PhotoScribe laser enables marking of 410,000 pills per hour

PhotoScribe Technologies

New York, NY - Laser systems manufacturer PhotoScribe Technologies has impressed the pharmaceutical industry by developing the fastest laser for micro-marking pills on the fly. Marking at speeds exceeding 410,000 pills per hour, the efficiency of the laser's marking operation reduces both cost and downtime for companies looking to increase productivity in a tangible way.

Pills in the pharmaceutical industry have been traditionally printed, a process that is messy, problematic, and uses solvents. PhotoScribe's LMCP-100 Extreme laser provides fast, single-process, non-contrast marking. No consumables are required. It allows for extremely high speeds while maintaining a low cost of operation. Flexibility is key, with the operator having the ability to change marks without the need to change printing rollers. The LMCP-100 Extreme laser has the ability to serialize and change a mark on the fly during the marking process. Because multiple marking files can be saved, the process gives a renewed sense of ease to marking while also reducing the cost of high-quality printing and drilling.

PhotoScribe CEO David Benderly says the ability to mark exceeding 410,000 pills an hour means that laser marking is no longer the bottleneck of production. Laser speed and flexibility allows mark changes based on batch number or even down to the single-pill level. Benefits to using lasers in the pharmaceutical industry include applications such as the marking of text, logos, graphics, and barcodes.

PhotoScribe Technologies, founded in 1998, designs, builds, installs, and services turn-key laser systems primarily for direct-part micro-marking and micromachining applications in a variety of industries. The company has set the industry standard for high contrast and transparent inscriptions on diamond for over 10 years with their "cold" Excimer laser technology, and is considered the world leader in marking materials that are challenging to mark (for example, due to transparency, brittleness, or sensitivity to temperature).

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