Pharmaceutical Labeling Requires Specialized Printers

Manufacturers and packagers of pharmaceutical products understand that a product identification system for pharmaceutical packaging requires two separate, but highly integrated components.  It is mandatory to have a labeling system that can consistently apply labels at the required speed and with a high degree of accuracy.  Along with such a labeler packagers need a print system that can apply the industry required lot and date information, and, in many cases today, a serialized code in high density format onto each label just prior to application. Detailed tracking capability, and batch information and expiration dates, on packaging are critical to public health and safety as well as any company’s ability to track its products.

The Re-Pack Pharma Wrap Labeling System, sold by Griffin-Rutgers, seamlessly combines both system components together so as to provide correct package printed information (text and codes), and accurate labeling of round containers at high speeds. The Pharma Wrap labeling system helps manufacturers easily adhere to the rigid standards set forth in the principles and regulations of this rigorous industry.

The Pharma Wrap System comes equipped with an extended label applicator arm that allows sufficient space for the mounting of various types of coders as well as a wide range of print inspection devices. The complete system is so designed as to accommodate various infeed types so as to easily mate to sections of conveyors, rotary tables and tray feeders depending on the configuration of an already existing packaging line.

Pharmaceutical packagers are faced with changing regulations and unique packaging demands that the print professionals at Griffin-Rutgers can help address.  Today companies need to adhere to changing regulations, both domestic and international, to provide accurate product identification and worldwide track & traceability. The intricate demand to be able to trace the products, individually, all the way through the supply chain and worldwide distribution system, is especially important with the dramatic growth of diverted and counterfeit drugs.

The array of coding technologies employed in packaging plants today have been developed to satisfy differing unique applications. They include:

  1. Continuous Ink Jet (CIJ) printers. These are high speed, fluid-based, non-contact printers that print on bottles, vials, blister foils or tubes and many other types of packaging.
  2. Laser printers offer a permanent unalterable mark. A laser printer can print on labels, cartons, bottles, vials or caps, ampules and tubes, among others.
  3. Thermal Inkjet (TIJ) printing is an ink-based and non-contact technology. These printers can print on cartons, labels, fiber materials such as Tyvek, or blister foils. Newly developed inks have made the application of this technology much broader now than in passed years.
  4. A Thermal Transfer Overprinter (TTO) is a high resolution, ribbon-based, contact coder that prints on labels, pouches, sachets and other flexible materials.

The Re-Pack Pharma Wrap Labeler is specifically designed to suit the needs of the pharma industry but also could be ideal for a broad range of other industries that employ round (wrap required) labeling:

  • Beverage
  • Consumer goods and cosmetics
  • Food
  • Automotive Fluids
  • Chemicals

Because we at Griffin-Rutgers understand the never ending demand for consistent accurate labeling, along with the need for print clarity and product tracking mechanisms throughout the packaging and distribution chain, we can help you determine the best product identification (labeling and coding) system for your unique needs.

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