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AstraZeneca vial weighing system

A pair of automated vial weighing systems for AstraZeneca that tare weigh, re-weigh, sort, cap, decap and barcode read screw capped glass vials.
Labman custom system: Astrazeneca vial weighing system

Key features

Touch Screen InterfaceTouch screen interface allows simple operation
Colour Coding Vial StatusColour coded caps indicate vial status
Capping & De-Capping of VialsDe-capping and capping of vials
Weighing ProtocolsConfigurable weighing protocols
Bowl-fed ConsumablesBowl-fed consumables
SOAP Database InterfaceSOAP Database Interface

Overview

System Overview.

Delivered in 2004, a pair of Labman weighing robots have been running non-stop at AstraZeneca. Each robot has the functionality to tare weigh, re-weigh, sort, cap, decap and barcode read screw capped glass vials. To reduce the footprint of the robots, Labman implemented bowl feeders to automatically feed vials and caps into the robot workspace. This significantly reduces set-up time for the operator and allows the robots to work unattended overnight. The vial barcode and weight information is accessed and updated via an external database using a SOAP interface. Labman employed custom sorting algorithms to place the vials into various rack zones and to also add different coloured caps to indicate hazardous substances.

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