Packaging Resource Center: The Latest in Blister Machinery
Automatic Blister Machine
A blister machine is designed to use lasers and servomechanisms to automatically monitor and make adjustments during operation. The UPS 1070 blister machine features a product-specific database, which the manufacturer maintains and which can recall product information on demand. It is capable of processing up to 600 blisters per minute. Uhlmann, Towaco, NJ; 973/402-8855; www.uhlmann-usa.com.
A continuous-motion feeding system can handle multiple-fill feeding requirements. The SyPro continuous- motion feeder is designed to complement the SyPro intermittent-motion feeding system. The feeders can accommodate thermoforming, coldforming, pouching, solid-dose printing, and laser-drilling applications. HyPex Packaging Technologies, Southampton, PA; 215/322-0545; www.hypex.com.
Blister Inspection System
A vision inspection system for blister packages combines white-LED technology with color-inspection technology. The blister inspector features an optical head designed to provide precise color verification of products packaged in highly reflective blister-forming films. Because the reflectance from forming films affects lighting uniformity, the optical head is designed to deliver short, high-intensity light pulses. The pulses are evenly diffused over the entire field of view so that ideal lighting conditions are achieved for accurate product inspection. The system features CIELab color space, a color verification model that is designed to be able to distinguish and verify colored products that are packaged in similarly colored blister backgrounds. Optel Vision, Quebec, QC, Canada; 418/688-0334; www.optelvision.com.
An intermittent-motion, platen-sealing blister packer outputs up to 420 blisters per minute. The Noack 623 is designed to handle packing tablets, capsules, caplets, and ampules. It features large foil and film reels designed to require fewer reel changes and to minimize changeover time. Format data can be electronically stored. The machine heats and forms thermoformable films using compressed air. Alu-alu blisters are formed by servo-driven punches to the material. The machine can be integrated with automatic feeding and filling inspection systems, an ejection station, a lidding foil printer, and a cartoner. Horn + Noack, a division of Romaco GmbH, Karlsruhe, Germany; +49 72 148040; www.romaco.com.
A blister packaging machine is designed to output up to 60 cartons per minute. The TF 20 blister packaging machine features three lanes for blisters and a versatile feed area. It is designed for midsized blister packaging. It requires no tools for changeover. Micron PharmaWorks, Odessa, FL; 727/ 232-8200; www.pharmaworks.com.
A company offers a line of high-speed blister and wallet-card machines featuring modular stations and toolless changeover. The machines can output up to 300 packages per minute. The machines accommodate in-line or magazine transfer of heat-sealed, unfolded cards from any sealing machine. All folds, literature insertions and attachments, printing, coding, inspection, and verification requirements can be integrated. MGS Machine Corp., Maple Grove, MN; 763/425-8808; www.mgsmachine.com.