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Pharma: Serialisation Compliance Plan

2019-11-25T09:53:24+09:30 25th November 2019|

The implementation of a pharma serialisation system at a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant or contract packager (copacker) is an important but seemingly daunting task. While it has the potential to stop the global trade of illegal counterfeit drugs and so safeguard consumer health and brand equity; knowing the best way to successfully progress a serialisation project without significantly disrupting current operations is often unclear. For this reason, the prospect of implementing a track and t… Read More

Do You Need A Complete Turn Key Palletising Line?

2019-10-15T17:17:52+09:30 11th October 2019|

Do you want to save time and money for your business? A complete turn key palletising line can be an incredibly efficient way to turn your packaged products into palletised loads ready for transport. It does this by managing your entire palletising process automatically, meaning you can palletise more loads with minimal operator effort.   Enhanced safety features The first operational benefit we will address are the range of safety benefits that these lines can achieve for your operations.… Read More

Improve Your Palletising to Save Money and Increase Business Efficiencies

2019-10-11T11:53:25+09:30 29th September 2019|

Any industrial and warehousing operation that is still relying on manual palletising is likely to be compromising their productivity, quality and business efficiencies. Manual palletising is no match for modern automated equipment in terms of speed, precision, productivity, safety, quality and outputs and in today’s highly competitive environment, businesses need to take every opportunity to improve. Palletising is the final step in an assembly line whereby the products (such as boxes, bags, c… Read More

Serialisation: The Solution to the Risks Posed by Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals

2019-09-17T12:04:21+09:30 19th August 2019|

There can be few greater health risks posed to pharmaceutical end users than the consumption of counterfeit medications. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that hundreds of thousands of people die each year as a result of the use of counterfeit medicines, vaccines and in-vitro diagnostics, which fail to treat the diseases for which the drugs were designed. Furthermore, it is estimated that 1 in 10 medical products in low-to-middle income countries is substandard or falsified. These fi… Read More

Wipotec-OCS Serialisation Track & Trace World Premiere at the Singapore SAP Leonardo Center

2019-08-14T12:36:31+09:30 14th August 2019|

On July 17 2019, more than 40 attendees visited the SAP Leonardo Center in Singapore to attend a Serialisation Track & Trace Technology World Premiere. Drug and pharmaceutical counterfeiting is an urgent global supply chain challenge. For consumers to know that a medicine is genuine, products in the pharmaceutical industry need distinctive drug labelling and counterfeit-proof identification features. That’s exactly what Track and Trace ensures. Pharmacists, for example, can clearly identif… Read More

Pharmaceutical contract packer showcases its state-of-art serialisation system

2019-08-12T17:30:13+09:30 12th August 2019|

Australian pharmaceutical manufacturers searching for serialisation solutions to comply with the Therapeutical Goods Administration’s (TGA) order related to the labelling requirements for prescription medicines that take effect on September 1 2020,  would be well-advised to watch the following video that describes the good reasons why Millmount Healthcare, a leading Irish pharmaceutical contract packager, selected WIPOTEC-OCS’ TQS system. In this video, the company showcases its ser… Read More

Using Checkweighers to Reduce Product Giveaway

2019-08-30T12:17:08+09:30 31st July 2019|

Reducing product loss and wastage is top of mind for manufacturers. The key to quality food manufacturing operations is how control points for product dosing, weighing and batching are effectively managed. Using highly sensitive intelligent weighing and inspection technologies – or checkweighers – are a crucial asset to many food manufacturers. Weighty matters Checkweighers are sophisticated dynamic weighing devices that reduce product loss and wastage through product giveaway or false rejec… Read More

‘Big Bag King’ industrial metal detector demonstration

2019-06-13T16:14:59+09:30 17th April 2019|

The ‘Big Bag King’ from Fortress sets an unrivalled industry standard for industrial metal detector sensitivity levels being able to detect 2.0 mm stainless steel in 25-50Kg bags of dry product. While the applications of a metal detector are often thought of as locating a potential contaminant inside of small, packaged or unpackaged goods; less so is its application for scanning larger format packaged goods. And in terms of industry necessity this is certainly not the case; as bulk g… Read More

AccuPak exhibits at AUSPACK 2019!

