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    What are the key features of your pharmaceutical metal detectors?

    Manufactured from mirror-polished stainless steel, and incorporating pharmaceutical-grade FDA-approved contact parts throughout, METTLER TOLEDO Safeline's range of Tablex and Pharma GF-PRO metal detection systems provide compact, easy-clean, hygienic inspection solutions to meet the metal detection needs of pharmaceutical manufacturers.

    • Easy To Operate - operation is simple and depending on the operating system can be performed via a membrane style key panel or an intuitive, full colour touch screen interface.
    • Key Panel HMI - a robust, menu-driven membrane key panel provides access to the detectors operating system. A simple, multiple-language interface maximises operator efficiency and minimises training requirements. The operating system provides rapid auto set-up, product changeover and in-built performance verification routines, for reduced production downtime.
    • Touch Screen HMI - a full-colour touch-screen interface, with an intuitive icon-driven menu provides easy operator access to additional features. This interface simplifies procedures and places a host of valuable process information at the fingertips of your entire manufacturing team.
    • Flexible reject mechanisms to suit your application - a choice of two interchangeable reject devices are available on the Tablex 2 and Tablex-PRO metal detectors to suit all product types, applications and configurations. An integrated diverter is available for the Pharma GF-PRO metal detector.
      • Side Diverter is suitable for use in vertically restricted height installations and offers the shortest overall throughout length. IP65 sealing enables in-situ cleaning to take place.
      • Lift Flap Diverter is ideal for straight-line product flow. IP66 sealing enables in-situ cleaning to take place.
      • Integrated Diverter – for use with the Safeline Pharma GF-PRO metal detector, it incorporates a fully integrated high speed reject device to divert contaminated product flow
    • Emulation – available on Safeline's Tablex-PRO and Pharma GF-PRO, Emulation enables line operators and quality personnel to extend and remotely control these pharmaceutical metal detectors from networked devices, providing easier access to data records and reports.

    What metal detection standards are used in the pharmaceutical industry?

    Pharmaceutical tablet metal detectors such as Safeline's Tablex 2 and Tablex-PRO, should be installed after tablet presses, de-dusters and other pharmaceutical process equipment, enabling manufacturers to comply with the needs of both internal standards and external regulatory requirements.

    All METTLER TOLEDO Safeline pharmaceutical metal detectors support compliance with pharmaceutical regulatory standards and external codes of practice including:

    • 21 CFR Part 210 - GMP Predicate Rule
    • 21 CFR Part 211 - GMP Predicate Rule
    • 21 CFR Part 11 - Electronic Records & Signatures
    • Good Automated Manufacturing Practice (GAMP).

    Do you provide pharmaceutical metal detectors at different sizes to accommodate smaller production spaces?

    METTLER TOLEDO Safeline's Tablex 2 and Tablex-PRO metal detectors are designed to inspect pharmaceutical tablets and capsules for any possible metal contamination encountered in pharmaceutical manufacturing processes. Systems are available in three standard aperture sizes to accommodate a wide variety of tablet and capsule sizes and throughput rates. There is also a choice of two interchangeable reject devices to suit all product types, applications and configurations.

    Our Pharma GF-PRO metal detectors provide efficient inspection of powdered and granular pharmaceutical products under free-fall conditions, a process as important as inspecting tablets and capsules. Pharma GF metal detectors are compact in size, enabling installation to take place in highly restricted spaces. Apertures are available in a choice of two standard sizes to accommodate a wide variety of throughputs. A fully integrated high-speed reject device can also be incorporated to divert contaminated product flow. These can be rapidly dismantled and re-assembled (without the need for tools) for easy cleaning.

    What is the correct testing procedure for a pharmaceutical metal detector?

    It is important that manufacturers understand how to verify the performance of their pharmaceutical metal detectors; if the system is not correctly tested at regular intervals, manufacturers run the risk of failing to comply with standards that could pose a serious threat to their business.

    When implementing a metal detection test procedure, manufacturers must firstly ensure their metal detector meets the required detection standards and is set up within the sensitivity guidelines.

    Guidance is given on non-ferrous and stainless steel ball sizes that can be detected, based upon actual ferrous ball size detected. Test tablets are the most common format for test samples used to test and verify pharmaceutical metal detector performance. Testing procedure checks include detector performance levels and complete system integrity/functionality.

    In-built pharmaceutical industry specific performance validation software (PPVR) provides intuitive, systematic guidance for quality assurance testing. Test routines can be configured to ensure that system performance is validated and results are captured in order to meet internal procedures and external industry standards or regulations.

    There are no mandatory guidelines on the frequency of tests, unless these have been identified by a retailer code of practice or by requirements from a customer or external agency. However, it is recommended that testing is carried out at the start and end of each shift and of each new product run, and should be clearly documented within standard operating procedures.

    METTLER TOLEDO offers a wide range of products and services designed to support manufacturers in ensuring compliance with regulatory standards, and provides guidance on metal detector testing procedures

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    What is a validation and verification procedure in pharmaceutical metal detection?

    Validation is the initial qualification of a product or process against the stated design specification and belongs at the start of the pharmaceutical metal detector lifecycle when it is first installed into the production line. Re-validation may also be required if substantial modifications to the metal detector, or the products being inspected are made at any point after installation.

    Validation procedures usually involve both internal and external parties. A well-executed and carefully carried out installation phase is the foundation of worry-free and efficient use of the metal detector. Therefore, equipment manufacturers are in a strong position to support their customers throughout the installation/start-up process by making sure that the equipment:

    • Is capable of detecting the relevant foreign body contaminant types which may occur in the products being produced
    • Complies with relevant industry standards and regulations
    • Complies with quality management system audits and relevant legislation applicable to the country in which the equipment is installed
    • Supports proof of due diligence
    • Operates as intended when at factory default settings aligned to the customer's product
    • Is adjusted properly so that the equipment operates as intended, and to the specification set
    • Is installed correctly with reference to system peripheral devices and reject systems
    • Can be used properly and effectively by operators, so that they can enjoy maximum benefit from the features that the metal detector offers.

    The verification procedure ensures that pharmaceutical metal detector remains complaint against sensitivity standards and metal detection policies. The metal detector is periodically verified (typically at 6 to 12 month intervals) to ensure compliance and demonstrate due diligence. In addition, verification ensures that the metal detector:

    • Continues to operate in accordance with the specified sensitivity standard
    • Continues to reject contaminated product on detection of metal
    • Has effective additional warning/signalling devices (e.g. alarm conditions, reject confirmation)
    • Has fail safe systems installed and are functioning correctly
    • Complies with all current safety standards.

    METTLER TOLEDO offers a wide range of products and services designed to support manufacturers in ensuring compliance with regulatory standards, and provides guidance on the validation, verification and monitoring for product inspection equipment.

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