At ACHEMA 2015, DIR Technologies to Exhibit Groundbreaking PAT Solution for Pharmaceutical Packaging Applications
Pioneering System Provides Induction Sealing Integrity Analysis for 100% of Bottles without Packaging Line Slowdown
Haifa, Israel – DIR Technologies, a provider of quality and process control solutions for pharmaceutical primary packaging, will showcase its pioneering application of thermal imaging solutions for induction and heat sealing integrity assurance during the ACHEMA World Forum, June 15-19 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
DIR Technologies’ Induction Integrity Verification System (I²VS) provides induction sealing integrity analysis for 100% of bottles without packaging line slowdown. Inspection is performed through the closed cap, without physical contact in an entirely passive, non–destructive fashion. The groundbreaking infra-red technology has the potential to cause an industry-wide paradigm change, as it renders obsolete conventional inspection techniques that rely on destructive, imperfect and often line-slowing sampling.
DIR Technologies also has developed the Sachet Full Monitoring System (SFM) to provide 100% in-line inspection of sachets and pouches. Both DIR systems are either in use or in trials on packaging lines for several leading pharmaceutical packaging companies.
Both the I²VS and SFM systems also provide real-time quality control solutions that improve overall production workflow. When either detects a potential problem, the operator is notified of the possible source of the defect, enabling any issues to be fixed promptly. In addition to a smoother manufacturing process with minimal line stoppage for workbacks, a dual benefit here is that operators gain insight into a line’s intricacies that would not have been revealed through conventional sampling techniques.
The largest conference of its kind, ACHEMA draws an international audience of chemical process industry representatives from over 100 countries. More than 3,500 exhibitors are expected to attend this year’s show, where methods to improve overall production methods through process analytical technology (PAT) will be among the most prominent topics.
“DIR’s thermal imaging technology offers pharmaceutical manufacturers increased operational efficiency, reduction in batch failure and the opportunity for more data-driven decisions,” said Fabian Schapiro, Vice President of Marketing & Sales for DIR Technologies. “We’re excited to offer this promising thermal imaging technology, which has been proven in other high stakes sectors such as firefighting and military defense, to pharmaceutical quality assurance and process control leaders at ACHEMA.”
About DIR Technologies
DIR Technologies is the developer and provider of first-in-industry thermography-based inspection solutions for pharmaceutical primary packaging quality assurance and process control. DIR solutions offer a quantum leap from commonly used methods of sampling by providing 100% in-line, non-intrusive inspection that does not result in production slowdown. DIR Technologies is leading the way in the use of thermal imaging in the pharmaceutical industry for PAT applications and has filed several patents on the subject.
The company was established in 2009 and is jointly owned by major Israeli defense companies Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, LTD (www.rafael.co.il) and Elbit Systems (www.elbitsystems.com), and Israeli-American fund SCP Vitalife (www.scpvitalife.com). DIR Technologies is a spin-off of SCD – SemiConductor Devices (www.scd.co.il), one of the largest manufacturers of advanced Infrared sensors worldwide.