Antares Expands Serialization Packaging Capacity
Antares Vision, a provider of serialization-based track and trace solutions for the pharmaceutical industry, has announced it is moving its headquarters to a larger facility in Moorestown, New Jersey in early 2017. The upsized space will increase Antares’ capacity of serialization modules for meeting upcoming regulatory deadlines, according to Antares in a company press release.
Full implementation of the 2013 Drug Supply Chain Security Act comes in phases, with the next milestone for manufacturers due on November 27, 2017, by which date pharmaceutical manufacturers are required to print a unique product identification code on all prescription units of sale and homogenous cases distributed domestically.
With the move to a new headquarters, Antares increases its warehousing space fourfold and includes a testing facility that allows the company to conduct multiple simultaneous factory acceptance tests. An adjoining demonstration showroom will display functioning packaging lines, including the company’s Print & Check (P&C) EVO, a serialization module for printing on cartons; the P&C Advance, a module that prints and checks up to three surfaces (two sides and top) of cartoons; a top-view matrix station; manual stations; and a tablet inspection machine. This area will be dedicated to live demonstrations and training for smooth serialization integration into complex production environments. Comprised of various Antares modules, the demo line will provide training for full serialization of cartons and bottles as well as full aggregation on bundles, cases, and pallets.
Antares will also debut its new Omnivision 360° Bottle Tracking System in the demonstration showroom. The bottle-tracking system, a redesign from its predecessor, comprises both hardware and software for bottle serialization and aggregation with an anodized aluminum frame. The Omnivision handles round, square, or rectangular-shaped bottles as tall as 200 mm and up to 85 mm in diameter (square up to 100 x 100 mm) at speeds of up to 250 per minute. Omnivision allows for controls on bottles that include optical character recognition/ optical character verification, lot and expiry date, printing correctness, and topsert verification.
Source: Antares Vision