Machine Vision Solutions

Tip & in-Shield Needle Inspection

To reduce end-of-line rejects, and enhance product quality and increase patient safety, suppliers of pharmaceutical needles must use 100% automatically vision verified parts.

Many new medications and formulations make high demands of primary packaging and needles. They should be free of defects and contamination in any stage of the production. To achieve and assure this level of quality, machine vision technology is a key process tool.

Simac designs, builds and services systems to inspect needles for possible dimensional or cosmetic. Multiple Cameras are used to capture the high speed image data from the examined needles. the following image shows a typical in-line system. 

High speed, 100% vision inspection can detect defects even when less visible and 100 um or smaller in size. High-end systems available can even detect small invisible defects that are in the inside of the needle.

Also X-ray techniques are used to inspect e.g. needles already placed inside a shield after assembly.

Further the needles are inspected whether they are in 100% good shape or not, straight with perfect tip, form, length and diameter. Needles can be inspected before or after assembly and even when covered with needle shield or cap via (X-Ray).

We typically use multiple cameras to capture in flight image data. standards. Data will be provided on the on-board HMI and can be stored in a database according for further process analyses. Bespoke API’s are possible to connect to existing production management tools.

The system is typically placed in-line, and the results are saved per examined product, following defined production process standards.

Our systems are designed, engineered and built in house according to GMP standards. As an alternative we integrate our machine vision expertise in existing product lines. This in case when space is limited or specific integration is required.

We are used to provide bespoke systems in all life sciences areas and typically our machines are installed in ISO-5 or ISO-7 cleanrooms.