Shelton Machines

A comprehensive, powerful, and proven automated textile inspection system

Shelton Vision produce a comprehensive, powerful and proven Automatic Textile Inspection System known as Shelton WebSPECTOR. These systems are used to reliably inspect millions of metres of textile product every day.

The complete system consists of 4 highly developed and coordinated main components that together deliver a truly automated solution to maximise yield and profit for all textile producers.

The benefits of the system, when used in the manner described in the 4 component process below, generally provide a return on investment of between 6 and 18 months irrespective of labour rates.

The benefits are created by ensuring maximum profit from each batch, increased throughput, elimination of customer claims and provision of consistent data for process improvement.

Automatic inspection system – Shelton WebSPECTOR

The first step in the process is defect detection which provides consistently accurate fabric inspection results. The system has a number of unique features that ensure these results, such as automatic training of every individual style, a transparent performance validation tool and a real time defect classification and grading engine (CBIGS) as part of the inspection process.

This real time classification and grading allows very high level inspection sensitivity settings with high reporting accuracy.

The output of the WebSPECTOR system is generally an electronic defect map with a set of classified and graded defect images ready for the next stage in the 4 step process.

With our continued investment in software development for inspection capability the system can check for colour variation and inspect not only plain knit and woven cloth, but also striped, check, open mesh, geometric and jacquard patterned fabrics.

Review of inspection results and commercial input.

The Shelton Review station is where the re roll operators, or supervisor, can run through the classified and graded defect images using a wizard that typically enables a 5,000 metre batch to be checked in less than 10 minutes.

At this stage the defect map is adapted to a level consistent with commercial requirements ie. Borderline defects can be removed (manually or automatically) ready for submission to the next stage of the value optimising process.

Maximising yield/Optimised Cutting Plan.

Following the Review process the operator, can submit the map to an optimising function that has rules stored concerning product/customer requirements for the final small rolls (eg max/min roll length, number of pieces per roll, number of defects per roll, points system etc).

An optimised cut plan is created with a yield report. If the yield is below requirements, the map can be re reviewed, adjustments made and in a few seconds a new cut plan generated with improved results.

This stage provides a significant contribution to the overall ROI using the accurate, consistent and validated data from the previous stages.

A recent addition to the cut plan optimisation suite has led to even greater yields being generated, over and above the standard calculation.

Software that ensures accurate reproduction of the calculated cut plan and yield.

This is where the calculated cut plan (and profit) for a batch is turned into a physical reality on adapted standard inspection frames, or purpose built automated cut and roll machines.

The powerful WebVIEWER software takes control of the acceleration, deceleration and stopping of the machines at the precise point that has been calculated in the cut plan. It provides a list of instructions for the operator to follow, which informs them about what to do at the next automatic stop (eg. end roll, cut out defect, overmark defect, cut lab sample etc).

Throughput per machine/operator is maximised and the cut plan accurately followed without manual intervention and error.

Shelton Machines

A comprehensive, powerful, and proven automated textile inspection system

Shelton Machines Ltd
1 Priory Business Park
Wistow Road
Kibworth
Leicestershire
LE8 0RX
United Kingdom

Shelton Vision produce a comprehensive, powerful and proven Automatic Textile Inspection System known as Shelton WebSPECTOR. These systems are used to reliably inspect millions of metres of textile product every day.

The complete system consists of 4 highly developed and coordinated main components that together deliver a truly automated solution to maximise yield and profit for all textile producers.

The benefits of the system, when used in the manner described in the 4 component process below, generally provide a return on investment of between 6 and 18 months irrespective of labour rates.

The benefits are created by ensuring maximum profit from each batch, increased throughput, elimination of customer claims and provision of consistent data for process improvement.

Automatic inspection system – Shelton WebSPECTOR

The first step in the process is defect detection which provides consistently accurate fabric inspection results. The system has a number of unique features that ensure these results, such as automatic training of every individual style, a transparent performance validation tool and a real time defect classification and grading engine (CBIGS) as part of the inspection process.

This real time classification and grading allows very high level inspection sensitivity settings with high reporting accuracy.

The output of the WebSPECTOR system is generally an electronic defect map with a set of classified and graded defect images ready for the next stage in the 4 step process.

With our continued investment in software development for inspection capability the system can check for colour variation and inspect not only plain knit and woven cloth, but also striped, check, open mesh, geometric and jacquard patterned fabrics.

Review of inspection results and commercial input.

The Shelton Review station is where the re roll operators, or supervisor, can run through the classified and graded defect images using a wizard that typically enables a 5,000 metre batch to be checked in less than 10 minutes.

At this stage the defect map is adapted to a level consistent with commercial requirements ie. Borderline defects can be removed (manually or automatically) ready for submission to the next stage of the value optimising process.

Maximising yield/Optimised Cutting Plan.

Following the Review process the operator, can submit the map to an optimising function that has rules stored concerning product/customer requirements for the final small rolls (eg max/min roll length, number of pieces per roll, number of defects per roll, points system etc).

An optimised cut plan is created with a yield report. If the yield is below requirements, the map can be re reviewed, adjustments made and in a few seconds a new cut plan generated with improved results.

This stage provides a significant contribution to the overall ROI using the accurate, consistent and validated data from the previous stages.

A recent addition to the cut plan optimisation suite has led to even greater yields being generated, over and above the standard calculation.

Software that ensures accurate reproduction of the calculated cut plan and yield.

This is where the calculated cut plan (and profit) for a batch is turned into a physical reality on adapted standard inspection frames, or purpose built automated cut and roll machines.

The powerful WebVIEWER software takes control of the acceleration, deceleration and stopping of the machines at the precise point that has been calculated in the cut plan. It provides a list of instructions for the operator to follow, which informs them about what to do at the next automatic stop (eg. end roll, cut out defect, overmark defect, cut lab sample etc).

Throughput per machine/operator is maximised and the cut plan accurately followed without manual intervention and error.

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