A new software solution for quality control in pharmaceutical production been released. Version 5.2 of the FreeWeigh.Net software solution provides functions for prepackaging and in-process control for pharmaceutical applications. The system is suited for quality control of single-dose drug preparations, individual blister filling, and retail pack checking. FreeWeigh.Net provides pharmaceutical companies with a range of functions to ensure compliance with the complex specifications of FDA 21 CFR Part 11. The optional Audit Trail module offers traceability of all changes in the system with programmable logs. In addition, the software system provides an unlimited number of user groups and more than 50 individual centrally managed authorization options. A comprehensive password management system and electronic signatures offer additional security. With the FreeWeigh.Net device integration module, a wide variety of devices can be connected to the system without additional programming. For instance, to allow for checking of tablet characteristics such as weight, diameter, thickness, or hardness, a tablet conveyor system can be placed to provide rapid and simple connection and monitoring of all necessary instruments. Checkweighers, metal detectors, and manual test instruments for small batches can also be integrated and centrally monitored. Mettler-Toledo International Inc., Columbus, OH; 800/ METTLER; www.mt.com/us.
New packaging management software debuted at the Japan International Packaging Machinery Show 2009 in Tokyo. The ACE PackXpert software solution is built on an integrated automation control environment called Adept ACE. ACE PackXpert is designed specifically for packaging applications and enables users to maximize production and adapt to changing market demands while reducing deployment time and integration costs. The software is built on an integrated automation control environment that provides packaging employees with an intuitive tool to immediately respond to packaging or production changes. The all-in-one ACE PackXpert solution is flexible, enabling manufacturers to respond rapidly to part changes without reprogramming. ACE PackXpert features an intuitive graphical interface and 3-D workspace display for visualizing system operation. This software enables users to easily coordinate the efforts of an entire line of robots by working across multiple controllers. The program was designed for novice users with no programming required in bringing an application online, while permitting users with V+ programming expertise to use their existing library of V+ functionality. Adept Technology Inc., Pleasanton, CA; 925/245-3400; www.adept.com.
Industrial vending systems offer cost savings and productivity improvements. Connect n’ Go technology provides easy-to-use industrial vending systems at the point-of-use in manufacturing and distribution facilities. Users plug into an electrical outlet and an Internet connection and are up and running. Connect n’ Go works with the Edge 5000 series, a system that features next-generation technology for dispensing supplies, replacing inefficient tool cribs or traveling to a central distribution site while providing automatic inventory usage tracking reports and reordering. It dispenses items for point-of-work, satellite, and remote locations, decreasing downtime while controlling employee access. The Edge 5000 system is being used by paper and packaging industry companies, including Alcan, Smurfit Stone, Schneider Packaging Equipment, Printpack, CCL Container, and others. Apex Industrial Technologies LLC, Mason, OH; 800/229-7912; www.apexindustrial.com.
Print Software Solution
A commercial print software solution enables standardization and streamlining of best practices across organizations. PECAS Vision is a single end-to-end business management software system with functionality that incorporates processes for the labeling and product decoration sector. PECAS Vision is designed to be a fully integrated enterprise resource solution. PECAS Vision can help companies streamline processes, respond quickly to customers, and gain complete visibility of performance. York Label is implementing PECAS Vision across its facilities. Radius Solutions Ltd., Chicago, IL; 312/648-0800; www.radiussolutions.com.