Efficient Solutions Focusing on Serialisation and Inspection Machines
The Marchesini Group has introduced two machines – the Marchesini BL-A420 CW labeler and the CMP Phar.Ma SV inspection machine for the pharmaceutical industry.
The labeler machine is much more compact than the classic solution (carton labeler/print/inspect machine and separate stand-alone checkweigher) and much more compact than the versions offered by its competitors, states the company.
The cartons are fed and accumulated in-line on the inlet belt to ensure a continuous flow of products, even at high speeds. A patented timing device positions and sets the cartons apart correctly on the toothed belts with adjustable opening, which also prevent slipping.
The function of the timing device is to set the cartons at the correct distance apart; its special feature is that it is synchronised with the speed of the whole conveyance system and there is no need for any size change-over adjustments, adds the firm.
A load cell is fully integrated into the stepper conveyance system and is able to check the weight of each carton. By integrating the load cell into the toothed belt system of the labeler solution, the machine is able to verify the position of the cartons at all times. If the weight is correct, the product will then proceed to the next step (printing, inspection/serialisation and sealing). If the weight is not correct, the subsequent processes are skipped and the carton is rejected, according to the ‘Fail Safe’ operating logic.
The first operation to be performed after the cartons have been checkweighed is the application of the vignette label on the upper panel of the cartons. After the vignette has been applied, the unique 2D code (Datamatrix) and the corresponding human readable data are printed on the side flaps and sometimes on the upper panel. The unique code identifies and makes it possible to track each carton.
A camera then verifies both the codes and the readable data. After print inspection, two self-adhesive Tamper Evident seals are then applied on the corner closing points of the cartons.
It is also equipped with a new operator interface called ‘Easy Door’. This version has several improvements from both a functional and aesthetic point of view. The new software makes the operating system more powerful and faster, mentions the company. The wider screen is more ergonomic, and the touch screen is easier to use, similar to that of a mobile phone.
The high level of flexibility of the labeler machine means that all types of printing and vision systems available can be installed on it, which can be customised according to all the current standards worldwide. According to the firm, this special feature makes the labeler the most suitable and complete machine for tracking, serialising and labelling cartons, giving a unique identity to all the pharmaceutical products packaged. The machine can process up to 400 cartons per minute, adds the company.
Next is the CMP Phar.Ma SV inspection machine. It is a semi-automatic machine for the inspection of liquid, lyophilised or powder products in ampoules, vials and cartridges or pre-filled syringes. It is equipped with brushless motors for fast rotation (before inspection) and slow rotation (during inspection) to guarantee complete and efficient product control. The machine can handle up to 100 pieces per minute, opines the firm.