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The Drug Supply Chain Security Act – DSCSA (Title II, Drug Quality and Security Act, 2013) –has been signed into law and represents significant changes for U.S. pharmaceutical manufacturers. Full implementation of the Act is to be phased in over the next 10 years, with several modifications to packaging standards in the pharmaceutical industry expected. The next pivotal deadline, November, 2018, is approaching, requiring all pharmaceutical manufacturers to print unique product identification codes on all Rx units of sale, and any homogenous cases distributed domestically.
With just over one year left to be compliant, the U.S. pharmaceutical industry is at varied levels of preparation for the upcoming serialization mandates. Some major pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies have gotten a leg up on others, already serializing some of their lines, or piloting with trading partners. Unfortunately, though, a majority of the large and mid-sized pharma corporations are just now in the beginning phases of drafting RFPs and strategy development. And with a typical timeline of 24 to 36 months to develop, implement, and pilot an operative strategy via a viable trading partner connection, many of these companies will have a difficult time complying by the deadline. Serpa, a world leader in packaging solutions, is providing a semi-automated case packing solution with an incredibly short lead time that can help pharmaceutical customers meet the deadline for serialization.
Incorporating years of extensive knowledge and expertise of both fully and semi-automated case packers, Serpa developed this machine as a lower cost option for those unable to afford a fully automated case packer. With its ModPack modules, customers use only those modules necessary to complete their respective projects, and the universal camera mount allows ModPack compatibility with all serialization and vision systems. The flexible, modular design of this unit allows for fast, efficient change overs, and the labeler “swings” open for easy operator and maintenance access to the load station, or the front and back of the labeler. It is the most compact footprint available on the market today, with unique collators designed to handle bottles, cartons & bundles.
The Serpa semi-automated case packing solution is the ideal choice for fast and reliable implementation, with quick lead times to meet customer serialization project deadlines and comply with the DSCSA packaging deadline of November, 2018.
Serpa Packaging provides an extensive array of custom solutions for the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device industries. To learn more about their innovative products and more about the DSCSA changes to pharmaceutical packaging standards, visit http://www.serpapackaging.com/products/pharma/.
Manufacturers are constantly looking to improve productivity and increase efficiency in order to maximize operations. This is especially the case when it comes to packaging, where a streamlined process translates into faster achievement of production goals. By integrating advanced technological solutions like robotic palletizers and depalletizers, companies can optimize their packaging workflows to cut costs, expand operations, and generate more profit.
Founded in 1985, Serpa manufactures machinery that packages products for a variety of industries. Serpa Robotic Palletizers leverage next-generation FANUC robotics technology to pick and place products with ease, no matter the size or weight. Arranging cases onto pallets manually can be time consuming, expensive, and potentially even hazardous to human workers. Serpa Robotic Palletizers automate the workflow with reliable robots, and premium conveyors, side guides, and guarding. Their compact footprint means they require little floor space and can be deployed in small spaces.
Available in single cell or multi cell configurations, Serpa Robotic Palletizers deliver fast cycle times, high throughput, and accurate changeover. We’ve developed them for simplicity in order to make them easy to operate. Our experienced engineering provides sophisticated motion control and consistent performance to improve productivity. Robots support fast, flexible palletizing applications with access to multiple packaging lines with one unit. Custom designed end-of-arm tools are engineered and built by Serpa to meet the needs of your specific operation.
Robotic palletizers are becoming essential to most industries. Manufacturers rely on them to automate production processes and reduce labor costs. Ecommerce businesses depend on them for fulfillment operations. Researchers estimate companies spend $3.5 billion annually on warehouse automation in the United States and Canada, and forecast growth at 5% to 7% a year.
At Serpa, we manufacture all our products for superior quality and unbeatable value. Our Robotic Palletizers are developed for precision high-speed and high-payload operation, user-friendly setup, and maximum reliability. They provide a lower Total Cost of Ownership in order to generate the best Return on Investment. We back all our products with incredible, world-class support. No competitor in the market can match what we offer, as many of the standard features on our palletizing cells are only available as additional options from others. And local integrators don’t have the capacity to provide the same high level of support we provide our customers. Serpa currently has short lead times available, so to quickly enhance your packaging lines with a Robotic Palletizer, visit us at www.serpapackaging.com/Machine/robotic-palletizer/ today!
