Multi-Dial Vial Coding and Verification Platform VCV-MD

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Compact, High-Speed, Precise Vial Coding

The increased need for product identification and traceability, especially prior to labeling, has led the pharmaceutical industry to implement coding and code verification on some existing or new packaging lines.

Building on the company’s expertise in continuous-motion parts handling, printing and inspection, WLS has introduced its latest coding platform. The VCV-MD Multi-Dial Vial Coding & Verification Platform is specifically designed for high-speed and accurate coding of unlabeled vials. With its own PLC and separately validated controls the VCV-MD can be integrated within an existing packaging line, or run as a stand-alone unit. It is capable of handling vials at speeds up to 650ppm.

Ink jet (with visible or UV inks) or laser printing is used to print or scribe alphanumeric human-readable and/or 2D Data Matrix codes on the cap, aluminum overseal, or wall of vials. These codes can range from a single Lot/Exp code to a serialized code downloaded from the customer data system. Digital vision systems are used to re-acquire and verify each code for readability and accuracy. Improperly coded vials are automatically tracked and rejected.

Backed by WLS’ reputation of quality, impeccable service and customer care, and industry leading extended warranty coverage, the VCV-MD is built to meet the most challenging coding and inspection production demands.


  • Left or right hand discharge
  • cGMP compliant construction
  • Stainless steel clad base
  • Zero-access Cat 3 or better guarding
  • Servomotor-driven vacuum star wheels (for optimum vial control and reject management)
  • Tool-less quick changeover
  • User-friendly and password protected HMI
  • Positive track and reject


  • Color-marked container tooling
  • In-feed and/or out-feed vial conveyance
  • In-feed and/or out-feed rotary accumulators
  • Vial tray loading and/or unloading
  • Integration of all major code printing (continuous ink jet and laser) and vision inspection brands
  • Serialization capable
  • OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) and other custom HMI screens
  • Data collection
  • Remote Ethernet access (for long distance diagnostics)
  • 21CFR Part 11 compliance
  • FAT/DDS/IQOQ documentation
  • UL, Seismic or CE field evaluation


  • Container Type: Vials
  • Products diameter: 3/8” (9.5mm) to 2.25” (57mm)*
    *Larger sizes upon request
  • Coding Speed: Up to 400cpm**
    **Dependent on product size and printing requirements
  • Typical Footprint: 63” (1600mm) wide by 59.5” (1506mm) deep