Almac Installs Uhlmann Blister Line In New US Facility

Almac has acquired a state-of-the-art, high-speed blister line for their new 100,000 sq. ft. US commercial packaging facility in Audubon, PA. The versatile UPS 4 blister line from Uhlmann will process solid oral dose products, providing primary packaging into a range of materials including PVC, PVC/PVDC, Aclar and Alu/Alu.
Complete with an integrated C2206 cartoner, the line will provide a highly efficient packaging solution with an output of up to 12,000 blisters per hour - in a wide range of blister sizes. The line is capable of both multi-product blister processing and online blister printing (both flexographic and digital) addressing the need for enhanced patient compliance, whilst ensuring flexibility of supply, the company said.
For enhancing product compliance, the line will include a Total Quality Control Centre incorporating a checkweigher and integrated print and vision system for auto-rejection of incorrect print /serialisation data including 2D codes.
The blister line will complement the full suite of highly flexible and state-of-the-art commercial packaging equipment already installed at the Audubon facility.  Supporting high volume marketed products to niche/orphan drug launches, additional key technologies include bottling, walleting and vial labeling/packaging.
Geoff Sloan, vp manufacturing operations, explained that the partnership with Uhlmann was a natural choice: “Uhlmann was able to provide us with a versatile, high-spec blistering line to match our US client requirements for a high quality, flexible commercial packaging solution.”   
Ralf Klotz, regional sales manager at Uhlmann, added “the construction and installation of this equipment proved to be a great project. We are looking forward to a long term partnership with Almac as their US Operations continues to grow. The flexibility of this equipment certainly puts Almac in a position as a leader in contract blister packaging”.
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