Many industries have used automation to spare personnel from repetitive or simple labor-intensive tasks. The pharmaceutical industry has benefited from the reduced variability and consistent quality that automation helps bring to final dosage forms. This month's products automate different parts of the pharmaceutical process. The Roche Innovatis system stains and mixes samples and provides cell counts and analysis. A software suite from Virtify enables essential data to be tagged and reused in regulatory documents. Sigpack Systems offers a robot-based line that efficiently packages delicate containers such as vials, ampuls, and syringes.
Analytical system yields high-resolution images
The Cedex HiRes system from Roche Innovatis (Bielefeld, Germany) performs automated cell counts and analyses. It measures cell concentration, viability, cell diameter, compactness, specific growth rate, and aggregate ratio. The system stains and mixes cell samples automatically, and its multisampler can analyze 20 samples in sequence. The unit's liquid-management and flowcell cleaning procedures are also automated. The instrument can be controlled remotely with software that can be integrated into an automated process easily, according to the company. The software facilitates compliance with current good manufacturing practices.The HiRes system incorporates moving microscope technology that scans the whole measurement chamber in one step. The technology has an identifiable-diameter range of 1–90 µm and provides a geometrical resolution of 0.8 µm.
Cedex HiRes system
Packaging system provides flexibility
The Pharma Toploader TTP from Sigpack Systems (Beringen, Switzerland) was designed to handle fragile and sensitive pharmaceutical containers such as vials, ampuls, and syringes. The toploader is based on a concentric-running concept that allows a double-axis robot to load the front and back of the machine with trays.
Pharma Toploader TTP
Software enables regulatory compliance
Virtify's (Cambridge, MA) Virtx Enterprise Content Compliance software suite tags critical data and content for reuse. The suite is designed to ensure regulatory compliance and automate paper-based processes. It can be used to generate and store content from discovery through commercialization, says Stephen Bergson, Virtify's executive vice-president of commercial operations.
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