Smart Camera Mimics Humans Decision Making Process in a Vial Crimp Quality Automated Inspection Process
Delgado, Jorge R.
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Crimp quality is an important attribute in the vial filling process. It protects the sterility of the product from manufacturing until it is dispensed. A pharmaceutical company performed a Failure Mode and Effect Analysis to identify potential risks in its existing capping operation. Due to the severity of crimp failures, even risks with low occurrence have a moderate to high risk level, unless detectability of such defects is certain. Introducing a manual inspection process in parallel with the crimp process is not practical for high volume products. PC-Based vision systems are complex, expensive and require floor space, rarely available in an existing operation. Advances in smart cameras have allowed the development of a vision system capable of mimicking the human decision making process in discriminating between good and bad crimps at low cost with minimum impact to the operation. Key Terms ⎯ Automatic Inspection, Crimp Quality, Smart Camera, Vision System.