In DATA’s ICI-based systems the items to be counted do not need to be separated over different lines and they do not need to be fed one by one or spaced at specific intervals, as is often the case in conventional counting systems. They are, in fact, counted in bulk as they free-fall vertically through the detection unit at a continuous and uniform falling rate.
A DATA ICI counting unit counts small objects at a speed that is virtually the same as the speed of weighing. Counting rates of up to 25,000 objects per minute can be achieved for objects as small as 0.5mm and a single system can be configured to handle a wide range of object shapes. Advanced mathematical algorithms ensure 100% accuracy by analyzing multiple views of the falling objects.
The tablet/capsule counting systems typically used by the pharma industry today are essentially mechanical solutions in which the tablets are carefully aligned at specific intervals so that they can be counted one at a time. These systems typically have a large footprint, and require high maintenance to deal with the dust generated when packaging non-coated tablets.
DATA’s ICU-based systems are the first to bring a vision-based bulk tablet/capsule counting technology to the pharma industry – using cutting-edge, real-time image processing to count multiple objects in bulk on one wide track. Because the counting unit and the tablet-carrying module are separate, ICU-based systems are remarkably insensitive to dust and easy to maintain.
ICU bulk counting is 100% accurate, based on an advanced algorithm developed by a multi-disciplinary team of experts in electronics, optics, mechanics and computer science.