Pharmaceutical and Medical: Primary Packaging

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Primary Packaging in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Industry

In the pharmaceutical industry, filling the correct amount of a product into the correct container is critical. Processes are automated and operate at high speeds.

Used on bottle fillers, tablet dispensing machines, desiccant dispensing machines, blister packaging machines, and other unit dosage packaging equipment, Banner sensors solve a number of challenging applications. They can be used to verify bottle position at filling stations and to monitor the dispensing and hopper levels of drugs. Vision systems verify that blister packs are completely and correctly filled and inspect stopper position and height to ensure that containers are sealed properly. Clear object detection sensors reliably detect clear glass or plastic bottles, vials, syringes, and ampoules used to package liquid dosage products. Our unique liquid detection sensors inspect fill level to ensure products are not under filled or over filled.

Featured Applications

Clear Vial Detection
Clear Vial Detection - The Q4X laser distance sensor uses distance and intensity to detect clear vials of different sizes, transparencies, and materials without needing to use a reflector. Stainless steel IP69k-rated housing protects the sensor in washdown settings and from exposure to sterilizing chemicals. These advanced features reduce downtime due to mechanical failure or foggy reflectors.
Clear Vial Detection
Stopper Fill Level Vibratory Feeder
Liquid Level Detection
Machine Illumination and Status Indication
Roll Diameter Measurement
Blister Filling Inspection
Intuitive Safety Solution

More Applications

Inspection of Stoppers in Vials for Correct Seal
Inspection of Stoppers in Vials for Correct Seal

To ensure that a stopper is properly inserted as each vial leaves the filling station, an iVu Series sensor—set up for an Area with Motion application—verifies that the vial has a stopper inserted into its neck and that the stopper is positioned correctly to provide a proper seal on the glass vial. If the stopper is missing or incorrectly positioned, then the sensor sends a fail output to the line.

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Inspecting Blister Packs for Tablet Placement, Position and Shape
Inspecting Blister Packs for Tablet Placement, Position and Shape

A single VE Series Smart Camera, adjacent to the machine’s outfeed, inspects multiple rows of blister pack trays in a single inspection. The camera is installed approximately 36 cm over the production line and an LED backlight is installed 10 cm below the production line.

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High-Speed Tablet Counting With DF-G2
High-Speed Tablet Counting With DF-G2

Banner’s DF-G2 small object detection fiber amplifier is ideal for small object detection and counting applications. The DF-G2 amplifier has a fast response speed and can detect extremely small sizes, such as 3 mm tablets or pills. When the tablets fall into bottles, it fires an output to the DF-G2 fiber amplifier, which keeps count of tablets.

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Bottle Fill Level Detection
Bottle Fill Level Detection

Measure fill level, provide feedback on height of pills

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Q4X Series Rugged Laser Distance Sensor
Q4X Series Rugged Laser Distance Sensor

Rugged Q4X laser distance sensor solves many challenging applications and comes in a rugged IP69K rating with FDA food grade stainless steel housing.

WLS27 Multicolor LED Strip Light with EZ-STATUS
WLS27 Multicolor LED Strip Light with EZ-STATUS™

Combines brilliant, bright illumination and high-visibility indication. Linear models fully encased in shatterproof, chemically resistant housing. Rated IP69K for washdown.

LS Series Full Feature Heavy-Duty Type 4 Safety Light Curtains
LS Series Full Feature Heavy-Duty Type 4

Intuitive, easy-to-use, feature rich models available in 14, 23 & 40 mm resolutions and up to 1820 mm (6 ft) lengths with no dead zone. Highly visible alignment indicators and intuitive diagnostics simplify set-up and provide machine builders with additional value to meet a wide range of needs.

XS26 Series Expandable Safety Controllers
XS26 Series Expandable Safety Controllers

With eight optional I/O expansion modules, the safety controller can adapt to a variety of machines, including large scale with multiple processes.

PresencePLUS P4
PresencePLUS P4

One piece sensor with a complete suite of location, inspection and analysis of tool can be used simultaneously for inspecting multiple features and solving complex applications.

Q12 Series Miniature Self-Contained Sensor
Q12 Series Miniature Self-Contained Sensor

The Q12 is a small sensor with high performance for powerful sensing in confined spaces. Used in short-range with background suppression.

QM26 Series Washdown Sensor
QM26 Series Washdown Sensor

The QM26 withstands high-pressure washdown environments and is easy to mount for hassle-free setup.

QMH26 Series Hygienic Washdown Sensor
QMH26 Series Hygienic Washdown Sensor

The QMH26 is designed with minimal grooves and crevices, making it easy to clean and ideal for clean-in-place (CIP) applications.

DF-G3 Series Long Range Fiber Optic Amplifier
DF-G3 Series Long Range Fiber Optic Amplifier

Fiber amplifier with IO-Link capability for detection up to 6 m, precise positioning, and water detection. Output: analog, discrete, dual discrete.

VE Series Smart Camera
VE Series Smart Camera

Combine powerful inspection tools and capabilities with ease of use to maximize inspection uptime and facilitate rapid implementation.

30mm Mount Emergency Stop Buttons
30mm Mount Emergency Stop Buttons

Illuminated button for easy identification of which e-stop has been activated. 30 mm mounting base for easy installation and hookup with no assembly.

Vision Sensor: iVu Series
Vision Sensor: iVu Series

The industry's first touch-screen image sensor. Combines the simplicity of a photoelectric sensor with the intelligence of a vision sensor.

WLC60 Heavy Duty LED Strip Light
WLC60 Heavy Duty LED Strip Light

Oil, chemical, and water resistant with IP67, IP68g, and IP69K ratings. High brightness with glare-reducing optics. Resistant to vibration & shock.

WLC90 Heavy Duty LED Work Light for High Temps
WLC90 Heavy Duty LED Work Light for High Temps

Oil, chemical, and water resistant with IP67, IP68g, and IP69K ratings. Wide operating temperature range. Three lens choices & versatile mounting.

WL50S Sealed LED Spotlight for Task Lighting
WL50S Sealed LED Spotlight for Task Lighting

Highly concentrated spotlight available in 3 colors & 3 lens angles. Available in chemically-resistant housing & rated IP69K for harsh environments.

High Performance Fiber Optics: Vantage Line

Competitively priced standard fibers and new problem solvers.

LED Lights Used To Inspect Liquid Pharmaceuticals [Success Story]
LED Lights Used To Inspect Liquid Pharmaceuticals [Success Story]

One global provider of healthcare products had been using vision machines to detect particulates in their liquid pharmaceuticals. When the machines were no longer able to detect contaminants to the required percentage level, the company began using human visual inspections. Since many of the particulates are extremely minute, the company needed to install bright and highly uniform illumination in their work stations so operators could effectively verify the quality of products.

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Blue LED Sensor Detects Amber Bottles [Success Story]
Blue LED Sensor Detects Amber Bottles [Success Story]

A recent industry switch from polypropene (PP) to polyethylene terephthalate (PETE) bottles prompted a leading US mail-order facility to re-evaluate their fulfillment process. With over 2,000 red LED sensors to be replaced, the facility turned to Banner for a solution.

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