Rotech RF1 to the rescue for non-compliant 2D codes Offline coding and marking specialist Rotech is first to market a dedicated overprinting system for the pharmaceutical industry. The RF1 Pharma system, which prints and inspects cartons offline, is designed to help packers and manufacturers struggling to print requisite 2D datamatrix codes online. The Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD), aimed at reducing the number of falsified medicines infiltrating the legal pharmaceutical supply chain within Europe, was implemented in 2011.
From 2016 onwards manufacturers failing to comply with the directive will have to withdraw their products from the European market. A core requirement is the serialisation of individual pharmaceutical packs, via unique codes encrypted in machine readable 2D datamatrix codes. Rotech’s RF1 Pharma system, a modular system that incorporates printing, labelling (if required) and inspection with Rotech’s automatic stack-to-stack feeding technology. It is the highest specification machine in Rotech’s RF1 range, and is fitted, as standard, with an inline diverter-flap reject system for automatic removal of reject cartons, advanced carton tracking software and a shingling (accumulation) conveyor to maintain high throughput.
Integral inspection of printed information and pharmacode verifies that datamatrix codes and human readable information such as expiry dates and lot codes are correct. The flexible system can code onto a range of pharmaceutical packaging formats, including cartons, wallets, sleeves and crash-lock cartons, at speeds of up to 200 packs per minute. It can handle pack sizes from 60x70mm up to 350x350mm. The system can be fitted with a thermal inkjet or a thermal transfer printer.