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Article | August 12, 2014
Uhlmann: Integrated blister-cartoner line
See it at Pharma EXPO, Booth #651! Less then 10 meters in length, Uhlmann Packaging Systems’ Blister Express Center 500 (BEC 500), an easy-to-operate, double-lane, integrated blister and carton module, allows complete changeovers in less than 30 minutes, and can process up to 500 blisters and 500 cartons/min – making it suitable for packaging medium-sized batches of standard solid-dose products using conventional forming materials.
Operating costs are kept to a minimum with the BEC 500’s double-lane setup. The direct blister transfer ensures smooth end-to-end handling, and the integrated batch management system means that product-specific format data is only entered once to be made available at all control units.
Inspection and marking systems – including Uhlmann’s Track & Trace, which offers 100% inline monitoring for comprehensive pharmaceutical reliability – are easily integrated into the line.
The BEC 500 is available in rotary or platen sealing, and is capable of efficiently producing complex shapes, rigid aluminum pockets, calendar packs, and other non-traditional packages. Between runs, the machine features a newly-simplified format changeover process that allows a single person to completely reset the entire line in just 30 minutes without the use of tools. The new SmartControl operating system offers step-by-step guidance through the entire format changeover.
The closing station in the BEC 500’s cartoner module is suitable for all standard carton-closing systems, including tuck-in and hot-melt. The modular design of the packaging line allows for customized configurations, including an additional feeder for inserts, a checkweigher, and an end-of-line packaging machine.
The easy-to-use BEC 500 is easy to use: an open design makes the machine simple to supervise, and unhindered operating-side access to various stations permits material charging and servicing. The machine’s smooth surfaces – free of sharp corners and edges – afford quick, easy cleaning.
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