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Pharmaceutical Industry- coding and marking solutions


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When the pharmaceuticals company in Thailand name Sriprasit Pharmaceutical wanted a solution that it could implement worldwide for coding, marking and printing data matrices on its product packaging, it evaluated a range of solutions. The new solution had to meet a number of demanding criteria for print quality and commercial viability. It would have to be space-efficient since it would be mounted on the packaging lines. In addition, it had to achieve high printing speeds, generate human-readable text and numbers as well as machine readable barcodes and data matrices. Among coding and marking technologies available were the traditional crash numbering systems, laser-based systems and inkjet.

Sriprasit Pharmaceutical selected the inkjet solution from HSAJet Inks & Printers  based on its MiniTouch and MiniKey advanced controller and HP inks developed with HP Specialty Printing Systems (HP SPS) as its worldwide recommended solution. This solution met other important criteria for Sriprasit Industry including ease of use, minimal downtime, a small footprint on the packaging line, fast-drying inks and reliability. “The amount of data now required on pharmaceutical packaging has grown considerably in the last decade,” said Mr. Jumnong, technical head of IE Team  SPS Pharma at Sriprasit .“Batch and lot numbers, expiry dates, barcodes and data matrices mean that printing and verification systems have to be extremely versatile. We also wanted a single solution that could print on cartons and foil substrates.”
The inkjet coding on secondary packaging complements the tamper evidence solutions used on primary packagingoffering an enhanced level of product security, as it is estimated that ten percent of all pharmaceuticals worldwide are counterfeit. While regional variations can be enormous, global providers, like Sriprasit Pharmaceutical, are highly active in ensuring that their products are easily recognisable and difficult to counterfeit. “One of our special requirements was that we wanted to incorporate a randomly generated serial number in thedata matrix,” Koll continued. “We worked with HSAJet which adapted its.

Sriprasit plant has a couple of coding lines for carton production and blister packs, each equipped with the HSAJet system and using HP inks. The different requirements of printing on cartons and aluminium mean that a different ink formulation is used. Cartons are coated, to protect the print, but a small area is left uncoated to ensure optimal ink adhesion when the codes are printed. For blister packs, the aluminium has a coating that enhances adhesion. It is essential that the ink is dry prior to the verification inspection. While the ink on the cartons will dry in the atmosphere, a small fan heater is used to accelerate drying on the non-porous blister packs.

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At a glance
Industry sector:
Product-coding systems
Business name:
PT Asia Ltd.
998 Moo 3,
Tel: +66 2 759 3605-12
Fax: + 66 2 759 3569
MiniKey MKHP4
• Need for online coding and data matrix marking solution for pharmaceutical cartons and blister packs
• Assured readability and production speeds
• Meet international requirements
• Cost-effective production

• MiniKey Printer - Coding & Marking made simple and fast. A compact printer with integrated printheads, ideal for integration in packaging lines.

• Fast, high-quality coding andmarking used in facilities worldwide
• Low operational costs
• High reliability

HP Specialty Printing
Systems (HP SPS)
HP SPS is a business
unit of HP that works
with third party OEMs
in the development
of their applications,
supplying inks and/or
cartridges for use in their
equipment. Solutions
for HP SPS partner
companies include a
wide variety of coding
and marking, addressing
and franking, and CD
printing applications.


MiniKey printer based upon HP TIJ 2.5 technology
The HSAJET® MiniKey is based upon reliable HP TIJ2.5 technology which offers consistent, high quality, fast printing. The printer’s user-interface is so easy to use, that it requires very little or no training. The MiniKey is a very low-cost printer, yet powerful with all necessary functions available.

An ’All-In-One’ printer
The MiniKey is an ’out of the box’ unit. Place an inkcartridge
in the head, connect to power and print instantly by pushing a button. New layouts are easily made straight from the keyboard or loaded from USB key or via LAN or RS232 connection. The basic unit comes with a ½” printhead with built-in product sensor. The MiniKey can control up to 2" print height.

Trouble free user interface
A 320x240 pixel graphical colour display showing intuitive icons ensures a clear understanding when choosing functions from the keyboard.

Choose from ½” - 2” printheight
The HSAJET® MiniKey is available with an integrated 1 or 2-pen printhead mounted on the side of the unit. Instead – or if additional print height is required – the MiniKey can be delivered with remote printheads of 1 or 2 pens. Having two printheads enables double-sided printing.

Advanced administrator options in software.
A flexible user level management can guarantee that correct data is printed. You are also able to grant user rights as desired and protect by a unique password. In addition content may be filled by a user prompt which optionally must be validated by a different user for guaranteed accuracy. The controller is preloaded with different menu languages, as well as localized month- and day.
Print at breakthrough speeds of up to
• 300 m/min (984 ft/min) in 300 x 150 dpi
• graphics    
• Text (alphanumerical)
• Counters               
• shift codes
• Date & time (real - time & adjusted )
• LInear Barcodes (variable )
• any Windows OTT Font 

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PT Asia, Thailand Co., Ltd.
998 Moo 3, Samrong Nua, Muang, Samutprakarn 10270. Thailand
Tel : +66 (0)2 759-3605-12 Fax: +66 (0)2 759-3569
Email : info@ptasia.biz