Whether a facility handles pharmaceutical, medical device, food, dairy, household or other products, packaging lines can be extremely complex operations. While item containment and clear out are both essential for creating an efficient production line, quite often, products must be rotated for proper orientation into a carton or case. However, existing methods for rotating products are typically not powered and are mostly inefficient. But the state-of-the-art Serpa Product Rotation System is a groundbreaking solution developed to address these requirements.
Housed within a heavy-duty metal framework, the unique Serpa Product Rotation System is the only device on the market today utilizing an innovative combination of air and powered belts to rotate and transfer products through the production line. Its powered infeed belts transfer the product into the system. Then, using air and the back pressure created by the belts, propels that product through the system to the helical rotation screws which then rotate it into the correct orientation. From there, the air along with the powered discharge belts, transfer the item out of the system to the next station, such as a conveyor or table, without the need for back pressure, even for the last product in a production run. The system purges itself of the last product without the need for operator intervention.
Ideal for any application where items need to be rotated on the production line to achieve the correct orientation, the Serpa Product Rotation System is also easy to set up and use! Simply place it in the desired production line location, connect it to power and air supplies, insert the correct helical rotation screws, close the frame, and turn on the power and air. From there, the system takes over. And belts are optional, depending on the production systems immediately before and after the system, with additional helical screws available to effortlessly accommodate items of different dimensions.
Serpa Packaging is the only U.S. manufacturer of end-of-line packaging machines able to provide engineered solutions superior to those available from European manufacturers, and with shorter lead times. Our mission is to become the end-of-line packaging company of choice not only by offering the most advanced technology, but by establishing long-term, trusting relationships with our clients. We want to be your single-source for complete end-of-line packaging solutions such as our innovative Serpa Product Rotation System.
To learn more about the Serpa Product Rotation System as well as our other innovative products, visit serpapackaging.com today!
At Serpa Packaging, we know we don’t succeed unless our customers succeed. We establish long-term, trusting relationships with our clients by not only providing a quality product, but by also focusing on customer service. Our ultimate goal is simple: To provide our customers with the best up-time in the industry. In order to meet this objective, it’s important to pay attention to client feedback. That’s why Serpa was honored to receive a powerful testimonial from one of our clients on a recent project.
Serpa is a manufacturer of high-quality machinery, providing complete end-of-line packaging solutions. We offer the most advanced technology and design in the industry. Beyond using the highest quality parts, we believe it’s our experience and outstanding professionalism that sets us apart, as witnessed by one of our highly regarded clients during a recent Serpa case packer Factory Acceptance Test (FAT).
Positive comments from members of the client team included:
• Serpa developed an itinerary for the entire duration of the client visit.
• Not only was Serpa organized, they were very aware of who the customer was and exceedingly conscientious of what needed to be accomplished.
• It was “all hands on-deck” — each Serpa team member spent time with the customer to explain their functions and offer assistance.
• The case packer was pre-checked prior to the visit, with all settings determined and documented.
• Product samples were posted for each run along with package drawings and descriptions.
• Outgoing meetings were scheduled each day for all concerned to review any issues, changes, and/or results.
• Necessary adjustments to the Serpa case packer were attended to immediately and completed by the end of the same day, or at the latest, by the next day (i.e. guarding & interferences).
• Serpa assigned one point-person to handle all communication, drive the schedule, answer questions, and bird-dog any issues.
The project engineer of the client company was so impressed by the visit that it will influence the way other suppliers are viewed going forward. “Even to the point that we may spec out these things to be a part of FAT’s with other companies,” said the client, adding, “Overall, I am very satisfied with Serpa’s service and machine quality, but also see the things we should come to expect from our other suppliers.”
The procurement manager summed the project up by stating, “This kind of outstanding work does not go unnoticed. We sincerely appreciate all of your efforts and will keep the bid opportunities coming your way. Thank you to the Serpa Team!”
Since 1985 Serpa has been providing packaging solutions for some of the largest companies in the world. Our mission is to become the end-of-line packaging company of choice by providing the most advanced technology, and by establishing long-term relationships with our customers. Serpa Packaging Solutions has formed strategic partnerships with like-minded manufacturers to provide customers with complete integrated packaging lines.
