The proliferation of high-worth prescription drugs, biotech products, and controlled substances that require zero-tolerance fill accuracy make it a need to for health care contract packager Sharp Packaging Solutions to put in and use machinery that will accommodate this kind of goods produced by its customers.
Especially, the organization is standardizing on pill counting/filling and labeling tools from NJM Packaging.
Sharp Packaging Answers gives business and clinical demo providers for prescription and over-the counter prescription drugs, biotechnology, and animal wellness items. The company operates amenities across the U.S. and Europe.
Victor Virginio, Director of Engineering, International Innovation and Technology at Sharp Packaging Answers, says that the company’s Allentown, P.A. facility has installed two NJM Cremer CFS-622 pill counters/fillers, and two NJM Model 326 AUTOCOLT IV labeling units. Programs get in touch with for incorporating yet another tablet counter and labeler at the facility early subsequent 12 months.
“There were two primary reasons why we standardized on these new devices,” Virginio points out. “Specifically on the Cremer models, we necessary to substitute an more mature style of filling technology. Past that, we were obtaining a great deal of requests from our clients for zero-tolerance fill counts. The more mature technology fillers we have run for many years can’t ensure zero tolerance with regard to errors. The more mature slat fillers need particular tooling and need an operator to stand in front of them to make certain that there is a pill in every cavity of the slat.”
Sharp produces solid-dose quantities ranging from five to 1,000 tablets/bottle, in bottle dimensions from 30 cc to five hundred cc. Bottle shapes most usually are cylindrical rounds, squares, and oblongs, but the contract packager can accommodate any shape the customer prefers. Bottle size modifications represent the major purpose for line changeovers, which can be carried out in as little as twenty min lengthier for an entire line.
At this stage, Sharp does not fill liquids, but does take liquid-filled containers and handles everything from labeling through palletization.
Virginio claims Sharp will continue to use some slat fillers, provided that consumers paid for tooling for their certain products.
All round facility
The 270,000-square-foot Allentown plant consists of three buildings. Its main developing consists of 35 packaging suites, each and every of which can be a line or room. Each and every area or line normally is used for one item at a time. Strains are normally changed over every other working day.
“We have about a few or four rooms committed to the same special solution simply because they use customized devices, so we do not operate anyone else’s product in these rooms,” claims Virginio.
Another building homes 6 packaging rooms that create sachets and pouches.
“It offers us with a lot more room in the main creating, but also establishes an region of experience beneath 1 roof,” he states. Virginio points out that a 3rd developing is below building and is expected to be open up early next year, outfitted with 24 packaging suites, concentrating on biotech products.