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Pharmaceutical companies generate significant cost savings through the deployment of traceability and aggregation technology. A large part of these savings come from improvements in process and supply chain efficiency. Many companies see this solution as a major competitive advantage in today’s global economy.
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Aggregation enables companies to trace their products from the moment of production, according to the parent-child principle. Once a blister pack is placed into a folding box (child), its serialisation code is scanned. In the next step, several folding boxes are packaged into a bundle (parent), and their serial numbers are linked to it. Several bundles can be also aggregated and related to a shipping box (the next higher-ranking parent level). This parent-child dataset is further linked to a pallet.
Aggregation of pharmaceutical products is a process, in which each participant in the supply chain takes over the information from the predecessor and additionally supplements it with its own data. This begins with the manufacturer, travels via the packaging to the third party logistics company (3PL), on to the wholesaler, etc. Each data aggregate is saved in a database before being passed on to the next participant in the supply chain.
The white paper answers the questions of tomorrow and provides information on aggregation, as a future-oriented technology. It illustrates the basic principles of this new technology and shows in detail how drug manufacturers can fully track their product, no matter where it is. At the same time, the white paper provides an insight into the improvement potential of all processes along the supply chain using the aggregation pharma approach.
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TQS Track & Trace System is a highly flexible, modular Track & Trace platform, that easily integrates into packaging lines. All steps in the serialisation and aggregation process are recorded and the data is read and stored according to the "parent-child principle".
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TQS-CP for the perfect semi-automatic aggregation of folding boxes - from a shipping case to a pallet
TQS-CP stands for semi-automatic aggregation of manually packed folding boxes. It lets you conveniently assign units from a lower level (folding box or bundle) to a higher packaging level (shipment carton) and a pallet.
Semiautomatic aggregation of shipping cases or pallets
Reliable 360° inspection for semi-automatic aggregation of bottles and vials
TQS-CP-Bottle is designed for perfect integration in bottle or vial production lines. The system can be set up directly at the outlet of any conventional labelling machine to verify the previously serialised labels on individual cylindrical containers via an omnidirectional, 360° inspection.
All-round inspection, verification, semiautomatic aggregation of pharmaceutical products
TQS-BP for simple aggregation of bundles – flexible and format-independent
TQS-BP is ideal for the simple implementation of the first aggregation level. The system combines the serial numbers from multiple single packages into one unique serial number for the bundle.
Aggregation of single packages into bundles (1st level of aggregation)
Acino International AG, headquartered in Zurich, is a Swiss-based international pharmaceutical company. Acino is a leader in the production of complex dosage forms, and as a contract manufacturer, offers its customers a complete service for their manufacturing needs. To serve its international customers quickly and reliably, Acino relies increasingly on serialisation and aggregation solutions from WIPOTEC-OCS.
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Abbott Korea Ltd. leverages TQS-CP machines for aggregation of folding boxes. Watch the video and customer testimonials to find out more about the solution and its benefits.
Aenova Group is one of the world's leading contract development and manufacturing organisations. The group relies on high quality standards, innovative technologies, and has a clear focus on the future. These are the reasons why the company has chosen "Traceable Quality System" (TQS), the Track & Trace solution by WIPOTEC-OCS.
Aggregation of vials with TQS-CP-Bottle at HANA Pharm is set up directly at the outlet of a labelling machine. Codes of previously serialised HDPE-bottles are verified via an omnidirectional 3600 inspection. Bottles are collected up to the target amount and handed over to the operator for packing.
"We have been searching for quite a long time to find the best possible Track & Trace solution for our needs. WIPOTEC-OCS was the only supplier who met all our requirements", says Park Wonsun, Packaging Manager at HANA Pharm.
Santa Farma, one of the largest Turkish pharmaceutical manufacturers, trusts in Track & Trace solutions from WIPOTEC-OCS. The company equipps 14 production lines with TQS machines for serialisation and aggregation.
MEDA is a leading Swedish pharmaceutical company with more than two dozen subsidiaries and a presence in almost every European country.
„With TQS we are optimally positioned in terms of consistent serialisation and complete aggregation” – says Jürgen Back, a production engineer at Meda. The company uses TQS-BP for aggregation of bundles and TQS-CP for shipping cases.
The video features aggregation of bottles with a helper code at Handok, a Korean healthcare company. Handok produces prescription drugs along with consumer health care products, medical devices and in vitro diagnostics, food supplements and medical nutrition.
The compact TQS-SP-Bottle is perfectly designed for integration in Handok's production lines. The serialised helper code for higher-level aggregation of bundles or cartons is first printed on the bottom of the bottle, and verified in the next step. The integrated 360° camera unit manages the all-around inspection of cylindrical objects, for example, the optical control of the coding, layout, and plain text on the bottles.
Losan Pharma is a medium size enterprise specialising in the development and production of innovative, solid dosage forms. As a subsidiary of the Dr. Falk Pharma group, the company operates worldwide with other companies in the pharmaceutical industry. Losan Pharma performs aggregation of shipping cases and pallets with TQS-CP machines from WIPOTEC-OCS.
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