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Fully Automated Visual Inspection System

Tofflon has developed a fully automatic machine that uses light to inspect vials, medicine bottles, or infusion containers for glass fragments, aluminum particles, rubber grains, hairs, fibers, or other contaminants. It also detects damaged containers with cracks or inclusions (microscopic imperfections), automatically removing faulty or contaminated products. In order to cover all production processes for freeze-dried pharmaceuticals, Tofflon needed to create an open, consistent, and module-based automation concept.

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  • SUPPLIER
  • Beckhoff
    Beckhoff implements open automation systems based on PC Control technology. Products that can be used as separate components or integrated into a complete and seamless control system are available for all industries.
  • TECHNOLOGIES
  • Automation & Control - Automation & Process Control Systems
  • INDUSTRIES
  • Equipment & Machinery
  • FUNCTIONS
  • Discrete Manufacturing
  • USE CASES
  • Manufacturing System Automation
  • ABOUT CUSTOMER
  • Tofflon is world's largest manufacturer of Freezer Dryers in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.
  • CUSTOMER NAME
  • Tofflon
  • CONNECTIVITY PROTOCOLS
  • Other frequency
  • SOLUTION
  • A Beckhoff Embedded PC running TwinCAT automation software controls the advanced inspection process. Tofflon runs its fully automatic inspection system with a PC leveraging EtherCAT as the fieldbus system, a variety of terminals, and TwinCAT software as the integrated PLC and Motion Control platform.

  • DATA COLLECTED
  • Contamination Level, Fault Detection, Fill Levels Of Containers
  • OPERATIONAL IMPACT
  • Impact #1
    [Management Effectiveness - Real Time Information]
    TwinCAT automation software enables control cycles in the microsecond range.
    Impact #2
    [Data Management - Data Collection]
    The automation platform enabled the open, consistent, and module-based automation concept that is required for a scalable solution.
    Impact #3
  • QUANTITATIVE BENEFIT
  • Benefit #1

    The EtherCAT-based control platform allows synchronization performance far below 100 microseconds, enabling new process improvement opportunities.

    Benefit #2

    Compared with the manual inspection of pharmaceutical containers, automatic visual system delivers quality improvements, detecting 100% of contaminants.

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