Got it Bottled: Implementing Integrated Operations for High-Speed Bottling Serialization

Our article, Got it Bottled: Implementing integrated operations for high-speed bottling serialization was featured in and is courtesy of European Pharmaceutical Manufacturer (EPM)

Relatively cheap and logistically effective, bottles have steadily become the standard for drug delivery. Bottles come in a variety of sizes and shapes, and the economics of bottles make them attractive for delivering a month or three months’ worth of medication cost-effectively. Companies tasked with packaging opt for high speed – high volume bottling lines that are predicated on efficiency. That efficiency is what makes the prospect of integrating product serialization such a daunting task for most drug companies.

With speeds reaching multiple hundreds of bottles per minute, a typical bottling line is the integration of many parts, each providing vital services to the overall delivery and each a lynchpin for the overall line efficiency. Bottles may be packed in trays, cartons, or bundled into groups by a shrink-wrapping prior to placement into shippers prior to palletisation. Adding supplemental stations for bottling serialization creates reasonable concerns for companies trying to achieve every percentage point of OEE.

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