Auto-Print® Express 90 Packaging System

Auto-Print® Express 90 Packaging System

The Auto-Print® Express 90 Unit Dose Packaging System is MPI’s next-generation packaging system for oral solid medications which produces up to ninety (90) unit-dose packages per minute, providing the solution for pharmacies that have an increased need for automation while also satisfying the need for increased production throughput to meet high-volume packaging needs.

This high-performance, durable system eliminates the need for manual packaging and sorting of medication, and it is designed for simple maintenance and easy operation, assisting the pharmacy in decreasing packaging costs, increasing operational efficiency, and reducing medication errors. MPI’s Auto-Print Express 90 provides higher-speed production of a single-strip package without the additional threading hassles and maintenance costs of servicing a double-drop machine. The Express 90 also offers increased packaging speed that is up to 50% faster than MPI’s standard Auto-Print while packaging at a speed that the technician can keep pace with, without having to continually pause the machine to catch up.

MPI’s Auto-Print Express 90 conforms to all of the technical guidelines established for MPI’s flagship Auto-Print unit dose packaging system in terms of:

  • Composition, Conformity, and Stability
  • Medication Packaging
  • Medication Barcoding and Labeling

MPI’s Auto-Print Express 90 packaging system is manufactured to adhere to strict technical guidelines to assure optimum performance of the packaging equipment and safe packaging of oral solid medication, and it adheres to strict quality control procedures throughout the manufacturing process. 

The MPI-certified consumable materials used in conjunction with MPI’s Auto-Print Express 90 packaging system were developed exclusively for use in MPI’s packaging systems and were extensively tested to assure there is no degradation to the medication during the packaging process. Multi-layered composition of the consumable materials, combined with our built-in low sealing temperature process of 98° C, assures that a safe, sealed, tamper-proof unit-dose package is created each time and that it is easy to open when it is time to administer the medication. MPI’s proprietary printer design, incorporated into the Auto-Print Express 90 packaging system, was developed to work exclusively with MPI’s consumable materials to provide a clear, legible print of all medication information including a scannable barcode.

The processes by which these materials are manufactured, and the products that are used to create the materials, are FDA registered for use in drug packaging and as such, meet the USP standards for Class A and Class B medication packaging. In accordance with the guidelines set forth by the U.S. Pharmacopeia, a one-year-beyond-use date (BUD) can be affixed to the repackaged product, or the remaining expiration date of the product, whichever is shorter. MPI has developed consumable materials that meet the Class B requirements set forth by the USP for moisture permeation and Class A requirements for light transmission.

The package sealant and adhesive layers conform to the FDA requirements for use in direct food contact providing for contact surfaces which are not reactive, additive, or absorptive.

Technical Specifications

  • Produces up to ninety (90) packages per minute
  • Standard package size is 2″ x 1½” inch
  • Model #9300E Printer: Ethernet port ready with 300 d.p.i. resolution
  • Includes MPI’s exclusive Pak-EDGE™ Windows®-based software with access to First DataBank™ drug data, imprints, and images library

Size: 36″ L x 15″ W x 14″ H

Weight: 65 lbs

Power: 115 VAC 60 Hz, 320 VA

Sealing Temp: 200°F, no degradation to medication, no fumes

Safety: Includes safety reverse switch and clear protective guard with safety interlock. All moving parts are guarded. Circuit breakers on all circuits and a separate power supply for thermal printer.

Electrical and Safety Ratings: CE, NRTL (MET), US, C

Hardware Requirements: Computer with Windows® 7 or higher operating system, 5 GB hard drive space, 2 GB RAM, available USB ports, desktop or network printer for reports, Internet access, DVD Rom Drive, and 2D barcode scanner.

Software Requirements: Pak-EDGE™ UD Barcode Labeling Software (provided with packaging system) with optional access to First DataBank™ drug data, imprints, and images database.

Material Requirements: Requires the use of MPI-authorized disposable materials

Space Requirements: Sturdy and level countertop, height between 28″ and 36″ for comfortable working conditions. Clearance above the counter should be 18″ to 24″. Minimum depth of 18″ with 4′ to 5′ minimum counter space in length. The packager connects to the computer via a 10′ USB cable that is supplied with the packager. The Auto-Print requires two 120V outlets. Allow additional room and electrical outlets for your computer.

Barcodes Supported: All linear, 2D, and GS1 barcodes are supported.

Chutes and Disks: The Auto-Print Express 90 ships standard with five (5) pill chutes—3/8″ XXS, 1/2″ XS, 5/8″ S, 13/16″ M, and 1″ L—and eight (8) feed disks: 5/16″, 7/16″, 1/2″ 5/8″, and 1″ Round/Tablet and 5/16″ x 3/4″, 1/4″ x 5/8″, and 1″ Oblong/Capsule.

Variable Length Option: The optional variable length feature adds the capability to change the package length in real time. Pre-loaded software templates are available for each standard package size and software label preview accurately represents package size. Standard available choices for variable length packages include: 1″, 1 1/8″, 1 1/4″, 1 3/8″, 1 1/2″, 1 7/8″, 2 1/4″.

Barcode Verifier Option: The optional barcode verifier automatically scans each package as a final check after the packaging of the unit dose container is completed to assure that the barcode can be accurately scanned at the bedside. If an unreadable barcode is detected, the system will pause to allow the user to retry or remove the package from production.

Options

  • Custom packaging system option available to produce 1½” x 1½” unit dose packages
  • Class A and Class B packaging materials available
  • Optional Variable Package Length feature and Barcode Verifier available
  • Stainless steel option available
  • 2D barcode scanners available for scanning bulk medication

Benefits of Implementation

The combination of packaging oral solid medication with MPI’s Auto-Print Express 90 packaging system and our exclusive MPI-certified consumable materials, coupled with the advanced barcoding capabilities and configurations available in MPI’s Pak-EDGE™ software, provide our customers with the continued confidence that each unit dose package will be produced in adherence to industry guidelines for light, moisture, and sealing. A safe, tamper-proof unit dose package containing detailed medication and barcode information will be delivered to the bedside each and every time, ensuring patient safety.

MPI’s Auto-Print Express 90 Unit Dose Packaging Systems assists the pharmacy by:

  • Decreasing Costs
    • Packaging bulk medication into unit dose is more cost effective than buying products pre-packaged from the manufacturer.
    • Minimal cost per dose (CPD)
  • Increasing Efficiency
    • Produces ninety (90) packages per minute, eliminating the need for manual packaging and sorting, thus freeing up pharmacy staff to focus on other tasks and providing increased production throughput to pharmacies with high-volume packaging needs.
    • Accurate inventory control and maintenance of stock levels maintained through the sequential numbering feature
  • Reducing and Eliminating Errors
    • Barcode Scan Check: Scanning bulk bottle before packaging verifies proper drug.
    • Tall-Man Lettering: Helps reduce “looks alike, sounds alike” errors
    • Colored Materials: Six (6) different colors of Auto-Print SUPERCEL® are available for color coding of expiration dates and controlled medications. All colored materials offer light-resistant packaging.
  • One year limited warranty included. Extended warranty and preventative maintenance agreements available.
  • CE Mark

MPI continually stays abreast of changes in packaging technology, standards, and guidelines and employs the highest standards of excellence to develop and deliver high quality, reliable products including the most current features and functionality that contribute to saving patient lives through error-free medication packaging.

MPI’s Oral Solid Feeder (OSF) attachment is not available on MPI’s Auto-Print Express 90 model.