Pharmaceutical serialisation: a must?

Manufacturers need the ability to quickly and positively identify and isolate all suspect products in the supply chain. Without legible barcodes and human readable production dates and lot numbers, product recalls are difficult to manage.

By 2017, the entire pharmaceutical industry in Europe must comply with the “falsified medicines” directive 2011/62/EU.  In short all companies operating in the pharmaceutical industry of all European states need to introduce a serialisation system with a control at the point of dispensation.

Xact can help maintain compliance and traceability with its variety of marking and coding applications powered by Mperia.

“MPERIA™ seamlessly integrates product marking with plant operations and customer databases,” says Barry Baldock, Xact’s Director. “The result is that customers can automate coding, reduce marking errors, and provide valuable traceability information for their products.”

 

About Xact

Xact offer the industry’s widest variety of serialisation coding and printing technologies and integrated solutions.  Xact’s range of flexible systems allows for a tailor-made complete solution which can integrate into existing lines and grow with the business.

Come and Join Us at the PPMA Show 2014

Register Now! 30 September - 2 October 2014
 

Xact would like to personally invite you to visit us on Stand C61 at this year’s PPMA Show. Held on 30 September – 2 October 2014, The PPMA Show is the UK’s premier, free to attend complete production line event for processing and packaging machinery.

Show features include:

  • Over 320 Exhibitors
  • Over 1200 equipment manufacturers represented from around the world
  • Show opening by Michael Portillo
  • Seminars by Coca-Cola, Marks & Spencer, Wyke Farms, Tesco & more!
  • Latest innovations in action

REGISTER HERE – IT’S FREE!

PPMA Show 2014

THE PPMA SHOW
30 SEP – 2 OCT 2014, NEC, Birmingham

“The complete production line event”

• Food • Drink • Pharma • Cosmetics / Toiletries • Dairy • Confectionery • Snacks
• Chemicals • Household Goods • Electronics • Building / Construction

www.ppmashow.co.uk

XACT TO LAUNCH MPERIA AT PPMA 2014 – THE LATEST INTEGRATED SOLUTION FOR CODING & MARKING

The launch comes at a time when Xact has been experiencing a high rate of growth, expanding its range to allow for more automated machinery that offers a complete packaging solution.  
 
Xact will be demonstrating several of the high performance marking and coding systems from US partners Matthews Marking Systems, including the Viajet L-Series, T-Series and V-Series which represent the latest thermal inkjet and high resolution printing technologies available.  
 
The focus on our Integrated Solutions is: Identification; Branding; Traceability; Serialisation and Quality Control.
 
There will be 5 demonstrations in total, so come along to booth C61 for a chat.  On hand will be Xact’s Directors, Technical Sales Managers and Engineers who have many years’ experience in the field and will be demonstrating the machinery and advising visitors.
 

Top Safety Accreditation for Xact

We operate from a head office in Liverpool, with distribution centres in Liverpool and Cambridge. Our nationwide team of product specialists and field technicians provide fast on-site response and support, effectively making us a local supplier.

We are an integral part of the supply chain for all of the major supermarkets within the United Kingdom in the fresh produce and other food sectors.

We also specialise in supplying solutions for the harsh and difficult environments typically experienced in the construction and building materials industries, steel production and automotive industry.

After the purchase and installation of your equipment, Xact’s reputation for excellent customer service and reliable machinery, coupled with its fully-trained engineers and full range of consumables and first line spare parts, will ensure maximum productivity and efficiency for all your needs.

Call Xact today on 0151 479 3020 to find out more information or arrange a visit from one of our experienced Sales Managers.

Is there an alternative to labels and preprinted boxes?

With Xact’s range of Matthews high resolution inkjet printing, the Viajet T-Series, you have a solution for all of these requirements.

