High-Speed Blister machinery
Systems are available for small- and large-batch runs as well as a variety of blister films.
A blister machine combines European design with U.S. manufacturing. The B300 features all-servo axis control, rotary sealing, all-stainless-steel construction, industrial PC-based controls, and speeds up to 300 blisters per minute. It has two servo-driven pinch rollers, which prevent film stretch in the preheat and form stations. The heating station completely retracts from the film during stoppages, eliminating heat deformation of the film. All mechanical devices are conveniently located in a vertical cabinet for easy access. The control panel slides along the length of the machine. DT Packaging Systems, Leominster, MA; 978/537-8534; firstname.lastname@example.org.
A high-speed blister machine is de-signed for customers that need to run large, uninterrupted batches. The C96-A96 reaches a production speed of 1200 blisters per minute and 450 cartons per minute. In addition to high-volume product, it is also intended for Alu-Alu blisters. The line concept is based on continuous running, which offers advantages with many materials such as PP or Aclar. It also allows the use of existing feeders on the blister machine such as the Combifill. The forming system is based on functional small molds working at very high speed. Uniform sealing and excellent location of the blister are guaranteed by the continuous drive roller system, according to the company. The A96 cartoner receives the blisters by means of an integrated blister stacker. IMA North America, Bristol, PA; 215/826-8500; email@example.com.
Blister Express Center
A flexible, fully integrated packaging system combines all the elements of the company’s UPS 1010 thermoformer, C 2065 cartoner, and E 3006 banding machine in modular form. The Blister Express Center was specifically designed to provide seamless, fast production for either smaller pharmaceutical or nutraceutical companies or as an ancillary line for a larger company’s smaller production lots. It offers the speed and economy that allows for continuous stop-and-go operations for both small- and large-scale production on a highly competitive basis. Uhlmann Packaging Systems Inc., Towaco, NJ; 973/402-8855; www.uhlmannpackaging.com.
Blister Card Machine
A blister card packaging system has a modular design and flexibility for size changeover. The company offers a solution for automatically handling and folding heat-sealed blister cards as well as an in-line, fully automated hot-melt glue alternative. In a typical application, a blister card configuration module transfers blister cards from the last station of the customer’s existing blister card heat sealer and arranges the cards for in-line processing. The second station is the gluing or sealing module followed by the card-folding module, which automatically folds the cards at speeds up to 200 cards per minute. Change parts are designed as toolless subassemblies for quick, reliable, repeatable changeovers. MGS Machine Corp., Maple Grove, MN; 763/425-8808; www.mgsmachine.com.
An efficient, easy-to-operate blister packaging dedicated feeding system is good for thermoplastic and aluminum deep-draw packages. The Sypro feeding system can operate at speeds up to 55 cycles per minute or at 15 m per minute on continuous-motion machines. Design features include motor-controlled dispensing pins for gentle product handling, multifill capabilities for clinical applications, recipe-based control system with automatic axis positioning for different formats, and no-tools changeover in five minutes or less. The dedicated feeder has a small footprint and can be installed on most blister packaging machines. HyPex Inc., Southampton, PA; 215/322-0545; firstname.lastname@example.org.