06/24/2011 | Editor: Dominik Stephan
Producers of pharmaceuticals have a hard time protecting their products against counterfeiting while complying increasingly strict regulations. To meet these challenges, Mettler Toledo recently presented two new serialisation products for the pharmaceutical industry.
The new XMV (Mark and Vision) is a compact and complete serialisation system allowing one one-step integration into new or existing production lines. The bigger XS2 MV (Mark and Vision) features additional checkweighing capabilities. Both systems are designed to be used by pharmaceutical manufacturers to secure their production lines, protect their brand reputations and avoid the costs associated with counterfeiting.
The United States' and the European Union's administrations recently tightened regulations to fight product counterfeiting and misbranding of pharmaceuticals. Serialisation is an important keystone in these strategies: consisting of assigning and placing a unique marking on a primary package, serialisation provides Track and Trace capabilities from the point of packaging to the pharmacy or healthcare facility. These unique codes are uploaded to an event repository database that can be accessed by various parties, including pharmacists, law enforcement officials and even consumers after the product is shipped and sold.
Mettler Toledo's new serialisation solutions were specially designed to be seamlessly integrated into existing production lines with little reengineering efforts, the company says. Both systems provide full traceability to meet global serialisation, E-Pedigree and Track and Trace legal requirements, and are equipped with user security access for total control. Product transfer uses the systems' adjustable hand wheels for accurate position control. Mettler Toledo claims their new devices can be adjusted for variable package dimensions in seconds, reducing downtime for product changeover.
The compact XMV only needs 830mm of floor space allowing one-step integration into new or existing production lines. Pharmaceutical manufacturers that require checkweighing capabilities can use the XS2 MV for accurate weighing, marking and vision verification.
“Counterfeiting is a serious issue for pharmaceutical companies worldwide. Mettler Toledo dedicated resources to developing advanced marking and verification solutions to help customers combat these challenges and protect their reputations in a cost-effective manner,” said Frank Borrmann, Project Manager for Serialisation, Mettler Toledo Garvens. These new serialisation units expand Mettler Toledo’s existing product inspection portfolio, which includes x-ray, metal detection and checkweighing devices.
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