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The conveyors reduce the potential for contamination in several ways. For example, the devices do not incorporate bearings and seals, unlike rigid screw conveyors. In addition, the totally sealed conveying system does not use air as the conveying medium and therefore does not require a filtration system.
Users can route the flexible conveyors around obstacles such as stanchions. The device also can be mounted on a mobile frame for use in various locations within a facility. Operators can clean the conveyors using dry, wet, or clean-in-place methods. The devices are suitable for raw-material and excipient applications.
The machine is operated with touchscreen controls and does not require skilled users. After a test cycle of 1–6 min, the device displays results for each package graphically and indicates which cavities had leaks. Product changeover can be achieved in less than 30 s.
The BlisterScan tester stores test results in its blister-format library or on a separate device. The unit is available with a full 21 CFR Part 11 validation package.