Safety is the top priority in the pharmaceutical industry, since production errors and process errors, counterfeit products or confusion can have deadly consequences. On the high speed production lines of the pharmaceutical industry, defective components can lead to downtimes and productivity losses. The earlier production errors are identified and eliminated, the more economical the process of doing so.
The pharmaceutical industry uses vials as containers for solid and liquid products. A rubber stopper allows piercing with a syringe needle and therefore the sterile removal of fluid. In the processing lines the vials are sterilized, filled and sealed using the stopper and the additional alu cap. The alu cap is crimped around the upper edge of the vial in order to press on the plug at a defined force, ensuring maximum watertightness. The crimped cap is sealed using a lid, which is broken off before use to give free access for piercing. A visible or invisible code is marked on the cap for automatic vial identification. A label with fixed and variable data is then affixed to the vial and is used for automatic and manual identification of vials and active ingredients. The processes run at cycle times of up to 40,000+ items/h.
The following inspections are carried out during these processes
- Empty glass inspection
- filling Level inspection
- Stopper fit inspection
- Crimp cap inspection
- Code detection and label inspection
- Completeness & packing pattern check in the overpack
The compact, application-specific design and standard interfaces enable inspection systems to be integrated into existing production lines. Where several systems are integrated into a single line, the operator benefits from the uniform appearance and central, unified operating and visualization concept with OCTUMISEr.
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