High-Res Colour Product Inspection
The high resolution product inspection system SPECTRA HR is used for quality assurance in the pharmaceutical industry. Utilising 3CCD-cameras, it offers extraordinarily high colour separation which enables the safe fulfilment of tasks involving challenging colour and contrast conditions. In combination with the largest software package, it provides unique inspection parameters and options. Inspection of products with minimal differences in colour and shape within the same blister at high speed are no challenge for the system.
Area of ApplicationApplicable Objects:
- Sugar-coated tablets
- Soft and hard gel capsules
- Medical Strips
- Special shapes
- Dialpacks etc.
- Sealed products
- Broken products
- Surface defects
- Consecutive errors
- Print on product
- All blister geometries and combinations of product and packaging material can be recognised
- All parameters can be used simultaneously; illumination is homogenous, reproducible and adjustable
- Prime hardware and superb software package based on real-time operating system QNX®
- Inspection of various products in same blister possible
- Multi-camera solutions for challenging applications
- Applicable for post-seal inspection
The utilisation of the real-time operating system QNX® enables high-speed data transfers and high failure safety.
Safety is increased by further advantages:
The modular built enables the expansion for future and increasing requirements. Thus, the system is future-proof.
The system is fully 21 CFR Part 11 compliant; format versions are saved separately. The memory contains up to 50 images which are the basis for an individual suggestion of parameter settings. This offers a higher level of security than standardised settings the user needs to adjust according to his inclination.
To increase the image resolution, multiple camera systems are used. The multiplexer can handle up to 15 cameras. For highest colour precision, a water cooling system is installed.
The adjustable illumination and guided teach-in process make the system adaptable to almost every combination of product and packaging material and blister geometries. Only specialist applications need to undergo an in-house sampling at scanware.
The Camera Link interface enables the safe and low-noise transfer even of large amounts of data. Compared to USB and FireWire, Camera Link enables a greater cable length.The evaluation unit offers high performance so all parameters can be used simultaneously at high speed.
|Evaluation unit||19 inch built, 42 TE|
|Industry PC for frame grabber||Compact PCI Bus Interface|
|Wide range power supply||95-230 V ~|
|Standard I/O System||DIO8/16/32/48/64|
|Expanded I/O System||TCP/IP, EtherCAT, Integrated PLC|
|Interfaces||2 x COM, 3 x USB, 2 x Ethernet, VGA/HDMI|
|Hard drive||16 GB SSD|
for matrix and line cameras in BW and colour
for up to 15 cameras
with up to 3,000 LEDs per unit
2 x 16 levels
|Illumination types||Top light, back light, side light, diffuse light|
The expert. Highest colour separation with elaborate options.
Thanks to using QNX®, the software runs in real-time. All features can be used simultaneously – at high speed.Some of our extraordinary software features:
- Production report and format documentation
- Configurable machine stops
- Diagnosis of colour, pocket, blister and error images
- Comprehensive Audit Trail
- Specialised algorithms such as x/y-Measurement, detection of upright objects – even the toughest tasks can be fulfilled
The recognition of upright objects reduces product ejections. Upright objects are identified as correct rather than ejected as too small.
Using x/y-Measurement is useful with various products, for example Medical Strips. For hard gel capsules with heterogenous filling, varieties in distribution of products within the capsules can be evaluated.
With intermitting machines, the trigger instance varies depending on speed and other technical factors. To outbalance these, automatic mask tracking can be used.
Products with various shapes can be inspected in the same blister. To do so, product-specific parameters are set.
Further Application Options
Using multiple cameras, the product inspection according to Japan Quality Standards is possible. SPECTRA HR recognises diminutive optical errors and tiny particles.
The software of SPECTRA HR is equipped with a special algorithm for form recognition. Using multiple cameras, different products within one blister and a variety of shapes with minimal distinction can be recognised.
Minimal colour varieties
The system’s colour separation power enables the distinction between colours that are the same to the naked eye. Thus, different colours in the same blister can be separated absolutely correctly. No other system comes close to this precision and security.
|Camera technology||3CCD, JAI / SONY|
|Camera interface||Camera Link|
|Camera resolution||1,024 × 768 to 4,096 × 768 pixels|
|Max. number of images per minute||1,200|
|Colour resolution||16 million colours|
|Objects per image||224|
|Number of cameras||1-6|