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Inspection is a key quality safeguard for pharmaceuticals, and contributes significantly to patient safety. It also helps to improve the entire production process.
Pharmaceutical manufacturers must pay attention to sterile filling and material integrity to ensure the highest product safety. The containers run through many different stages, i.e. washing, siliconizing, sterilizing, filling and closing. They are exposed to different temperatures, pressures, and high-speed movements. This is where inspection technology comes into play.
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APPLICATION KNOW-HOW FOR AN EXTENSIVE PRODUCT RANGE
One single technology is not sufficient to inspect all drugs at the highest standards. Key is to find the most suitable technology for your container type and product.
Visual inspection expertise
Innovative and highly accurate inspection: Camera-based inspection
Our high-resolution camera systems are robust devices for detection of cosmetic defects and particles in low- to high-viscosity products.
Reliable and easy to validate: Static division (SD) technology
A light transmission-based method for moving particle inspection in liquid products.
Difficult to inspect products
Challenging product characteristics
Some products limit the ability to detect particles. They require advanced know-how and technology.
Milky product / Heavy suspension
Challenge: Particles inside a milky liquid are only visible when they are close to the surface of the inner container wall.
Low-filled containers (Fill levels under 3-5 mm)
Challenge: Many particles are invisible as they are covered inside the meniscus. It is difficult to keep them in motion and move them to the limited visible area.
Challenge: White particles, glass particles and white fibers are hard to distinguish from the lyo-cake background. The application of inspection cameras at many different positions around the container is required.
Artificial Intelligence applied to visual inspection
Far more than a vision
How can Artificial Neural Network algorithms optimize your inspection results?
- System ready for qualification
- Already in use in manufacturing line
- Detection rates up to 100 %
- False reject rates down to 0 %
- Seamless integration into vision system
- Only 3 vision tools per recipe
- Less machine idle time for recipe tuning
- Potentially millions of dollar in annual savings
Container closure integrity testing
Container leaks might lead to a change in the active pharmaceutical ingredient: drugs can lose their efficacy or lead to unexpected side effects.
Laser-based headspace analysis
Measurement of absorption by oxygen and/or moisture molecules to detect permanent and temporary leaks.
- Very gentle, non-destructive measuring method
- Preferred technology for products filled under vacuum or inert gas
High voltage leak detection
This container closure integrity testing is based on electrical conductivity measurements. High voltage is applied across the containers filled with conductive liquids. An elevated electrical current indicates a leak.
- Reliable leak testing even for filling products with low conductance and minimal contents
- Holistic measuring system to cover the whole container surface
Combined machine platforms
Profit from our modular machine concept
We combine visual inspection and container closure integrity testing on one platform.
Utilizing Static division and camera-based technolgy for visual inspection and high voltage leak detection module for CCI testing
Combining camera-based inspection technology and high voltage leak detection module
Get in touch with an expert
We´re looking forward to find the suitable inspection solution for your product. Please contact:
Sales Director Inspection Technology and Secondary Packaging
Phone: +49 7151 14-2489