WLS Introduces New VVM Label Applicator

Sep 07, 2022

Efficiently applying temperature-sensitive labels to help ensure product efficacy

MOORESTOWN, NJ, September 7, 2022 – WLS, a ProMach product brand, introduces its VVM label applicator at Pack Expo booth #W-17002 in the Healthcare Packaging Pavilion. Designed for installation on virtually any WLS labeler, this new applicator applies thermochromic “vaccine vial monitor” (VVM) labels that change color when exposed to an out-of-tolerance temperature for a set amount of time, indicating whether each container has been kept at the necessary temperature to preserve product efficacy. Running at high speeds up to 600 ppm, the VVM label applicator offers accurate label placement, easy operation and fast changeover.

“The current pandemic has made VVM labels more important than ever. Most COVID vaccines require storage at extremely low temperatures, much lower than normal refrigeration. If vials are taken out, it must be for a known period of time, otherwise the vaccine is rendered ineffective,” said Philippe Maraval, V.P. of Sales at WLS. “Whether a drug is being shipped across the United States or to a developing country where the ‘cold chain’ can be harder to maintain, VVM labels are a valuable tool to ensure the product is still potent and safe when it reaches the consumer.”

Suitable for more than vaccines, the VVM label applicator is ideal for pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers and contract packers handling vials, bottles or other containers that hold temperature-sensitive products.

To accurately apply the pressure-sensitive VVM labels, each container is positively transported via a servo-driven mechanism, which is encoded to the label applicator drive. The labeling head unwinds the label web and precisely applies a VVM label on either the top or side of each container. A camera verifies the presence and position of the VVM label and out-of-tolerance containers can be automatically rejected.

Designed for integration at the entrance or exit of a WLS rotary or in-line labeler, the VVM label applicator minimizes capital costs, floorspace requirements and integration time. The applicator is fully synchronized to the host labeler’s electronic drivetrain and operates via a single, integrated HMI for easy operation. Fast, recipe-driven, tool-less changeover can be completed on the applicator in less than 10 minutes. It is available with all of the validation options offered on a WLS labeler including Domain Authentication, 21CFR Part11 with Audit Trail, SCADA communication and more.

Featuring stainless steel and anodized aluminum construction, the VVM label applicator complies with cGMP standards. It can be installed on a new WLS labeler or as an upgrade on an existing WLS labeler.

WLS will be exhibiting a VR-72 labeler at Pack Expo booth #W-17002 in the Healthcare Packaging Pavilion. The team is prepared to discuss the VVM label applicator’s features, benefits and applications with booth visitors.

About Weiler

Weiler Labeling Systems is an industry-leading designer and manufacturer of high-speed rotary labeling machines and serialization and coding solutions for the pharmaceutical and medical packaging markets as well as the food, beverage, personal care, and consumer markets. With nearly three decades of experience in providing labeling, coding, inspection, and precision-manufactured systems, WLS is at the forefront of delivering customized solutions backed by a culture of unwavering customer care. As part of the ProMach Pharma business line, WLS helps our packaging customers protect and grow the reputation and trust of their consumers. ProMach is performance, and the proof is in every package. Learn more about WLS at www.WeilerLS.com and more about ProMach at ProMachBuilt.com.

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