Weiler Labeling Systems Supports Sanofi Pasteur's Data Matrix Printing

Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi-Aventis Group, has installed variable print ink-jet technology from Weiler Labeling Systems (WLS). Incorporated into Sanofi Pasteur’s existing label application systems at its Swiftwater, PA, facility, the WLS system prints a Data Matrix bar code encrypting the necessary information into each label.

According to Jon Guy, WLS vice president: “Recent regulatory changes are placing increased demands on manufacturers in the vaccine sector. Uni-dose syringe and vial vaccine products must now contain lot code, expiration date, and batch code data; while future requirements will likely include full unit-level serialization. These requirements are well beyond the capabilities of companies’ older imprinting systems and there are a multitude of label application systems in the market with older marking systems that cannot be easily upgraded."

WLS provided its print stand to add full serialization and Data Matrix printing to non-WLS systems, which minimized the amount of machinery changes that would create validation issues, the company stated in a press release.

WLS also developed a custom unwind print system for other manufacturers’ label application equipment. Preprinted rolls are mounted and fed through a variable print station for applying Data Matrix codes. The preprinted, variable marked web is then fed into the non-WLS labelers via a closed-loop controlled system.

For more information, visit www.weilerls.com.

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