Valve Control

Extend Valve’s Life.  Valve Control for Liquid Filler or Nitrogen dosing.

Air Cylinders and cam driven filler valves are difficult to changeover and have little or no adjustability during the actual filling process. Spring return slamming of the valve reduces valve life.

Valves, whether liquid filler or nitrogen dosing, have spring return that closes the valve in case of air/power loss. This spring force is lighter on gas valves like nitrogen dosing where the forces to overcome them are more within range of SMAC actuators. Liquid valves springs can have higher forces, especially if they are used to fill high viscous material like syrups. These high viscous materials require much higher spring forces to close them. The downside to using a spring return is that the associated slamming of the valve close prematurely wears out the valve sealing surfaces and reduces the life expectancy of these expensive valves. SMAC actuators can gently control this closing and extend the valve’s life.

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Heart Valve Material Testing

A medical device manufacturer needed to test a heart valve material for long term fatigue. They wanted to duplicate the heart beat profile to simulate actual conditions.

Because SMAC actuators can be programmed to develop the heart beat motion profile, they were a perfect choice for the application. By measuring the force used to stretch the material to the prescribed length, the gradual degradation of the material could be continuously monitored.

Key Operational Details:
Each finger is driven by an independent linear actuator
Each finger is programmable in position and force

SMAC Advantages:

  • Independently operated fingers means that parts need not be precisely centered
  • Complicated motion profiles can be generated to accurately simulate heartbeats.
  • Force can be monitored, so as the material degrades the resulting change in force as the material is exercised can be used to indicate a failure mode without stopping the test.

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Advantech: Server-grade IPC for Medical Imaging Equipment -Decreased Scan Times Reduce Medical Hazards

Reduction of medical scan times is crucial due to the great amount of radiation one is exposed to, and integrated, low-dose medical equipment is the key.

The vendor was looking for a dual-processor motherboard with large memory capacity that could support multiple GPU cards so that the machines could generate images rapidly and reduce scanning time. It was not easy, however, to find such high-grade industrial PC platforms.

Advantech provided an ASMB-310IRIntel® 5500/5560 dual-processor server board featuring six ECC registered DIMMs up to 48GB capacity, two PCIe x16 double-deck GPU expansion cards to enhance graphic performance, redundant design, and remote management functionality to enable easy maintenance. Due to its ideal component placement, additional full-length medical proprietary cards could be used without problem. Redundant design for hot-swap HDDs, power supply units (PSUs), and cooling fans also boosted ASMB-310IR system reliability beyond the specified project requirements.

ASMB-310IR integrates well with the customer’s equipment, providing high product reliability, backed by Advantech’s co-validation service support. The system also supports huge storage capacity: up to 16TB when configured with an Advantech server-grade chassis – HPC-7480 with its eight SAS/SATA hot-swap hard drive cages.

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Advantech: Enhancing Productivity at the Hospitalier de Luxembourg

Advantech’s POC-S196/S176 Slim Point-of-Care Terminals provided good performance-cost ratio with needed I/O connections. Saves space and increases productivity.

The Hospitalier de Luxembourg, opened in 1976, is one of the largest hospitals in Luxembourg. It employs about 2000 medical professionals, admitting and caring for about 25,000 patients a year and seeing around 400,000 patients on an outpatient basis. Services of the Hospitalier de Luxemboug include hospital, diagnosis, care, treatment, research, and education. Administrative overhead at a facility of this size is significant. Management personnel are constantly trying to operate more efficiently and speed up clinical processes.


After careful consideration, the Hospitalier de Luxembourg chose Advantech’s POC-S196/S176 Slim Point-of-Care Terminals, with LCD panels capable of displaying high contrast images in 16.7 million colors. Advantech slim point-of-care terminals are available in 17” and 19” models, and are very easy to integrate into an existing ICU environment. The touchscreen provides a friendly and easy-to-use interface for medical personnel, and the all-in-one design offers a perfect solution for areas with limited space. The hospital divided the project into four phases with a plan to install wall-mounted 19” POC systems in the ICU, and 17” units elsewhere,either wall-mounted, or on anesthesia devices or mobile carts. The primary deciding factors for the hospital were an outstanding cost/performance ratio, and the inclusion of a variety of I/O connectors as standard features.

