitterbox bei einer automatisierten Kontrolle von Mehrweggebinden.Beispiel einer Aufnahme, die bei einer 3D Gitterboxkontrolle erstellt wird.

Testing characteristics & testing areas

The grid boxes are checked for deformation or damage of the following areas with the help of 2D or 3D sensors:

Grid Boxes

  • Attachment frame
  • Front wall flap
  • Floor frame and feet – Important to stack the boxes safely!
  • Bars


  • Pallet dimensions
  • Running boards and deckboards
  • Block check (pallet foot check)
  • Mandatory labeling legible

The reusable transport containers are tested for the following characteristics:

  • Dimensions
  • Filling level
  • Bracket position
  • Damages
  • Dirt (inside/outside)
  • Foreign objects
  • Traces of use
  • Deformations / chipping
  • Marking & labeling: Identification code quality
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Types of containers that can be inspected with our testing systems:

With our pallet testing station, EURO pallets can be tested for numerous test characteristics.


Check grid boxes for deformation and damage with our automated 3D container inspection.

Grid Boxes

Automated 3D returnable container inspection for plastic containers

Plastic containers


Packaging control for cartons


Test procedure

The containers are conveyed through the inspection system and scanned by 3D sensors. Depending on the requirements and the hardware used (2D/3D), up to 360 pallet cages, 400 pallets or 4,000 containers can be checked per hour.

The compact design of the testing system allows space-saving integration into your plant. A stand-alone solution is also available including pallet stackers (or magazines) and conveyor technology.
The web-based application allows the status of the plant to be viewed or parameterized at any time via the plant network.

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Automated 3D container inspection for checking plastic containers for deformation and damage.

Your advantages

Prevent complaints

Automated inspection minimizes the risk of complaints due to faulty deliveries.

Increased availability

Our solution increases the availability and process reliability of your conveyor & production systems (distribution centers, bin picking)

Avoid downtime

Defective grid boxes are removed before a crash can happen during automatic loading or unloading.

Space saving & flexible

The optimized arrangement of the sensors greatly reduces the space required for the scanning unit. In addition, the system is flexibly expandable.

Reliable measurement accuracy

Thanks to the 3 sensors, consistent measurement accuracy is guaranteed over the entire scanning range.

cycle time

100% control at high speeds

Software autfactory: For efficient data exchange and easy control

Our autfactory test bench software provides a reliable solution for smooth data exchange between your test bench and your ERP system and offers numerous other advantages.

  • Easy integration into existing plants
    With autfactory, simple integration is possible without intervention in existing control systems. With our solution, you can seamlessly integrate your test bench into your existing equipment without having to make expensive adjustments.
  • Archive function for data analysis and tracking
    The archive function helps you keep track of your inspection results and continuously improve the efficiency of your inspection process. You can review historical data, identify trends, and make accurate decisions based on sound analysis.
  • OPC-UA interface to the conveyor system
    This interface enables seamless data exchange between your test bench and your conveyor system.
  • Deep Learning function for individual inspection criteria
    With the deep learning function, you can train the system to your individual test criteria.
Find out more about our autfactory test bench software
Error detection of a 3D returnable container inspection for EURO mesh boxes.

Focus on sustainability

Reusable containers are an ecological and economical solution in the field of logistics. By reusing them, you save valuable resources and protect the environment.
Nevertheless, the effort required for handling and regular inspection of the transport containers should not be underestimated.
With our automated optical inspection systems, we help you to minimize the inspection effort and thus save costs.

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Do you also need a pallet load control solution?

At AUTFORCE, we specialize in test systems & test bench software. Get in touch with us. Together we will find the best solution for your project!

Markus Piffer
Expert in industrial image processing
+43 (664) 966 36 38

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