Much of the innovation in drug processing and packaging can be attributed to pollution reduction strategies that require innovation in robotics. At PACK EXPO 2022, sterile Showcased a new 3D Robotic Control and Selection Solution (3D CPS) that includes both robotics and vision systems. The system was developed in partnership with ISS – Innovative Security Solutions, a spin-off of the renowned technical university Politecnico di Milano in Europe.
The Robotics 3D Control and Picking solution is particularly suitable for capping and prepackaging for small batches that require a sterile environment, such as personalized medicine, cell production and gene therapies.
as such Federico Fumagalli, Steriline’s chief commercial officer, explained at the show that the company continues to innovate with robots in its aseptic packaging machines, and is developing its robotics in-house to deliver intelligent movement and activities often performed by people. In many cases, he said, the robotic arm will go from A to B and B to A, but this app shows how robots can be programmed with a 3D camera that scans — in this case life hatFinds a good path to move on, picks up the stopper and puts it on the flask.
“The 3D automated control and capture solution is a mechatronic component with a vision system that can detect tools within a specific area and adapt their function based on relative feedback,” Steriline reports. “It consists of a robotic arm, a picker, a stereoscopic infrared (IR) vision system and path-planning software, access to a recipe database and interpretation of input data from the sensors.”
- The robotic arm moves the crane throughout the work area, and its dimensions can be adjusted based on the length of the cranes.
- Sophisticated algorithms create paths to allow the picker, located at the end of the arm, to reach the item, pick it up, and then transport it to its final destination.
- These paths are generated based on information received by a 3D vision system that uses a stereoscopic measurement technology: the infrared source emits an infrared light pattern visible to optical sensors and not to the human eye. The scattering of light is detected, obtaining a profile of the scene. This technology allows the system to independently create reliable paths for simpler and more linear motions and avoid any collision with the surrounding environment.
“In the pharmaceutical industry, reducing particle release during sensitive processes makes a difference because it reduces the risk of contamination,” said Fumagali, whose vision was to use robots to avoid contamination in primary packaging. “With this in mind, we searched for various solutions on how to remove key parts that increased particle dispersal during, in this case, capping and capping operations, so we chose to replace the hopper, vibrating cup, and linear glide with integrated robots with a sighting system.”
Partners have also sought to simplify coordination changes. “Flexibility is definitely an added value to robotic solutions,” added Alessandro Caprioli, partner at ISS – Innovative Security Solutions. “In fact, with standard solutions, the production process and the relative mechanical parts need to be reconfigured in order to manage or handle a different container. With an automated application, you generally just need to set up a different recipe via the software.”
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