High performance heads and systems for tablet and capsule applications.

The Thermo Scientific™ APEX 500 RX systems offer a complete, highly sensitive and validated solution for end users and OEM pharmaceutical and nutraceutical production.

Thermo Scientific™ APEX 500 RX metal detection systems provide the highest level of brand protection and compliance in the most demanding tablet and capsule production environments. The multi-coil design consistently delivers industry-leading sensitivity and stability, but isn't impacted by product effects or environmental changes. Manufactured to meet stringent requirements for validated production, it uses only FDA compliant materials in all areas of the system that come in contact with the product.
Unit of Measure



N/A Apex™ Thermo Scientific™


N/A Stainless steel 304 straight lined case, high polish optional. All plastics used are FDA approved.
Protection Ratings1 N/A Type 3 Enclosure

Operating Temperature

N/A -10 to +40 ºC+14 to +104 ºF

Non-Condensing Relative Humidity

N/A 20 to 80 %

Nominal Air Supply Pressure

N/A 5.5 bar80 psi
Minimum Pressure2 N/A 4 bar60 psi
Product Speed3 N/A 0.5 to 100 m/min1.7 to 330 ft/min

Output Allocation

N/A Alarm AuditCheck™ Fault QAT Lamp (Selectable Via Menu) Reject 1 Reject 2 Warning


N/A 6 Inputs - Active 12 V DC + 12 Volt Auxiliary Supply for Input Sensors

Input Allocation

N/A Clear All Warnings/Alarms/Faults (Selectable Via Menu) External Alarm External Reset Infeed PEC Keylock Product Select 1 Product Select 2 Reject 1 Complete Reject Confirmation 1 and Bin Full External Suppression Speed Sensor


N/A Ethernet Modules Optional Modbus Serial

Safety and Export Approvals

N/A cCSAus European Conformity (CE)

Manufacturing Quality

N/A International Organization for Standardization (ISO 9001) Certified

Help-Text, Users Manual Languages

N/A Brazilian Portuguese Chinese Czech Dutch English French German Italian Korean Polish Russian Spanish Thai

Industry Focus

N/A Pharmaceutical


Alternating Current (AC) Voltage4 N/A 85 to 260 V
Number of Phase5 N/A 1


N/A 47 to 65 Hz

Maximum Power

N/A 100 W

Output Types

Number of Output Relays

N/A 6

Maximum Alternating Current (AC) Relay Voltage

N/A 250 V

Maximum Relay Alternating Current (AC)

N/A 2 A

Maximum Direct Current (DC) Relay Voltage

N/A 50 V

Maximum Relay Direct Current (DC)

N/A 1 A

Features and Benefits

Features and Benefits

  • Cost-effective solution for tablet presses, capsule filling and deduster applications
  • Straight through product flow to prevent product damage
  • High sensitivity-can detect pieces of metal as small as 0.3 mm
  • Improves productivity with throughput up to 500K tablets or capsules per hour
  • Easy to use-features graphical user interface (GUI) that uses a durable touch-sensitive keypad
  • Thermo Scientific™ Quality Assurance Test (QAT) and AuditCheck™ features to verify performance
  • Assists in compliance with GMPs in 21 CFR part 210 and 211
  • Available as a complete system, OEM module or head and control panel only

Available Options

Available Options

  • High polish finish
  • Pneumatic or electronic reject actuation
  • AuditCheck™ Performance Validation System
  • IQ/OQ/PQ validation packages (customized if required)
  • Modbus Serial and Ethernet communications
  • Product outlets designed for open flow or attachment to flexible tubes
  • Head only or OEM module configurations for integration into dedusters

Machine Parts

Machine Parts

N/A AuditCheck™
  • Performance verification
  • Automatically senses small changes in sensitivity
Apex™ Metal Detector Head
  • Multi-coil high sensitivity design
  • Low false reject rate, extremely stable
  • Variety of aperture heights available
  • Operating frequencies up to 900 khz
Rejecter Assembly
  • Made from stainless steel and FDA approved plastic
  • Easy to disassemble and clean
  • Fail-safe operation
  • Straight-flow product path prevents product damage
  • Lockable rejecter bin
  • Optional round fittings for tubes
Easy Height and Angle Adjustment Handles
  • Nominal infeed height of 890 mm (35 in)
  • Flow angle of 35º ±10º
  • Customized infeed chutes available
Control Panel
  • Pharma application software
  • Set-up in minutes
  • Multi-level password system
  • Multilingual help text
  • Large handles let you quickly and easily move the APEX 500 Rx metal detector
  • Stainless steel-easy to clean and designed to last

Additional Information

Additional Information

  • Ultra high sensitivity
  • Complete, adjustable, mobile system
  • AuditCheck™ verification option
Highest Level of Brand Protection. Lowest Cost of Ownership.
The APEX 500 RX metal detector improves productivity while providing the highest level of brand protection available. Available in three aperture sizes so you can match sensitivity to product rate and size. Every system is also configured for 900 kHz operation for optimal stainless steel detection.

Total Quality Solution
Designed to ensure the absence of even small slivers of metal, the APEX 500 RX metal detector gives you the highest sensitivity possible at high flow rates-while preventing product damage. Tablets/capsules flow straight through the system to minimize potential damage.
As part of the Thermo Scientific™ Apex™ family, this metal detector incorporates a Total Quality Solution (TQS) package featuring Thermo Scientific™ AuditCheck™. This unique system continuously monitors and validates the system's performance to help eliminate costly recall and quarantine. With AuditCheck™, you don't need to perform manual testing to ensure high performance.

Product Assurance Services & Solutions (PASS - Through the Thermo Scientific™ Product Assurance Services & Solutions (PASS) program, we can thoroughly test every suspected product for contaminants so that you can continue producing products that your consumers rely on!
  • 1 Metal Detector and Control Panel Only.
  • 2 For AuditCheck™ and/or pneumatic rejecter (not required for electronic rejecter).
  • 3 For the system.
  • 4 Plus Earth Ground.
  • 5 Plus Earth Ground.