The HP Pharma black ink is designed to be used for branding, dosage, and security by enabling individual capsules and tablets to be marked. The company says that the precision of 600dpi barcode symbologies can help pharmaceutical companies track products securely, fight counterfeiting and increase dosage accuracy. It also states that in healthcare environments, the use of one-d and two-d barcodes on tables and capsules can provide an additional level of product security and customer safety when used in an overall programme of dosage monitoring and verification.
Hewlett Packard says that Pharma black ink provides traceability, secure
product tracking, and authentication capabilities throughout the
pharmaceutical value chain for all product package levels from unit dose (for example tablet, capsule or vial) to pallet quantities, also helping reduce
counterfeiting and diversion.
Potential benefits of the new cartridge:
- reduced breakage and contamination with non-contact printing
- increased efficiency and reliability, with reduced maintenance intervention and downtime
- serialisation for product tracking, anti-counterfeiting and prescription/dosage accuracy
- self-contained cartridges for cleaner maintenance and replacement
- printing speeds of up to 500 feet per minute at 150dpi
- high-quality 600dpi imaging for precise, uniform printing of variable
- data, barcodes and logos on a variety of dosage-form shapes
- ready-to-use formulation with no solvents to mix or handle
Kathy Tobin, vice president and general manager at HP SPS says, "With more than 20 years of digital printing to HP's credit, our inkjet expertise enables us to break new ground in tablet and capsule imprinting.
With this solution, HP sets a new standard by reducing costs, meeting expanding market needs and enabling solutions that exceed heightened
HP SPS aims to provide product identification solutions for end-to-end production and solutions for primary package coding and marking on folding cartons and other substrates, secondary package coding and marking, and, for the pharmaceutical industry, printing directly on tablets or capsules.