Torus’ Automatic Preform Inspection Gauge is the World’s only fully configurable system capable of measuring and identifying all common industry features and defects. A full range of modular inspection station options enables the customer to identify the inspection requirements and configure a system to suit the needs of the production facility. 

Key Benefits

  • Worlds Only Fully Automatic Absolute Preform Inspection System 
  • Live batch data and part overview screens during operation
  • High speed throughput - Cycle Times < 15 seconds per part – designed to run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 
  • Full shot (batch) loading via quick access bowl feeder with up to 150 preforms load capacity at a time
  • Traceable measurement data without operator influence.
  • Flexible pallet system providing capability for a wide range of Preform types
  • Remote Support package, which includes automatic gauge monitoring and reporting back to Torus for proactive response
  • Automatic calibration/qualification on all gauging as standard
  • CSV data output and flexible formatting for input into local data handling / control systems at customers facility. 
  • Remote Support Package, which includes automatic gauge monitoring and reporting back to Torus for proactive response. 
  • Measurements traceable and certified to UKAS Standard, with internal Torus annual calibration recall system for continued measurement assurance. 
  • Designed to increase test cycle times. 
  • Reduction in hold for inspection time and labour costs. 
  • Saving on shop floor space in busy production environment housing all test requirements within one system. 

Dimensional inspection is completed using a combination of state-of-the-art non-contact and contact technology, with quick-snap pre-programmed industry standard neck features to reduce part program creation time for new preforms, whilst the software package provides a full range of neck and body, diameter, and height programmable features to meet the customer measurement requirements. Automatic threat-start routines within in the dimensional measurement module remove the requirement for precise orientation loading with smart vision technology completing a thread alignment to position preform for height and diameter feature inspection. 

The UV & Colour Module offers the ability to measure UV transmission at a pre-defined wavelength at multiple programmable heights on the body of the preform, whilst making reflective colour measurements against the customers preform colour requirements. 

Optical non-contact inspection modules using high-performance processing software complete recognition of standard preform manufacturing process non-conformities covering features such as Body, Gate and Seal defects. 

Traceable data collected by the inspection system is vital for manufacturing quality control. This is completed by the Cavity Identification module, tagging all data to the sample for individual reports and CSV data output.

The system has been designed to run continuously in a batch loaded format, with automatic calibration and qualification completed within the module without operator intervention. With a capacity of up to 150 parts, the loading bowl feeder enables operators to load full shots of preforms, start the batch with the configured test requirements and leave the system unattended for lights-out inspection. Measured components are loaded into dedicated pass and traffic light fail bins during operation and, upon batch completion, visual and audible alarms inform the operator that the gauge is ready for the next batch to be started reducing equipment idle time.


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