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Laetus at Interpack: Keeping the Entire Supply Chain in View

Laetus presents a wide range of systems at this year’s interpack for the inspection, serialization and aggregation of products in industries such as food, FMCG, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

The camera system Polyphem wt is designed to ensure reliable filling control on blister machines.
The camera system Polyphem wt is designed to ensure reliable filling control on blister machines.

In Düsseldorf, 7 to 13 May, hall 8b/booth D02, Laetus—a provider of systems for inline vision quality control and complete track & trace systems—will hold four stations for visitors to gain insights into innovative technologies for those sectors along the entire supply chain up to the point of sale.

Optical quality control

The company shows the camera system Polyphem wt designed for filling inspection on blister machines. The product is made to inspect, among others, color, shape, and dimensions of packaged tablets, capsules, or ampules and to detect damages as well as foreign objects. A wide variety of materials can be inspected, and defective products can be rejected. The system consists of an illumination unit and, depending on the version, one or more integrated cameras. Polyphem wt can be adapted to the individual process requirements of customers—e.g. with optional extensions such as the 3D module to evaluate height and contour.

Cross-line control of devices

Laetus introduces its Multi Device Manager at the second station. With this software, users should be able to centrally control a large number of different devices like cameras, printers, or RFID readers across lines. Independent of the manufacturer, all new or already used commercially available devices should be flexibly integrated. Handling is meant to be possible both via the operating panels of the Commander series by Laetus as well as via web application. This is to enable companies to adjust their product parameters, for example when changing formats, even more quickly and efficiently without the user being on-site at the line.

Systems for serialization und aggregation

Station 3 consists of the modular serialization system Modular X 1000-MV and the aggregation platform CS-115. The Modular X series was developed to mark folding boxes with barcodes or plain text including verification. It is designed with a fully automatic serialization of up to 400 packages per minute. Automated, reproducible format adjustments in less than one minute are another feature meant to offer users unique flexibility when changing formats, which should reduce time and operating costs in the long run. At interpack, the basic 1000-MV module is accompanied by the optional tamper evident module Modular X 1000-TL. The module is set up to automatically apply up to 400 tamper evident labels per minute on two sides of a folding box. Connected in line is the CS-115, a system to aggregate, de-, or reaggregate the previously serialized products. The codes are made to be quickly captured, depending on the model, by a copy scanner, by a top-down camera or alternatively by a hand-held scanner. Folding boxes as well as bundles can be processed, and several label printers can be connected.

Protection and comfort for the end user

At the end of the product life cycle, Laetus illustrates how the serialization of finished products optimizes consumer engagement and brand protection. For potential users to get an idea of what Laetus has to offer, the company presents a shelf containing branded products at the booth. Visitors are meant to be able to scan the products’ QR codes with their mobile phones and be directed to a demo website. This feature is designed to enable companies to provide their end customers with additional information such as the origin or ingredients of the content. Traceability across warehouses and delivery points should enable companies to detect and exclude counterfeits, says Laetus. 

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