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Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News, November/December 2015

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27 November/December 2015 Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News • Videojet HigHligHts its latest in Packaging coding In 2015 Videojet has made a strong push toward meeting serialization needs, from compliance marking to value-added coding. Its recently released Wolke m600 oem is a thermal ink-jet printing solu- tion that combines the strengths of the Wolke m600 advanced printer with new capabilities aimed to set a benchmark for the future of global track and trace appli- cations. In addition, the Videojet 7810 UV Laser Marking System and Videojet 7510 50-Watt Fiber Laser Marking System are set to impact the process of marking on pharmaceutical packaging. All of the latest Videojet innovations were featured at Pack Expo in Las Vegas. Its printing and marking technologies included continuous ink-jet (CIJ) printers, thermal transfer overprinters (TTO), and print and apply labelers, each designed to complement the industry's most dynamic production lines running cartons, cans, bottles, labels, flexible materials, cas- es, and other packaging materials. Also featured were software and networking advancements designed to maximize productivity. "As the needs for production effciency and code complexity increase, Videojet continues to deliver the latest solutions to meet the needs of our customers," says Matt Aldrich, director of marketing and product management at Videojet. "We brought an extensive range of solutions to the 2015 Pack Expo audience and high- lighted our newest technology to address today's customers' needs in throughput, line availability, and Code Assurance." The Wolke m600 oem delivers inte- gration versatility combined with the industry's fastest data handling and serialization capabilities, according to Aldrich. It features new, smaller physical dimensions, delivering a footprint up to 60 percent smaller than comparable TIJ control systems for secure integration of the controller directly inside the electrical cabinet of a partner company, he says. The unit has 18 possible mounting ori- entations and a choice of four distinct printhead designs optimized for integra- tion into constrained spaces. It also has the option to connect up to six print- heads, allowing contract pharmaceutical packagers more code placement versatil- ity without having to move the printer. "The m600 oem is the printer our cus- tomers and serialization partners have been asking for," Tim Kearns, Videojet national account manager, tells PMP News. "The Wolke m600 advanced print- er has always been the gold standard in pharma product coding. Now the next genera- tion, the m600 oem, is upgraded for regula- tion and serialization needs." " W i t h p r i n t h e a d s working in succession, you can even replace a cartridge while one is working," Kearns says. Also at Pack Expo, Kearns demonstrated the new Videojet 7810 UV Laser Marking Sys- tem. It produces perma- nent traceability codes on pharmaceutical packaging, includ- ing high-contrast codes on hard-to-mark plastics, including high-density polyeth- ylene (HDPE). "HDPE is typically coded with continu- ous ink-jet printers, so being able to pro- duce dark, high quality marks with a laser is a new approach," Kearns says. Kearns also highlighted the covert markings with UV fuorescing inks applied with continuous ink-jet and thermal ink- jet offered by Videojet. The Videojet 7510 marking laser is specifically engineered for high-speed pharmaceutical applications and others that code expiry information, lot numbers, and GS1 DataMatrix codes onto plastics such as HDPE, PVC, polypropylene (PP), as well as metals often used in vial caps and blister foils. A c c o r d i n g t o t h e c o m p a n y , t h e 50-Watt 7510 fiber laser marking sys- tem extends the capabilities of the Videojet fiber laser offering. For sub- strates like aluminum and extruded plas- tics, it is 65-95 percent faster than their 20-Watt offering in short product pitch applications, bringing all the advantages of fber laser marking to an entirely new set of higher speed, and higher content applications. Pharmaceutical compa- nies can achieve up to 50 percent faster coding on blister packs and more than double the speed on vials when com- pared with using the 20-Watt fber. "Our 7510 fber laser brings an opti- mal combination of power, spot size, and choice of marking felds to deliver a sig- nifcant increase in marking speed and throughput," says Kearns. For more information, visit www. Tim Kearns, Videojet national account manager, shows off the Wolke m600 oem Thermal Ink-jet Printer at Pack Expo. A close up of one of the latest coding and marking innovations from Videojet.

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