Compass Pharma Installs Uhlmann High-Speed Blister Packaging Machine

Compass Pharma Services LLC (Clifton, NJ) expands its blister packaging capacity for contract pharmaceutical packaging and contract vitamin packaging customers with the installation of a new high-speed blister packaging machine from Uhlmann USA. With the installation of the new machine, Compass Pharma can produce cold foil blisters or thermoformed blister packages from PVC, PVDC, and barrier films such as PCTFE. Package and fill consistency are assured with a fully integrated vision detection system that continuously inspects manufacturing quality and tablet or capsule fill accuracy.

"Blister packaging and unit dose packaging continues to grow in popularity among our pharmaceutical packaging and nutritional packaging customers," says Tony Fenno, chief operating officer, Compass Pharma. "Our investment in additional blister packaging capacity was necessary to keep pace with this increased demand."

The new blister packaging system — Uhlmann thermoformer UPS4 — operates up to 50 cycles per minute depending on product size, configuration, and packaging material.

"Uhlmann systems are among the most widely used blister packaging machines in the pharmaceutical and nutrition industry," Fenno says. "This new machine supports Compass' business strategy of providing contract pharmaceutical packaging services with the same quality and consistency of in-house production."

Among Compass Pharma's new cGMP blister packaging capabilities are integrated filling and large-format tooling option to fill multiple tablets/capsules into a common blister, ideal for regimen and compliance packaging; inline cartoning and secondary operations for a complete turnkey line; inline flexo printing for high-quality, cost effective package labeling options; balcony construction for full cGMP packaging requirements; deep-draw (12 mm to 35mm) thermoforming capabilities for large tablets/capsules; and chilled feed area, isolated from heating elements, to allow for packaging of temperature-sensitive products including probiotics.

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