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

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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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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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Detecting the Positioning and Presence of Tamper Evident Bands
Detecting the Positioning and Presence of Tamper Evident Bands

Banner iVu TG vision sensor with multi-point inspections is ideal for detecting and evaluating the position of tamper-evident bands. In this application, the band should be positioned around both the cap and the neck of a bottle. A seal positioned too high, too low, or completely missing would be considered unacceptable. With multi-point inspection, the iVu TG vision sensor can simultaneously detect missing and poorly positioned bands.

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Detecting Bottle Caps of Various Colors
Detecting Bottle Caps of Various Colors

As plastic bottles pass below the WORLD-BEAM Q12 Sensor, the fixed-field beam identifies bottles with caps—no matter what their color—and rejects bottles that are missing caps from the line. The Q12’s laser-like LED beam sharply cutoffs at 15 mm, 30 mm and 50 mm range, ensuring it won’t mistake objects inside the bottle for caps.

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Cap Orientation Verification
Cap Orientation Verification

Sanitary environment, subjected to aggressive chemical washdowns

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Date/Lot Code Inspection
Date/Lot Code Inspection

To verify each package has a date/lot code printed on it, an iVu Series sensor is configured for a Match inspection. An image of the date/lot code is captured. When the inspection is running, if the sensor detects a package without the date/lot code the sensor sends a fail output to the line, and the product is rejected.

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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 2D Barcode Inspection
High-Speed 2D Barcode Inspection

Banner’s iVu BCR with remote display offers an easy to use solution for reading barcodes to ensure correct labels have been applied. The iVu BCR models provide both a fine mode, for reading smaller barcodes that require full resolution, and coarse mode, for applications where speed is critical.

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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 Tubular Enclosure Heavy-Duty Type 4 Safety Light Curtains
LS Series Tubular Enclosure Heavy-Duty Type 4

Intuitive, easy-to-use, feature rich model available in 23 mm resolution in a full-featured design with no blind zone. Available in 7 defined area heights from 280 to 1050 mm in 70 mm IP69 hygienic tubular enclosure with hydrophobic vents to prevent condensation.

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 Smart Camera
VE Smart Camera

The VE Smart Camera is a high-resolution vision camera and barcode reader for reliable performance in the trickiest applications.

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 simplicity of a photoelectric sensor and the intelligence of a smart camera, the iVu is an all-inclusive vision sensor with lens, light, I/O, and touch screen or PC programming.

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
High Performance Fiber Optics: Vantage Line

Competitively priced standard fibers and new problem solvers.

Blue LED Sensor Detects Amber Bottles
Blue LED Sensor Detects Amber Bottles

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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LED Lights Used To Inspect Liquid Pharmaceuticals
LED Lights Used To Inspect Liquid Pharmaceuticals

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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