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Gasporox VialArch™ headspace analysis sensor for automated high speed pharma container testing
Gasporox AB has introduced the VialArch™ sensor module as a completely non-destructive and non-intrusive inspection sensor for headspace analysis (HSA) and container closure integrity testing (CCIT) of pharma and other highly regulated packaging.
Formally launched at CPhI Worldwide 2021 in Milan, the VialArch can measure headspace oxygen levels across a wide range of pharmaceutical and parenteral packaging, including tubular, molded, and amber vials, ampoules and bottles.
VialArch Design and Technology
The VialArch incorporates Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy (TDLAS) technology, based on the principle that every gas molecule absorbs light in a unique way at certain wavelengths. As the laser is tuned across a particular gas absorption line, there will be a change in intensity of the light after some distance of travel through the monitored gas. From this, the concentration of Oxygen (O2) can be isolated and quantified.
This non-destructive deterministic testing technology has the unique advantage that it can detect whether any integrity breach has taken place unlike other non-invasive methods that can only see leaks that are present at the time of testing.
VialArch can be used for HeadSpace Analysis (HSA) and Container Closure Integrity Testing (CCIT) as demanded by USP 1207 and EC Annex 1 guidelines. It is offered as a compact and robust module that can be integrated into in-line inspection or production lines for 100% testing of CCIT and quality control at up to 600 units per minute.
Installation is almost ‘plug and play’with the module only requiring setting for container diameter and belt speed. The module runs with automatic triggering, with no external cues needed. It is self-calibrating and requires no daily maintenance. The module will then deliver residual oxygen measurements that are 100% accurate while remaining non-intrusive and non-destructive.
Other benefits include no need for nitrogen purging and has a very compact footprint with the module measuring just 90 mm high x 170 mm wide x 70 mm deep for the Arch sensor and 100 mm x 200 mm x 200 mm for the accompanying 2 kg control box.
The sensor module is available in aluminium for light weight (1kg) or in stainless steel for aseptic CIP applications.
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