Fifty years of innovation in healthcare manufacture and research

Since CI Precision was founded, over 50 years ago, we have developed innovative weighing technologies and software solutions with a particular focus on healthcare research, development and manufacture. Our products and services are trusted industry-wide, from small organisations to global leaders.

Weight sorters and checkweighers for small parts from CI Precision

2019 - New Product Development

Introducing a five-way precision weight grading system to weigh, grade and sort every small part up to 8 grams to improve in-process sampling and quality control. The MX precision weight grader is the first of a new generation of products from CI Precision. It builds on the strengths of the SADE SP pharmaceutical range – accuracy, reliability and speed – with additional capabilities to meet the demands of industrial and food manufacturing. As a standard product it is ready to meet your needs out of the box.

2018 - Business Milestones

SADE tablet & capsule weight sorter sales increase with expansion into the nutraceutical market.

SADE SP Series weight sorters and checkweighers

Korea Uni Com is an agent in Korea to sell SADE SP tablet & capsule weight sorters from CI Precision

2018 - Business Milestones

SADE SP sales continue to soar with further expansion into the Far East with the first SADE SP240 weight sorter order for one of the leading Korean pharmaceutical manufacturers.

2016 - New Product Development

With the addition of a mini hopper the SADE SP-B40 Benchtop sorter can be left unattended, thereby minimising operator involvement. Designed for the 100% weight sorting of small development or clinical trial batches, this compact unit is ideal for the laboratory environment.

SADE SP Series weight sorters and checkweighers

2016 - Business Milestones

May 2016 marked the three hundred sale of the SADE SP tablet & capsule weight sorter. Leading contract research company Aptuit purchased 3 SADE SP240s for its facility in Verona.

2015 - Business Milestones

2015 marked 50 years in business for CI Precision. The company was originally formed to manufacture one of the world’s first precision electronic microforce balances for research applications. Five decades later, CI Precision is a thriving business with headquarters in Salisbury UK and distributors worldwide.

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Ci-DMS from CI Precision installed at weigh & dispense booths at Eisai

2015 - New Product Development

Release of version 6 of Ci-DMS is announced. With installations across four continents, the original weigh & dispense functionality has evolved on a modular basis to offer Manufacturing Execution System (MES) solutions for pharmaceutical manufacturing and packaging.

2013 - Business Milestones

SADE  weight sorter sales increase with expansion into the veterinary market.

SADE SP Series weight sorters and checkweighers

2010 - New Product Development

The launch of the SP Link mode allows the SADE weight sorters to be connected together to increase throughput whilst providing one consolidated record of the batch results. For a pharmaceutical manufacturing department, such increased performance mean a significant saving in time and costs when reclaiming acceptable product from a batch that has been rejected on a weight sampling test or for 100% weight checks.

2010 - New Product Development

A touchscreen interface is launched for all new SADE SP weight sorters.  The touchscreen interface guides users through machine setup options and simplifies the process of running sort batches, while the new real-time display of batch data makes it easier to monitor the progress of each batch.

SADE SP Series weight sorters and checkweighers

2006 - New Product Development

The SADE SP range of tablet and capsule weight sorters is launched with improved performance, increased functionality and a better overall user experience with industry compliance being a cornerstone of the design.

From formulation development through to clinical trials, from pilot-scale through to production, SADE SP  is the only range that can meet all the industry’s weight sorting needs.

2002 - New Product Development

In 2002 we launched our first Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) MES solution – Ci-DMS. Since the initial launch a number of releases have been published with increased functionality, flexibility and configurability to support all stages of manufacture from batch creation through to batch completion.

Ci-DMS from CI Precision installed at weigh & dispense booths at Eisai

1999 - New Product Development

In 1999 the SADE P4 tablet and capsule weight sorter twin unit was launched. This provided twice the output and proved popular for larger batches.

1990s - Business Milestones

Until the late 1990s we developed tailor made Manufacturing Execution System (MES) solutions for pharmaceutical customers across the UK and Europe including The Welcome Foundation, Eli Lilly, Glaxo, Smith Kline and French, ICI, Beechams, Roche Products, May and Baker, Orion, Sanofi, Squibb, Fisons and Merck Sharp & Dohme.

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1986 - New Product Development

In 1986 the SADE P2 tablet and capsule weight sorter was launched. It soon gained a reputation with pharmaceutical manufacturers for quality and performance. Over 270 units were sold worldwide and many are still in service today.

1980s - New Product Development

During the 1970’s and 1980’s CI Precision (known as CI Electronics and CI Systems) designed and supplied average weight controllers for in process control and the first of our automatic balances for weighing tablets and capsules that used CI’s own weigh heads.

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1970s - New Product Development

CI Precision has been developing Manufacturing Execution System (MES) modules for the pharmaceutical industry since the early 1970’s. The first modules were statistical process control (SPC) and dispensary management systems (DMS).

1968 - New Product Development

The weight sorting of high value small sized items has been at the heart of CI’s activities since 1968. The SADE Sorter was first developed for the diamond industry.

Diamond checkweigher and grading balance from CI Precision

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1965 - Business Milestones

At that time, we developed software on mini computers such as the DEC PDP-11 and Data General rack mounted systems using VDUs and teletype terminals as I/O. We used a range of software languages but principally machine code, Fortran and Basic. Initial applications controlled our weighing and sorting systems. We sold these systems firstly to the diamond industry then more recently to the food and pharmaceutical industries.

1961 - New Product Development

It comprised a miniature beam from one end of which the sample was suspended. Deflection of the beam was counteracted by a current in a coil attached to it which was positioned in the field of a permanent magnet. This used the Faraday effect, (dating from 1831), whereby the current in the coil is directly proportional to the torque applied to the beam. To operate the early microbalances, which used this principle, it was necessary to adjust a calibrated potentiometer to provide a current which set the beam to a null position.

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1960s - New Product Development

In this innovative design, a “closed loop servo system” was established using an optical detector attached to the beam which via an amplifier continually adjusted the current level in the coil causing it to maintain the beam in its equilibrium position. Changes in the current were accurately proportional to the weight of the suspended sample. Digital displays were becoming available at the end of that decade so that the weight could be displayed continuously and it could be recorded and printed out repetitively in synchronism with time and any of the other parameters being monitored.

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