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Newsletter Healthcare
October 14, 2015

Dear readers,

We are delighted to present you our new Healthcare Newsletter. In this newsletter, you will find a selection of current topics and first-hand reports from the areas of quality inspection, data capture, identification, and verification. Find out more about our range of solutions, in particular those in the areas of visual inspection technology and modern machine vision. Our newsletter will keep you up-to-date — to make sure you are always on the safe side!

VITRONIC wishes you pleasant reading!

In this issue

  • Well-Equipped to Implement the China Code and Other Barcodes
  • DIVA — A Success Story Continues
  • Vial Inspection — Optimize Process Costs with the New VINSPEC HEALTHCARE Solution 
  • Flexible and Cost-Effective Conversion of Crimp Quality Inspection Systems

Well-Equipped to Implement the China Code and Other Barcodes

The serialization of medical packaging represents a major challenge for the pharmaceutical industry. In particular among companies operating at an international level, there is an increasing demand for consistent and reliable track & trace systems. These systems need to be able to fulfill the varying regulatory requirements that apply across the globe, while simultaneously guaranteeing traceability and preventing product counterfeiting. For this reason, one of the world's leading healthcare suppliers, B. Braun, has commissioned VITRONIC to provide a new inspection system to implement China code (ESCS) requirements for its packaging station on the Ecoflac Plus/500 ml line at its Melsungen site. The China code is a special EAN 128C barcode on pharmaceutical packaging, which is legally required in China for authentication purposes. With the VINSPEC HEALTHCARE system developed by VITRONIC, B. Braun will have an integrated solution for the monitoring and qualified further processing of ESCS code data at its fingertips. The system captures all information contained in the codes it reads in XML files and sends these files to the medical device industry manufacturer's higher-level SAP system. The fully automated inspection system also saves another reference image of the packaging for documentation purposes. 

DIVA — A Success Story Continues

Whenever infusion sets are used in either in-patient or out-patient care settings, a regular and stable infusion solution flow rate is vital. In addition, the products must apply to stringent requirements and specifications in terms of quality and product safety. For almost 15 years, B. Braun Melsungen AG has trusted the VINSPEC HEALTHCARE machine vision system with quality inspection of its infusion sets during assembly. Each of the company's DIVA tubing assembly machines, which have been manufactured by the mechanical engineering company Desotec for B.Braun since 2008, is also equipped with fully automated inspection systems from VITRONIC. These inline systems perform a range of quality inspection tasks depending on the product line. These include, for example, inspection of the adhesive connection of infusion tubing to the associated components such as the drip chamber, connector and injection port using UV light. Five generations of the DIVA machines are used mainly at the B. Braun headquarters in Melsungen. The latest line is currently being implemented with DIVA 6 and will also be equipped with the VINSPEC HEALTHCARE inspection system. The new systems will be deployed at B. Braun at the end of 2016.

Vial Inspection – Optimize Process Costs with the New VINSPEC HEALTHCARE Solution

Injection bottles need to be cleaned, dried and sterilized before they are filled, but these processes can damage the materials. With the VINSPEC HEALTHCARE inspection system for empty vials, VITRONIC ensures that only bottles in perfect condition can be filled. This prevents production downtime, and eliminates the need for much more costly and complex inspections during later production steps. For high-quality pharmaceutical products in particular, the VITRONIC system achieves significant cost reductions, as defective containers are separated from the rest prior to filling. The new VINSPEC HEALTHCARE solution has a modular design combining both a bottom and a sidewall inspection station. The mouth area can also be monitored from above and from the side if required. This guarantees a complete evaluation of the glass container without interrupting production line operation. A sophisticated illumination and image evaluation concept provides reliable detection of possible defects in the glass. The new inspection system from VITRONIC, which can be integrated into new lines, inspects vials with a diameter of between 16 and 43 mm and a bottle height of between 34 and 73 mm with consistently sharp images. It can inspect up to six containers per second in production.

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Flexible and Cost-Effective Conversion of Crimp Quality Inspection Systems

The filling and further processing of bottles and vials is one of the core processes of pharmaceutical production. Inspections for leak-tightness and the correct positioning of caps and crimp edges are an important part of the overall process. Visual inspection systems are indispensable in terms of guaranteeing and documenting flawless quality for high product throughput. The VITRONIC system performs a fast and accurate quality inspection of the cap, including the crimping and cap skirt, using a special patented 360° lens. Just one setup and a single camera provide a direct view of the cap from above, a 360° panoramic view of the vial, and a view of the crimp edge from below. Mechanical rotation of the containers is not required. Varying vial sizes and cap types present an additional challenge for inspection systems. For the VINSPEC HEALTHCARE machine vision system for the inspection of crimping caps, VITRONIC offers an interchangeable kit for the mirror at the crimping sensor. This interchangeable mirror kit simplifies conversion of the sensor to suit the different size ranges of the crimping caps, enabling an accurate inspection of varying vial sizes. The reproducible conversion also guarantees fast and straightforward system adjustment.