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The BTS seamlessly transfers blisters from a Pharmaworks blister machine and collates them to feed a Serpa cartoner. Handling a wide range of blister format sizes and collating up to ten blisters per bucket, the fully servo-driven BTS achieves high speeds up to 500 blisters/min while offering extreme flexibility and fast, repeatable tool-less changeovers.
“Our sister-company Serpa led the development of the fully-integrated BTS, starting with Pharmawork’s existing, field-proven blister transfer technology and then taking it to the next level by incorporating new innovations that perfectly synchronize these three machines, even at the highest speeds,” said Ben Bower, Vice President and General Manager of Pharmaworks. “With electronics, servos and more controlled directly by the cartoner, this transport system hugely simplifies line installation, operation and maintenance for the customer.”
Designed to be compatible with virtually every Pharmaworks blister machine and every Serpa cartoner, this transport system is available with intermittent-motion operation (BTSi) or with an oscillating wheel for continuous-motion operation (BTSc), depending on the application.
As blister packs exit the Pharmaworks blister machine, the BTS overhead vacuum transport system transfers single blisters into a magazine for buffering to accommodate fluctuations in speed between the blister machine and cartoner, maximizing line output. From there, the BTS will count out the proper number of blisters per cycle, depending on programming, to the cartoner infeed bucket.
Suitable for a wide variety of blister format sizes and materials, the BTS can transport blisters of tablets, capsules, softgels, vials, syringes, liquids and medical devices as well as consumer goods like cosmetics and batteries. Backed by Serpa’s proprietary Verified Changeover technology, the BTS offers easy and repeatable recipe-driven changeovers that can be completed in just a few minutes with no tools. To ease use, the BTS is controlled by the Serpa cartoner’s PLC and HMI.