Symetix launches compact eagle-eyed tablet QC system

By Nick Taylor

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Tablet, Inspection

Symetix has launched a compact high-volume optical inspection system that is capable of verifying the colour, size and shape of capsules and tablets and removing defective products.

The new system, called VeriSym, will remove any broken and stained tablets, or those missing an outer coating, as well as misshapen softgels and those containing air bubbles.

Symetix already has an optical inspection system with similar capacities on the market but the company believes that its new launch is unique enough to find a niche.

Craig Miller, general manager of Symetix, said: "VeriSym satisfies customers who need the inspection capabilities of Symetix's popular OptyxSG inspection system but in a more compact footprint​.

VeriSym offers the same throughput and resolution of OptyxSG but in half the floorspace, which simplifies installation, especially in continuous lines. VeriSym uses the same software and much of the same hardware as the field-proven OptyxSG so the new system will be easy to validate​."

The new system measures 970 mm by 3050mm but despite this reduced footprint it is still capable of inspecting up to 1m tablets or softgels an hour.

By automating the inspection process Symetix believes manufacturers and contract packagers can more consistently and less subjectively filter out defective products.

In addition the lack of human involvement cuts the number of staff needed to ensure quality control, with Symetix estimating that labour savings mean the machine pays for itself in a year.

Settings for different products can be stored in the system and uploaded when necessary. This, coupled to the ability to clear and clean the system in 20 minutes, allows for minimal downtime when switching between product lines.

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