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The pharmaceutical industry has increased production line speeds in recent years by developing systems that automatically fill the trays carrying vials, cartridges, ampoules, syringes, droppers, and other smaller containers through production. However, manual inspection of those trays to ensure they document the tray count, and counting containers to reconcile product counts, has often diminished or even eliminated that productivity advantage, while often producing inaccurate results.
Using machine vision cameras and software, the CountQ system instantly and accurately counts and verifies the contents of each tray, and the software then records and stores the results to maintain precise and up-to-date production records. The CountQ system is adaptable to the physical requirements of each manufacturer’s tray sizes and production line speed, giving it universal application.
Standard features of the CountQ system include an easy-to-use HMI interface, report and audit logs, security levels that control access, two-touch changeover, and configurable run modes that increase the system’s flexibility. It also incorporates advanced product counting tools that enable it to adapt to targets with varying visual characteristics.
CountQ also offers various options, including an adaptive learning function that enables it to count highly-reflective glass containers such as ampoules, an MES Ethernet interface, wireless communication capability, as well as a data entry scanner and Ethernet data module. An image storage option can expand storage capability to meet more extensive needs.
Acquire’s Vice President of Operations, Brian Mack, says, “CountQ is designed to balance ease of use with accurate inspection results and record keeping to meet the needs of pharmaceutical manufacturers. We support CountQ with industry-leading technology and service that enables customers to enhance their quality programs, increase productivity, and improve their bottom line.”
Acquire Automation, Inc. is an industry leader in manufacturing and vision system solutions for the food and beverage, pharmaceutical and medical device, industrial manufacturing and consumer goods industries. These systems can inspect targets ranging from individual parts to complete manufactured products as well as the labels and codes applied to them. Headquartered in Fishers, Indiana, Acquire Automation serves customers throughout North America. For further information about Acquire and its inspection systems, contact our team at [email protected] or visit www.acquireautomation.com.