The Genesis Vial Inspection Platform is designed to be added either prior to or after existing capping operations to achieve additional inspection criteria.
The VIP has a main star wheel and a discharge star wheel so that non conforming product can be rejected without human intervention before the vial picks an aluminum seal. When placed in front of the existing capping equipment, it can be used to test for single or multiple attributes such as raised stopper detection, head space analysis or the presence of moisture using near IR technology. When integrated after the capping process, the Genesis VIP can be used to apply and verify lot numbers or other identifying features or could again be used as a platform for testing analysis. The VIP is designed to easily integrate with all forms of Westcappers as well as most other commonly used capping machines.
Meeting Annex 1 Compliance
In the case of Section 121 of Annex 1 which states:
“Vials with missing or displaced stoppers should be rejected prior to capping. Where human intervention is required at the capping station, appropriate technology should be used to prevent direct contact with the vials and to minimize microbial contamination.”
The Genesis VIP can be added to an existing line just prior to the capping operation and use a two camera system to measure 100% of the vials against a pre-determined raised stopper height standard. In this case each measurement is taken by determining the distance between the top surface of the vial and the bottom surface of the stopper. Once again, non conforming vials are rejected, prior to capping without human intervention.
As for meeting Section 123 of Annex 1:
“Containers sealed under vacuum should be tested for maintenance of that vacuum after an appropriate, pre-determined period.”
The VIP Solution
Through the use of the VIP vials can be inspected at a later time by mounting a laser headspace analysis system such as produced by Lighthouse Instruments to determine if a vial has indeed held vacuum.