Two Sides Seal – Tamper Evident Labelling System for Pharma Products | Anti-Tampering Solution
From the upstream line, the product enters in the system where two smart sensors detect it. Once the product arrives onto our conveyor, it is hold by the belt and lateral guides up to the labelling station. Then the system stabilises the product thanks to the upper stabilizer and a section of special rubber belts. This section guarantees at the same time stability during the labelling operation and a proper space between the products through the acceleration of the linear speed. Under the upper stabilizer, the product is labelled on the two sides with specific “tamper evident seal labels”. These labels remain in “flag position” up to the two mechanical adapters that bend the “flag portion” on the superior or inferior surface. This position could be easily changed giving the possibility of different combinations of seal labels on the two sides.
Main control panel with 10.4″ HMI touch screen display equipped with a graphic interface and advanced firmware tools for smart management of all the operations: set up, alarm reset, production trial downloading process. All the functions are protected by 3 password levels certified CFR21 and one fingerprint reader as additional protection solution. A secondary analogic control panel is available on the opposite side with the main operating functions.
A barrier sensor at the entrance double check the correct operation as validation of the process. During the labelling process, the machine verifies the correct application of the labels on the product through two fiber optical sensors. In case of error or wrong application, the rejecting station blows out of the line the wrong product into a collecting box. One second collecting box equipped with a deviating barrier will be controlled through an interlock signal from the downstream line. In case of emergency situation or error of the next line, the machine will activate this device to empty the line if required.
SAFETY AND PROTECTION
The machine is protected into a safety cabinet with polycarbonate panels and stainless-steel bars. The doors are controlled by safety microswitch to guarantee opening operation in safety conditions. All the motorized parts of the machine are also integrated with micro-switch safety solution. PRODUCTIVITY Arca “Tamper Evident” labelling system is a very high-performance machine able to satisfy every productivity and label accuracy needs.
The Arca Collector is a device created to intercept an incorrect label (e.g.: unreadable barcode or unreadable RFid transponder).
The unit can be installed on a Linerplus Advanced print apply unit compatible with all High Precision S applicators. Based on the error signal (transmitted by the barcode reader / printer that burns the RFID transponders) a pick-up system is activated for the unreadable labels. A pre-alarm can be set indicating the need to remove the incorrect labels from the collection area; in this situation, the process can be performed safely, while the machine is still in operation.
The Arca collector can be installed directly on the applicator and not on the support or stand.
The Arca Pharmatrack Labeling System enables you to code and label pharmaceutical packets on the upper surface of the product.
Its compact main base with ergonomic protection, made in AISI 304 stainless steel, can be equipped with up to 3 thermo graphic ink jet print modules (HP technology) for upper or lateral coding and code scanners, sensors or vision systems with cameras, for checking printed data and actual labeling.
Glass is one of the most widely used substrates in the Health and Beauty industry due to the quality required for cosmetics and perfumes but is considered one of the most difficult substrates to mark. Macsa ID has developed a system that provides a solution: it allows a QR code plus 2 lines of text to be marked on a base of laser reactive ink.
The reactive ink base generates a black label as a reaction to the heat, which then allows a clear and quality contrast to be made. Thanks to a patented system, the permanence and durability of the reactive layer against scratches and/or external agents is guaranteed.
The system also provides timesaving with its high marking speeds and its ability of marking variable or promotional codes (QR codes to be read with a smartphone) directly on the substrate (glass). Previously a machine vision system would be required to be read later in production. Moreover, the IP54 protection of the system prevents the glass debris produced from the marking from entering the laser or damaging the lens.
Laser: SPA 10W
Market: Health & Beauty
Application type: Coding
Material: Laser reactive ink on glass
Line speed: Static
Marking time: 0.2 seconds
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What makes POLYtrust ® edible UV invisible and visible inks unique is that it utilises our unique polymer thermal inkjet technology, meaning our ink can stick onto fruit & vegetables and not be easily rubbed off.
Watch the video below of a POLYtij ® S1 printer printing onto lemon produceables with the GS1 RSS14 barcodes, standard in our POLYtij ® printers.
Frequently Asked Questions about POLYtrust ® edible UV invisible and visible inks
I understand you launched the Polytrust edible UV invisible ink at Auspack in March. How did the launch go and what did it involve?
Yes, POLYtrust ® edible UV invisible ink was launched at AUSPACK 2017 in Sydney. The interest in the technology was very high with genuine interest from the industry.
We exhibited POLYtrust ® edible UV invisible ink printing in one of our in POLYtij ® S3-1 HP thermal inkjet printers. The aim was to show green apples printed with an actual picked date on the apple itself.
