PDA EU00134 Mastering Automated Visual Inspection

Munich, Germany
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Program Highlights

Taking place from 11-12 April 2024, PDA Europe offers participants an exciting opportunity to develop and refine their practical skills. Various topics related to visual inspection will be covered by leading industry experts in this training course.

Visual Inspection mastery is fundamental in parenteral manufacturing in order to guarantee both patient safety and cost effective supply. The capability of Automated Visual Inspection (AVI) has progressed extensively over the years to the point where, when applied appropriately, it can offer significant advantages over manual and semi-automated inspection processes. This has been made possible thanks to major innovations and technology breakthroughs. In line with these technological advances, the regulatory requirements for this challenging process have been reinforced. As a consequence, AVI machines today are complex and require multidisciplinary project teams for successful implementation.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed specifically for those who are involved or interested in moving from manual to automated inspection like

  • Managers, Supervisors and all Decision makers in the visual inspection area
  • Quality personnel
  • Prerequisites: Basic understanding and practical experience of manual inspection (as conveyed in the PDA course ‘Introduction to Visual Inspection’)
Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Acquire basics about regulatory landscape for AVI
  • Be ready to design your URS
  • Understand key functions of AVI equipment
  • Define your defect kits and validation strategy
  • Develop your own control strategy around AVI
  • Test normality at a glance, interpret, and communicate the results
  • Have basic knowledge about computer vision

Standard Registration

Member Price

€ 2.090


€ 2.090

See Qualifying Criteria for Member Types.


WAYS TO REGISTER: 1. Online Registration   2. [email protected]

PDA MEMBERS: Please remember to log in before registering If you come from a Governmental or Health Authority Institution or from an Academic Organization, please contact [email protected] before registering.

If you need to apply for a visa to enter the event country, PDA Europe must be informed of this fact at least 4 weeks before the start of the event.

Day 1

Thursday, 11 April 2024

Welcome & Introduction

Theory 1: Introduction Into Regulatory Requirements of Visual Inspection

  • USP 1, USP 788 and 1788, USP 790 and 1790
  • PhEur e.g. 2.9.20 • JP e.g. 6.06
  • Annex 1
  • Similarities and differences in compendial methods
  • 100% inspection and AQL testing
  • Definitions and practical examples of inherent, intrinsic and extrinsic particles

Coffee Break

Theory 2: Introduction Into Technical Principles of Automated Inspection Machines

  • Functionality of automated inspection machines
  • Camera systems / light / motion
  • Image processing and database system
  • Interlinkage of parameters: Speed, Rotation speed, Inspection parameters, Detection probability, False reject rate
  • Properties, capabilities and limitations of automated inspection systems
  • Scope of Automated Visual Inspection

Lunch Break

Theory 2: Introduction Into Technical Principles of Automated Inspection Machines (cont.)

Theory 3: Considerations on Primary Containers and Product Properties

  • Vials, Ampoules, Syringes, Blow – Fill - Seal, Viscous liquids, Air bubbles / scratches, Refrigerated product containers

Exercise 1: Developing an URS Considering the Triangle Cost / Quality / Time

Coffee Break

Theory 4: Selection and Purchasing of an Automated Inspection System

  • Technical requirements
  • Integration into existing processes, lines/ machines and systems
  • Cost and effort considerations
  • Risk Assessment

Exercise 1 (cont.): Presentation of the Results of the Sub-Groups and Discussion of the Results

Q & A
End of Training Course Day 1

Day 2

Friday, 12 April 2024

Recap of Day 1

Theory 5: Transition from Manual Inspection to Automated Inspection

  • Manual inspection as a prerequisite for transition to automated inspection
  • Interpretation of inspection results and validation data
  • Considerations on validation program for automated inspection
  • Performance measurement
  • Maintaining the manual inspection

Exercise 2: Principle Basic Image Processing Using an Open Source Library

Coffee Break

Exercise 2 (cont.): Presentation of the Results

Theory 6: Qualification Test Set and Routine Test Set

  • Statistical considerations on number of objects containing defects
  • Particle selection, particle size and size uniformity
  • Labelling of test set objects
  • Supply/purchase of test sets
  • Maintaining and lifecycle of test sets
  • Sampling from rejects
  • Defect master library
  • Types of defects
  • Quality requirements

Lunch Break

Theory 7: Visual Inspection Lifecycle and Control Strategy

  • Integration of visual inspection into overall manufacturing process
  • Elements of lifecycle
  • Particle identification/characterization
  • Defect libraries as dynamic database
  • AQL and control charting

Theory 8: Operation and Maintenance of Automated Inspection Systems

Coffee Break

Future Trend of Automated Visual Inspection

End of Training Course
Agenda is subject to change.

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How to Get Here
By Air Take the S8 (direction Herrsching) from the airport to the Daglfing station and go from there for about 3 minutes to the bus stop Daglfing station east. Ride the bus 183 until Paul-Henri-Spaak-Straße stop. The hotel is 100 meters away from the Paul-Henri-Spaak-Straße stop. Unlock discounted pricing with the following code DEAPILQ and simply use the provided link below.
By Car From the North : Drive on the A9, keep on the right, follow the signs to Salzburg / Österreich / Italien / Innsbruck and continue on the A99. At the exit München-Ost, keep on the right and take the A94 towards Munich. After approximately 6 km you exit the motorway at junction München-Riem and head left on the street “An der Point”, which changes into “Olof-Palme-Straße” after the second traffic light. The H4 Hotel München Messe is located on the right hand side after 500 m. The parking garage can be reached through the back of the hotel (Graf-zu-Castell-Straße). From the South: Drive on the A8 and at junction München-Süd continue on the A99 and follow the signs for Nürnberg / Stuttgart / Messe / München Flughafen. Change at junction München-Ost to the A94 and follow the signs to Munich. After approximately 6 km you exit the motorway at junction München-Riem and head left on the street “An der Point”, which changes into “Olof-Palme-Straße” after the second traffic light. The H4 Hotel München Messe is located on the right-hand side after 500 m. The parking garage can be reached through the back of the hotel (Graf-zu-Castell-Straße).
By Other Options By Train: You can reach us by underground line 2 (towards Messestadt Ost, exit at Messestadt West). Or use the S-Bahn line 2 (towards Erding, exit at Riem) and afterwards take bus 190 (towards Messestadt Ost, exit at Am Messesee). Unlock discounted pricing and simply use the provided link below.