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The H2Optx Pillerator interfaces with the mPAT LAB to provide automated sectioning (5–500µm layer thickness) of solid dosage formulations. Hyperspectral scans of each layer are used to construct a 3D chemical map and structural analysis of a tablet or solid analyte.

These 3D models provide chemical identification and hi-res imaging of excipients, beads, multi-layer coatings, and APIs.
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  • The CleanCUT™ filtered blade cartridge connects to a portable and/or central vacuum system to clear sectioned powder from the sample well and safely collects it within a sealed HEPA filtered container.
  • A laser interlock prevents the laser from operating while the Pillerator door is open.

Mounted Tablets

Before / After
  • Characterization of solid dosage and powder formulations
  • Identify API & component concentrations down to .0001% by weight
  • Particle size distribution by component
  • Nearest neighbor, long-scale correlation, and coverage percentage analysis
  • Prediction of dissolution profile from the solid form

How it works

  1. A pill is mounted to the tablet mandrel using epoxy

    Tablet mandrel

    Mounted tablet
  2. The tablet mandrel is placed (inverted) into the Pillerator assembly

    Easily clicks into assembly
  3. The Pillerator performs the automated:
    • Loading operation
    • Pill height measurement
    • and adaptive layer-by-layer planing of the tablet

  1. The user selects the tablet layer thickness (from 5um – 500um)
  2. Choose whether to Pillerate through an entire tablet or defined sections (top, middle, bottom, etc.)
  3. Removed powder is cleared & captured into a vacuum-based HEPA filtration system throughout the shaving process
  4. A 3D chemical & structural map is constructed from the layer-by-layer hyper-spectral scans during the Pilleration process

Setup is quick & intuitive (1-5) and the remainder of the process is automated, allowing the user to perform other tasks or run the analysis overnight