Mettler Toledo helps pharma comply with stricter serialisation regulations

Published: 23-Feb-2018

Mettler Toledo has launched a labelling and verification system to help pharmaceutical manufacturers and contract manufacturing organisations meet requirements of the Falsified Medicines Directive

The new T2620 is a compact system for the track & trace labelling­ of cartons in accordance with the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) in Europe, the Drug Supply Chain Security Act in the US and other global regulations.

“We are bringing the T2620 to market in two model variants — for cartons with a width of up to 150 mm and those with a width of up to 250 mm,” said Reinhold van Ackeren, Head of Marketing at Mettler Toledo.

“With both model variants, we are able to guarantee pharmaceutical manufacturers and contract manufacturing organisations (CMOs) fast delivery and installation of the system with our standard configurations.”

The T2620 system supports the track & trace compliant printing­ of data such as serial numbers, batch numbers, expiry dates and static product identifiers on the carton, together with a datamatrix code containing the same serialisation information.

The combined system then verifies the accuracy and­ quality of the printed information using a camera.

The T2620’s compact design saves valuable production­­ space and the system can be easily integrated into new production lines or added to upgrade­­ existing­­ ones.

The T2620 is compatible with all Mettler Toledo software for data management, serialisation and aggregation, such as PLM and PLM Direct and can be seamlessly integrated into existing ERP environments via the PCE Software Suite.

The T2620 system features the latest frame technology from the Mettler Toledo C33-series checkweighers, making it incredibly stable and vibration-free.

It also ensures precise mechanical product transfer and a smooth and­ secure product flow when interacting­ with systems that are optimally aligned with each another.

The T2620 takes the cartons requiring printing­ directly from the cartoner by means of a transfer ­unit. Thanks to the convenient­ user interface on the terminal for calling up stored­ product data and the easy-to-use manual setting options, the system can be quickly adapted to new products and carton dimensions.

The printer unit prints the serialisation data and codes on the front or rear side of the cartons. Cartons with data successfully­ verified by the camera system are stored in an internal database with the status commissioned.

The logs created at the same time serve as the proof of quality required by GMP. Cartons that do not meet the requirements of ISO 15415 during the inline validation of the print quality of the data matrix code or that are otherwise defective or illegible are ejected into the reject bin by means of a precision air nozzle or an optional pusher.

The T2620 system has a belt speed­ of up to 80 m/min for throughput­ rates of up to 400 cartons per minute. While the T2620-150 model variant supports the processing of cartons­ with a width of up to 150 mm and a fill weight­ of up to 300 g, the T2620-250 model provides a solution for cartons with a width of up to 250 mm and a fill weight of up to 1100 g. Both models are available immediately.

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