Tofflon has developed a fully automatic machine that uses light to inspect vials, medicine bottles, or infusion containers for glass fragments, aluminum particles, rubber grains, hairs, fibers, or other contaminants. It also detects damaged containers with cracks or inclusions (microscopic imperfections), automatically removing faulty or contaminated products. In order to cover all production processes for freeze-dried pharmaceuticals, Tofflon needed to create an open, consistent, and module-based automation concept.
A Beckhoff Embedded PC running TwinCAT automation software controls the advanced inspection process. Tofflon runs its fully automatic inspection system with a PC leveraging EtherCAT as the fieldbus system, a variety of terminals, and TwinCAT software as the integrated PLC and Motion Control platform.