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Upgrades R.K.B. Registration Control Technology


Syracuse, NY, February 15, 2008 - R.K.B. OPTO-ELECTRONICS, INC., a leader in providing machine vision, web inspection, splice detection and quality assurance and control technologies, has been selected to provide its keymark register control technology.  The equipment will be installed on sheeter/sorting equipment to monitor and ensure in-register of all watermark grade papers.  Simple and very cost effective, the R.K.B. register control technology is widely used in the area of watermark registration. 


The Model 1108 will accurately, reliably and consistently monitor and detect ‘Bug’ (keymarks) marks that are manufactured into a paper web at specific intervals for process control. The ‘Bug’ marks are produced by reducing the amount of fiber located in the area where the “Bug’ mark is to be located. This reduction in fiber area allows for an increase in energy to be transmitted through the web where it is detected by state-of-the-art sensory technology. Once detected, an electronic signal will be generated and processed by proprietary circuitry to a specific voltage pulse. This pulse will be conditioned to provide a frequency equal to 1/100 of an inch or better for each pulse generated. The accuracy can be set at + or – 2/100 of an inch or better.  The system is designed to inform operational staff of ‘Bug’ mark placement and to make any necessary adjustments for out of sync watermarks, + or – the distance of the preset limit set by operational staff. The inspection station will be interfaced into a main system control unit consisting of an electronic control console and an operator control console and an energy source unit. The operational control station will provide and indicate actual distance between watermarks and sound an alarm when the watermarks become out of sync.  


R.K.B. has pioneered the field of web inspection for paper, film, foil and allied web based materials.  Material colors, machine speed and caliper changes do not affect detection capabilities.   R.K.B. has developed and patented many of the technologies currently in use today such as infrared phototransistor technology, capacitive technology, ultraviolet technology and camera based technology.  R.K.B. was the first company to incorporate cameras as potential sensors back in the mid 1970's and patented this technique called the Vidicon 7000.  Today R.K.B. invests a majority of its finances to research and development in new sensor techniques.  Among our many innovations besides our splice detection technology, which is the world leading technology used for the detection of splices (joint), is our very successful coating streak and scratch defect detection technology.  This patented technology, now being emulated/copied, by various German inspection suppliers, detects streaks and scratches as small as 1 micron at any process speed.  R.K.B. OPTO-ELECTRONICS, INC., designs, develops, manufactures, and markets the most diverse line of machine vision and web inspection technologies currently available to web based material manufacturers. R.K.B., headquartered in Syracuse, New York, has offices and partners worldwide in Asia, Europe, South America and the Middle East.


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