We had a bucket of green apples printed with a “Picked Date” and the show attendees had to guess which one was the freshest.
In a nutshell, what exactly does the invisible ink offer the fresh fruit and vegetable industry? And how can they access this technology?
POLYtrust ® edible UV invisible and visible inks offer new options never thought possible. Now growers or wholesalers can print with HACCP certified edible inks that can either be invisible or visible to the consumer. Even better the cost of applying a “Best Before date”, “Picked Date” or even a “LOGO” for Growers on individual fruit such as apples, oranges, stone fruit or even kiwi fruit is extremely low. So what does this mean for us, the consumer? The days are numbered when I or my family have to eat a rotten apple……good!
What makes POLYtrust ® edible UV invisible and visible inks unique it that it utilises our unique polymer thermal inkjet technology. This means our ink can stick onto fruit & vegetables and not be easily rubbed off.
What led you to develop the technology?
Have you had this experience buying fruit at your local supermarket?
You buy what appears to be great looking tasty fruit. You take it home for you and your family to enjoy and then with horror you cut the fruit and discover…….it tastes terrible or even worse its totally rotten inside due to poor storage and refrigeration.
The question my family constantly asks is “How old is this fruit?”.
In Australia, fruit is picked “green mature”, rarely ripe. Apples face months of storage, bananas three days of truck travel and stone fruit must withstand the consumers’ squeezing hands.
Behind the facade of the supermarket fresh food section are many tricks of the trade, and even some optical illusions: tomatoes that appear ripe, but aren’t, 11-month-old apples, bananas that are gassed with a hormone and warmed yellow. The methods possibly do compromise taste and nutrition, but the supermarkets say they are done in the consumer’s name. If food does not taste like it used to, perhaps it’s because we’ve demanded it that way.
Now there’s a way that Wholesalers, Growers and retailers can really check to see if the fruit they have is fresh BEFORE it gets to the poor old consumers like us.
Has this technology been used in other sectors before? Or overseas?
Polymer thermal inkjet technology, sold under the brand of POLYtij ®, is sold globally and offers the most advanced thermal inkjet ink technology for Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) in the world today.
Could you see this technology replacing stickers on fruit one day?
Maybe. We see a new roll for the stickers. Inserted of generic produce identification we believe the stickers can be upgraded with a QR, 2D or GS1 RSS14 barcodes for marketing information linked back to specific websites. Thus the combination of barcode stickers and POLYtrust ® edible UV invisible and visible inks will offer Growers & Retailers the ability to provide the consumer with both freshness, provenance and nutrition information all from the actual fruit itself.
What feedback have you had from the fresh produce industry, and who in particular is taking interest in this (e.g. wholesalers? retailers?)
It’s still very early days. However the Growers we have spoken too are genuinely excited by what we showed at AUSPACK 2017. Clearly as we speak to more people in there industry we will uncover even more applications that POLYtrust ® edible UV invisible and visible inks can be applied too.
What is very clear from the Growers that we have spoken too is that they need identification and marketing tools to help them sell more of their products.
You’ve mentioned previously that dates such as ‘best before’ could be labelled on the fruit. How would you calculate this?
A key element of our identification solution is the low cost of our technology. The POLYtij ® HP thermal printers capital cost is up to 75% lower than other technologies such as Continuous Inkjet (CIJ). Thus Growers and Wholesalers can install POLYtij ® HP thermal printers using POLYtrust ® edible UV invisible and visible inks on multiple production lines in a cost effective manner, The cost per code printing a “Best Before date”, “Picked Date” or even a “LOGO” is less than 10 cents per thousands codes.
Is there any other news you’d like to mention from Digital Ink Technologies?
Digital Ink Technologies Pty Ltd has just released our POLYtrust ® anti-counterfiet technology APP and IT website technology.
POLYtrust ® will enable you to print onto both porous, non porous and edible substrates enabling you to target the broader packaging industry.
Unlike the majority of competitors offering ant-counterfeit solutions, and there are many, Digital Ink Technologies Pty Ltd offers a “one stop shop” solution by offering POLYtij ® HP thermal printers & inks.
An important element of POLYtrust ® is that we offer no “cost per scan” for our anti-counterfeit technology if POLYtij ® printers & inks are utilised in the process. Other anti-counterfeit suppliers charge significant license fees, cost per scans and annual website fees that can be as high as USD$30,000 per annum and upwards depending on the volume of products scanned per annum.
Thus Digital Ink Technologies Pty Ltd can offer Growers , Wholesalers and retailers a complete marketing and identification solution.
For more information, contact us today!