US based Antares Vision, a global provider of serialisation-based track and trace solutions for the pharmaceutical industry, has introduced the Print & Check Flex Machine, a flexible high-capacity serialisation unit.
The Print & Check Flex Machine is ideal for maximising the track and trace capabilities of large contract manufacturers, the unit is especially suitable for contract packagers and brand owners running a wide range of formats on the same lines, specifically manufacturers that demand flexibility in terms of carton dimensions, frequent artwork changes and varying code printing specifications.
The Print & Check Flex is the latest addition to Antares Vision’s Print & Check series of standalone/in-line modules, all of which print fixed and variable data on cartons via inkjet or laser techniques, then check the accuracy and integrity of the printed data. Antares say the Print & Check Flex is the only module on the market that combines laser and inkjet printing technologies on up to three printing sides.
With line speeds up to 300 cartons per minute, the Print & Check Flex is designed to handle cartons spanning from “match box” to “shoe box” (up to 270 x 100 x 200mm) with weights up to 500 grams. The machine is part of the Antares Tracking System (ATS) 3.0, the third generation of the company’s field-proven platform that has been deployed to over 700 packaging lines worldwide.
The Print & Check Flex includes a labelling unit equipped with thermal transfer printing, a dedicated camera to check the correct label position, integrity and readability of datamatrix and human readable codes, and a built-in tamper evident seal application module. The tamper evident function responds to the authentication strategy of several customers and regulatory/reporting mandates worldwide.