DIR Technologies Introduces System for In-Line Fill & Seal Inspection of 100% of Sachets and Pouches
Sachet Full Monitoring Inspection Device Uses Thermal Imaging to Provide Accurate, Complete and Non-invasive Testing
Haifa, Israel – DIR Technologies, a provider of premium packaging inspection and product authentication solutions for the pharmaceutical industry, has developed a system for the in-line fill level and induction seal integrity inspection of 100% of sachet and pouch containers on a line – all without slowing down the rate of production.
The Sachet Full Monitoring (SFM) Inspection Device utilizes thermal imaging technology – a non-invasive inspection technique that DIR Technologies formally introduced to the pharmaceutical industry earlier this year – to abandon random, inexact product sampling, providing a more accurate and less destructive testing process. To achieve this, the SFM Inspection Device takes advantage of heat developed during the sachet/pouch sealing process, allowing for completely passive testing that in no way interferes with individual products or the overall production process.
For all its technological advancement, the SFM Inspection Device is compact and easy to operate, providing intuitive user instructions and straightforward steps to incorporate the module into any existing sachet or pouch line. In addition, the SFM Inspection Device is available as an integrated option in MEDISEAL sachet machines.
Sachets and pouches are widely used in pharmaceutical and cosmetics products and, traditionally, checkweighing machines are used to verify that these packages are filled properly. However, this equipment tends to be bulky, cumbersome and expensive and, given their test-by-sampling nature, may provide insufficient levels of accuracy. This inexact inspection becomes especially tenuous in circumstances where, for example, sachets must contain an accurate unit-dose of medicine, or in cases where the weight of the content is smaller than the weight of the laminate itself.
DIR Technologies developed the SFM to provide a fast, compact and efficient option capable of in-line, 100% monitoring of sachet fill level and induction seal integrity. The module also pays dividends through its significantly increased accuracy.
“Inadequate inspection can have a substantial financial impact, as well as tarnish the reputation of a product manufacturer or contract packager,” said Robert Hartwig, North American Sales Representative for DIR Technologies. “The Sachet Full Monitoring Inspection Device has the potential to vastly limit imperfect packages from entering the marketplace. In doing so, the module quickly pays for itself in kind.”
About DIR Technologies
Based in Haifa, Israel, DIR Technologies employs the science of advanced thermal imaging to develop and offer 100%, entirely non-contact, high-speed packaging induction seal inspection for the pharmaceutical industry. The company, whose name is short for Dynamic Infra-Red Technologies, is the first to apply this groundbreaking “see-through” technology to broad commercial practice.
DIR Technologies also specializes in image processing, machine vision and real-time data processing and, by using thermal imaging techniques in Process Analytical Technologies (PAT) applications, can build systems that identify and control critical points in a production process. To date, the company possesses several patents related to drug authentication, package integrity, PAT and microbiology.
DIR’s top executives and engineers are among the most knowledgeable in this high-tech field. Originally, most served in key positions at SemiConductor Devices (www.scd.co.il) (SCD), one of the world’s largest manufacturers of advanced infrared sensors. DIR 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).