By Daniel Lapierre, VP of NJM Packaging
New track-and-trace regulations around the world are shaking up the pharmaceutical industry. In many countries, pharmaceutical manufacturers and contract packers of all sizes must purchase serialization and aggregation solutions to make their packages compliant – even if the new equipment doesn’t easily fit into their budget, workflow and floorspace.
With all the recent technological advancements in packaging, fully-automated labeling and coding systems might seem like the obvious choice for track-and-trace… or are they? While automation has a number of benefits, suppliers like NJM have developed several solutions that utilize a combination of humans and technology to tackle their customers’ challenges.
Here are the big advantages of choosing equipment that relies on semi-manual technology to serialize unit-of-sale packages and aggregate them at secondary packaging:
1) Lower Capital Investment
In general, the more automated features a packaging system has, the more expensive it is. By incorporating some manual elements, the initial cost can be greatly reduced. This is especially helpful for new companies that are just starting out, as well as small and medium-sized businesses with limited budgets for big purchases.
2) Increased Versatility
Since humans are able to effortlessly adapt to different package shapes and sizes compared to fully-automated equipment (which typically require changeovers), semi-manual solutions deliver more versatility. This makes semi-manual solutions particularly ideal for production lines running a variety of products and small batch sizes.
3) Smaller Footprint
Fully-automated equipment takes up space and lots of it. If floorspace is a concern, a semi-manual track-and-trace labeling and coding system that works in tandem with an operator will fit in a smaller space than entirely automatic alternatives.
To see these benefits in action at secondary packaging, consider the new semi-manual Cumulus Model SLPP-15 Case Packer from NJM. As the smallest and most affordable case packing station currently on the market that satisfies upcoming aggregation legislation, the Cumulus is perfect for manufacturers and contract packers that want to quickly and easily add traceability while automating end-of-line processes to increase productivity. Combining solutions from NJM and Wexxar Bel as well as track-and-trace options, this high-performance integrated system features a servo-driven, two-axis pick and place robot, which packs up to 10 cases per minute.
Check out this video of the Cumulus to learn more. NJM is exhibiting at Healthcare Packaging EXPO (Sept. 23-25, 2019, Las Vegas Convention Center) at Booth # N-307. You can visit other ProMach Brands in the Central Hall in Booths #: C-2814, C-3025, C-3225, C-3114, C-3214, C-3414, C-3426, C-3527, and C-3825.
About the author:
Dan Lapierre has been working for over 42 years in the sales & marketing of packaging equipment at NJM Packaging. NJM sells solid dose and liquid packaging equipment to the Pharmaceutical, Nutraceutical, Bio-Pharmaceuticals, and Personal Care industries.