Full-color blister packaging printing system premieres

Rick Lingle in Digital Printing on October 20, 2016

The BlisterJet CMYK, a UV drop-on-demand piezo inkjet printing system for full-color printing on blisters, will debut at Pack Expo.

 

When you think of blister packaging, you typically picture a foil laminate or other sealing film printed with one color of text, usually black, if any at all. A new breakthrough option opens up a whole colorful new world of digital-printed blister packaging for brand owners.

Hapa’s BlisterJet CMYK prints text or code—random or serialized—and graphics in four spot colors or CMYK color process on sealed, blank, or preprinted blisters. The fully digital UV DoD piezo inkjet system provides 360/720 dpi print quality in a single pass using solventless inks.

It is easy to operate and is appropriate for blisters up to 17mm deep on the following substrates: Aluminum foil, paper-backed foil, and Tyvek.

Asked about the market for this system, James MacKenzie, Hapa’s director of sales, healthcare, informs Packaging Digest, “The machine is designed for pharmaceutical companies who pack products in blister packs and need to manage a high degree of order-size volatility. The machine decouples the production of blisters from the packaging of blisters. As a result, the utilization of the blister lines is increased dramatically since the frequent machine changeovers associated with small volume production is no longer at issue.”

MacKenzie reports that four CMYK systems have been delivered to companies in Europe and North America. “Although the BlisterJet CMYK is a new configuration, yet both the blister handling system and the CMYK print-module have been fully tried and tested in scores of applications around the world,” he says.

More information on the BlisterJet CMYK can be found at the Hapa website

 

Hapa, Pack Expo Booth S-2501

 

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Want to assess innovative options in packaging machinery and automation? Visit PackEx Montréal, November 30, 2016 to December 1, 2016. 

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