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Manual Inspection Hood Eliminates Flicker, Glare

On show at PACK EXPO was the Citadel XT+ manual inspection hood. This system offers manual lighting intensity adjustment and more for ease of use during inspection of pharmaceuticals, devices, and drug delivery products.

At PACK EXPO, Quantum Packaging Technologies showcased its Citadel XT+ manual inspection hood for visual inspection of pharmaceuticals, devices, and drug delivery products.
At PACK EXPO, Quantum Packaging Technologies showcased its Citadel XT+ manual inspection hood for visual inspection of pharmaceuticals, devices, and drug delivery products.

At PACK EXPO, Quantum Packaging Technologies showcased its Citadel XT+ manual inspection hood for visual inspection of pharmaceuticals, devices, and drug delivery products.

Featuring manual lighting intensity adjustment, the standalone XT+ gives inspectors ease of use with manual light settings coupled with the company’s TREAD MX PLC-controlled pacing console with password protected recipes and traceability.

Explains Quantum’s Scott Smith, “What we’re doing differently in the industry is we're using a higher frequency, full-spectrum LED lamp. For the most part, the industry is still using fluorescent tubes today, as well as some LED but more on the NIR spectrum—more of a red color. We’re lean more on blue-green side, which is the easier on the eye and less of a sharp spectral spike that you'd get from fluorescent lights and better for contrast.”        

When operators inspect vials looking for particulate matter, fluorescent lamps flickering lights can cause them to experience a vertigo effect or get tired and need a break. Says Smith, “Because these LEDs emit light so quickly, they're truly flicker-free, which is easier on the operators,” he notes.

Quantum employs several technologies to eliminate glare during inspection. “We use a firearms coating on the hood, same as what’s used by the U.S. Navy. For pharmaceuticals, it works really well because it's anti-reflective, anti-glare, and corrosion-resistant. We do a lot of things to mitigate glare, including using a diopter system with nanocoating which is also anti-glare, and the whole entire hood is sprayed with a Polymer Derived Ceramic Compound. Cerakote comes in multiple colors so pharmaceutical companies can get a customized look on their equipment.”

The Citadel also uses a unique pacing system. “Most people typically use a proximity sensor. We try to avoid that. We use a [light curtain] system, making it more poka-yoke for the operators—they can’t cheat it,” Smith adds. The system also features cooling fans and antimicrobial/alcohol-resistant memory foam arm rests for the operators.

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