Because IV bags do not break or tear easily (not like their predecessor the IV glass bottle), they are in frequent use. But the same qualities that make it so useful – including its moldable nature and being lightweight – also make it difficult to inspect for contaminants. Even the IV glass bottles were a bit easier to inspect because they were unlikely to shift shape. X-ray systems have stepped in to make quick work of what used to be complicated inspections.
But IV bag inspection is a very specialized part of X-ray inspection for two main reasons: the outer casing and the inner bag.
Often, you want to check to make sure that neither of those is leaking. You also want to make sure there’s no foreign material in the bag itself, of course.
The foreign material inspection is fairly easy and simple for X-ray machines. But if there’s a leak in the IV bags, there’s a condensation of the material on the inside of the outer bag, which blocks views for both machines and humans trying to find contaminants. It takes a specific, special type of X-ray system to see through that.
Peco-InspX has done a lot of work on this; and we’re very happy to say that we can detect water droplets down to approximately 0.1 millimeters, even with condensation issues. We can also check the integrity of the apparatus itself.
The bottom line: for 100% IV bag inspection, and a robust, accurate sense of whether your product is ready for use, Peco-InspX has the right X-ray system for you.
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