A complete and flexible serialisation solution from the Marchesini Group


The company will present the BL A420 machine, a complete and flexible solution for tracking, serialising and labelling cartons

The output of the BL A420 is up to 400 cpm

The Marchesini Group will be taking part in the P-MEC event for pharmaceutical machinery, technology and equipment inside the CPhI Worldwide show, running 24 - 26 October.

At Booth number 40G65 (Hall 4.0) the Marchesini Group will showcase the labelling machine BL A420, one of the models belonging to the large BL A family: machines for labelling and tracking pharmaceutical cartons, whose features of versatility and reliability are their key strongholds.

The BL A420 has been created to fully exploit its ergonomics: the work area that is separate from the mechanical and electrical parts, ensures simple operation for management and maintenance. These features make the BL A420 a high tech and user-friendly machine.

The cartons are fed and accumulated in-line on the inlet belt to ensure a continuous flow of products, ensuring perfect code printing and tracking, even at high speed. A patented timing device positions and sets the cartons apart correctly on the toothed belts with adjustable opening, which also prevents slipping. The function of the timing device is to set the cartons at the correct distance apart; and this feature is synchronised with the speed of the whole conveyance system which does not require any adjustments for varying size.

The first operation is to apply the 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 of 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 Track&Trace equipment installed on the BL A420 consists of an inkjet printing system to print the 2D code and variable data on the lateral flap or on top side of the carton. The vision system developed by Sea Vision consists of two cameras that check the 2D code print grading and the correct application of the vignette.

The BL A420 is incredibly flexible and can thus 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.

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