PakScan is a non-destructive, multi-product seal integrity tester for pouches, sachets and flexible packaging.

Using force decay technology, the Sepha PakScan is a non-destructive, multi-product seal integrity tester developed to verify package integrity of non-porous flexible packaging. The machine offers a clean and dry leak detection test solution for modern manufacturers and packaging companies that pack dry product in pouches, sachets, bags and stick packs containing dry powder or solid components/medical devices.

The Sepha PakScan is a non-destructive test method. The machine performs a dry seal integrity test enabling manufactures to recover packs that have passed the leak test and return them to the production line.

The system can identify gross holes, leaks and weak seals down to 10μm* in up to 10 packs simultaneously within 30 seconds. The method provides deterministic and objective results, visualised on the result screen via a pass or fail for each individual packet. The software is developed in line with FDA 21 CFR Part 11 regulations enabling manufactures to store and export data for audit purposes, while protecting reports from being edited or deleted.

The PakScan is suitable for flexible packaging made from non-porous material including  PVC, PVDC, Aclar and Aluminium foils and laminates. The system offers standard configurations to include 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 or 10 packs and can be customised to accommodate larger packs. The table below shows the different pack sizes per configuration:

 

* Pack and material dependent

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Features

  • Non-destructive seal integrity and leak detection device that uses force decay technology to detect weak seals and holes down to 10µm*
  • Can test up to 10 packs simultaneously (standard configurations: 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 & 10 packs)
  • Capable of handling dry, non-porous packages
  • User defined password protection ensuring multiple operator use
  • Easily validated system
  • Repeatable test with deterministic and objective pass/fail results
  • Test results can be printed, exported via USB (2x) or integrated into local quality control system via Ethernet cable
  • Active Directory and OPC connectivity available on request
  • System can be run in compliance with 21 CFR Part 11
  • Pack Type
    Sachets, pouches, bags and MAP (flexible, non-porous materials)
  • Pack Size
    See table
  • Test Cycle Time
    From 20 secs.
  • Measurement Ranges
    Down to hole size of 10 micron
  • Operation
    Semi–automatic
  • Machine Construction
    All product contact areas are constructed from stainless steel (grade 316) and are cGMP compliant.
  • Utilities
    - Electrical: 110/230V Single Phase AC 50/60Hz - Air: Min. 20L/min at 0.6Mpa [ISO8573-1:2010 CLASS 2]
  • Configuration Options
    2x USB Ports, 1x Ethernet Port
  • User Interfaces
    12.1 inch HDMI resistive touchscreen (1280 x 800 resolution)
  • Tooling Changeover
    Approx. 1 minute
  • Audit Compliance
    System can be run in compliance with 21 CFR Part 11
  • Machine Dimensions (excl. screen)
    670mm (L) x 760mm (W) x 882mm (H)
  • Machine Dimensions (incl. screen)
    670mm (L) x 1042mm (W) x 1195mm (H)
  • Machine Weight
    200kg
  • Shipping Weight
    260kg
  • Warranty
    Supplied with a 12-month warranty. (Extended warranties are available for additional support).

Drug stability testing in laboratories 

R&D departments test materials to ensure the correct materials are used to protect new products from contamination by moisture, air and bacteria.

QA Testing of packaging processes 

Build leak tests into the Quality Assurance procedures for your packaging line. Objective seal testing ensures the integrity of the packaging process.

Reduce production rejects

Minimise reject pouches and sachets and waste disposal created in pharmaceutical production and packaging facilities by carrying out leak testing more frequently. Earlier detection of a leak means line operators can troubleshoot the cause of a leak before a large volume of faulty packages are produced.

Non-destructive test generates less waste and bigger product yield

  • The non-contact method is clean and dry, unlike destructive leak testing methods (e.g. Methylene Blue Dye Test) and does not destroy test product or packaging.
  • Tested product can be retrieved from faulty packs and repackaged.
  • Packs which pass the leak test can be put back onto the production line.

Accurate, validated results for each pouch or sachet

  • Detects holes down to 10 microns.
  • Automatically stores product-specific data in pre-designated file locations. PakScan verifies the product to be tested before each cycle.
  • Totally objective results as no operator intervention is required
  • Pass or fail criteria can be set to the same micron level as your existing Methylene Blue Dye Test.
  • Result data is stored and can be printed or downloaded to other storage devices for further analysis.

Quicker troubleshooting for line set-up to reduce rejects

  • Fast test cycle means that leak testing can be carried out more frequently.
  • Earlier detection of leaks allows line operators to investigate the cause of the failed seal more quickly, so fewer faulty packs are produced on the line.

Easy to use

  • No special technical skills required.
  • Touch screen operator interface.
  • 1 Minute product changeover.

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