Omega Design Corporation, a global provider of packaging machinery and serialization solutions, and bottle unscrambling technology , hosted the Fall meeting of the Institute of Packaging Professionals’ (IoPP) Drug and Pharmaceutical Packaging Committee from September 23-25, 2012 at its Exton, PA facility.
For the three-day event, Omega Design teamed up with partners Systech International, Montesino Associates, Pharma Logic Solutions, SmartRmeds for Life, and Xyntek, Inc. to present a well-rounded , expertise-driven educational experience, the companies announced.
Serialization has become an increasingly prominent issue for pharmaceutical professionals, with regulations in many important markets around the world already in place and a 2015 mandate for unit-level serialization in California approaching.
Omega has been building relationships throughout the pharmaceutical industry and, for the three-day event, assembled several of its serialization partners from the fields of vision, data management, quality control and integration. Headlining the committee meeting were five presentations by the rotating team of partners, including a demonstration of one of Omega’s unique serialization packaging lines, which ran straight from coding in a bottle unscrambler through end-of-line case aggregation.
Pfizer representative Rich Hollander, a long-time member and attendee of IOPP events, gave his thanks to the Omega team and partners by saying: "I've been attending these events for over 20 years, and considering the organization of the schedule and the valuable information received, this was certainly among the very best IOPP/DPPC events I have ever attended."
Other highlights included:
At Systech’s station, attendees were shown a serialized manual case packing solution combining Omega’s secure aggregation philosophy and container handling expertise with Systech’s pack-by-layer vision technology and data management services. The two companies recently combined efforts to deploy a similar solution in China.
Bill Fletcher, a serialization consultant with Pharma Logic Solutions, discussed how best to prepare for serialization, sharing his experiences from fifteen previous pilots.
A presentation by Walter Berghahn, Executive Director of the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council, challenged attendees to think about the advantages of sending manufacturers’ original packaging all the way through supply chains and into patients’ homes.
Montesino Associates led discussions on improved quality control leveraging Omega’s strategy for coding product at the beginning of lines.
Xyntek, Inc. offered perspective on overall serialization project management and integration.