CCIT Capabilities

CCIT evaluates the integrity of container closure systems that maintain a sterile barrier against potential contaminants. Contaminants that could cross a container closure barrier include microorganisms and reactive gases. It is an integral part of the pharmaceutical and other critical packaging industries. Lenox Laser laser drills precision calibrated leaks for CCI testing purposes. We can laser drill holes in almost all types of packaging containers.

There are three major hole locations on a typical pharmaceutical vial. The top of the bottle near the cap known as the head point, the midsection of the bottle simply called mid body, and the bottom of the body. While these are the most common locations, we are ready to fill any specific customer requests. For custom solutions request a quote by clicking here.

We have the capability to drill microholes in more than just vials; Lenox Laser can produce calibrated leaks in all kinds of critical packaging. We also laser drill a multitude of different materials such as different types of glass, metal, and many varieties of plastic with holes as small as half a micron. At Lenox Laser, we can drill holes in any container type, material, or location the customer may desire.

Click here to learn more about Container Closure Integrity Testing.

Click here to Request a Quote and talk to expert about a custom solution.

PDA 2020 Basel, Switzerland

On February 25 to the 28th 2020, Lenox Laser, represented by Mr. Greg Solyar and Mr. Tom Hoffman, will be taking part in multiple events hosted by the Parental Drug Association in Basel, Sweden. The first of which is the parental packaging conference taking place on February 25 and 26th. It will talk about ensuring safety and efficiency to the patient’s, have case studies with the latest techniques and packaging implementations for things like biopharmaceuticals and the challenges of gene therapy with CCI. This is the 10th time that the workshop has proudly been held. It will also discuss things like characteristics of certain drug interactions.

A workshop will also be held on the 27th and 28th of February. The courses at this workshop will focus on container closure development, container closure integrity testing or CCIT and parental packaging. Lenox Laser’s Greg Solyar will be on hand for a lecture during the workshop. Lenox Laser could not be more honored to again be participating in this program.

Lenox Laser Website FAQs

At Lenox laser we strive to make an intuitive user experience. We will be revamping our FAQ section to reflect some recent changes on the website. As always, you can find email, fax and phone numbers at the bottom of the website. For ordering products, when you find the product you want, just add to the cart and fill out your customer information.

As in years past, customers will still need to create a free account to use our online orifice calculator. Customers can also request a quote and custom sizing by hovering over contact us on the top right of the page, also you can hover over the optical products tab and click custom solutions and you’ll land right on the form. Clicking on Lenox orifices on the top banner the page and then clicking custom solutions is also another method. Clicking contact us will give you phone numbers to the shop as well as directions. We hope you find this information useful.

The FAQs can be found here or in the top menu of the desktop site.

CCIT Services

                Container closure integrity testing, or CCIT provides needed confidence in the integrity in pharmaceutical, chemical, and food packaging. Lenox Laser’s pioneering nature has expanded into this field over the past decade.

                Lenox Laser strives to deliver a controlled metric or standard using micro holes in pharmaceutical and critical packaging. These micro holes or calibrated leaks can be drilled in a variety of pharmaceutical packaging such as pill bottles, glass or plastic vials, and syringes. The leaks can be put into various locations and are each individually calibrated. Lenox Laser’s process of flow calibration and verification can be comprised of multiple steps and phases; each integral part along with the final assembly of the product is validated using these multi-step procedures. Lenox Laser also supplies special cross-calibration services through the mixed use of optical, mechanical, or flow calibration methods as means of validation and verification.

                For more information about Lenox Laser’s calibrated leak services please click here to contact us or call at 1 (800) 49-HOLES.

Pinhole Photography Experiments at Lenox Laser

Lenox laser is presenting a look into pinhole photography being used to capture the details of a laser experiment. If you are new to pinhole photography visit our previous blog (What Is Pinhole Photography.) Josh Anderson and Joe d’Entremont used some everyday items such as a wedding ring, a lightbulb and tubing to capture the drastic detail of each item giving them a unique look. Credit to all pinhole photos here go to Josh Anderson and Joe d’Entremont.

Pinhole photo of G25 vintage Edison light bulb with 5 mW for effect

5 mW laser pointers were pointed at the base of a G 25 vintage Edison light bulb in this image. Given that red and green lasers were used in almost gives a sense that you can see gases inside the lightbulb. Camera used was a Canon 70 D.

Pinhole photo of G25 vintage Edison light bulb with 5 mW for effect

This photo shows plastic neon translucent rods and flash speed light that captured the stillness of the warm neon glows. Camera used: Canon 70 D.

Pinhole photo of gold wedding ring in multiple locations.

Shows a gold wedding ring and it captured movements giving the sense that there are four while there is only one. This was done by locally illuminating the ring with the flash then moving the ring to its new location in the dark.

Pinhole photo shows a clear tube inside of the plastic sleeve with 5 mW laser pointers being used for the effect.

A clear tube was placed inside a 3 sided Styrofoam sleeve. The camera was looking down the center of the tube while the laser pointers were pointed at the tube at a 45 degree angle towards to bottom corners of the Styrofoam channel. While taking the photo the laser pointers were lightly shaken to give the desired effect.

What is Laser Drilling?

