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Product News: X-ray Inspection Systems for Pharmaceutical Applications

Advanced technology for superior sensitivity and speed in loose product flow and packaged inspection.

Published: Friday, May 21, 2010 - 13:34

(Eriez Manufacturing Co.: Erie, PA) -- Eriez’ E-Z Tec X-ray Inspection Systems deliver the highest level of product and packaging integrity for pharmaceutical applications.

“When it comes to foreign object detection, most companies leave themselves vulnerable as they restrict inspection of foreign objects to the tablet press rooms using metal detectors,” says Ray Spurgeon, Eriez product manager for inspection systems. “Pharmaceutical processors now have a better choice with Eriez’ sophisticated X-ray Inspection Systems.”

Eriez X-ray Inspection Systems employ advanced linear array technology for superior sensitivity, speed, and sophistication for loose product flow and packaged inspection. Eriez systems monitor product and package attributes such as count, mass, fill level, broken or damaged product, as well as detecting unwanted metals, stone, glass, bone, and some plastics.

Spurgeon explains that X-ray technology offers advantages for pharmaceutical operations compared to metal detection alone. “Metal detectors do not have the technology to be used on a packaging line when it comes to foil blister packs or safety seals on bottles,” adds Spurgeon. “For these situations, X-ray inspection is a better choice. Eriez’ X-ray Inspection Systems can also detect when a tablet or capsule is missing or crushed and can confirm the presence of a patient information leaflet.”

Product inspection is achieved through a computer-controlled family of low energy generators and a high-performance computer image analysis system. This makes Eriez E-Z Tec systems superior at detecting small statistical variations in the product that signal contamination or deviation from accepted specifications. Sophisticated image processing software provides immediate analysis, detection, and rejection—automatically.

Now, Eriez offers online X-ray testing where participants can “virtually” attend material tests in real time via a password-protected web site. Potential customers can see their products passing through an Eriez E-Z Tec X-ray inspection system to determine the system’s performance for foreign object detection, mass, fill level, or missing items. Multiple viewers can watch from different locations and ask questions live to Eriez’s test personnel.

For more information about E-Z Tec X-ray Inspection Systems and online X-ray testing, visit www.eriez.com/Products/Xray.

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Eriez Manufacturing Co. is recognized as world authority in advanced technology for magnetic, vibratory, and inspection applications. The company’s magnetic lift and separation, metal detection, X-ray, materials feeding, screening, conveying, and controlling equipment have application in the process, metalworking, packaging, recycling, mining, aggregate, and textile industries. Eriez manufactures and markets these products through 10 international facilities located on six continents. Eriez world headquarters location is 2200 Asbury Road, Erie, PA.