Contract Packaging

Spring 2014

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Four steps to innovation Pharmalab Inc. Pharmalab added one MK-DLT integrated Delta 3 robotic cartoner initially. As is often the case with new equipment, adjustments had to be made. "AFA was very proactive," says El Alaoui. "ey helped us solve these is- sues quickly. Also, they offered Internet con- nection with the PLC inside so they could troubleshoot from their Toronto offices." Pharmalab ran that AFA machine for about six months before adding four identical machines. "at way," El Alaoui says, "instead of taking on a 'pilot project' with five new machines, we did it with one and then purchased four more, with small changes made to them based on what we learned from the first cartoner." Today each line can make the same products, and only requires a single operator to run it rather than the three that were necessary when the company was cartoning manually. Tracking the process Upstream of each cartoner is a horizontal form/fill/seal machine that fills products into premade flexible pouches made of multiple layers, including foil. From the hf/f/s unit, filled and sealed pouches are conveyed through a check- weigher from All-Fill ( Because the pouches include aluminum foil, Pharmalab selected an X-ray vision system rather than a metal detector to scan pouch- es for possible metal, plastic, or other foreign materials. e contract manufacturer uses a Mettler-Toledo ( Safeline continued on page 8 TWO POUCHES. Two unoriented pouches are picked up by an AFA Delta 3 robot, which then places them into a loading funnel. Also available: Gravity Feed Displays, Wobblers, Custom / Printed Products See more at Display Strips Bottle Neck Hang Tabs IRCs Carry Handles Hang Tabs Packaging, merchandising and promo onal components from Do-It Corpora on Make Your Product Retail Ready Thousands of styles available. Millions in stock. Call for a product guide or help with specific product display ques ons. Do-It Corporation P.O. Box 592 1201 Blue Star Memorial Highway South Haven, Michigan 49090-0592 • 1-800-426-4822 • 269-637-1121 2869 2013_Contract Pkg_Retail Ready_2869.pdf 1 3/8/13 1:18 PM 04b_PWrepurp_Pharmalab.indd 7 3/18/14 1:40 PM

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