Thermo Fisher Scientific has introduced the Versa RxV checkweigher for track and trace applications. Designed to meet the needs of pharmaceutical industry, and other sectors where track and trace capability is important, the all-in-one system offers a throughput up to 500bottles/cartons per minute. The system combines code printing and verification (alpha-numeric and machine readable) with checkweighing.

Because of the increased counterfeiting and product recalls in the pharmaceutical industry, the GS1 track and trace serialisation standard calls for individual drug package components to be marked with an identifying code. The standard is currently voluntary, but the FDA could make it mandatory by 2015.

Kevin Zarnick, North America pharmaceutical sales manager, Thermo Fisher Scientific, said: “By combining the key elements of serialisation – marking and verification – into the checkweigher, companies save both cost and space.”

The Versa RxV also features a single operator interface for the checkweigher, code printer and machine vision system.

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