Automatic inspection of small batches
With the development of the RIM, Seidenader is taking the inspection of pharmaceutical products to a whole new level. A compact Stäubli robot and pioneering cell layout are bringing previously unknown flexibility into play to allow automatic inspection of small batches.
The life of a person might well depend on the contents of an ampoule that a doctor opens. It follows, therefore, that the conditions under which pharmaceutical preparations are administered via injections or infusions must be manufactured and packaged under sterile conditions that comply with the most stringent quality assurance specifications. Quality testing involves firstly the reliable detection of particles, fibers and splinters and secondly finding cosmetic and functional defects in the ampoules and bottles.
With more than 115 years experience in constructing plant for the pharmaceutical industry, the Seidenader Group has gained international renown. Seidenader Maschinenbau GmbH specializes in inspection solutions for the pharmaceutical industry and offers full model series of semi-automatic and fully automatic inspection equipment for parenteral, i.e. non-oral, drug administration devices.
This portfolio is completed by a newly designed, automated inspection system which represents a conceptual innovation for Seidenader: At the heart of Seidenader’s RIM (robot-based inspection module) is a Stäubli TX40, a compact and high-precision 6-axis robot.
The advantage of robot handling is without a doubt its enormous flexibility. Martin Engels, CEO at Seidenader Maschinenbau GmbH says: “It was our aim to present an inspection machine that can deliver small batches of reproducible inspection results without human intervention. It was therefore important to map the inspection parameters of a production machine in a compact module, which meant inspection with a number of flexible options regarding the different camera positions and angles and lighting. There is no alternative to using a robot to implement all this in a very small space.”
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