The global medical device market has exploded over the last decade and continues to grow. With international sales of medical devices expected to reach $543.9 billion by 2020, the ProMach Pharma Business Line is launching new packaging equipment solutions for medical devices, such as the Horizontal Roller (HR) in-line labeler from WLS. In particular, the HR excels at labeling auto-injector devices, which allow the patient to self-administer without the need for a syringe and a vial.
Applying pressure sensitive labels onto round or nearly round medical devices and other cylindrical products, the HR labeler is ideal for many auto-injectors. For consistent and precise label application, the labeler features a horizontal roller track that references the container sidewall and is combined with a vacuum drum label application. The HR can be designed to orient the auto-injector prior to labeling. Variable data, including a serialized code, can be printed on the label prior to application. The printed code is verified by a camera and an ‘Interceptor’ option can be provided to remove a rejected label prior to labeling, so that a rejected label is never applied to an expensive product. Finally, various levels of labeled device inspection can be provided.
In cooperation with other ProMach brands, WLS offers robotic mechanisms for the automated in-feed and out-feed of devices to and from other packaging machines or trays.
Several HR labelers are already in operation and customer demand is growing. Beyond medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biotech, these machines can label many round or nearly round products and containers at very high speeds, such as batteries and e-cigarette cartridges.
Like all WLS equipment, the HR labeler is backed by their industry-leading extended warranty. WLS is known for quality, impeccable service and the best customer care.