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At INTERPHEX, Antares Vision Group to Showcase Automatic Inspection Machine for Liquids in Glass Containers

Press release from the issuing company

Company’s VRI Series provides precision, high-speed visual inspection & leak detection of liquids in glass containers.

Travagliato, Italy – Antares Vision Group – a leading global provider of hardware and software Track & Trace solutions and a prominent player in inspection systems and intelligent data management – will showcase an automatic visual inspection machine capable of inspecting up to 400 liquid-filled glass containers per minute at INTERPHEX NYC, Booth 2821, April 25-27. The company’s Visual Rotating Inspection (VRI) series combines sophisticated particle & cosmetic detection able to integrate with high voltage, vacuum, and headspace gas analysis (HSGA) technology-driven closure integrity verification at an exceptionally rapid production pace.

The machine allows for the precise detection of cosmetic defects and particles and checks fill levels. The VRI unit can inspect liquids in a wide variety of viscosities, including water-like, oily, suspension, gel, emulsion, lyophilized, and powder products. Vials are also inspected for cosmetic defects such as crimping quality, flip-off color, neck-shoulder sidewalls, and stopper position. Molded glass and plastic containers also can be inspected for particles and cosmetic defects.

Optional add-on features include code verification, optical character recognition (OCR)-optical character verification (OCR-OCV), and serialization incorporation.

A split-infeed screw setup provides smooth and reliable operation, preventing undesired stops and restarts. A main floating carousel with a torque motor-driven inspection platform allows ideal cleanability and single-point product handling (from the neck), providing a constraint-free optical setup and improving detection capabilities through enhanced Field of View (FOV) and Depth of Field (DOF). Guideless conveying utilizes vacuum-operated star wheels, minimizing container breakage risks and false rejects. Changeover for star wheels and grippers is approximately 30 minutes, thanks to a guided operations sequence that does not require mechanical adjustments. Inspection reconfiguration occurs intuitively according to recipe selection.

Also at INTERPHEX NYC, Antares Vision Group will showcase its new EASY TS EVO, a benchtop unit providing compact, versatile high-voltage leak detection of any liquid-filled container, including glass ampoules, vials, plastic bottles, infusion bags, and blow-fill-seal (BFS) strips. The convenient lab equipment is ideal for offline sample testing, manual small batch inspection, and Acceptable Quality Level (AQL) determinations.

Employing High Voltage Leak Detection (HVLD), the TS EVO provides reliable detection of microcracks or pinholes affecting the sterility of containers. The sophisticated detection system is a quality control differentiator compared to conventional benchtop equipment.

“As pharmaceutical companies continue to meet evolving and escalating demands, solutions that provide exacting product inspection without diminishing line speeds are increasingly attractive,” said Andrew Pietrangelo, President of Antares Vision North America. “Our Visual Rotating Inspection series utilizes state-of-the-art technology to combine precision with expedience, despite the difficult-to-inspect niche of liquids in glass containers. We look forward to showcasing its capabilities at INTERPHEX.”


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