Variety is the spice of life


Newman Labelling Systems has supplied an S250 automatic labelling system to Merck Animal Health to handle a range of label sizes for poultry vaccine products

When you have a wide range of glass and plastic vials in different sizes that need to be labelled at speeds of up to 250cpm, you need a reliable, highly flexible labelling machine. When Merck Animal Health in Millsboro, Delaware, US installed a Newman Labelling Systems S250 fully automatic labelling system to do the job, it not only met the specification, but also came with another key benefit.

A highly versatile system, the Newman S250 is being used by Merck Animal Health to label poultry vaccine products in a wide range of glass and plastic vials, from 3–50 ml, at a speed of up to 250cpm. Unlike many other systems available, the S250 has a minimum of change parts allowing the system to be quickly and conveniently adapted to each vial.

The S250 was supplied with a high specification 1200mm diameter rotary infeed turntable to feed the vials into the labelling system. The tabletop has been manufactured from very hard chrome vanadium steel to minimise wear, together with a maximum top deflection of 0.5mm across the full diameter. In addition to the specialist infeed turntable, the S250 has been fitted with a hot foil coder working with a Systech OCV vision system for overprint inspection.

The entire system was designed, manufactured, installed, validated and put into production by Newman Labelling Systems to the complete satisfaction of the client. Marianna Sowell, Strategic Sourcing Analyst for Merck Animal Health says: ‘The machine was chosen because Newman provided the best value equipment which met all our user requirement specifications and fits within the space provided. Newman is quick to respond to requests for service support and the firm’s technical staff are knowledgeable.’

The S250 is the second Newman Labelling system for Merck Animal Health and follows a VAL550 that has been successfully in operation for more than ten years.

The S250 is available exclusively from Newman Labelling Systems, a manufacturer of specialised labelling machines for the pharmaceutical industry, with a customer base that includes the world’s top ten pharmaceutical companies.

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All Newman Labelling Systems are compatible with the leading vision system equipment to accommodate the latest track and trace applications and are fully compliant with FDA cGMP requirements; they can be supplied with validation completed up to PQ.