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Sentinel Web Inspection Technology


Splice Detector; Sentinel, Edge of Web Mounting

Syracuse, NY, March 29, 2009 - R.K.B. OPTO-ELECTRONICS, INC., A world leader in machine vision and web inspection design and supply, has received an order for its state-of-the-art Sentinel™ Splice Detector Technology.  The equipment will be implemented on a sheeter/sorter just prior to the slitting/diversion process.  It is at this point, where all webs of material come together, that monitoring for splice (joint) type faults is performed.  Whether you are running one up or 16 up, the Sentinel will catch the splice fault 100% of the time, guaranteed.  Truly plug and play, the Sentinel Splice Detector is becoming as popular as our standard classic unit now installed in thousands of applications in over 120 countries worldwide.  Simple and cost effective, the Sentinel Splice Detector by far out performs any type of sensing technology with an average return on investment in less than 24 hours.  In this particular application, the Sentinel has been acquired by a leading European fine paper manufacturer located in Italy.  


Splice Detector; Sentinel, Edge of Web MountingThe Sentinel Splice Detector Technology consumes very little power while providing dependable and consistent splice (joint) detection on any non metallic web material process application.  The technology is designed to monitor 1-16 webs of material and will detect any splice or joint that may exist within the web based process. It is applicable to manufacturing processes that require the culling out of splices or joints prior to subsequent conversion processes and/or end user shipment. As a control in subsequent conversion processes, it prevents damage to sensitive equipment such as print heads on web fed press applications or soft rolls in supercalendering applications.  Unaffected by printed surfaces, material color, grade changes and process speeds that challenge “photo eyes” and “ultrasonic devices”, the Sentinel Splice Detector Technology guarantees 100% reliable detection every day; every shift.  The Sentinel Splice Detector Technology is a self-calibrating system that is powered by +24VDC.  It provides an opto-isolated, digital electronic output with a pulse width selectable for 1, 10 or 100 milliseconds. The re-designed alarm indicators are low power, low voltage LEDs that are clearly visible to machine attendants. The unit can be mounted anywhere along Splice Detector; Sentinel, Edge of Web Mountingthe web at any angle and either right side up or upside down.  The Sentinel Splice Detector Technology can be connected directly to PLC control devices or interfaced into existing edge marking systems or direct control devices.  Modular in design, the new Sentinel requires 50% less energy to operate than its sister unit and can be equipped with R.K.B.'s AutoTrack™ facilitating tracking of the web material edge ensuring correct monitoring position is always present during each and every production run.  The AutoTrack will also eliminate operational intervention as the unit will retract during web breaks and grade change threading procedures.  In today’s economy, our focus is providing your company ways to streamline processes, increase efficiencies and save money.  Immediate detection, rejection and control of splices and/or joints creates savings of up to tens of thousands of dollars per annum.  Do not miss out!  Invest in your companies future today by implementing the worlds most reliable and cost effective technology that is clearly unequaled in performance. 


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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