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The future of quality control – smart sensors, AI and robotics

Testronix’s roadmap to success

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Testronix Instruments, a prominent player in the quality control testing sector, pioneers innovative and precise testing solutions. The company boasts an extensive portfolio of testing instruments designed to cater to the diverse needs of industries, including packaging, automotive, textiles, and more. Among its array of materials testing instruments are box compression testers, bursting strength testers, edge crush testers, universal testing machines, and flexible film testers, to name a few.

“Our instruments are designed with state-of-the-art technology to ensure precision and reliability in quality control processes. We remain steadfast in our commitment to achieving this through our cutting-edge products and services,” says Vidur Malhotra, technical product specialist, Testronix, India. Additionally, Testronix offers comprehensive services, including calibration, maintenance, and technical support, to ensure the long-term performance of its equipment.

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Speaking about the packaging testing equipment market in India, Malhotra remarks, “The Indian packaging testing equipment market has witnessed substantial growth in recent years and continues to hold promise. The market size is estimated to be around INR 500-600 crore, with a CAGR of approximately 8-10%.”

Recognizing the vast potential of the Indian packaging testing equipment market, Testronix Instruments has formulated a growth strategy founded on four pillars – product innovation, regional presence, tailored solutions, and training and education for effective packaging quality control.

Malhotra elaborates further, saying, “We are committed to investing in research and development to introduce cutting-edge packaging testing solutions tailored to the specific needs of the Indian market. This encompasses solutions for food safety, pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, and more. Additionally, we are expanding across key industrial hubs in India, establishing sales and service centers to provide prompt customer support.”

As the Indian packaging market grows, it encounters distinct challenges. Malhotra acknowledges, “We understand that entering and thriving in the Indian market poses significant challenges. Firstly, navigating the complex regulatory landscape in India can be daunting. We intend to collaborate closely with local authorities, legal experts, and compliance teams to ensure our products and operations align with Indian laws and regulations. Secondly, the market is fiercely competitive, with domestic and international players vying for market share. To distinguish ourselves, we focus on innovation, quality, and competitive pricing to deliver superior products and services. Additionally, infrastructure and logistical challenges can affect distribution and delivery timelines. To overcome these hurdles, we plan to invest in a robust supply chain network and partner with local logistics firms.”

According to Malhotra, the relentless march of technology continues to wield a significant impact on the testing equipment industry, with a particular focus on QC equipment designed for packaging, where significant transformations are underway. “Advanced sensors and data analytics have revolutionized our ability to monitor and control the quality of packaging materials and processes. Smart sensors can detect minuscule defects or variations in packaging materials, providing real-time data for quality assessment, enhancing precision, and supporting predictive maintenance to reduce downtime and costs,” says Malhotra.

In parallel, automation and robotics have played a pivotal role in streamlining the testing process. Automated packaging inspection systems can perform tasks such as seal integrity testing and label verification at speeds and accuracies unattainable by manual methods, improving efficiency and ensuring consistent quality. Furthermore, the integration of artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms allows for more intelligent and adaptive QC systems. These technologies can learn from historical data and make real-time adjustments to maintain quality standards, reducing human intervention and errors. Finally, cloud-based solutions enable remote monitoring and data access, fostering global collaboration and providing invaluable insights for continuous improvement.

Malhotra concludes, “Embracing these innovations is essential for us at Testronix to remain competitive and deliver the highest quality products to our customers.”

Manash Das
Manash Das
Manash Das is associate editor at The Packman. He has been contributing editorially to The Packman since 2016.

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