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DIR looks to bring 100%
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A high-tech solution for non-invasive
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Volume 3 Issue 15
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n Israel, DIR Technologies is reporting
success in repurposing cutting-edge
military thermal imaging t...
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Full batch verification
DIR introduced its first equipment 2013 and this has
since been undergoing extensive beta testi...
Future markets
The same technology could in future be adapted away from induction seals to work on other types of pack sea...
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The need for an alternative to sampling verification procedures is a trend across the packaging industry – and is one equipment innovators are looking to meet with remote scanning technologies. Having proven its technology with extensive beta-tests in the demanding segment of pharmaceutical packaging, DIR is now poised to enter more mainstream markets. At Pack Expo 2015 in Las Vegas on 28-30 September it will showcase a new model, the I2VS Lite.
The proposition for converter will be the same – increased quality assurance and the ability to take remedial action immediately a problem is detected, cutting wastage and costs. At the same show, DIR is also planning to debut a heat sealing inspection system called DIR Eye, fitted to a Shemesh Automation SealPro machine. The DIR Eye is looking to tap new markets in the cosmetics and food segments.

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DIR Technologies | DIR looks to bring 100% real time infrared inspection to the packaging industry - Advanced Packaging Technology World Aug 2015

  1. 1. advanced packaging technology world The journal of advanced packaging technology volume 3 issue 15 18 August 2015 Smithers PIr a Special reports Trakrap takes cold wrapping into new markets Schreiner MediPharma labels respond to new regulatory demands New generation of PE antioxidants given green light by FDA DIR looks to bring 100% real-time infrared inspection to packaging industry advanced packaging technology world provides authoritative analysis of technology and market trends in active and intelligent, flexible, smart, and interactive packaging.
  2. 2. DIR looks to bring 100% real-time infrared inspection to packaging industry A high-tech solution for non-invasive checking of induction heat seals is now coming to market 8
  3. 3. Volume 3 Issue 15 9 n Israel, DIR Technologies is reporting success in repurposing cutting-edge military thermal imaging technology for the packaging industry. Its Induction Integrity Verification System (I2VS) allows for the inline verification of the foil induction seals on every unit of a run of bottles. This is now being adopted by major firms in the pharmaceuticals segment – like Pfizer – and was recently acknowledged with a Best Innovation Award at the process industry trade show Achema 2015, held in Frankfurt on 15-19 June. Commenting on this Fabian Schapiro, DIR vice president of marketing and sales, says: ‘This award is another symbol of the growing recognition of our technology and the benefit of our inspection solutions for pharmaceutical manufacturers around the world. ‘DIR has gone beyond innovation with a solution that is truly unique and that we believe will eventually become the new industry standard.’ Advanced Packaging Technology World spoke exclusively to Schapiro. He explained the specialist technology underpinning the I2VS and revealed the company is planning to launch a new model to expand into higher volume packaging markets. Military pedigree The DIR verification platform is based on thermal imaging that uses emissions in the infrared section of the spectrum to examine whether a bottle is properly sealed. This technology is well understood around the world, and has made the transition from use in military equipment, like night vision goggles, into commercial devices like smartphones. Israel’s long history of conflict means its defence sector – and infrared imaging equipment – is one of the most technically advanced in the world. It is this expertise that DIR has been able to leverage to give a unique solution for sealing verification. The company was spun off from military systems developer SemiConductor Devices (SCD) in 2009, and continues to work in partnership with local defence sector companies, Rafael and Elbit Systems. Schapiro says: ‘DIR is the first company in the world to leverage highly sensitive thermal imaging technology for the packaging industry and, in particular, for pharmaceutical primary packagers. Combined with sophisticated analysis algorithms, the company has developed an inspection method that did not previously exist, and promises to change the status quo for quality and process control. The standard method today for sealing integrity inspection is manual sampling, whereas the I2VS promises 100% passive, hands-off, non-destructive, in-line testing of every single bottle.’ Sensitivity He continues: ‘The sensitive technology utilised by DIR enables the I2VS to inspect sealing integrity – seeing through opaque bottle caps as if they are not there. Although other forms of infrared have been used in the pharmaceutical industry before, the thermal imaging technology that DIR uses is the only one sensitive enough to achieve these results. ‘The I2VS is calibrated to various pharmaceutical packaging lines, depending on the types of cap and bottles in use. DIR’s analysis software translates the thermal image data in comprehensive, operator-friendly information, providing an immediate accept or reject for every bottle. In addition, the system provides an indication of what the likely fault is, enabling operators to amend issues in real time, and also avoid problems pre-emptively.’ I The sensitive technology utilised by DIR enables the I2VS to inspect sealing integrity – seeing through opaque bottle caps as if they are not there ‘ ’ advanced packaging technology world Infrared signatures can reveal production faults – like an incompletely sealed foil top under a plastic cap (centre) Source: DIR Technologies
