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Serialization! It’s on the mind of every pharmaceutical contract packager right now – Apace Packaging is no exception. To meet the fast approaching deadlines and increase production volume, Apace turned to NJM and installed a new high-speed bottling line with track-and-trace capabilities last year.
“The NJM line achieves almost three times the throughput [as our other bottling lines] with far fewer workers,” said Wendell Bell, Director of Operations at Apace. “This level of automation protects our product quality and keeps costs down.”
Apace’s new line packages a wide range of solid-dose products in round, square or rectangular bottles in sizes from 40 to 1500 cc. Bottles can be outfitted with different types of desiccants, fillers, caps and labels. Serialization data is added to the bottle labels with either a thermal transfer printer or laser obliteration printer, and bottles can either be bundled or packed directly into cases.
“Our goal was to think of virtually any bottling scenario that a customer might bring to us, so we could always respond ‘yes’ to their request,” said Patrick Ferguson, General Manager at Apace.
The integrated line starts with a CFI-622*8 Tablet Counter to achieve high speeds with extreme servo-driven accuracy. Bottles are capped and retorqued with two beltorques, which quickly yet gently rotate and tighten caps using two pairs of belts each. Next, an AUTOCOLT IV pressure sensitive labeler with nearly every available option maximizes versatility. A track-and-trace solution from Optel improves compliance and productivity while facilitating 4 levels of serialization and 3 levels of aggregation.
“Our equipment from NJM always does exactly what they promise it will do,” said Bell. “At the end of the day, we value the quality of their solutions and the impeccable customer service they provide.”
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Cremer Tablet Counter Takes Center Stage to Ensure Efficiency
For its third high-speed pharmaceutical packaging line, Golden State Medical Supply (GSMS), Inc. knew it needed to meet its company goals of maintaining high quality, high efficiency, and high output. When it came time to plan for its Camarillo, California facility, it chose the NJM Packaging Cremer CFS-622 Tablet Counter as the centerpiece.
The Cremer CFS-622 Tablet Counter has a small footprint – but packs a mighty punch. It can accommodate up to four modules, and with just a few change parts, can count almost any kind of tablet or capsule, as well as fill almost any shape of plastic or glass bottle. Because of its 100 percent counting accuracy and high speed, up to 150 bottles per minute, it’s perfect for the exacting standards that GSMS upholds.
GSMS is a company that appreciates precision. Its origins are rooted in supplying pharmaceuticals to a base near Claremont, California, where it began in 1986. Since then, GSMS has contracted with federal and state government organizations and moved into its current state-of-the-art facility in Camarillo. The veteran-owned business boasts some of the most sophisticated packaging equipment to deliver safe, quality products to its customers.
The company is so focused on quality that the new high-speed line required rigorous planning, testing, and qualification. The culmination of one year of hard work will increase the pharmaceutical packaging line capacity by 40 percent and allow for flexible line runs of 30 count to 1,000 count bottles. GSMS will be able to complete very large jobs quickly and easily while still maintaining accuracy.
GSMS has been online with its new packaging line since September, and it held a grand opening party on October 1. We’re honored to be a part of its expansion, and we appreciate the company’s trust in us. NJM was very pleased to receive the below testimonial from GSMS this week:
NJM Tablet Counters/Fillers and Labeling Units Become Integral Part of Sharp Packaging Production Line
Pharmaceutical packaging leaves no room for error. Operating in a zero-tolerance industry with high-value pharmaceuticals, biotech products, and controlled substances, Sharp Packaging Solutions needed equipment that would protect its customers’ products and ensure safety. It found that equipment in the form of two Cremer CFS-622 tablet counters and two NJM Model 326 AUTOCOLT IV labeling machines.
At NJM Packaging, we pride ourselves on being able to fulfill our customers’ pharmaceutical packaging needs, and when Sharp Packaging Solutions needed to standardize on its machines, it called on us. The Cremer CFS-622 tablet counter’s feedscrew system makes the packaging machine a key piece of equipment for its accuracy and capacity. The 326 AUTOCOLT IV labelers, which were specifically paired with the Cremer CFS-622 tablet counters, ensure that square, rectangular, or round bottles are labeled appropriately, using wraparound or three-panel labels, sideserts, and topserts.
Sharp Packaging plans to move its four existing NJM labelers to its new facility to work alongside its new pharmaceutical packaging machinery from NJM. That’s right, the new Cremer CFS-622 tablet counter/fillers and 326 AUTOCOLT IV labelers aren’t the first for Sharp Packaging. When it first started using the Cremer Tablet Counters two years ago, Sharp Packaging noticed its short-count complaints plummet. As the business grows, it plans to add more Cremer tablet counter/fillers, and the 326 AUTOCOLT IV labelers. These machines are easy to maintain and take up less floor space.
It’s always exciting for us to see our customers find new business opportunities and success with NJM Packaging machinery, and we’re looking forward to watching Sharp Packaging continue to expand its own customer base and business. The company has plans to add another tablet counter and labeler next year.
To learn more about why Sharp Packaging chose NJM and their focus, read this article from Healthcare Packaging.
NJM Service Technician Blair Gilchrist comes through again — over the phone
NJM Packaging’s Cremer CF-1220D Tablet Counter has been the standard at high-speed pharmaceutical packaging operations across the country. Like any piece of machinery, it can act up. Luckily, NJM Packaging service technicians are only a phone call away. These dedicated professionals see their mission as not only installing new equipment like labelers, cappers, tablet counters, etc., but also helping to support their customers once the equipment is installed in the field. Blair Gilchrist, an NJM Service Technician based in Ontario, Canada once again related a recent customer service success story.
One of NJM’s customers, a generic pharmaceutical company, has packaging facilities all over the world. Its Midwestern facility features one bottle packaging line which runs a large variety of formats at various speeds. The line also features a CL-110 Cottoner and a UNICAP 150 Capper from NJM.
According to Gilchrist, “The customer reported that occasional ‘Channel Defect 12’ and ‘Comm Defect Errors’ were occurring on the tablet counter.”
“I spoke to the afternoon shift electrician and suggested he check the voltage in the Detection Unit, as this is the most common cause of this issue,” he explained. “He gave me his email address and I forwarded him the procedure to verify the correct voltage was present. He called me back and confirmed my suspicion that the voltage was slightly low, 4.8
“I explained to him how to adjust the power supply to increase the voltage to 5.3
“He asked me for the part number for the Power Supply and he was going to order it from our Parts Department for a spare,” Gilchrist concluded. Better safe than sorry!
For service on NJM Packaging machines:
Call our Service Department at: (514) 337-2289