Measurement Sensors for the Medical and Pharmaceutical Industry

The integration of advanced measurement sensors and systems into the medical and pharmaceutical industry ensures the safety, efficiency, and quality of healthcare. The fact that even the most minute deviation in medical devices can often mean the difference between life and a fatal outcome only underscores the importance of precise measurement.

To ensure high levels of precision and accuracy, the medical and pharmaceutical industry relies on precise measurement sensors for various inspections and quality control checks. A high level of precision significantly affects the reliability of both medical equipment and pharmaceutical products, which in turn improves patient outcomes.

Importance of Precision Measurements in the Medical and Pharmaceutical Industry

As stated, precision is crucial in the medical and pharmaceutical industry, and even the slightest deviation in the dimensions or composition of equipment and drugs can lead to disastrous results. Because of that, the industry demands adherence to strict standards and protocols that ensure that each product is of the highest possible quality and safety specification.

Measuring sensors, such as thrubeam sensors and 2D/3D profilers, are therefore necessary to achieve higher levels of precision. They allow manufacturers to control the production process and ensure unparalleled quality control of their products.

Medical Device and Syringe Inspection

The production of medical devices — such as needles, syringes, scalpels, and precision tweezers — often involves intricate designs that demand precision. Measurement sensors are often used for quality control purposes, such as measuring the dimensional accuracy of syringes, the shape and dimensions of injection needle tips, and the shape and dimensions of other devices.

These sensors ensure that the defective products get redirected on the production line long before they reach the packaging stage. Ampoule and vial dimensional inspection is also performed using sensors such as an optical micrometer.

Pill and Tablet Inspection

In pharmaceuticals, precision measurement sensors inspect several different aspects of pills and tablets—most notably their size, weight, and composition standards. These ensure the chemical uniformity and consistency of the product; laser sensors and machine vision are particularly useful in discerning misshaped, discolored, and inadequately coated pills and tablets.

Medical Equipment and Component Inspection

Medical equipment, ranging from mere tools to complex machines, also undergoes thorough inspections. These inspections rely on precise measurement sensors, which ensure that all the equipment and components meet specified requirements and tolerances necessary for the proper functioning of said equipment.

Integrating Measurement Sensors into Medical and Pharmaceutical Inspection Processes

Integrating measurement sensors into the medical and pharmaceutical inspection process ensures that the products adhere to strict industry standards and are thus safe to use. If you’re looking to integrate measurement sensors, KEYENCE has you covered. The TM-X5000 Series of thrubeam micrometer sensors is capable of providing fast and accurate measurements by capturing the silhouette of a target object, which is particularly useful in ampoule integrity verification and needle quality control.

Other sensors, such as the LK-G5000 Series, are often used to measure the uniform thickness of IV bags, while the LJ-X8000 Series often finds its use in pharmaceutical industries, where it inspects blister packaging for tears of missing tablets.
Interested in streamlining your medical and pharmaceutical inspection processes? Look no further than KEYENCE's range of measurement sensors. From thrubeam micrometers to laser displacement sensors, we have the perfect solution for you! Contact KEYENCE today to find out more!