The "Top Players" of the label industry compete on the pharmaceutical field
Allied activities tied to the pharmaceutical industry are worth over 10 thousand million euro (data provided by the Pharmintech 2011 observatory) in Italy alone; a large part of this sum is invested in packaging. The label industry therefore considers this to be one of the most interesting markets, but one not open to just any old player.
Among all the various industries, that of pharmaceutics is currently the one distinguished by the most diversified and complex labelling applications. Its requirements are numerous and increasingly more stringent.
For example, the labelling lines are extremely fast. The possible exposure of the labels to conditions of various types makes the choice of the materials from which they are made even more complex. Further factors that tend to increase critical conditions during operation also stem from the various possible specific applications, such as those requiring an adhesive able to resist migration or, perhaps, the possibility of being read in the dark.
Pharmaceutical labels are often of paramount importance because of the information they provide. They bear a series of data including lot number, expiry date, EAN code or other bar codes. The preciseness of such data is of vital importance and consequently label production cycles must be free of human and machine errors.
The major manufacturers of control lines for the pharmaceutical industry are strongly committed to achieving this goal. PRATI Company has answered the challenge with PHARMACHECK, a system that currently leads the way in its field of application, inasmuch as it completely eliminates any chance of human mistake.
Also dedicated to the pharmaceutical industry is the SATURN Bidi system, an extremely reliable finishing line, also suitable for working ECL or booklet format labels. The latter type is gaining in popularity in the pharmaceutical industry inasmuch as it caters to the need to "physically" connect pharmaceutical products to their relative directions, to avoid these being taken without adequate accompanying information.
Considering the current trend in the pharmaceutical industry, where packaging is becoming increasingly smaller, the most credible answer to this market demand is today represented by ECL labels, which in fact replace the classic patient information leaflet and transform the label itself into a readable micro user manual.
For similar applications, PRATI Company also presents the VEGAPlus Booklet system solution, which offers all the benefits of the off-line process, in full compliance with the most stringent precision requirements. The Company's competitive edge on an advanced market like that of the pharmaceutical industry once again depends on added value technologies, a prominent factor behind PRATI Company's global leadership.
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