Advantech’s POC-S196 Point-of-Care Terminal has a slim 19” TFT LCD display and Intel® Core™ Duo processor. With an IPX1 rating, it is designed to resist spills and water damage, and the sealed, IP65-certified front panel is dust tight. The POC-S196 has a variety of I/O connectors: 1 x RS-232/422/485 (isolated, and set by jumper) serial port; 4 x USB ports; and 1 x DVI-I port. The system supports up to 4 GB SDRAM and has a wireless option. The quiet, fanless design is perfect in the quiet environment of the hospital, as well as making it suitable for audio measurement applications. Additionally, the POC-S196 meets UL60601/EN60601regulations.

  • Improved efficiency
  • Easy monitoring and access to patient information
  • Enhanced medical quality and easy for staff to use
  • Space saving
  • Fanless
  • Isolated design reduces electrical leakage
  • Easy to integrate within existing hospital
  • Best cost/performance ratio on the market

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The Revolutionary Sensor for Aseptic Environments

Accurate, repeatable and reliable non-contact detection of vials in aseptic environments – SICK’s stainless steel sensors enable this.

XTREMA F2000 is the latest innovation in aseptic filling from IMA LIFE.

State-of-the-art constructive details coupled with consolidated and worldwide re-known filling technology make of the NEW XTREMA Series the latest technological breakthrough in aseptic filling. Designed with a modern modular concept, XTREMA gives the possibility to actively manage the production process by tailoring the different machine phases to the actual production needs. XTREMA F2000 is an in-line filling and stoppering machine with continuous motion positive in-line transport system. The machine is suitable for filling liquid solutions into cylindrical vials and for insertion of rubber stoppers. It can handle all vial sizes in the range from 0.25 to 100 ml. To make this masterpiece work, design engineers of IMA LIFE were looking for an accurate, repeatable and reliable non-contact detection of the vials. Additionally, the solution needed to be robust, easy to use and resistant to any chemical agent used for disinfection (vaporized hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, etc.)

SICK provided IMA their competence and experience in developing optical sensors of the highest performance and reliability. IMA is guarantying to his customers:

  • robustness, to increase machine efficiency
  • ease to use and parameterisation, to reduce changeover time
  • accuracy of detection

To maintain high quality standards SICK photoelectric sensors of the series W4S, made out of stainless steel V4A/316L with a scratch resistant front screen resistant to any chemical agent used for disinfection (vaporized hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, etc.), was the perfect sensor for IMA LIFE. The W4S sensors combine the best optical technology from SICK by using a “PinPoint” sender LED, the bright and linear light spot across complete detection range guaranties state-of-the-art detection, accuracy, performance very similar to those of a laser. On top of this is the sensor IO-Link ready giving the possibility to change and store sensor parameters in the controls of the machine supporting 21 CFR part 11.


  • Improve productivity
  • Reduce changeover time
  • Maintain high quality standards
  • Robust, easy to use and resistant to any chemical agent

The W4 stainless steel series assures robustness, to increase machine efficiency, using a stainless steel housing and scratch resistant front screen. It is easy to use and to parameterize. So changeover time could be reduced by the use of teach-in or IO-Link. The accuracy of detection maintains high quality standards. PinPoint technology enables this.

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Verification of presence of pills in blister packs

Avoid unplanned production stops by verifying all pills after filling

Missing pills in a blister pack is an indication of bad quality, and is critical and crucial for pharmaceutical products. Incorrect number of pills or incorrect size of pills may lead to danger to consumer health, and will in every case lead to consumer complaints.

The Inspector is an intelligent vision solution in an easy-to-use sensor package. No matter what blister pack that comes down the line, the Inspector is up to the challenge. Without programming, but parameterization of predefined tasks, the Inspector is made easy. You don’t need to be a vision expert to setup the system.

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Level monitoring on a blood analyser with CQ35

On a blood analyser, comprising a tank for system fluid and a tank for the waste fluid, it is necessary to monitor the levels. The system fluid, which is mixed with the blood to be analysed, must not fall below a minimum level, and the waste fluid must not exceed a maximum level.

Two series SICK CQ35 capacitive proximity sensors are fitted to the tank mountings on each analyser. If the system fluid drops below the minimum limit, or the maximum limit is exceeded in the waste fluid tank, the level sensors provide a signal and the plastic tank is replaced.

