Calibration

It is extremely important to calibrate and maintain solid dosage equipment to maximize the value of your investment. To keep these systems and products operating correctly and at their most efficient, they require regular, expert calibration and maintenance.

Traditionally an in-house department performed these services. However, the high standard of maintenance required on increasingly complex products and systems has proved difficult and expensive. As a result, more and more companies are delegating their calibration and maintenance to outside experts. SMI will tailor an annual calibration and maintenance contract based on your individual needs and requirements.

Benefits:

  • Availability of a fully trained staff is guaranteed
  • System upgrading is at preferential rates
  • Routine preventative maintainence
  • Access to specialists with experience in instrumentation
  • Recurrent Training

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Instrumentation

"The Director" is a complete instrumentation package for tablet presses, granulators, roller compactors, and more. "The Director" is designed to integrate hardware and software into a comprehensive data acquisition and and analysis system.

SMI provides the option to upgrade existing solid dosage machinery and more to include "The Director" instrumentation package.

Our minipress and piccola classic presses do not come standard with an instrumentation system and may need to be upgraded seperately if you should require "The Director."

Spare Parts

In order to ensure the efficiency and reliability of your tablet presses, SMI offers high quality manufacutred spare parts. We can provide you with turrets, cams, pressure rolls, feeder pans, and other spare parts for your tablet presses. Our parts are precision manufactured ensuring tolerances are compatible within requirements of our presses.

Validation

Overview:

The Purpose of Validation is to ensure that the data acquisition system, "The Director" is installed properly and is accurately collecting, analyzing, and reporting the results. Towards that purpose a series of checks and tests have been incorporated into this procedure. When tests are performed all instruments used in conjunction with that test must have calibration certificates traceable to NIST. Traditionally an in-house department performed these services. However, the high standard of maintenance required on increasingly complex products and systems has proved difficult and expensive. As a result, more and more companies are delegating their calibration and maintenance to outside experts.

  • Hardware verifcation and serial number confirmation.
  • Digital Signal Processor.
  • The Brick.
  • Magnetic Pickup.
  • Cables and connectors appropriate for the specific installation.
  • Computer make, model, serial number, processor type and speed.
  • Monitor make, model, serial number, and size
  • Electrical power supplied to the system is properly grounded and has the correct polarity and neutral at the outlet.
  • Transducer calibration sheets are current and available with the correct serial numbers.
  • Calibration documentation for The Brick and DSP is current and available.
  • Software version identification.
  • System password and security features.
  • File structure for product, batch and study is correct.
  • The program identifies the correct machine.
  • Correct identification of selected station tooling.
  • Verification that the auto taring function removes an offset.
  • The status bar displays the correct rotational speed.
  • Verification that the following calculations are correct for the real time displays.
  • Tooling force limits for each system of units.
  • Tooling cross sectional area, perimeter area and fracture length is correct.
  • Force and pressure values are correct for each display and for each system of units.
  • Verify that the suggested force increments are correct for the compaction study.
  • Verify that the correct stations are identified in the peak bar chart display.
  • Verify that the software is correctly identifying the tooled stations.
  • Verification that the reports agree with the real time displays during data collection.
  • System recovery from intentional closing of the program during data collection.

Tooling

Punches and dies are a key element in the process of tablet pressing. They are responsible for the final products appearance after the manufacturing process, therefore they must be designed and produced with high precision and accuracy. SMI tools are delivered in special plastic boxes for safe storage and each set is provided with minutes of measurement.

Instrumentation