The optical inspection system can be used in conjunction with a high-capacity size grader that removes foreign objects; broken
tablets and fragments, twins, and clusters; and twin, under-filled, and over-filled softgel capsules. Removable decks with
fixed hole sizes ensure repeatable grading at up to 1 million doses/h. Whether integrated with up- or downstream equipment
or run in stand-alone mode, changeover takes five minutes and involves removing the screens, wiping down the stainless steel
bed, and snapping in screens for the new size (Impulse/P size grader, Symetix).
Sanner addresses sensitive products with a range of desiccants and desiccant-equipped packaging components. (PHOTO IS COURTESY
OF SANNER OF AMERICA.)
A camera/barcode scanner-based system inspects and verifies all labeled components (i.e. inserts, cartons, and other kit components)
during final packaging assembly by comparing captured data with a PDF file. The system reads and matches product codes via
Optical Character Recognition (OCR) or Optical Character Verification (OCV) and can be customized to match kit components
against work orders or a component database, thus eliminating errors resulting from typed data. The system can be configured
to require correct flow of kit packaging and identify extra or defective components or unused labels. A report details discrepancies.
Optional features include seal inspection, product count, and confirmation that barcodes meet ANSI standards (Q-Spec, Complete
While current desiccant canisters lose as much as 40% of their moisture absorption capacity if one end of the canister is
blocked by the package side wall or its contents, a new desiccant capsule absorbs moisture regardless of its position in a
container. The capsule absorbs moisture through a paperboard disc on the top as well as through a gridded wall. A unique shape
differentiates the canister from the solid dosage forms it protects and helps prevent accidental ingestion, which is a common
customer complaint. In addition, canisters are less likely to break open because sides withstand greater pressure than competing
products. Desiccant options include dust-free silica gel, activated carbon, and molecular sieve, as well as various combinations
(360° Desiccant Capsules, Sanner of America).
Statistical weight control, fast changeover and easy cleaning are features available on the AlterNova Capsule Filler from
MG America. (PHOTO IS COURTESY OF MG AMERICA)
The company also plans to display vials and tubes with stoppers or lids that contain integrated desiccants for packaging effervescent
products, plus space-saving, test-strip packaging destined primarily for in-home diagnostics. The test-strip packaging integrates
the drying agent in the base of the oval vial to optimize atmospheric conditions inside the package and offer better moisture
protection for products like blood glucose test strips. The innovative design and one-hand opening make it easier to remove
test strips and reduce the risk of contamination (StripTec One test-strip package, Sanner of America).
A nondestructive tester checks seal integrity and detects leaks in blister packs and in packaging with minimal head space,
such as sachets and certain types of pouches including those with peelable seals. The system identifies defective packages
through a combination of vacuum decay technology and differential force measurement. Measuring positive force deflections
in the package results in higher test sensitivity. Capable of checking multiple packages in a single test cycle, the system
provides a definitive pass/fail score for each item. With multi-cavity blister packs, the unit identifies the location of
any defective cavity (VeriPac 410, PTI).
The small size and flexibility of the FLT small batch vial filler are designed for clinical trials. (PHOTO IS COURTESY OF