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FillingA semiautomatic benchtop filler incorporates features normally found only on automated systems, including networking capability and a user-friendly operator interface. Four easy-to-change metering systems broaden the number of products that the unit can handle (AdaptaFil benchtop filler, Filamatic, Baltimore, MD).
Brand protection and traceability
A serialization system provides a standard, yet customizable, way to add product traceability to packaging lines with a minimum of reengineering. Designed to work with various printers and cameras, the system links to information technology networks through tried-and-tested data-communication protocols. A high-precision mechanical transfer unit capable of operating at a speed of 90 m/min takes each folding carton from the cartoner and transfers it to the printer in the optimal position for serialized marking. A camera verifies print legibility and correctness. The system is available with a feature that detects whether the carton has open flaps and whether it is correctly aligned. Any carton on which the marking cannot be verified as "good" is reliably rejected into a lockable catch bin (XMV Mark and Vision System, Mettler-Toledo Hi-Speed, Ithaca, NY).
Digital-watermarking technology embeds an encrypted code into existing package graphics. This covert authentication feature cannot be seen by the unaided eye but can be identified digitally by a web-enabled mobile phone or handheld reader using patented security-class software. The code not only authenticates the product, but also provides background data and refers consumers to interactive websites where they can obtain additional information or place orders (DigiTrack digital security feature, Catalent Pharma Solutions, Somerset, NJ, based on hardware and software from Complete Inspection Services, Indialantic, FL, and its technology partner Digimarc, Beaverton, OR).