Directly printing onto corrugated cartons on-demand allows you to reduce your stock of pre-printed cartons and simplify the picking and shipping process. Replacing adhesive labels lowers your cost-per-mark dramatically and also reduces production downtime during ribbon changes.  Xact solutions offer large, bold graphics and fonts making your cartons stand out on the shelves of the “warehouse” stores. Real-time date, time, and batch information is crisp and legible taking the guesswork out of traceability. Additionally, the high resolution barcodes rival those of labels in terms of readability.

 

Xact launches new website

The website brings together information on both packing and coding ranges and is divided into 6 sections reflecting the main areas of the business: Checkweighers, Labelling, Thermal Transfer, Inkjet Coding & Marking, Strapping and Prepack.  Each area follows a ‘step-by-step’ format.

Large coloured tabs, clearer headings, shorter routes to product pages and industry specific information all contribute to a more user-friendly experience.

Further enhancements include easy access to video footage, downloadable files and quick links to solutions which are most relevant to the browser’s industries.

This development coincides with Xact’s growth of their coding and marking range into new markets, such as FMCG and food.  Xact equipment, consumables and services has always been of premium quality and the new site reflects this.

New Micron Printer

  • Place an ink cartridge in the head
  • Connect to power
  • Print instantly by pushing a button

 Ideal for repeating print jobs

Use the Micron for printing graphics, counters, date & time (real-time & adjustment), text, barcodes (fixed) and three variable lines.

 Reliable HP TIJ 2.5 technology

The Micron runs with 1 HP print cartridge allowing a print height of 12.7mm. Print in 300 dpi at 76m/min or 150 dpi at 152m/min. The horizontal dpi resolution is variable from 75 to 600 dpi.

 Print with any HP approved ink

The software allows full access to adjust voltage settings for inks, so there are no limitations in using special inks if needed.

 Unique small controller & printer in one

The Micron printer takes up very little space, which makes it very easy to integrate. Print horizontally or simply change the position of the printer 90° for printing vertically/down.

 Windows based design software

Build your own print job on a PC, transfer to USB-Key, connect to the Micron and you are now ready to print. The layout can be saved to the internal memory and the USB-Key may be removed.

 Built-in sensor

  • Micron controller
  • Inocon bracket for easy mounting
  • AC adapter with plugs for various countries
  • CDw. PC software & manuals
  • USB-Stick
  • Start guide

 

 

Xact launches new HP inkjet printers

Capable of printing up to 600×600 dpi, using window fonts, typical applications would include scanable 1D and 2D barcodes, graphics and high resolution, small character, real time information. Multiple cartridges can be mounted together to give a print height of 50mm or 100mm plus.

One of the main benefits over traditional coding technologies is the completely mess free cartridge replacement process which does not require a service technician as it works in a similar way to a standard desktop printer. This also means minimal maintenance is required and it is environmentally safe as there is no ink leakage.

The controllers themselves are extremely easy to use with icon-based software, touch screen control and message creation via USB or Ethernet, meaning little training is required. They also integrate well on any production line due to their compact size and versatile mounting of print heads.

Furthermore these TIJ printers can print at up to 300m/min and up to 4” print height while retaining a high quality print.

New continuous inkjet printer launched in UK

Xact have recently launched the newest continuous inkjet printer in their Matthews range. The CX16 has been developed as an entry level model, for applications where only 2 lines of print may be required for applying variable information directly onto primary packaging such as for date or batch coding in the food industry.

The CX16 is the most cost effective printer in the Matthews CIJ range. A compact model (320mm X 420mm X 545mm), it prints small characters from 1.8mm to 7mm high.

Its simplicity does not compromise reliability or functionality – it includes many of the features of the 5 line C84e such as one button start-stop control, password protection, automatic ink viscosity control for a consistent high quality print, a user friendly interface and a large message storage database. It also has a built-in pump so does not require external air and external top mounted fill caps to make ink and solvent replenishment extremely easy.

The result is a high quality print, even when printing at maximum speed of 107m/min (5×5 single line). Print features include 4-directional print, message delayed printing and variable characters/languages/logos/fonts printing.

The CX16 will be on display at Foodex at the NEC in March – stand S037.