1. Calibration-free in-line monitoring of pellet coating processes via optical coherence tomography

    Calibration-free in-line monitoring of pellet coating processes via optical coherence tomography

    The paper presents a new in-line measurement technique for determining the coating thickness and uniformity of pharmaceutical pellets during film-coating in a fluid-bed apparatus. Non-destructive and contact-free process monitoring was performed via an optical coherence tomography (OCT) sensor providing cross-section images. Through the OCT measurements, the coating thickness could be determined directly, without a chemometric calibration model required for the quantification. The direct integration of the OCT sensor head into the fluid-bed systems allowed continuous monitoring of the coating growth. Moreover, the in-line investigation of the intra- and inter-pellet coating uniformity was possible due to OCT's high acquisition rate ...

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