  4. 4. 10 Full batch verification DIR introduced its first equipment 2013 and this has since been undergoing extensive beta testing with a number of pharmaceutical companies across the world. The Haifa-based equipment builder has deployed the same technology for in-line verification of the sealing of sachet packaging – again for use initially in the pharmaceuticals segment – with its SFM module (see inset). DIR’s cameras can scan every unit in a production run, with no detrimental effect on throughput speed. It reports the fastest current installation of I2VS operates at a speed of 400 bottles per minute. For firms operating in high-value, life-critical industries like pharmaceuticals this offers a compelling alternative to current verification techniques based on periodic, destructive sampling, and human inspection. Schapiro adds: ‘We are initiating a big change in the packaging industry and it is forward-thinking pharmaceutical companies that are implementing it. It is not easy to implement a new technology in an industry that is so highly regulated and thus very conservative. It is the change-makers – companies that are innovative in their own right – who are leading the way. They are doing this for one simple reason: the benefits are clear. Ultimate quality assurance, detecting issues, and amending them in real time is very valuable. Preventing them from occurring in the first place can be even more significant. Preventing the added labour costs, work-backs, production downtime and material waste associated with handling defects is important. When you check 100% in real time, it is a big change.’ I2VS Lite The need for an alternative to sampling verification procedures is a trend across the packaging industry – and is one equipment innovators are looking to meet with remote scanning technologies. In Sweden Gasporax is commercialising tuneable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS) than can detect faults in modified atmosphere packages (MAP), inspecting all packs on high-speed lines (see Advanced Packaging Technology World 2.17, 15 September 2014). Having proven its technology with extensive beta-tests in the demanding segment of pharmaceutical packaging, DIR is now poised to enter more mainstream markets. At Pack Expo 2015 in Las Vegas on 28-30 September it will showcase a new model, the I2VS Lite. Schapiro says: ‘The I2VS Lite a simpler version of the I2VS optimised for non-pharmaceutical packaging sectors – in segments like food and beverages, cosmetics, and cleaning products. It has the same core technology and capabilities in detection and analytics, but does not have all the elements built to comply with the stringent pharmaceutical packaging manufacturing regulations.’ The proposition for converter will be the same – increased quality assurance and the ability to take remedial action immediately a problem is detected, cutting wastage and costs. At the same show, DIR is also planning to debut a heat sealing inspection system called DIR Eye, fitted to a Shemesh Automation SealPro machine. The DIR Eye is looking to tap new markets in the cosmetics and food segments. advanced packaging technology worldVolume 3 Issue 15 We are initiating a big change in the packaging industry and it is forward-thinking pharmaceutical companies that are implementing it – When you check 100% in real time, it is a big change ‘ ’ High-end infrared platforms like I2VS can be calibrated to scan through a range of plastic tops fitted over foil container seals Source: Enercron Launched in March 2015, DIR Technologies’s Sachet Full Monitoring (SFM) inspection device adapts the infrared scanning of the I2VS to sachet packaging.The non-invasive technique allows for the monitoring of all packages on a sachet roll. The SFM is being sold as a module for integration into existing lines for converters and fillers operating in the pharmaceutical and personal care segments. It is also being offered as a component of the sachet machinery manufactured by German equipment builder MediSeal. In this application the DIR system operates at up to 100 cycles per minute and can see inside aluminium, polyethylene, polyethylene terephthalate (PET), paper, and Tyvek laminates. Sachet inspection
  5. 5. Future markets The same technology could in future be adapted away from induction seals to work on other types of pack sealing. It could also have applications in checking for foreign objects or fill levels inside opaque plastic containers – providing a more sensitive alternative to weighing mechanisms, especially for less heavy goods. In April 2015, DIR announced the signing of a five-year joint development accord with Pfizer to further evolve its technology, building on positive response of trails of the I2VS. This will include a project to produce a ‘new system intended to perform 100% in-line inspection of tablets and capsules.’ This public backing from one of the biggest names in the pharmaceutical industry, which has already road-tested the system, should help convince the mainstream packaging industry of the usefulness of I2VS platform, once the new simplified model goes on sale. The trickle down of technology from advanced military systems can offer demonstrable time and cost savings for checking seals, and allow a move away from invasive product sampling techniques. The less stringent qualification code for new packaging equipment in these segments means its penetration could be rapid, provided the DIR platform can match the typically quicker throughput speeds on converting lines for fast-moving consumer goods ■ 11 advanced packaging technology worldVolume 3 Issue 15 provides authoritative analysis of technology and market trends in active and intelligent, flexible, smart, and interactive packaging. Smithers Pira is a leading consultancy business with major publishing and conference activities, serving retail supply chain technologies. © Smithers Pira 2015 ISSN 2049-5862 Published by Smithers Pira Cleeve Road, Leatherhead Surrey KT22 7RU, UK T +44(0)1372 802080 F +44(0)1372 802079 E publications@smitherspira.com www.smitherspira.com Editor John Nelson Head of Digital Publishing Dan Rogers advanced packaging technology world

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