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Antares Vision Introduces Raised Stopper Machine for Inspecting Freeze-Dried Vials

Press release from the issuing company

First-of-its-kind unit intuitively rejects stoppers not completely adhered to vial collars.

Moorestown, N.J. – Antares Vision, the global leader in visual inspection systems, track & trace solutions and smart data management, has developed a new Raised Stopper Inspection (RSI) machine to verify proper sealing of freeze-dried vials. Functioning as a standalone machine, the RSI is designed for installation in A-Grade-A cleanrooms and operates via laminar air flow (LAF).

With an overall length of just 76cm, the first-of-its-kind RSI Machine is easily installed in existing lines. To identify stoppers not wholly adhered to the vial collar, the machine features a 1mm detection threshold and can inspect up to 300 units/min. The module is compatible with a wide array of vials, spanning from 10-300ml with a 20-32mm cap range.

Lyophilization offers a host of benefits. It allows long-term storage and enhanced protection from pollution. Lyophilized drugs preserve the original product features, can be stored easily, and can be rapidly reconstituted for patient use. Last year, Antares Vision introduced LYO-CHECK, the first dedicated solution for inspecting such medicines.

“Such comprehensive inspection is increasingly important to ensure quality assurance for freeze-dried vials, especially with the uptick in highly potent pharmaceutical products,” said Andrew Pietrangelo, President, North America for Antares Vision. “The RSI machine represents a drop-in solution into existing lines that promotes the highest level of production safety and medicine efficacy.”

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