Batch & Expiry Coding
Inkjet coding batch and expiry coding on plain, laminated and varnished labels, cartons, bags, bottles & jars.
Insertion of products into retail cartons.
The ideal solution for hang-sell packaging utilising clear plastic blisters, as well as backing cards.
A licensed TGA facility for secondary packaging and Release of Supply of Therapeutic Goods.
High speed horizontal form fill for samples and promotional products in clear or printed polypropylene film.
Full body or tamper evident wrap for glass, metal and plastic containers of different shapes and sizes.
Hand Packing, Assembly, Gluing
The option for assembly, gluing, stacking, packing, collating, counting, and all other manual operations for products and point of sale.
Release for Supply
Certification that goods are produced and controlled in accordance with TGA requirements.
Manual and semi-automated application of labels for any product or promotional item or rework of incorrect labels.
Product Inspect & Quality Control
Inspection & verification of products to meet specific regulatory, brand or labelling requirements.
Shrink Sleeving & Wrapping
Full body or tamper evident sleeve or wrap application for glass, metal and plastic containers.
POS Distribution & Storage
Pick, pack and despatch of promotional point of sale and long term storage.
WHAT IS BATCH CODING?
Batch coding is the process by which large quantities of products are coded. Various batch codes, such as expiry date printing, can be applied to different product packages within a specific batch. This is done via inkjet coding – a printing technique utilised to efficiently batch code many products.
WHAT IS CARTONING?
Cartoning is a packaging production process where single or multiple products are inserted into retail cartons. The most common type of cartoning features pre-made cardboard boxes, and the product is sealed inside with curled edges around the lid side of the box. Cartoning machines are fast and efficient, being able to seal many packages per hour.
WHAT IS BLISTER SEALING?
Blister sealing is a two-step process that closes the blisters to create a permanent, tamper-evident seal around the product. It involves firstly sealing the blister’s edges with heat and pressure until it melts – then secondly piercing the backing liner on both sides of each blister with a sealant applicator in order to make an airtight closure. Australian blister sealing standards are set by the TGA, and need to be adhered to by blister pack manufacturers, in order to ensure the tamper-resistant, high quality blister packaging Australia expects.
WHAT IS PHARMACEUTICAL PACKING?
Pharmaceutical packing is a term for the process of filling pharmaceutically active substances into secondary packaging material. Pharmaceutical production doesn’t always end when the drug is made – sometimes, it moves to another facility that is licensed to do so. This last stage of pharmaceutical work is called “secondary packaging”. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) regulates therapeutic goods through legislation with which manufacturers, wholesalers and pharmacists must comply. Finishing Services is a licensed TGA facility for the secondary packaging and Release of Supply of Therapeutic Goods.
WHAT IS FLOW WRAPPING?
Flow wrapping is an automated technique using horizontal form fill that sends in products into high speed equipment for packaging. The machine wraps and packages products at very fast speeds, and many can be done per minute. This form of packaging can offer benefits because it’s used to seal out oxygen, which helps to prevent oxidation from the air getting inside the package. It also has a smaller impact on the environment because less waste is created during production in comparison with other types of packaging such as fold-wrapping – which typically involves using sheets or long lengths of cardboard that are cut down or seals off the end with tape to close it.
WHAT IS CELLO WRAPPING?
Cello wrapping is the best choice for securing the contents of a glass, metal and plastic container. Full body cello provides both an outer layer to keep moisture away from color sensitive paperboard and resist tears from bending or flexing, as well as two layers of polyethylene film for puncture resistance. Tamper evident cello can be sealed after filling to ensure compliance with TGA guidelines. Cellophane wrappings also offer advantages such as full surface clarity (so all label information is visible), which is ideal for shelving when merchandising; and cost effectiveness.
WHAT IS HAND PACKING, ASSEMBLY AND GLUING?
Hand packing, assembly and gluing refers to any tasks that require manual labor for assembling and/or gluing products. Hand packing refers to the process of assembling components into boxes by hand and stuffing them with bubble wrap, foam peanuts or other packing materials. Assembly is a process where individual parts are put together to form an apparatus for production, use or storage. It may include tasks such as mounting on hinges, or assembling connectors. Gluing can involve anything from using a syringe applicator to inserting glue strips in a slot machine or applying adhesive labels. Manual operations are often necessary when handling large volumes of small items (collating) and counting by hand.
WHAT IS RELEASE FOR SUPPLY?
Release for supply is certification that goods are produced and controlled in a way that meets Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) requirements. It’s a sign of quality assurance as well as a commitment to manufacturing products according to strict safety standards. A registered healthcare professional authorises the release of medical goods such as pharmaceuticals to authorised facilities, in accordance with good manufacturing practices guidelines (GMP). These manufacturing facilities must demonstrate GMP compliance through third party audits in accordance with TGA requirements.
WHAT IS PRODUCT LABELLING?
Product labelling is the process by which information is added to an item in order to identify the product. Labelling work is a critical aspect of the manufacturing process in order to mark products for retail. The information on a label can include anything such as weight, description, expiry dates etc. It usually has to meet government guidelines and any other specific requirements of the company who outsources it to the manufacturer. Labels can be applied manually or semi-automatically. Manual application can include writing on the product, filling out a form, or using adhesive labels. Semi-automatic labelling includes typesetting computer generated labels that are printed onto adhesive labels ready for manual application to the product.
WHAT IS PRODUCT INSPECTION & QUALITY CONTROL?
Product inspection and quality control is the final stage in the supply chain, but it’s also one of the most important. Product inspection identifies any errors or quality-related defects in a product. Quality control verifies that the products are compliant with regulatory requirements and brand specifications, as well as any labelling needs.
WHAT IS SHRINK SLEEVING & WRAPPING?
Shrink sleeving and shrink wrapping is a protective, two-sided polyethylene solution-coated sleeve or wrap that seals tight around any container. The shrink sleeve provides tamper evident protection in addition to other benefits like improved product display, reduced freight damage, extended shelf life and increased safety. Shrink sleeves are stretched tight over an object and then shrunk on a machine in order for them to fit snugly and securely around the object with no air gaps. Shrink wraps, on the other hand, are usually wrapped around a product and then shrunk or heat sealed into place at one end of the product.
WHAT IS POS DISTRIBUTION & STORAGE?
POS distribution and storage covers the entire process from pick, pack and despatch all the way to long term storage. POS, or point of sale distribution, starts with pick, which is the process of collecting products from different storage locations and placing them into boxes/pallets for delivery. Pack involves loading these pallets onto a truck or container for transportation to the desired location. Packing materials are put inside the boxes as needed to prevent damage during transport. Finally, despatch refers to when the finished products are transported to retailers or customers via trucks or vans. Finishing Services provides these services, as well as the long term storage of products when required.