Pharmaceutical and Medical: Medical Assembly

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Ensuring Product Quality for Medical Assembly

Ensuring product quality in assembly processes for medical products or kitted assemblies is critical. Companies around the world rely on Banner Engineering to provide products and solutions that not only help ensure product quality and consistency, but help improve product quality as well as assembly processes and efficiency, worker experience, productivity and safety.

Our expertise and broad product offering allow us to provide highly compact LED- or laser-based sensors that verify part presence and provide precise part positioning.  We offer innovative sensors, actuators, and LED lights that improve assembly processes and accuracy by providing lighted operator guidance for pick-to-light systems and clear, bright, even illumination for work areas and machines. With increased levels of automation comes an increased need for safety, machine safeguarding devices from Banner ensure that robotic assembly machines and other equipment will operate at the highest level of safety without compromising productivity. 

 

Applications

Part Pick Indication for Small Bins
Part Pick Indication for Small Bins

To reduce the risk of error in an assembly operation, a one-piece EZ-LIGHT PVD pick-to-light sensor with a 400 mm range is interfaced with a process controller programmed with the correct assembly sequence. The controller makes the PVDs light up in the correct order, to show the assembler which part to pick. After the PVD detects that the assembler's hand has entered and left the bin, the controller signals the PVD of the next bin in the pick sequence to light up.

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Call For Parts
Call For Parts

Installing a signal to parts bins is a simple solution to keeping parts bins stocked and the assembly line productive. The EZ-LIGHT K80 Call Light is a large illuminated signal the operator turns on before parts are depleted. The K80 flashes red to signal stocking personnel to replenish bin supplies. In flexible manufacturing environments, operator stations and work cells must allow for quick changes to assembly and manufacturing lines.

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Cap Orientation Verification
Cap Orientation Verification

Banner’s Q4X laser sensor, made of 316L grade stainless steel, is very suitable for pharmaceutical environments and other aseptic filling areas. The Q4X has a sensing range of 25 to 300 mm, precise beam spot size and can effectively detect the orientation of caps as they exit a feeder bowl. If any caps are upside down, the Q4X will detect a height difference and reject the cap.

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End-to-End Safety Sensing
End-to-End Safety Sensing

The solution requires the sensor to mount snugly within a machine opening, with continual end-to-end sensing that leaves no gaps. This enables the light screen to be located a minimum distance from the machine hazard point, using minimal floor space (which reduces the reach for the operator), and eliminating snag and aesthetic issues. At 28 mm x 26 mm (1.1" x 1"), Banner's EZ-SCREEN LP safety light screen is incredibly compact and can mount in tight spaces.

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Wirelessly Monitoring Machine Status
Wirelessly Monitoring Machine Status

Banner’s TL70 wireless tower light is ideal for this type of application. It combines high visibility indication with wireless communication. The extremely bright display of the TL70 provides at-a-glance status indication, enabling staff to easily identify the condition of a machine on the floor. Wireless communication connects the light to other devices without the time and expense associated with lengthy cable runs.

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Low-Profile Safety Light Curtains
Low-Profile Safety Light Curtains

The space-saving, compact profile is ideal for smaller machines, yet robust enough to meet the demands of large power presses. Positions first and last beam at the ends for continuous sensing; included side-mount brackets allow no "dead" zone.

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

The rugged Q4X laser distance sensor offers superior performance and solves many challenging applications across a variety of materials, surfaces and colors. Discrete, analog, clear object, and IO-Link models are available.

Expandable Safety Controller: XS26 Series
Expandable Safety Controller: XS26 Series

With the option to add up to eight I/O expansion modules, the XS26-2 expandable safety controller has the capacity to adapt to a variety of machines, including large scale machines with multiple processes. Program in minutes with easy-to-use configuration software.

Part Verification Array Pick-to-Lights: PVA Series
Part Verification Array Pick-to-Lights: PVA Series

Two-component light screen for part-pick verification.

50mm Domed Indicators: K50L Series
50mm Domed Indicators: K50L Series

Our most popular indicator light. The 50 mm general-purpose indicator is available in both AC and DC supply voltage.

50 mm Tower Lights: TL50 Series
50 mm Tower Lights: TL50 Series

Banner's TL50 Tower Lights are designed to be exceptionally bright with a long, visible indication range, providing excellent operational status for workers and supervisors. Models featuring IO-Link communication are easy to integrate into most industrial networks and can be remotely controlled and monitored.

iVu BCR
iVu BCR

The iVu BCR offers advanced bar code reading capabilities for advanced traceability in a compact, rugged package with either an integrated touch screen or remote touch screen for easy setup and monitoring.

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
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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