High Speed Pharmaceutical Vision Inspection

Solution by: DMC Inc


This multi-camera vision system integrates with a pharmaceutical pill manufacturing system to deliver results for multiple tablets simultaneously at a maximum throughput of 144,000 pills/hour.
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DMC’s multi-camera vision system integrates with a pharmaceutical pill manufacturing system. The vision system uses National Instruments’ Embedded Vision System and Basler Ace cameras to inspect each pill and verify that it was not cracked or damaged. The NI cRIO is used to determine pill presence, track pill results from the EVS, and output results to the controller in order to reject bad tablets. The NI EVS Machine Vision System triggers the cameras and lights, acquires images, runs inspection algorithms, and outputs a result to the cRIO. Each camera views multiple tablets, so pass-fail results are determined for multiple tablets simultaneously. After the inspection algorithm separates the pills from the background, each individual pill is analyzed using multiple, customizable algorithms.

Features
  • High speed inspection
  • Multiple, customizable algorithms
  • RT and FPGA Reliability
Benefits
  • Full inspection of all pills ensures that no patient receives an improper dosage, reducing the liability of the pharmaceutical manufacturer.
  • Inspection using eight cameras simultaneously allows maximum throughput of the manufacturing line at up to 144,000 pills per hour.
  • Compact size of Basler Ace cameras requires minimal space inside the pill sorting.
  • National Instrument’s robust industrial real-time platforms (cRIO and EVSFPGA) allow for maximum uptime.
NI System Content
  • National Instruments Machine Vision System, including Compact Vision System, Embedded Vision System, and Industrial Controller
  • National Instruments cRIO-9101
  • National Instruments FPGA
  • LabVIEW Real-Time and FPGA
  • Basler Ace GigE Camera – acA640-100gm

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