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Serialization and Aggregation Systems for Pharmaceuticals

Mettler-Toledo PCE launched the T60 Integrated 360 Series of solutions for serialization and aggregation of bottles and vials in the pharmaceutical sector, enhancing quality control and traceability of products with 360o image capture.

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This gives pharmaceutical manufacturers a 360o picture of a large range of round containers. This enables them to read and verify small product or serialization codes printed directly onto the bottle or on the applied labels. The T60 Integrated 360 Series also checks that all codes are machine-readable, ensuring no smears, misprints or quality issues are on the label. By being able to print product codes directly onto bottles and vials instead of carton packaging, manufacturers will save time and money through having fewer labeling processes and systems that require maintenance.

The T60 Integrated 360 Series offers two applications:

T63 Integrated 360 Serialization – This solution can serialize directly to the applied label instead of the traditional ‘label-on-web’ application. It also verifies the content and label quality for defects such as smears or label skew to ensure top-quality product presentation, resulting in only authenticated product serialization to be recorded onto databases.

T65 Integrated 360 Aggregation – This delivers aggregation by obtaining the full 360° view of products in-line on the conveyor for final insertion into secondary boxes and cases, whereas existing methods require extra processing for top-down printing of helper codes for bottle and vial.

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For critical track and trace pharmaceutical applications, the T60 Integrated 360 Series provides a range of traceability applications (serialization or aggregation) across a range of bottle sizes, from 10mm to 110mm in diameter. Implementing these systems will bring a number of key benefits to pharmaceutical companies. The systems are compact and can be integrated over existing packaging line conveyors, minimizing disruption. They provide an extra line of quality control with code verification capabilities, ensuring mistakes are caught early and helping to avoid potential product recalls.

The T60 Integrated 360 Series uses a unique camera configuration of six image sensors that deliver a 360o image of the bottle. Users can choose between a Liquid Lens that allows for 0.35mm module size inspection, or a Fixed Local Lens that allows for 0.2mm module size inspection. Both the T63 and T65 use Mettler-Toledo PCE Line Manager software, which provides serialization and aggregation configurations pre-configured in the software. The systems are suitable for integration into a variety of site installations and can be easily connect with a number of third-party coding and marking solutions.

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