“Robotics” Install

So yesterday I had to install a small rectangular PC Board on to a “robot”, as it was called by the tech support I was supposed to work with. The machine, though it seemed like it was ready to be classified as a dinosaur, did actually function like a robot. It has an arm that picks up prescription bottles and fills them up with pills. It also puts the label on the bottle with the all the needed prescription information. The pharmacy tech simply pops the cap on and sends them out to those who need the various medicine. I can tell it’s old because it has three old IDE style cable attached to it. The hardest part of the job was removing the metal casing in front of the motors and PC Board. Here is a picture of the PC Board.

Its called a collator. It opens and closes these small door that let in the bottles for the pharmacy tech to give out pill bottles faster.

At first the machine gave me an error. Though the technician knew the error, he didn’t know specifically how to fix it.


We couldn’t get the replacement board to communicate with the computer. Finally, I realized that one of the IDE cables in the back wasn’t hooked up to the power box

ScriptPro Pharmacy Automation

One of the cables from the PCB went to this little box. It took a few minutes to find it disconnected. Eventually after a reboot and some messing around, support was able to send a few empty bottle refills and finish the job.

Eventually the machine began collating properly again!

I was glad to see the the “robot” working again!

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