Lek Pharmaceuticals chooses Newman labelling equipment

Slovenian firm installs an S250 automatic labelling system and a high speed VAL550 for delivering ampoules is in the final stages of regulatory qualification

Lek Pharmaceuticals has installed an S250 fully automatic labelling system

Lek Pharmaceuticals in Slovenia has installed an S250 fully automatic labelling system from Newman Labelling Systems in the UK and a further system – a high speed VAL550 – has been delivered to label ampoules and is in the final stages of regulatory qualification.

Lek is using the versatile S250 to label bottles of various sizes at a speed of up to 220cpm. The system is readily able to handle the variety in sizes, as well as other container formats, with a minimum of change parts.

Newman has supplied the S250 with infeed and outfeed turntables to provide an efficient feed of the bottles into and out of the labelling system, along with a Systec vision system to read overprint data. Newman has also undertaken a full validation package, including functional design specification.

Lek Pharmaceuticals has been working with Newman Labelling Systems since the early 1990s. Klemen Hocevar, responsible for technologist maintenance equipment at the company, said Newman’s labelling systems run properly, without many break downs/stops during 24/7 production. He also says Newman gives the company good, fast technical support.

This positive experience was a determining factor in the choice of the latest labelling system.

Lek was one of the first companies to use Newman’s Faulty Label Removal (FLR) System, which is optional on the UK firm’s pharmaceutical standard labelling machines. These faulty labels are removed and then transferred to a paper roll for batch reconciliation and inspection. The system is being used on a high specification Newman S350 automatic self adhesive labelling system at Lek.

Newman is also undertaking upgrade work to a range of Lek’s existing equipment, such as installing colour cap detectors.

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