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 inspection systems, we can help you to automatically detect deformations and damage to transport containers with the help of a sensor.

This is an important quality control, as it can ensure automated loading with robots. Collisions between robot and pallet cage are avoided by ejecting deformed pallet cages. In addition, the exchange criteria of EPAL / Euro grid boxes are checked.

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

  • Automotive
  • Packaging manufacturer
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Food & Beverage
  • Transportation
  • (road, air freight, rail)
  • Warehouse & storage logistics
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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:

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

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:

Pallet, testing object for automated container inspection


Plastic container, testing object for automated container inspection

Plastic Containers & Trays

Folding box, testing object for automated container inspection

Folding boxes

Grid box, testing object for automated container inspection

Grid Boxes

Carton, testing object for automated container inspection


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 grid boxes or 4,000 containers can be inspected per hour.

The compact design of the testing system allows space-saving integration into your plant. 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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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 speed: up to 4,000 containers per hour

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
    This function allows you to train the system on individual testing criteria.

Focus on sustainability

Reusable containers are a sustainable solution in the field of logistics. They support the idea of a circular economy in which resources are not wasted but reused.
Nevertheless, the effort required for handling and regular inspection of the transport containers should not be underestimated.
We support you with our automated inspection systems to minimize the inspection effort and thus save costs.

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Are you interested in automated container inspection?

AUTFORCE is a specialist in automated quality inspection. Get in touch with us. Together we will find the best solution for your project!

Markus Piffer
CEO AUTFORCE Vision Systems

+43 (664) 966 36 38

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