One-stop serialization solution
- Thanks to complementary modules, the standalone system DIGILINE Single 450 offers maximum reliability when printing serial numbers on flat carton boxes.
- When linked to the optional MEDTRACKER software, it even prevents the machine operator from making accidental number range management errors.
- The system is also ideal for printing grey market codes, security features and QR codes for marketing purposes on cosmetic packaging.
More and more markets require serial numbers printed on secondary packaging of drugs. Maximum reliability and efficiency in this context can be achieved only if the printer, camera and transport modules, as well as the serialization software, are perfectly coordinated. Atlantic Zeiser has therefore developed a new standalone system for serial numbering flat carton boxes, the DIGILINE Single 450, which it is presenting for the first time at the Interpack fair (Hall 16, Booth A47).
In connection with the optional Atlantic Zeiser MEDTRACKER software, it not only ensures the utmost dependability when generating and printing codes, but also offers the best possible functional protection in case of an operator error. “Managing and allocating number ranges in particular is an entirely new challenge for packaging service providers and pharmaceutical manufacturers, and the implications are yet to be fully assimilated in their work preparation and by machine operators,” explains Helmut Schneider, Group Product Manager Packaging at Atlantic Zeiser. Even in the event of an operator error, the higher-level intelligence of MEDTRACKER prevents a unique number from being produced more than once, for example. It also supports production outcome reporting.
Excellent print quality on cardboard packaging
The DIGILINE Single 450 system is designed for sheets and flat carton boxes measuring from 80 x 100 mm to 450 x 500 mm (W x L), and offers an effective print width of 36 to 210 mm. It is therefore compatible with the most common sizes that occur in the pharmaceutical segment. Equipped with an Omega UV inkjet printer, which is known for its outstanding print quality on cardboard packaging, the system delivers deep black, high-contrast codes. The ink puts an end to short de-capping time and greyish tones – both defects are a constant source of complaints with the cartridge-based ink systems that are widely used throughout the pharmaceutical industry in particular. Furthermore, the special UV ink is highly resistant to water, alcohol and other solvents. Accidental smearing of the codes after printing is thus ruled out.
Depending on the printer, the system offers a transport speed of 30 to 60 meters a minute, which corresponds to approximately 120 to 240 typical pharmaceutical cardboard boxes a minute. The rugged transport system, which was developed by machine manufacturer Kohmann, is designed for longevity and stability. Its user-friendly feeder allows short set-up times and format changes. The configurable elements of the DIGILINE Single 450 encompass not only the transport and printing systems, but also the intermix and verification cameras. A label unit and a second printer for a helper code are available as options. In the cosmetic packaging segment, the DIGILINE Single 450 is also ideal for printing visible and invisible codes for grey market monitoring and, at the same time, QR codes for end-user marketing.
Audit proof thanks to MEDTRACKER
DIGILINE Single 450 can be operated without MEDTRACKER software, what enables manual production data assignment for a limited number of number ranges for different products.
For applications with large number of different products, however, MEDTRACKER provides the required security – audit proof. The software effectively supports the user by flawlessly managing any quantity of number ranges and data files, and automatically converting the data from the incoming format to the required production format. MEDTRACKER also permits simultaneous production on two or more lines and allows production to be switched from one machine to another quickly and securely. The production results are recorded and made available for auditing purposes.