Packaging of tablets in the pharmaceutical industry with KT5-2 contrast sensor

Packaging of tablets in the pharmaceutical industry with a contrast sensor

Challenge
Tablets are to be packed individually in a printed foil. During this fully automated process, the printing is always to be positioned at a defined position for an exact cut. A high switching frequency and a high contrast resolution are necessary for this operation. For design reasons, only high-gloss foil is used.

Application Solution
To solve the problem, additional marks have been printed on the film. These marks are reliably detected by a SICK KT5 series contrast sensor at very high speeds. The high speed response time and the sensor’s focused uniform light spot allow high speed and precise detection of the printed marks. By using 3-color emitted light (red, green, blue) the printed marks are detected even where there is poor contrast between printed marks and background colors. High-gloss films are no problem for the sensor due to the automatic gloss adjustment.

Benefit
The KT5 Contrast Sensor helps to reliably and flexibly automate processes and to increase efficiency. The device is easy to use due to the display for visual detection, e.g. detection certainty.

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Building Management Systems for Hospitals

The Central Clinical Hospital of the Federal Custom Service contacted First Mile for serious upgrades to their current monitoring system. The clinical hospital needed supervisory control for nearly all of the engineering systems in the facility. Those included the HVAC system for heating, cooling, and air regulation, as well as the security system to detect and alert operators to fire hazards. As with any medical facility, the Central Clinical Hospital brought with it strict requirements.

The installation of the new system for the hospital offered a smooth transition. They constructed an application with a minimal number of screens by using key technology and VBScripting native to InduSoft Web Studio. The finished product monitors each of the engineering functions, collect information on the ventilation system, the air chiller and HVAC, the temperature, and air supply. The issue of the hot water supply was also a major aspect of the design of the system. The water, distributed by the largest supplier in Moscow, Monsenergo, required quick changes in temperature and pressure.

The result of First Mile’s project was a system installed on desktop computers running the Windows 7 operating system. In addition, because InduSoft includes built in drivers for the WAGO I/O 750-841 controllers (the Modbus/TCP protocol) the software was able to communicate directly with the equipment.

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Detecting a protruding of a test tube

Customer: Auto assembling equipment manufacturer
Machinery: Carrier device
Test tubes are chucked during transportation. A protruding of a test tube is detected because if test tubes are not properly inserted in a rack it disturbs chuck.
 
Challenge- Sensor, that detects transparent test tubes even from a long distance in the machinery, is required.
Solution: Panasonic/Sunx
Fiber Sensor  FX-411 FT-W8
Benefits:
  • Transparent object can be detected- In this application, transparent test tubes can be detected in the combination of FX-411 which has strong beam power and FT-W8
  • Long distance sensing – FX-411 has strong beam power, if used with a sharp bending fiber FT-W8 and set to U-LG mode, long distance sensing of 950mm is possible.
  • Digital dual display – FX-411 incorporates digital dual display that enables easier setting because threshold value and current value can be confirmed at the same time

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Clean, Powerful and Efficient Electric Actuators

Twice the Efficiency with the Same Power Density as Hydraulic Actuators

The medical device industry requires several features and capabilities in a motion control solution. The actuator and servo control must be  environmentally friendly, easy-to-use, highly efficient and most important, reliable.

Exlar’s all electric actuators are excellent replacements for hydraulic and pneumatic actuators.

Exlar’s patented GSX Series actuators offer power density similar to hydraulic actuators without the inconvenience, mess and maintenance required of oil powered hydraulic systems.  Providing twice the efficiency of hydraulic systems, an Exlar solution can save significant energy costs.  Using commercially available servo amplifiers, the set-up time of an Exlar electric system is far less than a fluid power system.

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Better Control of the Welding Process

Application
Machine for automated production of blood bags

Colpitt has traditionally used pneumatic or hydro-pneumatic cylinders to control the movements of their blood bag welding machines. However, they were not able to control the process as precisely as this application required. Colpitt was looking to switch to an electric servo system which could control all the motion for this process through PLC programming providing better control of the welding process.

GSX40 and GSX50 servo actuators were used in this application offering Colpitt the ability to manipulate motion parameters instantaneously, via an operator interface panel, eliminating the need for setting switches or changing offsets. This allowed Colpitt to achieve a quick transfer motion combined with a controlled low speed move for pressing at the end of each move. Not only did this help Colpitt maintain a high cycle rate, it also allowed them to achieve the accurate pressing control that their application requires. The integrated nature of the GSX servo actuator allows both force and speed to be set very precisely resulting in an accurate and easily controlled process.

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Wittenstein Moves Packaging Without Surprises

Pharmaceutical Packaging without Surprises

Consistency is the name of the game in most packaging operations. In some industries such as pharmaceuticals, regulations require extensive testing to validate consistency. Reliable motion offers a standards approach to consistency.

The robot’s roll in the pharmaceutical environment includes pick and place manipulation of the product to get it into the carton; applications such as syringe handling, package handling, or syringes in a package handling situation. This requires performing intricate movements to make sure that the product is tested right and passes final inspection.

