At Pharma EXPO, DIR Technologies to Present Lecture on First Package Sealing Integrity Inspection Technology Using Thermal Imaging

Bob Hartwig, Managing Director of BTS International (representing DIR Technologies), to Deliver Presentation November 5

Haifa, Israel – Bob Hartwig, North American Representative for DIR Technologies – a provider of premium packaging inspection and product authentication solutions for the pharmaceutical industry – will deliver an in-depth presentation discussing the company’s groundbreaking package sealing inspection technology during Pharma EXPO, a new subsidiary show of PACK EXPO that takes place November 2-5 at McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago.

Mr. Hartwig’s lecture, which will be delivered at 8:00am on November 5, will discuss the new inspection system’s employment as the first of its kind in packaging to utilize Thermal Imaging, an infrared science allowing packages to be thoroughly examined without physical contact or visible illumination. His presentation is aptly named “A Revolution in Package Integrity Testing: The Advantages of Thermal Imaging Inspection/Detection on High Speed Pharmaceutical Production Lines.”

Thermal Imaging has the potential to bring a paradigm change to in-line quality control by replacing sporadic, destructive package sampling with continuous, non-invasive process verification. Thermal Imaging offers real-time testing of 100% of the products on a line, real-time process monitoring, full records (including photos) for every product, and very high throughput with no production slowdown – all in an entirely non-destructive, non-interfering fashion.

Among DIR Technologies’ first machines employing Thermal Imaging is the I2VS (Induction Integrity Verification System), which tests in-line the integrity of aluminum foil sealing on induction-sealed bottles. The I2VS is the first system capable of inspecting 100 percent of bottles undergoing induction sealing, without resulting in production slowdown and providing continuous process verification.

Until very recently, high sensitivity Thermal Imaging had been mostly used in defense and aerospace application. The emergence of a new generation of lower cost/lower sensitivity uncooled detectors has led to an increased use of thermal imaging for a wide range of applications, such as security; industrial monitoring; fire-fightering, automotive (night driving), commercial aviation, NDT and even sports.

About DIR Technologies

DIR Technologies is an innovative company that brings new solutions to the world of Pharmaceutical Product authentication, manufacturing and packaging process control. Based on advanced thermal imaging methods, DIR Technologies has developed a variety of non-contact applications, such as rigorous quality assurance techniques for the fabrication process and packaging of the pharmaceutical industry.

In addition to the thermal imaging capabilities, DIR Technologies is specializing in Image Processing, Machine vision and real-time data processing. 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. Most of DIR’s management team and many of its employees worked in key positions at SCD for several years. They brought to DIR an accumulated experience and know-how in Infrared technology that provided the company a solid and unique technological basis.