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Automatic Visual Inspection and Sorting of Tablets, Capsules and Softgels

Sensum SPINE automatically inspects the entire surface of tablets, capsules and softgels at the speed of up to 630.000 products/hour. The products are held in reproducible position by a vacuum system and inspected by six colour cameras. The machine is controlled via a user-friendly graphical interface, providing simple operation and training for the inspection of new products. The active sorting system with sorting verification for both good and defective products ensures fail-safe and reliable operation.

  • All-in-one visual inspection machine for tablets, capsules and softgels
  • High speed inspection of up to 630.000 products/hour
  • Extensive range of product sizes from 4 mm up to 28 mm
  • 3D surface inspection and high colour sensitivity
  • Reliable active sorting with verification
  • No defects needed for machine training
  • Intuitive user-friendly graphical interface
  • Ergonomic design and simple changeover
  • Local and global support

Advantages

Maximal flexibility

  • All-in-one machine for tablets, capsules and softgels
  • Can inspect various colours, shapes and sizes up to 28 mm
  • Can inspect transparent products (capsules, softgels)
  • General format parts for round tablets and capsules

State-of-the-art inspection

  • High speed inspection of up to 630.000 products/hour
  • Standardized inspection quality among different products
  • High quality inspection including 3D surface inspection
  • Entire product surface inspected by six colour cameras
  • Optimal illumination ensured by controllable LED

Proprietary software

  • Image analysis based on the latest scientific developments
  • Visual defect detection feedback on graphical user interface
  • Statistical distributions of all inspected features
  • Batch reports in electronic and/or printed form
  • Compliant with FDA 21 CFR Part 11

Simple training for inspection of new products

  • Training done within 10 minutes
  • No defects needed for machine training
  • Simple tolerance setting for selective sensitivity

Reliable sorting with verification

  • Active sorting of each individual, good or defective product
  • Optical sorting verification of each sorted product
  • Fail-safe sorting design in case of media failure

User friendly device

  • Touch-screen based intuitive user graphical interface
  • Efficient self-cleaning system for active dedusting
  • Easy cleaning and maintenance
  • Fast changeover to other products within 10 minutes
  • Ergonomic tool-free design

Strong aftersales support

  • Regular and responsive customer support
  • Local and global service support
  • On-site & on-line extended support in validation, troubleshooting and training

Applications

Applicable products

Tablets
• plain (uncoated)
• sugar-coated
• film-coated
• multilayer
Capsules
• opaque
• bicolour
• transparent
• empty
Softgels
• opaque
• bicolour
• transparent
• seamless
Other
• chewing gums

 

Applicable dimensions

 

Round

Oblong

Capsule

Softgel

 

Other non-specified or special types of products have to be checked if applicable.

 


 

Indicative inspection speeds

 

Round tablets

Ø (diameter) in mm Tablets / hour
13 – 18 210.000
10 – 12 420.000
8 – 9 520.000
< 8 630.000

Oval and oblong tablets

L (length) in mm Tablets / hour
> 18 150.000
14 – 18 230.000
11 – 13 310.000
8 – 10 390.000
< 8 470.000

Capsules

L (length) in mm Capsules / hour
0 & 1 & 2 200.000
3 & 4 & 5 300.000

Softgels

L (length) in mm Softgels / hour
> 15 160.000
14 – 15 280.000
11 – 13 380.000
8 – 10 470.000
< 8 570.000

 

Actual inspection speed depends on the shape, size and type of products, and on the number of inspected features.
In special cases extreme inspection speeds might be possible for some dedicated products.

Inspecting

Technical data

Application
Tablets, capsules and softgels

Inspection speed
Up to 630.000 products/hour

Inspection performance
High quality inspection for nutraceutical or pharmaceutical quality requirements

Media connections
Electrical connection and compressed air

Dimensions (L×W×H)
~ 1860 × 860 × 2145 mm

Weight
~ 1200 kg

Construction
CE, GMP, FDA acceptable materials


 

 

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