Sharp’s expertise and commitment to innovation ensured we met the market challenges for our client.
The Challenge Identified
Sharp has been the contract packaging partner for many years of a leading producer of prescription flu product in the US market. The product is used to treat the flu (influenza) in people 2 weeks of age and older and, as such, it is subject to seasonal spikes in demand. Our client needed a fast and reliable contract packaging partner who could respond to these market demands without compromising on quality of service. Sharp is the only packager for this prescription flu product in the US market.
The Sharp Solution
The Sharp team developed a custom-built, high-speed, fully integrated serialised packaging line for the client product that included 3 levels of serialisation, from carton, to shipper, to pallet. The new line was designed to utilize a fully integrated labeller, cartoner and case packer. The biggest challenge was to maintain the highest level of quality at such high speeds for a serialised line – on average 120 bottles per minute. The automation on the line ensures operations run with optimal efficiency and compliancy, particularly during episodes of high demand such as flu season or pandemic situations.
The Positive Outcome
Our client’s willingness to invest in this bespoke high-speed, integrated line is an endorsement of Sharp’s expertise and experience in implementing serialised solutions. Sharp has been working with this Pharma client since 1997 and the relationship represents an excellent example of the customer partner collaboration that Sharp strives for and illustrates the best of our values of quality, partnership and expertise.
The Sharp team responsible for delivering and executing this unique packaging solution reflects the expertise and diversity of function that many of our customers rely upon across our organisation: Engineering, Validation, Project Management, Tech Services, Operations and Quality Assurance. This Sharp team worked in concert to ensure the optimal customer experience that embodies our values of partnership and quality.
The Patient Impact
The tight turnaround of this serialised line meant that the prescription flu drugs could be distributed quickly to patients in a time of high demand.