Pharmaceutical and Medical: Secondary Packaging

Secondary Pharmaceutical Packaging

Banner Solutions for Secondary Packaging in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Industries

Secondary packaging is critical to protecting products for shipment and provides vital track and trace information. With ever increasing levels of automation, companies need systems that can process pharmaceuticals quickly and accurately without compromising staff safety. Companies around the world rely on the depth of our product offering, our capacity for innovation and customization, and the rich industry knowledge of our applications experts to support them through every phase of packaging.  

From high performance photoelectric and vision sensors that verify cap position, closure and seal to light screens, emergency stop buttons and safety controllers that protect operators from high speed automated processes, the depth of product offering, capacity for innovation and customization, and the rich industry knowledge of our applications experts support companies through every phase of packaging.  

Secondary packaging is critical to protecting products for shipment and provides vital track and trace information. With ever increasing levels of automation, companies need systems that can process pharmaceuticals quickly and accurately without compromising staff safety. 

Banner offers high performance photoelectric and vision sensors for verifying the presence and position of a cap or closure, inspecting tamper evident seals and glue lines, confirming carton contents, detecting registration marks, monitoring roll diameter, ensuring label presence and accuracy, and reading and validating bar codes. All throughout this process, machine safety products from Banner, such as emergency stop buttons and safety controllers, protect operators from high speed automated processes, while LED lights and indicators illuminate equipment and provide at-a-glance status information. 

Applications

Detecting Registration Marks on Labels
Detecting Registration Marks on Labels

Banner’s R58 high-speed, low-contrast expert registration sensor detects subtle registration marks on the labels as they pass at high speed—ensuring the label is cut at precisely the right moment for correct label placement. To accommodate frequent changeovers, the sensor is designed with LED color options—which automatically change depending which color best optimizes contrast.

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High-Speed 2D Barcode Inspection
High-Speed 2D Barcode Inspection

Banner’s iVu Plus BCR Gen 2 with remote display offers an easy to use solution for reading barcodes to ensure correct labels have been applied. The iVu Plus BCR Gen 2 models provide both a fine mode, for reading smaller barcodes that require full resolution, and coarse mode, for applications where speed is critical.

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Date/Lot Code Inspection
Date/Lot Code Inspection

To verify each package has a date/lot code printed on it, an iVu Series sensor is configured for a Match inspection. An image of the date/lot code is captured. When the inspection is running, if the sensor detects a package without the date/lot code the sensor sends a fail output to the line, and the product is rejected.

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Pharmaceutical Insert Verification
Pharmaceutical Insert Verification

An iVu BCR sensor is mounted 8-12 inches above a conveyor of boxed pill bottles containing a medical information insert. The iVu BCR industrial bar code scanner reads a data matrix code on the insert to verify it matches the product on the packaging line. When a box containing an incorrect insert or no insert at all moves past the iVu BCR inspection area, the iVu detects this fail condition and sends an output alarm to the production line.

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Detecting the Positioning and Presence of Tamper Evident Bands
Detecting the Positioning and Presence of Tamper Evident Bands

Banner iVu TG vision sensor with multi-point inspections is ideal for detecting and evaluating the position of tamper-evident bands. In this application, the band should be positioned around both the cap and the neck of a bottle. A seal positioned too high, too low, or completely missing would be considered unacceptable. With multi-point inspection, the iVu TG vision sensor can simultaneously detect missing and poorly positioned bands.

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Plastic Roll Diameter Measurement
Plastic Roll Diameter Measurement

Banner’s LE550 is factory configured with a range of 100 to 1000 mm and can start measuring immediately. If the range needs to be adjusted, the laser sensor has an intuitive user interface with a two-line, eight-character display, making it easy to automatically or manually adjust settings. The LE550 provides repeatability and accuracy across challenging targets, from metal to black rubber, allows for reliable measurement of the shrink wrap.

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Rugged Laser Distance Sensor: Q4X Series
Rugged Laser Distance Sensor: Q4X Series

The rugged Q4X laser distance sensor offers superior performance and solves many challenging applications across a variety of materials, surfaces and colors. Discrete, analog, clear object, and IO-Link models are available.

Registration Mark Sensors: R58 Series
Registration Mark Sensors: R58 Series

R58 registration mark sensors detect subtle color contrasts in common product and material registration applications often found in the printing, packaging, and pharmaceutical industries.

iVu BCR
iVu BCR

The iVu BCR offers advanced bar code reading capabilities for advanced traceability in a compact, rugged package with either an integrated touch screen or remote touch screen for easy setup and monitoring.

Low-Profile Safety Light Curtains
Low-Profile Safety Light Curtains

The space-saving, compact profile is ideal for smaller machines, yet robust enough to meet the demands of large power presses. Positions first and last beam at the ends for continuous sensing; included side-mount brackets allow no "dead" zone.

QS18 Series
QS18 Series

Universal housing design with 18 mm threaded lens; an ideal replacement for hundreds of other sensor styles.

Expandable Safety Controller: XS26 Series
Expandable Safety Controller: XS26 Series

With the option to add up to eight I/O expansion modules, the XS26-2 expandable safety controller has the capacity to adapt to a variety of machines, including large scale machines with multiple processes. Program in minutes with easy-to-use configuration software.

30 mm Mount Emergency Stop Buttons
30 mm Mount Emergency Stop Buttons

Patented 30 mm mounting base enables easy installation and hookup with no assembly, individual wiring or additional enclosure required.

Blue LED Sensor Detects Amber Bottles
Blue LED Sensor Detects Amber Bottles

A recent industry switch from polypropene (PP) to polyethylene terephthalate (PETE) bottles prompted a leading US mail-order facility to re-evaluate their fulfillment process. With over 2,000 red LED sensors to be replaced, the facility turned to Banner for a solution.

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LED Lights Used To Inspect Liquid Pharmaceuticals [Success Story]
LED Lights Used To Inspect Liquid Pharmaceuticals [Success Story]

One global provider of healthcare products had been using vision machines to detect particulates in their liquid pharmaceuticals. When the machines were no longer able to detect contaminants to the required percentage level, the company began using human visual inspections. Since many of the particulates are extremely minute, the company needed to install bright and highly uniform illumination in their work stations so operators could effectively verify the quality of products.

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