The VISION2REUSE project demonstrates the applicability of various smart cameras for automatic quality control (e.g. detection of scratches, tears, contamination) of reusable packaging in the food and packaging industries.
Europe has stipulated that all packaging must be reusable or recyclable by 2030. Fevia has tightened the European target with a deadline of 2025. Reusable packaging is an important pillar in the strategy of working towards more circular packaging on both the European and the Flemish level (Green Deal Anders Verpakt). In order to promote the use of reusable packaging, many research and implementation questions still need to be answered, such as accurate and automated detection methods for defects and/or contamination. This is, of course, very important to ensure consumer safety and the economic viability of the business model.
Vision2Reuse is an ERDF project that aims to demonstrate the applicability of various smart cameras for automatic quality control (e.g. detection of scratches, tears, contamination) of reusable packaging in the food and packaging industries. This involves using various camera technologies (e.g. colour, depth and hyperspectral cameras) and state-of-the-art machine learning to accurately and quickly evaluate whether the packaging material is still suitable for a new reuse cycle or needs to be processed in a specific end-of-life flow (e.g. recycling). It should also provide information on the degree of contamination, which is a direct input for the treatment of the packaging material before it can be used again (e.g. type of washing process). The impact of the washing process on the integrity and contamination of the packaging is also examined.
The target group of VISION2REUSE consists of producers and suppliers of reusable packaging materials, users of this packaging, and technology companies (sensors, data processing). The project considers four sectors that have a high potential for implementing reusable packaging, so the impact of this project has a broad dimension with the possibility the technology will also spill-over to non-food sectors.
B2B beverage & food packaging (e.g. plastic drums, crates, etc.)
Retail (e.g. reusable consumer packaging)
Food services (e.g. catering)
Flanders’ FOOD manages and coordinates the project. The implementation is in the hands of Flanders' FOOD, Pack4Food and IMEC.
The project starts in January 2022 and runs until December 2023 (project duration 2 years); until then participation is always possible. The results can be requested and accessed at the end of the project (for a fee).