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AIM5 series: a dynamic development with new features

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Two decades make for an eventful career: in the course of its history, Syntegon’s AIM5 series of inspection machine has seen constant adaptations and improvements, mirroring landmark developments in the pharmaceutical industry.

Two decades make for an eventful career: in the course of its history, Syntegon’s AIM5 series of inspection machine has seen constant adaptations and improvements, mirroring landmark developments in the pharmaceutical industry. In 2023, the well-established solution embarked on yet another refinement journey.

“We strive for an inspection portfolio that reflects current technological developments,” says Susumu Masuyama, product manager at Syntegon. “And we identified considerable potential for our AIM5 series of inspection machines for vials, syringes, cartridges, and ampoules.” The AIM5 is developed and assembled in Japan and part of Syntegon’s broad inspection portfolio covering key technologies for visual and CCIT testing. The modernized AIM5 now features a modular turret concept, a combination of well-established CCIT and visual inspection technologies, as well as AI image processing capabilities.

Boosting inspection performance

The number of inspection turrets impacts throughput: the more turrets are used, the higher the number of inspected products. However, the definite number of required turrets might not be known from the start of operations or change over time. Instead of redesigning a system from scratch, pharmaceutical manufacturers can add turrets to the AIM5 as needed. The latest version can accommodate up to three turrets, flexibly increasing inspection efficiency thanks to shorter downtimes.

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The AIM5 covers key technologies for visual and CCIT testing

CCIT for all requirements

Container closure integrity testing (CCIT) comprises several technologies, which Syntegon chose to integrate into its platform to meet market expectations. “The pre-filled syringes market experiences strong growth. High-voltage leak detection (HVLD) is the method of choice to ensure optimum CCIT for this demanding container type,” says Susumu Masuyama. The solution is built into the pre-spin turret without extending the machine’s footprint. The same holds true for the equally crucial oxygen measurement in vial headspaces: while the technology required stand-alone systems in the past, the AIM5 now comprises a state-of-the-art headspace measurement sensor in the starwheel.

A unique feature

In terms of visual inspection, the AIM5 includes Static Division (SD) technology, a cornerstone of automated inspection developed by Eisai Machinery, now part of Syntegon. It derives its name from the ability to differentiate static from moving objects. The AIM5 combines this visual inspection technology with CCIT on the same platform, allowing customers to tailor their processes to the exact requirements of their products.

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The Static Division (SD) technology can differentiate static from moving objects

Intelligent image processing

Among the countless benefits of Artificial Intelligence, pattern recognition stands out – and has rapidly proven its worth for image processing. Syntegon adopted the technology at an early stage, offering retrofit kits for existing inspection machinery, including previous versions of the AIM5. The latest version is now optionally available with AI software, and can be used alongside classical, rule-based image processing tools.

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Spokesperson Product Communications Pharma
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Nicole König
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