The ideal housing dimensions of the CQ35 enable the sensors to be fitted without problems, even in large numbers. The correct operation of the blood analyser is ensured by monitoring the levels.

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Identification and differentiation of pharmaceutical packaging

Identification and differentiation of medicine packages via a 2D code with a 2D code reader.

To achieve country-specific differentiation on its packaging, a pharmaceutical manufacturer sought a system that can read data matrix codes with a cell size of 0.33 mm at a velocity of 0.4 m/s on a transport system, and that can handle the critical, plastic-like surface finish on the packaging.

The SICK ICR840 2D code reader with 1.3-megapixel CMOS matrix sensor proved to be a suitable solution for this task. An integrator integrated the device into an overall solution comprising PC, PLC and control unit. The image refresh rate is 25 Hz with a 44 x 35 mm² field of view and a resolution of 0.2 mm As, for process-related reasons, it was known at which point the codes to be read are on the object, it was possible to increase the image refresh rate to more than 100 Hz. This increase in the image refresh rate resulted in the desired multiple reading of each code and as a result an increase in the process reliability, as the code is reliably detected several times in succession as its moves past.

Due to the usage of ICR840 2D code readers, the pharmaceutical manufacturer is able to identify the country-specific packaging to 100% and therefore to prevent the delivery of products to the wrong country.

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Checking for presence of pharmaceutical labels on cardboard boxes

Detect color-coded pharmaceutical labels

Each day, manufacturers of rinsing solutions for dialysis systems, infusions, saline solutions and sugar solutions label and pack around 11,000 cardboard boxes. Since these solutions are critical to medical efforts, it is imperative that these products be correctly identified.

Application Solution
During the packaging and labeling process, color-coded labels rapidly detect and differentiate between the various products. All cardboard boxes must be correctly labeled when they leave the packaging line so that dialysis stations, ambulances and hospitals can rely on the labels.

To ensure proper identification, SICK CS3 Color Sensors are used. These sensors are able to reliably differentiate between more than a dozen different colors and shades on the labels. A further advantage of the CS3 is its ease of teaching-in the labels to be detected directly on-site at the machine. The CS3 can reliably detect the presence or absence of a label and whether it is the correct color.

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Sick Solution Helps Traceability and Safety Demands for SHL’s Auto-injector Assembly Machine

Tracking and tracing material numbers using a 2D code reader, preventing damages and injuries via safety light curtains and safety locking devices and controlling quality in limited mounting space with compact and precise sensors in an auto-injector assembly machine.

The SHL Group is the world’s largest privately-owned designer, developer and manufacturer of advanced drug delivery devices, including pen-injectors, auto-injectors and inhaler systems. It consists of three distinct group companies: SHL Medical, SHL Healthcare and SHL Technologies. Limited mounting space, traceability and safety requirements have led SHL to look for a supplier able to provide a solution for these challenges. Usually SHL uses fiber optic sensors in assembly-testing machines. However, due to a specific request of one of its customers to use compact sensors instead of fiber optic sensors, SHL identified SICK as a supplier able to provide a compact sensor that fits its applications. One requirement was a sensor with a precise light spot able to detect a transparent glass syringe tube. Additionally, a miniature 2D code reader was needed to trace material numbers. Lastly, to prevent damage to its machines and prevent an operator getting injured, SHL required a safety light curtain and safety locking devices for doors.

For traceability, SHL identified, in close cooperation with SICK, the image-based code reader (ICR803) as an ideal solution for handling the tracing requirement. The code reader perfectly fits into the limited space SHL has available for mounting. To fulfill the requirement of having compact optic sensors that were precise and easy to align, SHL relied upon SICK’s proximity sensor with PinPoint technology (WTB4 PinPoint) with a clear, visible red light spot and SICK’s laser proximity sensor (WT9L) with a very precise light spot able to detect small parts inside the syringes. Additionally, both SICK sensors provided a perfect price-performance ratio. The safety light curtain (C2000) and the safety locking device (i10 Lock) from SICK provided machine and operator safety. SICK‘s ability to provide various solutions and sensor expertise has met the customers’ needs as a partner for total sensor solutions.

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