DATA’s tablet counter ICU 1-40 main features:
|Production Max Output |
(subject to trial confirmation)
|Bottles/min (100 count)||40|
|Bottles/min (<60 count)||45|
|Bottles/min (1000 count)||8|
|Bottle height||40-200 mm|
|Diameter / Width||2-20 mm|
|Input voltage||115 / 230 VAC 50 / 60Hz|
|Electrical connection||Single phase|
|Machine dimensions||L||1103 mm|
|W||300 mm (without PC)|
The ICU 1-40 has a vision-based system which provides accurate and automatic broken tablet detection. The machine can detect broken pieces as small as 0.5 mm.
Once a rejected tablet is detected (due to either breakage or size variation), filling of that specific container is halted and the container is immediately sent to the reject station, saving time and money. Other detection capabilities are size variations and overlap detection.
The ICU technology was developed as a technological solution rather than a mechanical one. This means that products do not need to be split into separate lines, nor fed one by one at specific intervals, as is often the case in conventional counting systems. They are, in fact, counted in bulk. Counting is carried out by advanced real-time mathematical vision-based algorithm, providing the most accurate counting results to date in the tablet counting industry.
The counting unit of the ICU 1-40 tablet counting machine is separated from the tracks, which significantly reduces dust accumulation. Moreover, the vision-based system incorporates a magnetic flap connection to minimize dust effects. Once dust does accumulate on the counting unit, the system provides an alert. Cleaning takes no more than 15 seconds with no need to disassemble the counting unit which is not a contact part.
Automatic product calibration is performed when products are placed on a specially designed calibration tool and scanned by the camera. All tablet data (size, shape, etc.) is set automatically, resulting in a very simple and accurate new product setup procedure, thus eliminating costly human errors.
The vision-based bulk counting machine is operated through a color, touch panel PC based system. Both internal and external machine functions are controlled through a single HMI in an unmatched standard.
The machine’s design enables the operator to observe and follow each product unit from the hopper to the bottle, significantly reducing the risk of cross-contamination.
With the vision-based system, all contact parts are designed for a tool-free release in accordance with GMP design. The fastest existing cleaning process to date is enabled by the machine’s small and lightweight parts, the fact that the counting unit is separated from the track, and that contact parts regulation doesn’t apply. A spare contact part kit enables a 5-minute changeover from one product to the next, compared to 1 hour in previous generation machines. Moreover, in-process cleaning is required only once every 8 hours and only in extreme dust conditions.