Zwick’s testing system for pharmaceutical and medical packaging consists of a materials testing machine and robotic handling system, which is said to ensure economical analysis of products.

The UK-based firm has developed a robotic testing procedure for automated testing applications ranging from childproof bottles to auto-injectors and insulin pens; tests on these include measurement of the release force. As well as increasing specimen throughput and reducing per-specimen costs, automation is claimed to reduce operator influence.

It is designed for combined compression and torsion tests and is based around a ZwickiLine Z5.0TN table-top testing machine with an additional torsion drive. Specimen feed is by means of the roboTest handling system plus autoEdition2 automation software.

More information from Zwick Testing Machines Ltd, Southern Avenue, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 OQH, UK. Tel: 44 1568 61 5201. Email: info@zwick.co.uk. Web: www.zwick.co.uk.