Inspection System finds particulate in filled containers.

Press Release Summary:

Vision-based, non-contact CVT Slitec, suitable for identifying particles in suspensions, utilizes inspection method that requires no moving parts for camera or lighting systems. Handling system loads containers into carousel and spins at high speed, pulling particles to side of container with centrifugal force. Several images are captured as container travels through 2 inspection stations, which must agree for container to pass inspection.

Original Press Release:

Vision-Based Particle Inspection System Delivers 100% Non-Contact, Contamination-Free Inspection Accuracy

Düsseldorf, GY and Minneapolis, MN-April 21, 2005-Robert Bosch Packaging Technology (Bosch) announced at the Interpack 2005 Exhibition in Dusseldorf today their CVT Slitec vision-based particle inspection system that delivers 100% non-contact, non-contaminated inspection accuracy. Bosch Inspection Technology's CVT Slitec inspection system represents a new generation of high-performance particle inspection equipment. Slitec is a unique vision-based technology for inspection of particulate in filled containers, which eliminates any movement of the camera or lighting system for the highest inspection accuracy. Additional cosmetic container inspection stations can be integrated after the particle inspection stations. The Slitec system was developed by Bosch Packaging Technology's Moeller & Devicon inspection systems division and offers the following key benefits:

· The new technology checks containers for particles using several independent images
· Immediate automatic re-inspection of non-confirmed inspections
· Suitable for challenging products such as suspensions

The heart of the machine is the unique patented Sliding Imaging Technology (Siltec) inspection method that requires no moving parts for the camera or lighting systems. Instead, the window from the camera is divided into several "virtual" frames so that during the passing of the containers several images are taken of the same container. The container travels through two identical inspection stations, which must agree with each other before the container "passes" inspection. If the inspection stations are in disagreement, the container is automatically re-inspected. This helps to reduce the false reject rate and supports the customer's process analytical technology (PAT) efforts.

A unique handling system loads containers into a carousel where they are secured top and bottom, then spun at high speed-pulling particles to the side of the container with centrifugal force. The spinning containers are stopped just prior to inspection. The contents continue to rotate and allow the vision system to identify particles suspended in the product.

Additional cosmetic inspections are also possible. These include, checking packaging material for splits, scratches and chips, as well as packing-specific checks, such as the quality of flanging, the color of the cap on vials or cartridges, neck distortions in ampoules and defects in the needle protection or plunger stops in syringes. These inspection modules can be configured specifically for any application.

Bosch Packaging Technology also offers validation support. An extensive pre-validation package is completed for each CVT Slitec system at the factory, saving the pharmaceutical manufacturer up to 50 percent of the validation time that would normally be required.

About Bosch Packaging Technology

Bosch Packaging Technology is a world leader in the design, manufacture, sales and service of high quality packaging and processing equipment for the pharmaceutical, food, confectionery, nutraceutical, biotechnology, animal health, and ophthalmic and related industries. Bosch has an established, strong reputation, supports extensive parts availability and provides a responsive customer service organization. The company is headquartered in Minneapolis, MN for its North American operations with additional service and production sites in Orem, UT and Bridgman, MI.

Part of the worldwide Robert Bosch GmbH, Bosch Packaging Technology is backed by the financial strength and resources of a $35 billion global company. For more information about Bosch products or services, contact Bosch Packaging Technology - Pharmaceutical Operations - 8700 Wyoming Ave. N., Minneapolis, MN 55455-1836. Tel: (763) 424-4700. E-mail:

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