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Thermo Fisher Scientific has integrated the checkweighing, marking and verification processes for pharmaceutical manufacturers, saving space, cutting costs and avoiding the need for line splitting.

Pharmaceutical manufacturers use a station to checkweigh their finished product and a second station to both mark and verify the contents before shipment.

These separate functions demanded by checkweighing and marking and verification would require separate machines to carry out the two tasks.

Thermo Fisher Scientific looked for ways that it could combine the marking and verification functions with those of checkweighing.

The integrated solution it developed achieved its goal to eliminate line splitting, save space and cut costs for pharmaceutical manufacturers.

Driven by a rise in illegal pharmaceutical counterfeiting, companies have looked for ways to track and trace their finished products to ensure security and product integrity.

In implementing track-and-trace technology, manufacturers would ideally place verification machinery after a cartoner in an assembly line.

Yet in many instances, a checkweigher is already in place after the cartoner, forcing companies to build a separate station for marking and verification.

Thermo Fisher Scientific engineers used third-party suppliers to modify the Thermo Scientific Versa Rx and Versa GP Pharma checkweighers.

In making the modifications, the company developed checkweighing systems with the option to add on a system that performs marking and verification functions.

In some instances, Thermo Fisher Scientific engineers are able to entirely integrate a company’s traceability needs into a single checkweighing machine.

In many countries, sophisticated track-and-trace technology is already required by law and its use is increasing.

As part of the Thermo Scientific integrated marking, verification and checkweighing solution, products are printed with the complex 2D data matrix as seen on many pharmaceutical products.

The high-speed machinery is capable of printing a 600dpi matrix at rates of 400 packs per minute.

A camera then reads the printed code and verifies the information with a database.

As pharmaceutical products move through the production line, manufacturers are able to trace their codes at the bundler, case packer and palletiser.

Once data is obtained, the information is fed into a SQL database, allowing the manufacturer to produce the reports needed for regulatory compliance.

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