US clients now have the ability to serialise as part of the packaging process, as part of a repackaging exercise, or as a standalone serialisation application to already packed product
Almac Group, the global contract development and manufacturing organisation, has expanded its serialisation capabilities to include its US commercial packaging facility in Audubon, PA.
Building on Almac’s proprietary serialisation/track and trace solution developed at its UK headquarters, this technology expansion will address FDA regulations by meeting the requirements outlined in the Drug Quality and Security Act as well as meeting client demand for a local US, flexible, contract packaging serialisation provider.
Almac partnered with Optel Vision, a leader in providing technically advanced vision inspection systems and track and trace solutions, to provide a versatile line level solution (hardware and software) that integrated with Almac’s in-house proprietary level 3, site level software.
This new serialisation solution is a high-spec standalone line that prints, verifies and aggregates saleable packs through to the pallet with reporting functionality to ensure the client can meet the traceability requirements of the various markets.
'Having built our own serialisation line for the UK operations some years ago we developed a strong knowledge base,' said Grainne Hughes, Operations Manager at Almac.
'To expand the solution into our US operations we decided that we needed an experienced partner that could integrate with our innovative product serialisation site level software. The partnership with Optel Vision has provided our US commercial packaging facility with a truly flexible and adaptable solution to readily meet specific country, market and client requirements whilst ensuring serialisation to GS1 Standards.'
Almac US can now offer the flexibility to its clients to serialise as part of the packaging process, as part of a repackaging exercise, or as a standalone serialisation application to already packed product.
'For the first Almac serialisation project in the US, we combined the knowledge of both companies to design a solution that meets Almac quality standards as well as the demand from global markets using the Optel Vision hardware and software solutions,' said Yvon Lemay, Optel Vision Project Manager. 'The system is now operational and can be easily scalable for future needs.'