Pharmaceutical Metal Detector promotes optimal traceability.

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MET 30+ Batchchek is equipped with PC touchscreen panel that enables product set-ups, tests, and diagnostics to be run from machine itself. Developed according to GMP guidelines, Windows-based Batchchek software lets pharmaceutical companies comply with 21 CFR Part 11 requirements. It implements all security access controls, user identification, audit trails, electronic records, and electronic signatures so that batches can be fully traced and accounted for in case of contamination.



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Lock Top for Traceability



Lock Inspection Systems, one of the world's leading manufacturers of metal detection and checkweighing equipment, is demonstrating its MET 30+ Pharmaceutical metal detector with Batchchek. The unit guarantees the highest levels of traceability and enables pharmaceutical companies to meet 21 CFR Part 11 standards.

Developed according to GMP guidelines, the Windows-based software allows pharmaceutical companies to comply fully with Part 11. The software implements all security access controls, user identification, audit trails, electronic records, and electronic signatures, so in the event of contamination, batches can be fully traced and accounted for.

The PC panel replaces the detector's user interface, so product set-ups, tests, and diagnostics are run from the machine itself. Alternatively, companies with restricted line space or with a number of metal detectors can operate the software from a remote PC which is permanently networked to all the detectors. In this way, reports are transmitted to the PC instantly rather than being stored in the detector. Diagnostics, set-up, and interrogation routines are performed via the PC.

The Batchchek interface uses Lock's proprietary ADC diagnostics software to enhance the performance of the detector, making it easier to identify and resolve problem areas and simplify data analysis. ADC takes transmitted and received signals from the metal detector and translates the data into graphical format on the PC screen, providing operational and maintenance staff with a powerful on-screen diagnostic tool. If, for example, a detector is triggering false rejections, the operator can widen the detection parameters displayed on the touchscreen to eliminate the problem.

Lock Inspection Systems has supplied checkweighing and metal detection equipment to companies in the food, pharmaceutical, and packaging industries for over fifty years and counts many key industry players among its competitors. Based in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, and Oldham, UK, Lock has a global network of distributors and high calibre maintenance and research teams.

The FDA introduced 21 CFR Part 11 in 1997 as a requirement for controlling electronic records and electronic signatures in validation and Good Manufacturing Practice.

For further information on Lock's product range, please contact: Mark D'Onofrio, Lock Inspection Systems Inc, 207 Authority Drive, Fitchburg, MA 01420 6094. Tel: 978 343 3716 / 800 227 5539. Fax: 978 343 6278. E-mail: mdonofrio@lockinspection.com

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