Laser drilling is technology of choice when looking to drill small, precise, and clean holes. Laser drilling refers to the process of creating popped or percussion drilled holes. These micro holes can be laser drilled down to a sizes of .5 microns when measured optically and .3 microns when measured using flow calibration. It is a great alternative to standard mechanical drilling, broaching, and punching. Through laser drilling a wide range of hole diameters are achievable. It is especially useful when drilling holes with a large depth to diameter ratio (high-aspect ratio holes). Our processes of laser drilling are easily repeatable and ideal for high volumes of production.

Below we have a graphic explaining the advantages of using a short pulse laser over a long pulse laser. Lenox has been pioneering the field of laser drilling through innovative technologies and methodologies for over 35 years.

This diagram shows the difference between our pioneered ablation process and the old style of laser drilling.
This diagram shows the difference between our pioneered ablation process and the old style of laser drilling.

Lenox Laser specializes in laser drilling apertures, orifices, slits, shapes, and apodizers in most materials, dimensions, and arrays. For a list of some of the materials we can easily laser drill, click here.

What is Pinhole Photography?

Pinhole photography is photography using a pinhole or aperture instead of a lens. These apertures are tiny holes used to focus light and capture the image. Using a camera in this way creates a light-proof box between the aperture and sensor allowing the pinhole photographer to capture the subject of the photo. Once light passes through the single point on the aperture it is inverted and captured by the film, sensor, or screen. A unique property of pinhole photography is when capturing an image there is no defined focus within the field of view. This along with controlling the amount of light allowed into their photographs gives pinhole photographers a unique perspective on the art of photography.

The history dates back to 330 BC with Aristotle questioning the ability to make a circular image when shining through a square hole marking the first reference to the optic laws that make pinhole cameras possible. In 1000 AD Alhazen (Ibn Al-Haytham) invented the first pinhole camera. He was the authority on optics during his time in the Middle Ages. To learn more about the history of pinhole photography, cameras, and photography as a whole, please visit the International Institute of Optics and the 3rd Annual Light Seminar.

Lenox Laser’s Joe d’Entremont and Josh Anderson took to experimenting with pinhole photography using pinhole caps from Daystar Laser. Daystar Laser’s pinhole caps allow for pinhole photography using a digital camera. Below is a selection of photos from the experiment.

To find more information about pinhole photography or to get started yourself please visit Daystar Laser.

Young’s Double Slit

We don’t often think about fascinating characteristics of light. Famous physicist Thomas Young dared to create an experiment to understand the true power of light. Born in June 1773, Thomas Young was known as an English polymath and the Renaissance man of his time. In his lifetime he would do astounding things in the field of vision, solid mechanics, energy physiology, and Egyptology to name a few. World renowned scientists Albert Einstein praised his work. In 1803 Young came up with an experiment he dubbed the young double slit.

The experiment was based on the classic proof of the wave theory of light. While Young’s original experiment used sunlight and calculated the average wavelength to be 550nm, today using monochromatic and coherent light we can calculate wavelength using the following formula:

nλ = xd/L

λ is the wavelength of the light
d is the separation of the slits
n is the order of maximum observed ( for first order n=1)
x is the distance between the bands of light and the central maximum
L is the distance from the slits to the screen center point

Young’s double slits are manufactured by Lenox Laser’s proprietary technology giving a very sharp edge to every slit that makes the geometries and areas of each slit equal (within specifications). This guarantees a very high contrast of diffraction patterns and low flux variations through each of the slits, due to good metrology and methodology. For more information and to inquire about a purchase please click here.

PDA Europe Stockholm, Sweden

Lenox Laser would like to take a moment to thank all those involved in putting together and hosting PDA Europe held in Stockholm, Sweden this past week. This opportunity was a great chance for many talented individuals and innovative companies to learn and prosper in their specific fields of business. Mr. Tom Hoffman and Mr. Greg Solyar extend their gratitude in being able to proudly represent Lenox Laser at the event. To those that were in attendance, all of us at Lenox Laser hope that you enjoyed our portion of the workshop.

PDA Europe Workshop for Container Closure Integrity Testing
Greg Solyar, Head Scientist at Lenox Laser, Speaking at PDA Europe Workshop 2019

Lenox Laser is beyond excited to see what new paths and innovations the future holds for our company and the pharmaceutical industry. We would like to return to this event if given the chance and once again thank all those who made it happen.

PDA Europe Workshop Oct 24th-25th

Lenox Laser is thrilled to say we will be at the PDA Europe workshop in Gothenburg Sweden on October 24 and 25th 2019. The workshop will focus on closed container integrity (CCI) testing technologies. Lenox Laser will be proudly represented at the event by Mr. Tom Hoffman and Mr. Greg Solyar.

Sales Manager, Tom Hoffman

Senior Engineer, Greg Solyar
Senior Engineer, Greg Solyar

Lenox Laser will be giving a talk entitled “Producing a Calibrated Leak Standard with Laser-Assisted Technology.” The aim of the workshop is to give industry professionals a look at new ideas and innovations in their field. It also helps show them new techniques as there is always room to expand and improve CCI technologies. Understanding and growth of new CCI methods is immensely vital as the pharmaceutical field continues to grow. Along with the talk from Lenox Laser, there will be several other industry professionals at the PDA workshop on hand giving informative presentations as well as hands-on training for all in attendance to take part in. This will include things like real-world case studies and training with the newest state-of-the-art instruments.

We had Lenox laser hope that you will enjoy our lecture at this phenomenal event, and to whoever may be attending the conference Lenox Laser hope to see you there.

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