Medicines are sold in a variety of containers, each of which is suited to the size and type of medicine in question. In most cases, however, pills and liquid medicines are sold in small or tiny plastic bottles. For many medicines, the bottles used are simply generic, standard-issue containers that can be ordered by size, in bulk, from production facilities. Sometimes, containers are made especially for a specific medicine brand.
Either way, the following steps are involved in container production, and each is accomplished quickly and easily with compressed-air machinery.
- Molding: The containers in which medicines are sold must be molded to specific sizes to suit the amounts contained with a given product. The shapes and colors of product containers also matter, because this can play a significant role in a medicine company’s marketing identity.
- Hardening: Once the hot plastics have been molded into shape, they must be dried within an environment that’s free of contaminants. With pneumatic machinery, the containers are hardened with the utmost sanitation and are therefore safe for pills, caplets, lotions and liquid medicines.
- Labeling: After the containers are made, but before the medicine is added, labels must be applied to the front and back that identify the brand, the medicine type, the ingredients and the recommended dosages. Whether the labeling is generic or fancy, air compressors give assembly machines the ability to apply each label in a reliable and uniform manner.
Plastic containers serve as protective barriers that keep pills, caplets and liquid medicines fresh and shielded from the elements. As such, it’s crucial that medicine bottles be produced on machinery that makes them sanitary and foolproof. Such qualities are best achieved on production lines where each application is powered by an air compressor.
While the majority of medicines are contained in plastic bottles, some are packaged in cartons. For over-the-counter medications, cartons make medicines tamper-proof and harder to steal. From a marketing standpoint, cartons help with brand recognition by serving as platforms for the logos, designs and colors that might be associated with a particular product.
Medicine cartons generally range from palm-sized to slightly larger, but their production consists of the following steps, each of which is best achieved on air-powered production lines.
- Cutting/folding: Cardboard must be cut to the size requirements of each particular medicine product, and the cutouts must then be folded according to the specifications of the corresponding design. With air-powered machines along assembly lines, carton production is an easy task for the pharmaceutical industry.
- Printing: Cartons must be printed with all the same information that would go on a bottle. However, the printing of cartons might involve more color and graphic design elements, which help to distinguish medicine brands from others on the market. Carton labels can be printed by the second with the use of industrial air compressors.
- Packaging: After the cartons have been fully assembled, it’s time for the medicine to be sealed inside. Generally, medicines sold in cartons will be contained either in bottles or blister packs. At this point, the medicine in question has been labeled, packaged, and is now ready for sale as either a prescription or over-the-counter drug.
Despite the fact that most medicines are sold in bottles, cartons are also a crucial element of product protection. The importance of cartons especially holds for caplets and liquid medicines, which could otherwise be tampered with or poisoned in advance of reaching customers. Therefore, it’s important that medicine cartons be pneumatically sealed for proof of safety before they hit the shelves.