US-based PCI Pharma Services has installed new 3D colour cameras for product inspection and fill control on three of its blister packaging lines at the company’s site in Hay-on-Wye, Wales, UK.
Provided by Scanware, the LYNX-SPECTRA 3D and LYNX-SPECTRA HR cameras are designed to identify and assess previously ‘invisible’ poorly contrasting product.
The new cameras will allow the PCI to provide quality packaging solutions for customers across the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors.
PCI Pharma Services technical services associate director Paul Smallman said: "Most camera technologies on the market inspect for shape, size and markings on entry-level black and white systems, and shape, colour, size and markings on higher level colour systems.
"It is very rare that a CMO will utilise 3D systems such as ours, as this type of customised and innovative high-end technology tends to be very product and line-specific. By working in close coordination with PCI, Scanware managed to adapt its existing concept of a dedicated system to ensure a wide range of possibilities – both for current product designs and future requirements."
The new inspection cameras can check the shape, colour, size and markings of each blister pack pocket.
Additionally, the equipment can check the depth and product thickness using the 3D aspect of the technology.
PCI will also be able to inspect products that are invisible to traditional 2D black and white or colour systems.