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Wittenstein Moves Medical Technology

Providing Peace of Mind with Reliable and Accurate Motion

Challenge
It is critically important that such medical devices as MRI scanners be manufactured to specification. Just as the results need to be reliable, the components of an MRI machine need to represent quality, reliability and system efficiency.

Application Solution
The alpha V-Drive servo worm gear makes motion in an MRI application possible. The outstanding quality ensured by 100% exit testing and product documentation presents a motion control solution which is effective, efficient and exactly what the doctor ordered.

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Advantech: State-of-the-Art Bedside Infotainment Terminals Set Hospital Apart from Competition

In pursuit of high-tech, efficient services well attuned to patients’ and doctors’ needs, the hospital turned to Advantech for a solution to meet their objectives.

Sanatorium & Hospital constantly strives to find a better way to improve its services to patients and make their stays more pleasant. Advantech’s Patient Infotainment Terminal (PIT) was selected to provide a means to enhance medical treatment, minimize errors, positively identify medical staff and their patients, and have access to information. From sales, to selection of a software solutions partner, to installation and deployment by GE Healthcare, the systems integrator, Advantech assisted in the delivery of an all-encompassing system solution. During the Phase III construction, Advantech’s PIT terminal was integrated into every in-patient area, creating a high-tech and modern infrastructure to support advanced medical services in a patient-friendly environment. Over 450 systems have already been installed at the hospital, offering a wide variety of TV channels, broadband internet access, medical-related videos and hospital information to deluxe private suites, deluxe private rooms, private rooms, semi-private single rooms, the general ward and the pediatric ward. The same system will be installed in the ICU at a later date. VOIP phone is available in most areas except for the general ward. With the PIT’s SIM card reader being an effective identification tool, the hospital hopes that the systems act as the springboardfor a future of extensively computerized access to information and patient records.

Advantech Patient Infotainment Terminal (PIT) is an Intel-based 17”, fanless touchscreen PC. It is mounted next to a patient’s bedside using 75/100mm VESA standard mounting holes. PIT products have an IP65-certified, rubber-sealed front panel, an IPX1 drip-proof rating, and carry UL60601-1/EN60601-1 medical certifications.PIT products feature a 5-wire resistive touchscreen panel (30 million touches), smart card reader and microphone. The smart card reader can identify hospital personnel. High-resolution displays enable the viewing of X-ray images and other information right at the patient’s bedside. PIT products are internet-ready with the capacity of delivering a wide variety of health-related information (in the form of health-related articles and high-quality videos), multimedia entertainment and communication options to patients, as well as bettering medical services. During the newphase renovation, hospital planners installed the PIT system with a full set of accessories, including a handset, remote control, earphone and keyboard.

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Advantech: Patient Infotainment Terminals Bring Benefits to Hospitals

The administration wanted a hospital that was fully patient-centric. Their vision was to have “secure information available to the right person at the right time”.

In 2002, the St. Olav Hospital in Trondheim, Norway, was beginning to show its age. A decision was made to design a new hospital on the existing site from the ground up, over a ten year period. The administration wanted a hospital that was fully patient-centric. Their vision was to have “secure information available to the right person at the right time”.”

A terminal next to every bed”, was one of the defined requirements from the St. Olav and New Ahus hospitals. Advantech and Imatis collaboratively developed the bedside terminals, using Advantech’s Patient Infotainment Terminal, a fanless Intel Celeron® M 1.06 GHzprocessor-based system, with customized software applications by Imatis.

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2D code reading on medical products

During the manufacture and packaging of sutures, it must be ensured the products and leaflets included match.

During the manufacture and packaging of sutures, it must be ensured the products and leaflets included match. Incorrect mixing of products must be reliably avoided. For this purpose the batch number in a 2D code on the product packaging must be compared with the order number on a sheet of paper with product information. Safety aspects, quality requirements as well as the traceability of each production batch make 100% inspection necessary.

Application
The manufacturer of medical products decided to use the SICK ICR 850 data matrix reader. During the packaging process, the sutures are placed in a packaging tray. Before the sheet of paper with the product information is placed on top, ICR 850s read the data matrix code on the product. The code contains part of the batch number that is then compared with the current order code. If the codes match, the sheet of paper with the product information is placed on top. This check ensures any incorrect mixing of products on the packaging line is detected at an early stage and the use of incorrect data sheets prevented.

Benefit
Using the ICR 850, a solution that is not only reliable, but also particularly easy to use is achieved. At the start of the packaging order, the reader is automatically taught the related order match code: the ICR 850s can be rapidly prepared for use. The devices are connected the machine PLC over Profibus using CDM 420 fieldbus gateways. The use of this proven function block ensured smooth data exchange from the start. In operation, various diagnostic information from the ICR 850 are displayed on an industrial PC. Teaching, match code, codes read, no reads, error messages as well as diagnostics can be viewed directly on site by the machine operator.

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