Contact Serpa today to let us exceed your expectations.
Thermoformed blisters are a popular packaging type. During the blister production process, heat is applied to soften the plastic, and the pliable plastic arrives in a forming station where pressure forms the blister cavity into a negative mold. Unfortunately, when the plastic cools, it curls, making it difficult to handle in a magazine and hard to deliver to a cartoner. Heretofore, feeding systems required spinning wheels or disks to separate the blister packs and drop them into the cartoner infeed bucket—often causing jamming or product miscounts. Most of the innovations surrounding these feeding system glitches have been based around the material, not the process, and the issue has gone unresolved.
Serpa’s new blister feeding system is the first on the market that solves these issues. The new system utilizes a combination of assemblies to handle blisters positively, from the beginning when they are added to the magazine, all the way to placement into the cartoner infeed bucket.
An operator places the blisters into the powered horizontal magazine which transfers them to the blister pick station. The blister pick station includes overhead live tabbing for releasing and overhead blister clamping for engaging, as well as static bottom and side tabbing. An orbital vacuum pick and place assembly then plucks the blister from the magazine pick station, and places it in the cartoner infeed bucket, with individual placement timing controlled by the cartoner.
In addition, there are several options available within the system. For example, a gravity magazine can replace the powered horizontal magazine. Or, as opposed to the orbital vacuum pick assembly, a rotary vacuum pick assembly might be used for higher speeds. Further, since the system was designed for flexibility it can be customized for many different types of products.
This system has many applications and solves most of the problems faced where there is an opportunity for damage during blister feeding. View a video of this patent-pending solution today!
When needing to changeover lines to a new product recipe, most high-speed manufacturing and packaging machines utilize outdated changeover practices; but this method can lead to complications due to the number of required tasks and the difficulty of making the adjustments. Changeover practices are a common source of errors and low first pass yield, as steps can be overlooked and assemblies not installed correctly. When driving down the costs associated with unplanned downtime, accountability and verification play an important role in effective changeovers. Serpa has created a system to add accountability and additional verification to changeovers through user-friendly HMIs and electronic position indicators. When performing changeovers, having a PLC or software driven verification program is the only way to increase first pass yield and decrease unplanned downtime and unforeseen maintenance costs.
For assemblies requiring linear and rotary adjustments by the machine operator, Serpa has engineered a solution using a combination of electronic position indicators and touchscreen HMIs offered on each of their machines, increasing changeover reliability for all assemblies. When not correctly performed, a machine changeover causes serious problems to the product and the line.
To eliminate changeover errors, an electronic position indicator displays the current value of the changeover point, the target value, and the changeover status with an LED light. The machine program compares the values and will not allow the machine to start unless they match. That changeover point will be shown in red on the HMI and position indicator when the assembly position does not match the program position and will change to green when the assembly is moved to the correct position. Interlocking these values saves product and eliminates low first pass yield.
For assemblies where an electronic position indicator is unable to be used, an embedded scale with pointers and a digital display allows the desired adjustment to be made efficiently. The HMI display shows the target value for the changeover point and requires a button on the touchscreen to be pressed by the operator after the assembly has been moved to the target position as a means of verification. Pressing the button signals to the program that the changeover for that assembly has been completed. The operator can also press and hold their finger on the desired changeover point to view photos of the changeover location. For assemblies requiring multiple step changeovers, the operator can scroll through the photos as they perform the changeover.
Verified Changeover eliminates the need for the operator to carry paper changeover sheets, allowing them to use both hands for the tasks. This increases efficiency and reduces changeover times while eliminating errors associated with incorrect or difficult to read sheets. It is the premier solution for error free changeover by the machine operator. Not only do sites see an increase in operator efficiency, but also in equipment availability, flexibility and changeover reliability. And as an added benefit, it allows maintenance and engineering to skip reviewing all of the changeover points before beginning to troubleshoot any issues the machine may be experiencing.
One of the biggest headaches in manufacturing is having different OEMs for critical production equipment resulting in inevitable integration challenges. Different standards implemented from OEM to OEM create a huge hurdle for integration, and often, the integrator is not the manufacturer of the machines on a line. Without a fully integrated line from a machinery manufacturer, lack of oversight between different vendors leads to finger pointing when downtime occurs.
