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New Sepha blister pack machines target cost savings

At the June Achema exhibition in Frankfurt am Main, pharmaceutical blister packing technology manufacturer Sepha is to launch two quality control machines: BlisterScan and an updated version of its Press Out Universal.

The Belfast-based company says the new machines will provide customers with updated and more cost-competitive equipment for the non-destructive leak detection of blister packs (BlisterScan) and for de-blistering of product from child resistant packs.

Utilising non-destructive laser technology to detect small defects in blister packs down to 7 micron, with objective results being captured for each individual blister pocket, BlisterScan tests multiple blister packs in a single cycle, and will form part of a 21 CFR Part 11 compliant system.

“With the launch of new BlisterScan, Sepha now has the most extensive range of pharmaceutical blister pack inspection systems in the world,” says Sepha head of marketing and sales, Paul Kelly.

“In the last year, we have seen a significant increase in demand from pharma manufacturers wanting to drive costs down and quality assurance levels up. Because we are focused on the needs of the pharmaceutical industry, Sepha’s inspection products can be easily integrated into our clients demanding standard operating procedures.”

Upgrades to Sepha’s Press Out Universal machine – first launched five years ago – include a new user-friendly HMI interface, faster set-up times, and improved blister pack feed mechanism.

The non-destructive automated deblistering machine – capable of deblistering tablets from peelable and child resistant blister packs, at speeds of more than 50 blisters per minute – will “once again set the trend in product recovery”, the company says.

The Sepha Blisterscan