Traceability Solutions for Pharmaceutical Serialization

Aug 26, 2023 | Press Release

traceability solutions for pharmaceutical serialization

Systems handle flat or erect cartons for printing and verifying serialized track and trace codes.

Toronto, ON, September 18, 2018 – A major international pharmaceutical company contacted Pineberry Manufacturing Inc. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. They needed to serialize their products and support traceability throughout their supply chain to comply with the USA FDA Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA), the EU Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD), and other international market requirements. The problem: Limited space/footprint and budget requiring a compact system to print and verify serialized codes on flat and erect cartons.

A few weeks later, the CartonTrac FC Flat Carton and CartonTrac EC Erect Carton Series of Packaging and Pharmaceutical Serialization Systems were delivered. Flat cartons are placed on the Pineberry HSF 12 Friction Feeder and dispensed singly on a vacuum conveyor, which passes a drop-on-demand inkjet printer for application of variable serialized data. An integrated camera system verifies code data before the printed blanks move onto a shingling conveyor. Erect cartons are placed onto a vacuum conveyor and travel towards a drop-on-demand inkjet printer for application of variable serialized data. An integrated camera system verifies code data before continuing to the packing department.

“Our CartonTrac series for flat and erect carton packaging and serialization systems are available as turnkey systems or as specialty feeding units integrated to existing structures,” says David McCharles, President of Pineberry Manufacturing. “These robust units not only eliminate consumables and downtime, but also have a small footprint to fit next to automated cartoners, a work station or as a semiautomatic solution.” He reports, “Our ability to adapt to a large, changing industry with heavy regulations has made us a trusted manufacturer in pharmaceuticals and packaging industries. The Pineberry CartonTrac Packaging and Serialization Series marks flat and erect cartons, bags, pouches, leaflets and other packaging materials to add track-and-trace information, barcodes, date and lot codes, UDI codes, labels, logos, inserts and much more. Our serialization systems produce the cleanest codes on the market, verified with an in-line reader and cannot be tampered with. Cartons are controlled with precision.”

With longer supply chains and rising eCommerce sales providing more opportunities for the influx of counterfeiters, regulations to serialize and trace products are or soon will be in place in more than 40 countries. Deadlines set to comply with USA FDA DSCSA and the European Union’s Falsified Medicines Directive are fast approaching in the upcoming weeks of this year and 2019, respectively. Manufacturers, wholesale distributors, repackagers and pharmaceutical supply chains inherit the most benefits facing significant packaging line upgrades to meet the current and emerging regulations. With serialization, wholesalers are able to identify inventory down to a specific unit and track it internally. Pharma companies, contract manufacturers and contract packagers should have already been taking steps to ensure lines are serialization-ready.

About Pineberry Manufacturing Inc.

Since 1984, Pineberry Manufacturing Inc. has been developing high-quality friction feeding, printing, packaging and custom automation solutions for the plastic card, packaging, distribution, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, graphic arts, and mailing and fulfillment industries.  Additionally, Pineberry specializes in integration, working with OEM’s and providing customized solutions for the most demanding environments.  Whether it is a standardized leaflet feeder, feeding and labeling bags, feeding cookies or an integrated custom solution, Pineberry has the expertise to provide exceptional products to make your project a success.

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If you would like more information on these or other versatile innovations, please contact Chris Pereira at (905) 829-0016 or email