Antares Vision introduces new Print & Check Flex serialisation unit

PCI Pharma Services launch customer for flexible, high-performance track and trace module

Print and Check Flex Track and Trace System from Antares Vision


Antares Vision, provider of serialisation-based track and trace solutions for the pharmaceutical industry, has introduced the Print & Check Flex Machine, which they claim is the most flexible high-capacity serialisation unit on the market.

The unit is for maximising the track and trace capabilities of large contract manufacturers, especially for contract packagers and brand owners running a wide range of formats on the same lines – those who require more flexibility in carton dimensions, frequent artwork changes and varying code printing specifications.

The Print & Check Flex is the latest addition to Antares Vision’s Print & Check series of standalone/in-line modules, all of which print fixed and variable data on cartons via inkjet or laser techniques, then check the accuracy and integrity of the printed data.

It is the only module on the market that combines laser and inkjet printing technologies on up to three printing sides.

With line speeds up to 300 cartons per minute, the Print & Check Flex is designed to handle cartons spanning from “match box” to “shoe box” (up to 270x100x200mm) with weights up to 500 grams.

The machine is part of the Antares Tracking System (ATS) 3.0, the third generation of the company’s field-proven platform that has been deployed to over 700 packaging lines worldwide.

Adriano Fusco, Strategy and Development Director for Antares Vision, said: “This module is ideal for customers like PCI, whose wide-ranging roster of services demands both high efficiency, productivity, and ease of use.”

The Print & Check Flex includes a labelling unit equipped with thermal transfer printing, a camera to check the correct label position, integrity and readability of datamatrix and human readable codes, and a built-in tamper evident seal application module.

The tamper evident function responds to the authentication strategy of several customers and regulatory/reporting mandates worldwide.

According to Ian Parsonage, PCI’s Senior Director of Global Serialization Services: “The Print & Check Flex is ideal for our serialisation needs, as it meets the requirements of our ‘shared packaging suites,’ which serve multiple customers and handle a wide range of sizes, artwork designs, and pack-out details.

“PCI provides packaging services to a broad range of clients and supports products destined to over 100 countries around the world. Across our supply network we require a great deal of flexibility in printing, image verification and packaging, including the option to print and laser on multiple faces with a high degree of reliability.”

Antares Vision’s serialisation solutions (both hardware and software) comprise a range of complementary services including pre-sales activities, installation assistance, training programs, quality, documentation and validation support, on-site and remote technical assistance and preventive and planned maintenance service.

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