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Vial system with vision

Sigpack Systems has helped California-based Dey, L.P meet new FDA regulations with a material-saving turnkey packaging system that provides customers with individually wrapped unit dose vials incorporating both the lot number and expiry date.

Individual lots containing tote bins of cards, each with five vials, are brought to the packaging room, where the vials are separated and fed in on a custom-designed machine and checked by a vision system for damage.

The vials are hermetically sealed for wrapping at 600/min before a Cognex vision system verifies all lot and expiry dates, both on individually wrapped unit doses and, subsequently, cartons and cases.

A Sigpack top loading cartoner with integrated carton former supports Dey’s shelf carton formats, which contain 25,30 or 60 individually wrapped vials. The output of both wrapping legs feeds into two individual collators before a robot arm with gripper top loads the wrapped vials into cartons.

An individual leaflet is place in each carton, while at the case loader, RSC cases are erected and glued with hot melt adhesive. They are then top loaded with cartons before closing and barcoding.