The £150,000 investment allows the printing of braille dots onto a carton without the need for braille tooling – suited to short runs and digitally printed cartons.
The new printer has been installed in Chester Medical’s PS9000 certified digital production suite at its carton and leaflet manufacturing facility in Deeside, Flintshire.
The system uses a ‘polymer drop on demand’ nozzle to apply the braille, which is then UV cured.
After application, a vision verification system checks each carton for dot presence, height and circumference and translates the braille into human readable text for operators to check.
David Patterson, Chester Medical’s managing director, said the investment puts the company at the forefront of digital carton manufacture for pharmaceutical applications.
“It provides the final link in the production chain and further enhances our ability to offer a fast response and flexible service in the creation of packs that meet all international standards.”
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