Counting Tablets and Capsules With A Kirby Lester Device
Kirby Lester's patented counting technology will accurately and quickly count almost all types of tablets and capsules within these ranges:
Maximum tablet size: 0.86" long (22mm) and 0.74" wide (19mm)
Minimum tablet size: 0.125" diameter (3.175mm)
Kirby Lester devices will not accurately count clear capsules (e.g., tessalon perles), and may not accurately count items with a large hole, an odd shape or gelcaps. A "Special Mode" setting can be used on the device to count unique/odd-shaped tablets or tablets with holes. Perform a test to ensure your Kirby Lester device can count these items accurately. Contact Kirby Lester Sales to ask about a particular medication or item (800.641.3961).
Our Technology: How Tablet Counters Work
Kirby Lester Counting Technology
Kirby Lester tablet counters incorporate patented technologies to count clusters of tablets, capsules and any similar-sized parts. These "intelligent" systems can also provide an estimate of the ideal vial size for that prescription (in drams).
This patented technology counts tablets and capsules with unmatched accuracy levels.
Most tablet counters use a light beam and simple photosensor to count individual parts. These counters increment by one each time the beam is interrupted by a falling tablet etc.
Errors occur if two or more tablets or capsules are in contact when they break the beam of light.
Some counters work on a weight principle, sampling five or ten parts that are manually counted and placed on a scale before the prescription is counted. The average weight of these parts is used to calculate the total count. Weight counters are generally less accurate than optical counters because of the variable weight of each part.
Accuracy is also affected by the number of manually counted parts. A larger number produces better results, but slight weight variations in the sample lead to errors in the extrapolated total count.
Some weigh counters store the average weights of manual counted parts for different products and the corresponding values are retrieved when a bar code is scanned. If the stored average weights are not representative of a new batch being counted more frequent and larger errors are likely to occur. Weights often vary between batches, here are some typical examples:
||Weight of 30 parts
|Weight of 30 parts|