Maximum Quality Control - METTLER TOLEDO
Case Study

Maximum Quality Control

Case Study
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Pharmaceutical company Cinfa produces more than 92 million products a year. The Spanish manufacturer exports its products globally and needs to comply with standards and guidelines such as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP). According to the strict demands of the pharmaceutical industry, products need to be complete and free of contamination to ensure product safety. Cinfa relies on product inspection equipment from METTLER TOLEDO with 11 checkweighers and latest metal detection technology.

Pharmaceutical Metal Detectors Support Compliance Needs

Brand protection is about more than just avoiding costly product recalls; it is focused on ensuring patient safety and maintaining credibility and trust. Dangerous metal contaminants can find their way into products through machine wear and tear. This can happen when pills and tablets are pressed. "We needed a highly sensitive metal detection system which meets the exacting standards in our industry. A system which is able to detect all kinds of metal encountered in our manufacturing process" states Oscar Torres, Engineering Manager at Cinfa.

Tablex-PRO Metal Detector  

The installed Tablex-PRO metal detector reliably inspects every single tablet and is able to detect metal contaminants less than 0.3 mm in diameter including ferrous, non-ferrous and stainless steel.

"The metal detectors were smoothly integrated with our tablet dedusters and other production line equipment. With the dedicated software we are in total control of our processes. To support requirements of FDA 21 CFR part 11 we are now able to capture electronic signatures and track user access" confirms Torres.

No Missing Blister Packs or Leaflet With a Completeness Check

The pharmaceutical industry has the strictest quality standards for a reason. Cinfa needs to ensure that the correct amount of blister packs are packed in each single carton and that all cartons contain the patient information leaflet. Checkweighing is a highly effective tool used in conjunction with a well-designed quality control programme. By installing checkweighers specifically designed for pharmaceutical production, Cinfa ensures all products are checked for completeness.

"The pharmaceutical checkweighers were seamlessly integrated into our production lines where weighing needs to be highly accurate and reliable. It allows us to make the production process transparent delivering real-time data on access management so that we can fully trace all system changes" explained Oscar Torres.

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