NuPharm increases productivity with Allen Coding kit

NuPharm Laboratories has improved throughput with the installation of a 4ACC carton machine with 40/25 hot foil coder from Allen Coding Systems.

Pictured is the 40/25 hot foil coder

NuPharm Laboratories has improved throughput with the installation of a 4ACC carton machine with 40/25 hot foil coder from Allen Coding Systems.

The Deeside, Clywd-based firm is now able to label around 1,000 cartons per hour, where previously it had taken a team of people a whole day. The machine has the capacity to run up to 7,000 cartons per hour.

Co-owner and director of NuPharm Laboratories, Will Gould, said: "We needed to ensure we chose a machine that would offer us both reliability and good quality printing. Not only did we find both of these factors in the 4ACC and 40/25 machines, but they were also easy to install and, after training from Allen Coding, simple to operate."

The equipment supplied by Welwyn Garden City-based Allen Coding is being used to apply batch codes and expiry dates to outer cartons for NuPharm's liquid pharmaceutical products.

The off-line machine, installed in a packaging room, has a maximum print area of 38x25mm. Cartons are passed rapidly across the tabletop surface using a pusher plate system, which positions each box under the 40/25 coder, where it can be printed before passing on to the outfeed system ready for collation.

The 4ACC is equipped with a foil run out alarm and pre-set batch counter, which can be set to count 10,000 items up or down, and will automatically shut off after the required number of cartons has been coded, preventing wastage.

An adjustable height mechanism allows cartons and sleeves of varying thickness to be processed, allowing NuPharm quickly to change over products.

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