High-Speed Blister Machinery
Unit-dose packages can be filled and sealed with ease using blister machines.
A high-speed, continuous-motion blister thermoformer has a small, space-conscious footprint. The balcony concept is integrated into the design of each station. The machine's main features include an easy-to-use control system and a forming station that has an atmospherically isolated environment with effortless access to the forming web. The filling station can be quickly cleaned and set up by any operation. The MB451 also has a dynamic platen sealing station and a final station without material waste from blister crosscut. Marchesini Packaging, West Caldwell, NJ; 973/575-7445; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blister Express Center
A compact, 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 small pharmaceutical or nutritional companies, or as an ancillary line for a larger company's smaller production lots. It offers the speed and economy of operation that allow for continuous stop-and-go operations for both small- and large-scale production. Uhlmann Packaging Systems Inc., Towaco, NJ; 973/402-8855; www.uhlmannpackaging.com.
A series of in-line form-fill-seal blister equipment produces blister packages with speeds up to 216 pieces per minute. The system features a trimless film-handling system for savings on film cost over traditional edge-fed blister machines. The new Quick-Pop changeover system allows for completely toolless changeover of different palette configurations. Blister types and sizes can be changed in less than 30 minutes, including palettes, the forming tools, and transfer stations. A user-friendly touch screen interface displays real-time machine operation with visual indicators for each station. Error alerts show the exact area of problems and recommended procedures to fix them. The on-line manual allows instant user access to the complete machine guide. Custom infeed systems can be designed for exact product orientation, and foil backing can be added to produce hermetically sealed compartments for moisture-sensitive products. Action Packaging Automation Inc., Roosevelt, NJ; 800/379-4280; www.apaiusa.com.
A two-row blister machine has been designed for small to medium production runs. The main features of the TR200 are balcony construction, complete accessibility according to GMP norms, economical size parts with a wide range of possible blister dimensions, and use of a variety of materials (PP monoblister, Alu-Alu blisters, PVC, PVdC, Aclar, PET). The changeover is very easy and quick without any tools. Once the changeover is finished, no more adjustments are needed. All operator interventions take part on the front of the machine. The TR200 reaches a production speed of up to 320 blisters per minute. IMA North America Inc., Bristol, PA; 215/826-8500; email@example.com.