Thermo Fisher Scientific: New Checkweigher and Metal Detector for Pharmaceutical Industry

Dec. 1, 2010
Thermo Fisher Scientific: New Checkweigher and Metal Detector for Pharmaceutical Industry

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, today announced two new high-performance offerings for the pharmaceutical industry, the Thermo Scientific APEX 500 Rx metal detector and Thermo Scientific Versa Rx checkweigher. Equipped with an effective slack belt system, the Versa Rx can handle weighing, control and reject functions at line speeds up to 500 packages per minute. The APEX 500 Rx system is based on the trusted APEX metal detector platform, delivering excellent sensitivity, stability and automatic performance verification via the unique Thermo Scientific AuditCheck feature. Both systems are competitively priced, making them accessible to a greater variety of manufacturers around the world.

“The APEX 500 Rx meets a major need in today’s market – a cost-effective metal detector that provides the highest level of product safety required for the pharmaceutical industry,” said Bob Ries, product manager for Thermo Fisher Scientific. “We’re thrilled to bring the proven performance of the APEX to the most demanding class of metal detection applications.”

“There’s more than 50 years of experience and expertise behind the Versa Rx, which helps set its performance, accuracy and durability apart from checkweighers in its class,” said Volkert Jan Hage, product manager for Thermo Fisher Scientific. “In addition, we made certain that state–of-the-art options were made available to our customers, giving them greater flexibility and ensuring the checkweigher fits into their line exactly as they desire.”

With its single brushless motor drive, the Versa Rx is low maintenance and able to handle high speed lines with ease and unparallel accuracy. The system’s closed cabinet design and knife edge feature for handling unstable objects ensure greater accuracy. The Versa Rx can also be easily equipped with a number of optional, pharmaceutical-specific features including a side belt transfer system, helix infeed screw for small bottles, reject verify, Data Matrix system or 21 CFR Part 11 compliance software.

The APEX 500 Rx is installed at the outfeed of a tablet press or capsule filling system and automatically rejects product if < 0.5mm pieces of metal are detected. The system is easy to use, failsafe and incorporates the patent pending multi-coil metal detection design, enabling high sensitivity and low false reject rates. Its portable design allows the APEX 500 Rx to fit into a range of production environments, and all systems are available with the AuditCheck performance verification system. 
Both systems are available with full pharmaceutical validation documentation, have been designed with GMP principles in mind and are backed by the extensive worldwide Thermo Fisher Scientific service network. In addition, the APEX 500 Rx utilizes FDA approved materials for components in close proximity to the customers’ products. For more information about Thermo Scientific APEX metal detectors, please visit To read more about Thermo Scientific checkweighers, please visit:

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