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05-24, 2016
The last edition of the yearly convention of Portuguese pharmaceutical industries, “Raci 2016”, has just come to an end. Just like every other year, the participating companies met to discuss several topics concerning the pharmaceutical market and packaging in order to exchange their opinions and ideas.

This year, the main topic of the meeting was serialization. The Marchesini Group is one of the biggest experts in this field, thanks to its capability of offering customised solutions based on the regulations in force in the various nations and based on the differing production needs of its customers. 

The solution exhibited at Raci 2016 was the Track & Trace line comprising the BL A420 and the  PS 310 machines. This is one of Marchesini’s great classics for the serialization industry. 

The BL A420 has been created to fully exploit its outstanding ergonomics: thanks to the work area that is separate from the mechanical and electrical parts, management and maintenance operations are very simple. All these top features make the BL A420 a truly high-tech yet very user-friendly machine.

The cartons are fed and accumulated in-line on the inlet belt to ensure a continuous flow of products, even at high speeds. A patented “timing” device positions and sets the cartons apart correctly on the toothed belts with adjustable opening, which also prevent slipping.

The function of the timing device is to set the cartons at the correct distance apart; its special feature is that it is synchronised with the speed of the whole conveyance system and there is no need for any size change-over adjustments.  

The first operation to be performed after the cartons have been positioned is that of applying the optical seal or vignette on the upper panel of the cartons; then, the unique 2D code (Datamatrix) and the corresponding human readable data are printed on the side flaps and sometimes on the upper panel. The unique code identifies and makes it possible to track each carton.

A camera then verifies both the codes and the readable data. Once the code has been completed in this way, two self-adhesive Tamper Evident seals are then applied on the corner closing points of the cartons.

All the label dispensing units are driven by servomotors, whose speeds are synchronised automatically with those of the carton conveyance system.

During these phases, the use of the “Fail Safe” operating logic means that only “correct” cartons are sent to the machine downstream, while the others are identified and rejected.

The BL A420 is incredibly flexible and can accommodate all the printing and vision systems available on the marketplace, plus it can be personalised according to the various regulations in force around the world. This peculiarity makes the BL A420 the most suitable and complete machine for tracking, serializing and labelling cartons, so that all the pharmaceutical products packaged have a unique identity.

At Raci 2016, the BL A420 was exhibited in line with the semi-automatic case packer, PS 310, designed and built to manage a wide range of product working sizes and to meet the requirements of safe working conditions and machine self-efficiency. Pre-formed cases are fed directly onto a motorised case magazine at the infeed: this ensures a certain level of machine independence and leaves the operator free to carry on with other jobs. Size changeover is quick and effortless and there is a minimum load stopping function with automatic restart.