Vision inspection systems are at the core of our expertise. Our clients use fully and semi-automated inspection systems to guarantee the quality of their products and packaging.
Vision solutions are employed to inspect vials for a wide array of requirements, including: tip, crown cap and fill inspection; vial counting; particulate matter; scratches; surface defects; crimp inspection; label inspection; stopper detection; text identification. The typical speeds of manual vial inspections are approximately 30-40 vials per minute. Our automated systems return results on real-time inspections of up to 300 vials per minute, as part of a standard application.
Machine vision is employed in the inspection of pharmaceutical blister packs to verify the correct filling of the packs and to remove the risk of product mixing, vagrants and/or excess product.
One of the most common inspections in pharmaceutical packaging is that of print and text inspection and verification on products and packaging. Typical applications inspect for and verify: Lot & date code; batch code; OCV and OCR codes; 1D&2D barcodes; vial integrity; fill level; bag seal; vial counting; label inspection; packaging; IFU leaflets; pack confirmation.
Inspection of leaflets, cartons, packs, bundles
In many cases, a pharmaceutical product is just one component of a complete saleable pack. Vision systems are employed to inspect and verify text and presence of other components also, including Instruction For Use leaflets (IFUs), cartons, packs, bundles and associated labelling.
Built around a leading vision system, Crest Solutions LineDirector™ is a centralised software control system that guarantees product and packaging quality while managing all production line peripherals and associated data in a regulated manufacturing environment.
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Our team has been designing and installing compliant and automated inspection systems for clients in the pharmaceutical sector since 1998. Our solutions comprise leading, high-end hardware and software components, designed to integrate with existing line infrastructure or as an upgrade to legacy equipment. We inspect all pack components, from finished drug to complete packs and bundles and associated labelling.
- Tablets, blister packs, vials, bottles, labels, leaflets, cartons, packages and bundles
- Stents, canisters, pins, prosthetic implants, catheters, pacemakers
- Leaflets, cartons, labelling and marking
- Lot & date code, batch code, OCV and OCR codes, 1D&2D barcodes
- Dimensions & apertures, colour, shape & orientation of devices, pack and product measurements, bag seal, product presence or absence
- Complete pack confirmation, batch counting and verification
Crest Solutions developed a customised solution that suited our business model. They ensured the work was fully compliant and validated with industry regulations such as software applications that facilitate compliance with 21 CFR Part 11 and QMS, in line with ISO 9001.2008. Their embedded engineers and customer service levels excelled our expectations.
We were having serious issues on our line. Connect Academy from Crest Solutions came in and identified some human error issues for us. They helped our teams understand the systemic and behavioural causes of error within the business. They advised on a system which works for us and has resulted in greatly reducing our errors and costs.
I'd like to acknowledge the hard work being done by the Crest team on site here. The Crest Embedded Engineers have gone above and beyond to help us get Track and Trace projects over the line. Their training, skills and professionalism are second to none. I'd highly recommend Crest Solutions.
I would like to congratulate Jason on his work. He is highly skilled and confident at his job, great training from Crest Solutions. Not only was the line configured successfully, but also a few pre-existing issues were solved. He did a fantastic job and we couldn’t ask anything else from him. We were also delighted with the embedded engineers option provided by Crest.
I would like to thank the team from Crest Solutions for their dedication to customer service levels. Their team is always friendly and ready to provide assistance.
The Connect Academy team from Crest Solutions came into our organisation and identified several opportunities for improvements on our line. They explained to our team several issues around human error and how to avoid them. We got an immediate return on our investment through the implementation of their recommendations. Highly recommend this innovative approach.
Crest's serialisation solutions are so innovative. They partner with other leading edge companies in serialisation such as Antares Vision. We were really impressed with their camera capabilities, you don't get better than Cognex in the pharma industry. They've helped us build intelligent supply chains with end to end traceability, saving us time and money.
The installation of our new Vision system started this morning and we were executing OQ/PQ validation by this afternoon. Such successful execution within this aggressive time frame would not have been possible without extensive planning completed offline by Crest Solutions. This gave us confidence that we would have no issues during installation which was very much the case.
I could not believe how effective the PPMs that Connect Academy (Crest Solutions) developed for us were. They delivered a software solution that cut our SOPs down by more than half. Our staff are much happier - really innovative solutions.