US-based Xyntek, along with Italy’s Antares Vision, has installed a fully automated bottle line serialisation and aggregation solution for an undisclosed pharmaceutical manufacturer.

The newly installed solution enhances safety for the manufacturer’s pharmaceutical supply chains, as well as protects the patients who use their products.

Featuring the Antares tracking system (ATS) serialisation platform, the new line will enable the pharmaceutical manufacturer to comply with the upcoming requirements of Drug Quality and Safety Act (DQSA).

The solution also features Cognex machine vision systems and Domino printing technology, all of which have been incorporated to the manufacturer’s current original equipment manufacturer (OEM) packaging equipment supplied by Omega Design, Weiler Labeling, and ESS Technologies.

Xyntek CEO Mac Hashemian said: "The solution implemented by Xyntek and Antares further simplifies the downstream product tracking and tracing as the product enters and navigates through the pharmaceutical supply chain; enabling verification steps to happen at the case or pallet level versus having to open every case to confirm the contents."

"The solution implemented by Xyntek and Antares further simplifies the downstream product tracking and tracing."

Apart from serialising labelled bottles, the new integrated solution uses printed 2D ‘Helper’ codes on the bottom of the bottles to allow downstream units to case aggregation processes.

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The codes were attached to the serialised labels on the bottle through a special knock-out window at the infeed of the bottle labeller.

The integration and association at the labeller enables the automated Fanuc robotic case packer to pack complete layers of bottles into a shipper case using an Antares high-resolution camera.

The manufacturer can also configure Xyntek and Antares' serialisation solutions according to packaging, regulatory and serialisation requirements.

Image: New fully automated bottle line serialisation and aggregation solution installed by Xyntek and Antares Vision. Photo: courtesy of Xyntek.