Assembly Automation Case Studies: Lead pot robotic handling system of radioactive vials

Client: Confidential Pharmaceutical Company
Part: Lead Pot containing radioactive material
Machine supplied: Lead Pot Robotic Handling System
Overview: This system was designed and manufactured in order to give the customer the ability to handle an unstable radioactive material safely within their production environment. TQC developed this system alongside the client from the feasibility study stage through to implementation.
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Key features:

  • Fully Automated Production Facility for the Medical Industry
  • GAMP 4 Compliant Project
  • Clean Room Environment
  • Automated Heavy Lead Pot Handling
  • Comms for MIS
  • Radioactive Product at Low Temperature
  • Toshiba SCARA robotic handling
  • Robot Payload 14Kg
  • Product Storage at below –23°C
  • Flexlink conveyor system
  • Touch Screen HMI terminal with Allen Bradley SLC5/04 PLC Control and Controlnet Flex I/O
  • Barcode reading & product tracking and colour recognition

The special purpose automatic system was designed and manufactured for the automated handling of lead pots that contained radioactive vials. TQC were involved from feasibility study through process validation exercises and then into the full engineering of the automation system to result in a fully accepted facility.


Lead Pot Robot Handling System detail

The radioactive drug needed to be chilled to below –23°C within a short space of time. Due to the temperature and the radioactivity of the product it was important that during the process the product was away from human contact.

The storage of the product was remote to the production area, which needed TQC to develop a specially designed mobile freezer system. TQC provided full project management facilities integrating robots, conveyor systems, pallet docking stations, mobile freezers, control system etc all within a GAMP 4 project.

The system process involves docking of an empty mobile freezer unit, this is then filled with empty pots. The pots are then chilled to the storage temperature. To fill the chilled pots, the robots open the mobile freezer drawers and sequentially unload each pot and loads it onto a transfer conveyor. After filling a second robot, the system loads a second mobile freezer with the pots. This complete process is carried out to tight timescales to ensure the product is swiftly chilled and the low temperature is maintained.


Details from the fully automated robot system handling radioactive materials

 

 

 

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