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THE PHARMA REVIEW (SEPTEMBER OCTOBER 2012)

Rubber Stopper Placement and Measurement

Didier Lacroix

Introduction:
 
When it comes to packaging vaccines or other injectable medicines for patient treatment, pharmaceutical manufactures can ill afford to take risks. That’s why Genesis Machinery Products (Exton, PA; www.genesismachinery.com), a manufacturer of high-tech pharmaceutical-grade packaging systems with expertise in seal integrity, switched from photoeletric sensors to vision sensors on a new vial inspection system that has been deployed at a leading pharmaceutical manufacturer.
The new system has helped the pharmaceutical company to improve the repeatability of the process, while minimizing downtime, changeover time and process waste. The system uses two In-Sight® 5400 vision systems from Cognex Corp. (Natick, MA; www.cognex.com), and provides 100% automatic inspection to detect raised stoppers on vials containing injectable liquid and lyophilized drug products prior to capping and sealing.
“If the rubber stopper on a vial is not seated properly before entering the capper, two things can go wrong,” said Genesis Senior Electrical Engineer Lou Cosentino. “The stopper could be pulled off and product spilled, or, the stopper could be pushed back into the vial and reseated. If this happens, there’s a chance that sterility could be compromised without detection.”

 

 

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