24-Nov-2011

Sepha reports record sales of new deblistering and leak testing equipment

Mediscan is for testing leaks in single non-porous pouches, medical device packaging and sachets

UK-based packaging machinery manufacturer, Sepha Ltd, has reported record sales of its recently extended range of non-destructive leak testing equipment for the world's pharmaceutical packaging industry. With demand up across all major markets, the company says the increase will fund future r&d and enable it to bring forward future innovations aimed at reducing costs and driving quality for pharmaceutical manufacturers and contract packers.

Sepha exports from its base in Northern Ireland to 60 countries across the globe. The company says its success has been due to a customer-driven strategy in response to changes in market requirements. ‘When the recession hit the global pharmaceuticals market we responded to the challenges our customers were facing,’ explains head of sales & marketing, Paul Kelly.

The company believes its new product range is a much better fit for the future requirements of pharmaceutical customers. Sepha has introduced three new machines over the past two years and has made further refinements to existing products. Visionscan uses hi-resolution imaging technology to test for leaks in the packaging of pharmaceuticals; the firm says this has given it the ability to offer customers a lower cost entry-point into non-destructive leak testing that is more reliable than older methods of testing on the market.

Visionscan uses hi-resolution imaging technology to test for leaks in the packaging of pharmaceuticals

‘At a time when the industry is looking to drive up quality and reduce production costs, Visionscan does both. It is a tool-less leak testing device,’ explains Kelly. ‘The flexibility we have designed into this machine is ideal for contract packers operating in the growing generics market where there is a need to switch production quickly from one drug to another.’

Mediscan was launched alongside Visionscan but for testing leaks in single non-porous pouches, medical device packaging and sachets.

The third new machine, EZ Blister II is a compact blisterpacking machine for clinical trial laboratories and r&d facilities. This has proved very popular with customers who need a low volume packaging solution.

Sepha is now about to embark on a customer roadshow across Europe, Asia and the USA that will see the company bring its new leak-testing machines directly to the doors of their customers.

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