There are a multitude of benefits, however, of incorporating one project manager and integrator to an entire line. Equipment commonality is increased and timelines are greatly reduced. It also saves time and money during the FAT as engineers can review all equipment issues during one visit to a single site. Plus, having one OEM both manufacture and integrate the equipment leads to a more robust manufacturing protocol due to better equipment commonality and standardized practices with faster recoveries.
While a completely integrated packaging line may include several different types of machines, poor integration can lead to a multitude of problems resulting in unplanned downtime and unforeseen costs. But Serpa Packaging Solutions offers fully integrated lines utilizing less equipment from other manufacturers to do the same job as third-party designs from other OEMs. This can lead to a smaller manufacturing footprint that allows for future flexibility and reduced downtime. Serpa’s automatic and rapid changeover solutions have been critical to their success, and since they engineer every transfer and use only high-quality parts, service expenses can be minimized and production availability is increased. To top all of that off, Serpa is the only U.S. manufacturer able to provide engineered solutions superior to those available from European manufacturers, with shorter lead times and increased service responsiveness.
Serpa Packaging Solutions is an industry leader offering completely integrated packaging lines for very diverse applications within a variety of industries, and currently maintains a major presence in the pharmaceutical, food, medical device, personal care, cosmetics, dairy, and household sectors. While most manufacturing industries use continuous operations combined with advanced process control and automation to drive quality and repeatability, most manufacturing has relied on fixed-recipe batch technologies for more than a century. But batch manufacturing can be a very lengthy and expensive process which can result in huge yield losses from any type of unexpected deviation. However, Serpa’s fully integrated packaging lines have generated a new manufacturing paradigm for these industries, with products being delivered to consumers much quicker, at significantly reduced cost, with consistent high quality and yields.
Serpa’s mission is to become the end-of-line packaging company of choice by not only providing the most advanced technology, but by also establishing long-term relationships with their customers. To learn more about Serpa’s cutting edge innovations and how to maximize your packaging lines to reduce downtime while increasing quality, visit Serpapackaging.com
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Machines running inserts as part of the packaging process operate at extremely high speeds requiring constant cognizance, observation, and continuous loading, with employees consistently supplying and auditing the process. Existing automated systems contain flaws like requiring operator intervention to open the trays before loading the system, they require extensive changeovers for running different sized inserts, and are difficult to keep running consistently at high speeds. In contrasts to these outdated machines, Serpa’s High Speed Insert Feeding System is an innovative solution which reduces operator involvement and creates a streamlined process for an infinite array of inserts.
Streamlined Operations for World-Class Efficiency
First revealed at Pack Expo International in 2016, Serpa’s patent pending system achieves world-class efficiency by not only reducing required operator intervention, but by solving known issues with existing friction feeders. Before this breakthrough technology hit the market, a major problem required the operator to tear open a flap and hold the inserts in the tray while loading the tray into a vertical magazine. Friction feeders were also tremendously difficult to keep running consistently at high speeds, especially with inserts of various thicknesses and dimensions. The Serpa High Speed Automated Insert Feeding System solves this problem by creating an infeed conveyor where multiple trays of inserts can be loaded and utilizing an empty tray removal process. The inserts are automatically fed into the system and removed from their tray and then transferred to the feeder magazine.
Reduction in Labor and Operator Intervention
In addition, the Serpa High Speed Automated Insert Feeding System operates with an incredibly user-friendly approach minimizing operator involvement, and does not require any trough changeovers to run different tray/insert sizes. Trays are simply loaded onto a horizontal conveyor, then opened for the inserts to be automatically removed and empty trays discharged. A uniquely designed pick and place application works without the resistance of traditional tabbing and instead uses live tabbing and clamping at the insert pick station. This creates an effective means of maintaining control as the insert is 100% contained from pick to destination point.
Advanced Automation Capabilities
In a fast-paced production environment, downtime is costly. Operators need a fast change over with a wide product range to complete production in a compact footprint. The Serpa High Speed Insert Feeding System is the only product on the market that allows insert trays to be loaded onto a horizontal conveyor with automatic removal of the trays from the system without any further operator intervention. Serpa is your only option when a consistent, high-speed, and robust system with the ability to run a variety of inserts is required.
To optimize your insert process flow and implement a lasting solution visit Serpapackaging.com.