Application of variable data to the cartons during the ongoing cartoning process: Uhlmann's solution in this case is the integration of an inkjet print head and a VisioRead camera for print inspection into the continuous motion cartoner. Depending on the particular requirement, VisioTec integrates inkjet and/or laser marking systems into all standard cartoners - both continuous and intermittent motion machines.
This aggregation solution integrated into a bottle labeler not only applies an official tracking label and transfers the data to an online database, but also offers additional benefits. For instance, the tracking code can be linked to process values such as the tightening torque, results of the fill monitoring or sealing parameters. This allows subsequent access to data relevant to the quality of individual products.
To avoid the re-validation of a machine or line, the straightforward linking of a stand-alone unit is an alternative to an integrated solution. Existing weighing cells, for example, can be replaced by a new unit. Such stand-alone solutions offer different levels of configuration: with or without weighing cells, with laser or inkjet systems, with camera inspection, database computer, hand-held scanner, etc. - tailored to the customer's requirements.
Uhlmann and VisioTec assume joint responsibility for turnkey project management of customized serialization projects - everything is coordinated from the packaging line to the corporate IT database. The above OCCS (offline carton coding system) was implemented on this basis. The solution was developed in close cooperation with the customer and meets all current coding and serialization specifications.
The manual aggregation solution allows linking of the smallest unit of sale to the next largest packaging unit, e.g. case or pallet. This unit is integrated into a line for manual packaging and pallet filling. It is also suitable for use in the warehouse or distribution center of the pharmaceutical customer. The benefits include an intuitive user interface with HMI software, state-of-the-art camera technology, printing equipment for labels as well as a hand-held scanner.
Key features of a successful serialization solution are a userfriendly interface and straight-forward operation - particularly in the case of manual processes. All of Uhlmann's operating interfaces follow this concept and are easy to use. As an example, individual cartons can be checked using a hand-held scanner during batch production or products can be booked out of the batch for in-process control purposes. The system provides ample reporting capabilities and meets all relevant regulatory requirements.