One of the key technical challenges was to develop a mechanism and control system that dropped pills from a batch container into a moving pill tray quickly and accurately.
The resulting drops had to be controlled enough to prevent bouncing or damage when the pills hit their target. Smithwise developed rapid proof of concept breadboards, using 3D printed parts and a hand drill, to evaluate concepts before designing a multipill, conveyor-based machine.
With final prototype assembled, the Smithwise engineering team developed a control system and ran several trial runs. After optimizing for speed and accuracy, the team was able to exceed grant objectives on both fronts.