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Universal Packaging Machine (UPM)

Pack Totes, Vials or Bottles in Shipping-Ready Packages

Increase your pharmacy's accuracy and throughput with the Ursula Universal Packaging Machine (UPM). The UPM packs prescriptions and patient documents in shipping-ready bags.

Capable of handling bottles, vials and totes, the UPM optimizes your central-fill or mail-order pharmacy. The system includes:

  • Infeed conveyors for totes, bottles, vials or a combination.
  • Multi-step verification and auto-reject function.
  • Multiple configurations.
  • Print N' Apply labeling.

Once the tote or bottles enter the UPM, it is scanned and matched to the patient order. Then the UPM prints, packs and seals your patient's prescription and documentation. 

Flexible

Integrates bottle, vial or tote lines into one integrated packing system
Integrates bottle, vial or tote lines into one integrated packing system

Right-On!

Multi-step verification confirms accuracy in your patient's orders, every time
Multi-step verification confirms accuracy in your patient's orders, every time

Smooth Runnings

Power unwind ensures minimal bag movement for proper loading and printing
Power unwind ensures minimal bag movement for proper loading and printing

Training and Support

Optional service level agreements are available for your automated system
Optional service level agreements are available for your automated system

Built for pharmacies with both tote and bottle lines, Tension's Universal Packaging Machine (UPM) allows you to integrate pharmacy automation without having to reach a high-minimum requirement for each entry conveyor. Significantly faster than a typical packing clerk, the UPM provides accuracy and throughput to optimize your pharmacy. It easily interfaces with tote and bottle/vial lines, or puck-based conveyance systems to make integration simple and easy.

Pack Prescriptions Seamlessly

The UPM makes packaging prescriptions seamless. Totes, bottles and vials with individual patient prescriptions enter the system on conveyors. The UPM gathers order information from barcodes on the tote or bottle. It uses this information to track the order as it flows through the system.

Once the order information is gathered, a patient-specific literature packet is assigned, printed and assembled. The UPM contains four Kyocera printers to handle multiple print on-demand jobs. Tension’s Auto-Fold Technology crisply folds the literature packets before sending them on for verification.

Bags are then imprinted with patient mailing information. A 203 DPI thermal transfer imprinter provides high-quality printing on each polybag. The printer is able to print individual or variable information onto the mailer-bag directly or with a label.

3-Step Verification

Once the prescription, literature packet and bag are assembled, the UPM performs a three-point validation process. The system scans tracking barcodes on the bag, tote or bottle, and literature packet. Upon successful validation, all items are deposited into the pre-addressed bag. If any of the barcode scans do not match the order information, the system rejects the order for review by a technician. An Auto-Reject feature allows the system to continue operation and the technician to review exceptions without slowing production.

Once verification is complete and accuracy assured, the bag is sealed. Finished bags are routed onto a sort conveyor and discharged to specific bulk mail carrier bins.

Technical Specifications: 
  • Electrical: 208 3-phase, 5 wire, 40 amps
  • Air Feed: 5 CFM/90 PSI of clean, dry air
  • Pass through: Up to 6" bag thickness, 1.0 to 4.0 mil
  • Actual throughput/output varies by operation. Factors including, but not limited to, staffing levels and productivity, workflow presentation, data/scanning interfaces, product availability and order/product mix impact results. Contact Tension for details.