Fast and Versatile Blister Machinery

Blister equipment can form, fill, seal, carton, and deblister—all at top speed.

A packager needs a blister machine that can accomplish an assortment of tasks. Besides forming, filling, and sealing the package, the machine may also add inserts, place the blisters into cartons, or check for unfilled blisters. Some equipment is designed to place both capsules and tablets into the blisters, or to create an unusual blister array. When the filling is completed, other machines can deblister packages that are missing product. Many machines are designed to work quickly and automatically, allowing for a high level of production.


 


Tooling and change parts for blister packaging machinery include thermoform tooling, forming and sealing tools, perforation and cutting dies, guide tracks, cartoner parts, fill detection systems, and vacuum transfer assemblies. The products meet OEM specifications for many intermittent thermoforming machines. In addition to providing parts, the company also offers a technical service network and in-house design engineering and manufacturing. Service Industries, Rolling Meadows, IL.

 


A manual deblistering unit removes the complete contents of each blister without contaminating the product. The Press-Out Manual deblistering machine can be set up for any product in 2 minutes, according to its manufacturer. Blister packages are placed onto a guide plate and fed through a set of rollers with the turn of a handle. Up to 20 blister packages per minute can be processed. Automatic machines are also available. Sepha Products, Irvine, CA.

 


An eight-station rotary-model blister packaging machine offers high productivity. The 8SC1216 operates at 24 cycles per minute and has four product load stations. Optional feeders are available for cards and inserts. Outboard reloading for all feeder stations, push-button controls, and automatic startup make the machine simple to operate. Alloyd Company, Inc., De Kalb, IL.

 


A compact blister-filling machine has a small footprint so that it fits into a small workspace. The MB420 thermoformer offers an automatic product-checking feature that ejects blisters with empty cavities. Thermoforming material can be spliced automatically without stopping the machine. The film heating and forming section uses titanium-dioxide–coated plates with individual heat adjustment. Options include a printer, video camera, water cooling unit, and linear or cross perforation. Marchesini Packaging Machinery Inc., West Caldwell, NJ.

 


A unit can heat seal up to 4000 blister packs per hour. The portable SG-4-Station Blisterpak Sealer can operate continuously and is virtually maintenance free. Designed for medical packaging, it has enhanced safety and economy features. PowerPak, San Diego, CA.

 


For pharmaceutical and medical device applications, a blister packaging system provides high-volume production and no-tools changeover. The Compacker-1200/ Pacliner-3000 integrated system is capable of thermoforming, cold-forming, and cartoning at speeds of up to 600 blister packs per minute and 300 cartons per minute. Features include a hermetically sealed dosing area, a fiber-optic interface, servo drive control, an intermittent-motion cartoner, and movable carts for blister and lidding material and feed mechanisms. Klöckner Medipak Inc., Clearwater, FL.

 


Tablets and capsules can be packaged with a series of blister machinery models. The Ministar N-5 and V models offer automatic product feeding using a brush box or a dedicated feeder, in-line printing, perforation, slitting, vision inspection, and faulty-pack rejection. The Ministar G-7 and N-8 form blisters from rollstock. These models allow the user to choose between manual product placement or automatic product feeding. Formed blisters can be punched into a variety of standard and custom shapes. Key International Inc., Englishtown, NJ.

 


A blister machine's extended feed systems are designed to cover large blister patterns plus small double patterns to increase throughput. The Extended XYZ Touch Frame is capable of three planes of motion control, parameter adjustment, changes on the fly, and built-in agitation to feed any type of product into any array. The frame can be integrated with any intermittent- or continuous-motion machine and can reach speeds of up to 70 cycles per minute. Dual or triple compartments for multiple product feeding are also available. Aylward Enterprises, New Bern, NC.

 


An automatic blister packaging machine designed for handling tablets and capsules runs at speeds of up to 40 cycles per minute. The Blisterfil has separate automatic tablet- and capsule-feeding systems. Its Accucount high-speed tablet and capsule batch counter handles a variety of shapes. The TCI-204 flip-over style inspection table allows for thorough examination of all tablets and capsules. All three pieces are finished with stainless steel, meet CGMP requirements, and have a compact design. HealthStar Inc., Randolph, MA.

 


A blister packaging machine employs a forming process that reduces blister pack size by up to 20% over traditional cold-forming. The Advanced Forming Technology (AFT) process uses the same Formpack aluminum-aluminum laminate. In addition to material savings, the AFT process can increase blister machine output. Romaco Inc., Morris Plains, NJ.

 


A blister machine has a production speed of up to 700 blisters and 350 cartons per minute. The IMA C95 is also flexible, easy to operate, and easy to clean. Changeover can be performed in 30 minutes. The machine is well suited for PP and aluminum-aluminum blisters. IMA Industria Macchine Automatiche S.p.A., Fairfield, CT.

 



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