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Contract packager unveils technology for meeting serialization requirements

PCI’s ‘FlexLine’ standalone service compliments a company’s integrated serialization technologies.

Pharmaceutical contract packager PCI will share its “FlexLine” serialization technology at Pharma EXPO, being held in conjunction with the PACK EXPO Las Vegas Sept. 28-30. PACK EXPO is owned and produced by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies.

PCI has invested in serialization technology capacity expansions for its facilities across North America and Europe to meet customer demand in advance of pending requirements in both regions, as well as requirements in emerging markets around the world. PCI’s FlexLine is a standalone serialization service that compliments integrated serialization technologies that the company offers.

“Having a multitude of options for product serialization is a real benefit for our clients,” says Ian Parsonage, Director of Global Serialization at PCI. “Through the Antares technology we have implemented in our operations, we provide our customers high-speed integrated solutions for high-volume outputs, and then at the same time also offer FlexLine for more modest volumes and select patient populations.

“We are clearly seeing a trend towards smaller batch sizes and specialized medicines for targeted disease states. Likewise, we support many global medicines destined for developing and emerging markets. FlexLine is an excellent solution for smaller run sizes, quick changeover, and an efficient operation with minimal client investment. We have custom-built these lines with considerable thought for ease of use and maximum flexibility. We like to say they can accommodate a product as small as a matchbox, all the way up to the size of a shoebox.

“FlexLine also offers a convenient solution for clients looking to meet the DQSA requirements for their packaged products, but lacking that serialization finishing operation to add the final codes. We can accept finish goods, apply serialized codes to make the product compliant to the requirements, and repack for a market-ready solution for the customer. We have seen tremendous interest in this service.”

FlexLine employs custom Antares technology, featuring application and inspection of serialized codes, product commissioning, and full multi-level product aggregation in establishing parent-child relationships for saleable unit, intermediate packaging, shipper, and pallet. Consistent with PCI’s other serialization equipment, FlexLines are integrated into PCI’s global data systems, for direct connectivity to customer systems enabling secure inbound and outbound data exchange.

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