Here is how automated packaging help pharmaceutical firms
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Here is how automated packaging help pharmaceutical firms

By Manufacturing Technology Insights | Thursday, November 21, 2019

Automation technology integrated to packaging operations enhances productivity, facilitating seamless compliance with the changing standards and regulations.

FREMONT, CA: The global pharmaceutical market is expanding with the increasing demand for effective medication. To optimize the production method and meet the necessities of the customers, pharmaceutical organizations are adopting robust, innovative technology to deliver safer and simpler medications at reasonable costs.

Pharmaceutical corporations are more and more investing in automation technologies to streamline the drug development and packaging process and speed up the approval. In a recent PMMI report by the Association for Packaging and processing Technologies, it is declared that nearly 50 percent of the pharmaceutical corporations are integrating line automation technology to boost their operation and services.

Automation reduces operator failures, resulting in the elimination of downtime. It facilitates increased quality control within the extremely regulated pharmaceutical industries. It helps for the small-batch pharmaceuticals and unit dose packaging too. It can promote the enhancements and innovations in the packaging process necessary to maintain high quality and seamlessly meet the compliance necessities. The overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) has entered the pharma sector, with various organizations seeking sturdy enhancements in their operations to drive production and packaging efficiency.

The packaging process has been an afterthought in the pharmaceutical business. However, the increase in automation has enabled the contract service providers to emerge as robust innovators and make immense strides in streamlining the packaging process. An enhanced packaging process facilitated by packaging automation technology will not only enable organizations to optimize production costs but conjointly scale back drug pricing.

The evolving packaging desires and compliance requirements have spurred pharmaceutical organizations to equip their facilities with robust technology or outsource the packaging process to contract packaging organizations utilizing automation technology. The challenges in the pharmaceutical industry include keeping pace with the demands, maintaining regulatory compliance, labeling requirements, retail requests, and so on. Pharma companies usually outsource the packaging process to avert the high cost of equipment upgrades, space limitations, and recruitment of experienced and skilled employees.

Although most pharmaceutical corporations outsource packaging to contract organizations, small-batch specialty drugs usually do not meet the volume requirements. Most such firms face the need to implement compact automation units that can handle packaging of products with less volume. Automation allows them to efficiently serialize, calibrate, validate, and test their product in an exceedingly repeatable process.

The industrial packaging compliance is repeatedly evolving, focusing more on quality. Packaging organizations are witnessing a rise in requests for the unit dose package for single drug-dose delivery in bar-coded and non-reusable containers. Single-dose delivery not only offers fewer medication errors but additionally provides higher portability. The development of user-friendly packaging makes it easier for patients to handle and administer the medications.

One of the best advantages of robotic automation is that it eliminates the human error factor. Pharmaceutical organizations are incorporating collaborative robots to reduce mistakes and streamline their processes. Collaborative technology allows the workers to work alongside the robots within the workstations and improve productivity.

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