2019-06-13T16:14:59+09:30 26th March 2019|

AccuPak, alongside our sister Diverseco company Robot Technologies-Systems Australia, is excited to be exhibiting at AUSPACK2019, where we will be showcasing the capabilities of: a Budpack Gross Bagger GB55; a WIPOTEC-OCS HC-A checkweigher with twin Fortress metal detectors on the same line; a Fortress Interceptor metal detector; and a Fortress metal detector designed for use by the pharmaceutical industry. If you happen to be visiting AUSPACK 2019, take time to visit us on stand C200 to witne… Read More

Factors to consider when measuring, dosing and filling dry product by weight.

2019-06-13T16:14:59+09:30 14th March 2019|

Dry products can range from fine powders such as flour or cement to granular (such as sugar) to course but regular products such as seeds or dogfood  to coarse and irregular products like chicken parts or wood chips. A few products, such as pharmaceutical tablets are sold by piece count but most dry product is sold by weight. Any filler must, therefore, be able to achieve a consistent weight of product into the bag (or other package). Some fillers do this by measuring a specific volume of prod… Read More

How To Operate a Gross Bagger

2019-06-13T16:15:00+09:30 11th February 2019|

A gross bagger is suitable for bagging most types of product including dry, granulated, lumpy, crushed or some powdered products and into bags up to 50kg capacity.  The system consists of a bag spout that is fully suspended on precision loadcells, bag clamp that holds the bag while filling and a controller that monitors the weighing and flow of product. A gross weigher weighs the bag and its contents to obtain a total weight. A dedicated weight controller ensures that accuracy is achieved… Read More

Demonstration of Fortress Interceptor Metal Detector Scanning Capabilities with Strawberries

2019-06-13T16:15:00+09:30 24th September 2018|

Lauren Hipwood from AccuPak demonstrates how the Fortress Interceptor metal detector can be used to detect metal contaminants in fresh packaged foods, such as strawberries. The Fortress Interceptor metal detector is renowned for its exceptional performance and ability to detect the smallest metal contaminants, including in difficult to detect (wet) products like fruit, meat & dairy. In this demonstration, Lauren uses the metal detector to scan for 1mm diameter ferrous and non-ferrous and 2mm… Read More

Handling a Metal Contamination Recall

2019-06-13T16:15:00+09:30 21st September 2018|

Following recent news that the strawberry contamination scare has now spread across the country to include a case in Western Australia, it has been widely reported that a number of suppliers have installed metal detectors on their conveyors to scan punnets of strawberries for contaminants to safeguard consumer health and safety and protect their companies against costly product recalls. While the source of contamination in these instances is beyond the supplier’s packaging line; these incident… Read More

Packaging Technology Survey 2017 – Report

2019-05-23T13:07:51+09:30 1st August 2018|

The Australian Food & Grocery Council (AFGC) State of the Industry Report 2016 stated that capital investment in the food and beverage sector had declined significantly for three years and is now back to levels not seen since the middle of the GFC in 2009-10. The AFGC’s report prompted the PKN Packaging News and Food & Drink Business Packaging Technology Survey 2017. In this survey, we sought input from industry to gain insight into current Australian industry practices, drivers and fu… Read More

Guide to handling a metal contamination food recall

2019-05-23T13:08:01+09:30 1st August 2018|

Any food recall incident is a crisis situation that requires quick action to mitigate any longstanding financial and reputational damage. AccuPak and Fortress Technology examine the different factors that can make food operators vulnerable to a recall, even with inspection equipment in place. Read More

Peanut Van case study

2019-05-23T13:08:10+09:30 31st July 2018|

The Peanut Van is an Australian icon. Established in 1969, it has serviced hundreds of thousands of customers from all over Australia and the world. In late 2016, production was set to soar after the company secured a new national distribution agreement with IGA Foodland Read More