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INTERPHEX exhibitors will display software, printing, and packing equipment designed for serialization.
Serialization will be a major theme at INTERPHEX (April 26–28, 2016, Javits Center, New York, NY). Adents, widely known in Europe for its Pharma Suite software, has opened a US office in Princeton, NJ. Developed in compliance with GMP and 21 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 11 regulations and following GAMP5 guidelines, the Pharma Suite serialization software generates unique barcodes, imports serial numbers, manages affiliations (bundle, pallet, etc.) and distribution of serialized codes, drives code printing, and centralizes data and reports processing (1).
Another serialization software provider, Systech International, has established the UniSolve Partner Ecosystem to formally collaborate with hardware providers to deliver bundled serialization solutions. Partners such as Omega Design integrate Systech’s configurable UniSolve serialization software into an all-in-one, preconfigured offering. As a result, serialization modules can be deployed in as few as 60 days. The serialization-ready equipment streamlines startup with integrated operations manual and validation documents as well as a combined factory acceptance test (2).
A full serialization and aggregation line, spanning track-and-trace levels 1 through 4, will be displayed by Antares Vision. Set up to accommodate automatic or manual operation, the line consists of a Print & Check Advanced machine integrated with a Top View Case Packer (3).
Bosch Packaging Technology also plans to emphasize integrated lines equipped for serialization. Multimedia presentations will demonstrate systems for different types of products and packaging. In addition to serialization and aggregation solutions, Bosch’s product portfolio spans all process steps for liquid and solid pharmaceuticals from product formulation and filling to secondary packaging (4).
For firms needing to outsource serialization, contract packager, Apace Packaging, offers an automated, high-speed packaging line for bottled solid-dose products. Scheduled to be qualified and operational before the end of the third quarter of 2016, the line consists of integrated systems from NJM Packaging, ESS Technologies, and Optel Vision and is capable of four levels of aggregation (5).
In the Optel Vision booth, serialization-related equipment such as Flying CartonTracker and the PackStation SAP semiautomatic aggregation station will be demonstrated (6). Another aggregation solution, ACG North America’s Hawkeye aggregation station for secondary packaging, can be integrated online or used as a standalone system (7).
An option for laser-coding serialized codes eliminates the need for a dark printed area for the laser to etch. Instead, the Clear Code coating from 3C! Packaging changes color when exposed to laser energy to produce a positive contrast image. The coating can be applied overall or as a spot coat on any substrate 3C! Packaging prints, including paperboard cartons, extended-content and conventional labels, foil, and Tyvek (8).