Mettler-Toledo Launches New Combination Checkweighing and Serialization System for Pharma and Cosmetics Producers

Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection has launched a new Track & Trace and Checkweighing combination solution aimed at small and mid-market manufacturers in the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries. The Mettler-Toledo CT33 system gives operators a deep level of integration between Mark & Verify, serialization and precision weighing capabilities, helping them to achieve compliance, better brand protection, quality control and supply chain traceability.

The new CT33 Track & Trace and Checkweighing system is being showcased for the first time at Pack Expo International, Chicago, running October 23 to 26. The company is exhibiting at Booth S-1714. Visitors to the booth can receive a live demonstration of the new machine, where Mettler-Toledo is also showcasing the T16 Manual Multi Aggregation system, which performs semi-automatic aggregation of serialized packages to cases or pallets.

Brand Protection: Companies can use the CT33 to carry out serialization of individual cartons to improve supply chain transparency and help pharma and cosmetics manufacturers to protect their brands against the scourge of counterfeit products. Serialized cartons then pass into the checkweigher, where precision weighing with FlashCell™ EMFR technology enables completeness control checks, ensuring that all product components, including leaflets, are present.

Flexibility: The CT33 is built around the modular Mettler-Toledo C-Series frame. This means that customers can choose from many different configurations including Thermal Transfer Overprinting systems and Smart Cameras, depending upon the application the system is being designed for. The C-Series frame also allows easy access for cleaning. Operators need only a single HMI to interact with both the checkweighing and Track & Trace software. These have been integrated with each other to make the system easier to use, with alarms and audit trail messages consolidated in one place, and most settings accessed through the Track & Trace software. The hardware integration also benefits customers by giving them two different product inspection technologies within a single, compact machine.

Improved Productivity: An entirely new feature in the CT33 is its transversal adjustment handling unit, which improves product changeovers. This unit takes cartons from upstream processing machines and can adjust to ensure they are positioned correctly on the conveyor belt for marking, verifying and then precision weighing. Additional productivity and ease of use result from the CT33’s ability to automatically decommission sorted products. This means cartons that pass through the serialization stage of the system but are then rejected by the checkweigher do not have to be manually scanned by the operator to register the serial number of the rejected product. Improved product tracking means this information is automatically collected.

Compact: While the exact footprint of the CT33 will be dependent on configuration, the system will measure up to around 5 feet (approximately 1.5 meters) long. It can process cartons of up to 200mm in height, width and length (minimum 10mm in height, 45mm in width and 25mm in length), with a maximum weight of 600g. Maximum throughput is 300 pieces per minute, and maximum conveyor speed is 60 metres per minute.

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METTLER TOLEDO is a leading global manufacturer of precision instruments and a service provider. The company ranks highly in a number of market segments and is a global market leader in many areas. METTLER TOLEDO is one of the largest providers of weighing systems and analysis instruments for use in laboratories and in-line measurement within demanding industrial and food production processes.

The Product Inspection division of METTLER TOLEDO is one of the leading providers within the field of automated inspection technology. The division includes the following brands: Safeline metal detection and X-ray inspection, Garvens and Hi-Speed checkweighers, and CI-Vision and PCE Track & Trace. The product inspection solutions improve manufacturers’ process efficiency and help them comply with industry standards and regulations. METTLER TOLEDO systems ensure consistently higher product quality, helping protect both consumers as well as the reputation of manufacturers and their products and brands.

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