Pharmaceutical and Medical: Pharmacy Automation

Pharmacy Automation

Banner Solutions in Pharmacy Automation

Banner Engineering has extensive experience in solving applications in pharmacy automation. We have the largest team of applications experts in the industry, are able to provide custom products and solutions quickly, and offer a diverse and expanding catalog of over 30,000 products

Our products are used to solve a number of automation applications, such as verifying the presence of a cap or closure, measuring fill levels, detecting tablets as they are dispensed, ensuring label presence and accuracy, and capturing images of filled medications for drug verification. Across the industry, companies rely on products and solutions from Banner Engineering to solve challenging applications throughout pharmacy automation, prescription fulfillment, and drug storage and retrieval systems. 

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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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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High-Speed 2D Barcode Inspection
High-Speed 2D Barcode Inspection

Banner’s iVu Plus BCR Gen 2 with remote display offers an easy to use solution for reading barcodes to ensure correct labels have been applied. The iVu Plus BCR Gen 2 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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Blister Pack Inspection by Color
Blister Pack Inspection by Color

Tightened federal regulations make the quality of pharmaceutical packaging increasingly critical. A PresencePLUS Pro COLOR vision sensor inspects blister packs to make sure each blister contains the correct tablet and that the tablet is not broken. It also detects empty blisters and those containing foreign matter.

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Fiber Optic Amplifier: DF-G2 Series
Fiber Optic Amplifier: DF-G2 Series

Designed to achieve the world’s fastest response rate, the DF-G2 fiber optic amplifier can achieve 10 microsecond response time with 5 microsecond repeatability. Output options include discrete, dual discrete, and IO-Link communication.

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.

High Performance Fiber Optics: Vantage Line
High Performance Fiber Optics: Vantage Line

Competitively priced standard fibers and new problem solvers.

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

Two-component light screen for part-pick verification.

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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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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