- October 29, 2010
- Honeywell Process Solutions
October 29, 2010 ‚Äì Honeywell introduced the Reflectance Infrared Spectrometer (RIS), infrared-sensing technology designed to help packaging makers significantly reduce defects in their coated products, as well as reduce the amount of raw materials used to produce them. The Reflectance Infrared Spectrometer (RIS) uses array detector technology to provide high resolution and a broad IR spectrum range, which allows mills to achieve unsurpassed quality by measuring multiple components of coatings, even on reflective or printed substrates.RIS can be used in quality control systems like Honeywell‚Äôs MXProLine, which uses an array of scanners and sensors to monitor the quality of coated products such as liquid and aseptic packaging. The total solution helps producers more accurately measure and control multi-layer or barrier coatings and adhesive layers, discriminate components with very similar spectral characteristics, measure on printed and reflective backings, and quantify variations in additives and fillers such as Ti02 and CaC03. This approach can reduce defects by up to 15% and raw material usage by up to 8%. Additionally, the calibration tools can save time by cutting the calibration effort by up to 40%.Specific features of the RIS include user friendly online graphical calibration tools, which save significant time over the off-line calibration methods employed by spectrometer-based sensors. Operators can choose between a basic ratiometic calibration or advanced chemometric calibration when measuring complex or multi-layered products. Additionally, RIS features internal optics that optimize beam focusing, automatic standardization that corrects for any drift in source spectrum or detector response, and fast response for high-resolution and precise spatial alignment.‚ÄúLike most manufacturers, packaging makers are not only facing increasingly complex product requirements, but also demands for lower production costs and higher productivity,‚Äù said Jack Ross, global business leader for P3 and CWS. ‚ÄúThe Reflective Infrared Spectrometer brings those manufacturers closer to this objective and represents the industry‚Äôs move to increasingly sophisticated digital signal-processing technology that improves accuracy, resolution and flexibility.‚ÄùHoneywell International is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell‚Äôs shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges.