Packaging Resource Center: The Latest in Package Testers
A company manufactures a line of permeability testing equipment for pharmaceutical and medical applications including packaging films, fluid bags, surgical gown membranes, and sterile packaging. The Lyssy line of permeability testers includes the OPT-5000 for oxygen, the L80-5000 and L90-4000 for water vapor, and the L100-5000 for manometric gas. The L100-5000 is designed to measure the permeability of gases or gas mixtures through films and foils. Typical gases measured include oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, hydrogen, and helium. It features two measuring chambers and a digital display. Test results are exposed directly in ml/m2/24 hr measurements and are documented using a built-in printer. PBI-Dansensor America Inc., Glen Rock, NJ; 201/251-6490; www.pbi-dansensor.com.
Trainable Inspection Processor
A trainable inspection processor requires no programming for implementation. The PC-Eyebot features adjustable sensitivity, which, along with the quick trainability feature, is designed to ensure better quality at each stage of production. The PC-Eyebot processor is featured on equipment for container prefill inspection, injection molding slag detection, label checking, and biomedical kit component inclusion. In these applications, the processor can be trained using just a few products as examples, and it can be set up to detect only bad products. In conjunction with a Krones labeling system, the processor can check labels for overlap, tears, folds, alignment, and other label parameters. The company also has the capability to inspect 360º of labels on round containers using a single camera at a rate of 11 cans per second. The PC-Eyebot can identify the presence or absence of components in medical kits. Sightech Vision Systems, Via Del Oro, CA; 408/282-3770; www.sightech.com.
Cap Torque Tester
A company offers cap torque testers that feature solid-aluminum housing. The Series CT testers’ posts are adjustable and can grip a range of container shapes and sizes. Sets of optional jaws are available as an alternative gripping method. The CT captures peak torque in clockwise and counterclockwise directions for application and removal measurements. It can operate on battery or ac power. Mark-10 Corp., Copiague, NY; 631/842-9200; www.mark-10.com.
Two companies have combined their technologies to create a seal-inspection system. The Ircon Maxline 2 thermal-seal checking system has been added to Multivac roll stock machines. The Maxline 2 applies infrared thermal imaging technology to instantly inspect seals and provide control outputs with no effect on production time or speed. The system automatically inspects for seal defects, voids, or creases that can result from material variation, environmental contaminants, and hot or cold seals. It is designed to provide a precise, nondestructive means for inspecting package seals. The system’s monitor generates pass/fail results that can be linked to process equipment and controls. If a sealing error occurs, the system will instantly alert the operator. Ircon, Niles, IL; 800/323-7660; www.ircon.com. Multivac, Kansas City, MO; 800/733-3372; www.multivac.com.
High-Voltage Leak Detection
A blow-fill-seal equipment manufacturer offers a high-voltage leak detector for its machines. The HVLD operates based on the high-voltage test method and the electrical conductivity of the fill product packaged in a nonconductive plastic ampule. The system is designed for fully automatic, in-line leak testing. If any leak is present, the discharge current will flow through the pinhole into the container, and the detection of this current will automatically cause the container to be rejected. The testing method does not contaminate the product and does not require human intervention. rommeLag USA Inc., Edison, NJ; 732/738-7950; www.rommelag.com.