DATA’s tablet counter ICU 4-160 main features:
|Production Max Output |
(subject to trial confirmation)
|Bottles/min (100 count)||140|
|Bottles/min (<60 count)||160|
|Bottle height||40-200 mm|
|Diameter / Width||2-20 mm|
|Input voltage||115 / 230 VAC 50 / 60Hz|
|Electrical connection||Single phase|
|Machine dimensions||L||1150 mm|
|W||1165 mm (without PC)|
The ICU 4-160 has a vision-based system that provides precise and automated broken tablet detection. The counter machine can detect defective or damaged pieces as small as 0.5 mm.
Once a rejected tablet is identified (due to either breakage or size variation), filling of that particular container is halted, and the container is instantly sent to the reject station, saving time and money. Other detection capabilities are size variations and overlap detection.
DATA’s 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 traditional counting systems. They are, in fact, counted in bulk. Counting is done by advanced mathematical vision-based algorithms in real-time, providing the most accurate and reliable counting results to date.
The counting unit of the ICU 4-160 tablet counter machine is separated from the tracks, which significantly decreases dust accumulation. Furthermore, the vision-based system includes a magnetic flap connection to reduce 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.
Automated 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 an effortless and accurate new product setup method, thus eliminating costly human errors.
The vision-based bulk counter is operated through a color touch panel PC based system. Both internal and external machine functions are controlled by a single HMI in an unmatched standard.
The design of the machine allows the operator to observe and follow each product from the hopper to the bottle, reducing the risk of cross-contamination significantly.
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 components, 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 five-minute changeover from one product to another, compared to one hour in previous generation counting machines. Furthermore, in-process cleaning is required only once every 8 hours and only in extreme dust conditions.