The use of cases, especially for OTC products, is a very common method. Manufacturers who do not want to invest in equipment and workforce prefer automatic or semi-automatic packing systems. In countries where the workforce is cheap, we encounter operations, where they place drugs in cases by hand.
The significant issue in case aggregation operation is the necessity that serialized codes be read inside the case. It is not the right method to attempt collecting data for pharmaceutical aggregation at the moment when the drug does not physically enter the case.
You can include cameras and illumination to the sorting and pushing mechanisms of semi-automatic and automatic case packer machines. In this way, you can aggregate cases without changing your existing lines. You can add print & apply labeling and camera unit back of your packaging line to make automatic case labeling.
In operations where we fill cases by hand, we implement aggregation with a high-resolution camera and an illumination system that sees the contents of cases. Since the camera system changes place according to the layers in case, we call it a semi-automatic aggregation system.
Bundles or cases are usually stored or transported placing on a pallet. Therefore, while pallets are moving through the supply chain which bundles and cases they are associated with must be aggregated.
The operators usually carry out this operation manually while they place bundles or cases on the pallet. When they reach the targeted number of tertiary packages, the operator manually applies a label generated automatically. Robots can perform this operation on the lines where you manufacture automatically.
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