Contract Packaging

Spring 2014

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8 • C P • M A R C H | A P R I L 2 0 1 4 Pharmalab Inc. | continued from page 7 x-ray machine to scan the pouches. From the X-ray machine, pouches are conveyed on two lanes into the AFA cartoner. A Cognex ( In-Sight Micro Vision camera captures the pouch orienta- tion and position. at information is transferred to the AFA Delta 3 robot, which picks up two unoriented pouches and places them into a loading funnel. Once the appropriate pack pattern is achieved, two overhead confiners gather the product array. e loading funnel then moves to the crease line of the carton to ensure positive loading with no possible catch points. e crease line is the joint between the major flap and the front panel of the carton. e benefit of having the loading funnel move to the crease line of the carton is that it eliminates catch points during the carton loading pro- cess. Folding cartons typically vary from 7 pt to 10 pt. Two common carton sizes measure 7 x 12 cm and 12 x 17 cm. e MK-DLT then heat-seals the minor and major carton flaps. A reciprocating feeder erects and loads the carton onto a main lugged conveyor. Next, a Videojet ( Laserjet printer, integrated within the cartoner, prints a date code on the carton before discharging it. Depending on the product and carton, the robot might pick and place five, seven, or 10 packs at a time. An open-flap detector is used to reject any possible cartons not properly sealed. A cylinder positioned at the cartoner discharge is CARTONING MACHINE. Pharmalab uses five cartoners (above) that fill premade flexible pouches into cartons for the contract manufacturer's customers. 612-851-3732 | When it comes to your co-packing needs, there's nothing we can't do. S c o u l a r CO PACK NG orchestrating turn-key co-manufacturing 04b_PWrepurp_Pharmalab.indd 8 3/18/14 1:41 PM

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