As appeared in May 2008 Tablets & Capsules Copyright CSC Publishing www.tabletscapsules.com
A major pharmaceutical company had decided to upgrade their production system with a multi-lane laser drilling system for their bi-layer tablet line. Their existing drilling systems were single lane and inspection was not automated, leading to inefficiencies in production. In addition to multi-lane laser drilling, they also required vision inspection to verify the presence and location of the drilled aperture and a single tablet ejection/rejection system in their User Requirement
Ackley Machine Corporation was uniquely positioned to deliver on this URS. For almost three decades, Ackley Machine Corporation has been supplying single and multi-lane positioning systems, mainly for the imprinting of Pharmaceutical and Confectionery products, from their Moorestown, NJ, engineering and manufacturing facility. They had an existing servo-driven two-sided drum printing system–available in the marketplace for many years–along with one- or two-sided positioning systems with vision inspection. Based on these established capabilities, Ackley Machine Corporation was awarded the contract.
Ackley supplied a laser drilling system that contained a color recognition system identifying the side of the tablet to be drilled and then tracking it through the system. Four high-resolution cameras, lighting, and fixturing were also supplied along with two laser drills. The single tablet ejection/rejection system was incorporated within a manifold in the secondary laser drum. The overall dimensions of the servo-driven drum system were not increased for the laser drilling application, providing a compact and space-saving footprint for the customer.
The staff at Ackley Machine Corporation provided the electrical and mechanical engineering and integration of the laser drilling and inspection/rejection systems in-house. Ackley staff also supplied Factory Acceptance Test documents and IQ/OQ protocols.
As a result of this new machine installation, the customer was able to improve production efficiencies and meet and/or surpass their targets.
Ackley Machine Corporation
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