Hapa Web 4.0 5D

Combining integrated vision inspection with printing expertise

Hapa’s new inline printing systems feature a pre-validated package comprising printing and inspection units sharing the same end-to-end PDF workflow

Digital inline printing and inspection are natural partners in a GMP medicine packaging environment. However, for the first time, Hapa is bringing printing and inspection together in a single pre-validated package, that uses a common workflow. This innovation radically reduces system integration and validation effort. The inspection capability is being brought to two product lines: The H382 Hybrid, which is the world’s industry standard for inline printing on blister lidding foils, updated for Smart Factory, and the Web 4.0 5D brings digital-uplift-efficiency to printing artworks in CMYK including the variable data and serialized codes. 

Both systems feature a pre-validated package comprising printing and inspection units sharing the same end-to-end PDF workflow. Technical integration of the inspection system in the workflow is made simpler, and the time spent on setup and validation is substantially reduced. Inspection encompasses the complete print image, printed data and codes, grading, and colors. On top of that, users now have a single supplier for the entire system and are therefore shielded from typical interface problems. “The Web 4.0 5D avoids lots of the unnecessary downtime formerly associated with producing a ‘golden image’ as a reliable reference point. Inspection now takes place entirely on the basis of the original PDF,” says James Freer, Hapa’s Head of Product Management. Hapa is the global leader in late-stage customization and on-demand printing solutions for packaging processes in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.

Thanks to the one-PDF workflow that underpins the Web 4.0 5D, accidental mix-ups between different artworks are ruled out. “The often considerable but mostly hidden costs arising in the graphics chain, when processing different file formats and from validation efforts, are simply eliminated.” Production capacity is better utilized as a result, and every single print project benefits from enhanced reliability. 

The Web 4.0 5D includes a number of game changing innovations including what Hapa calls its “hiflow” technology, designed for unprecedented inline printing reliability and print on demand availability, and its patented curing technology that significantly reduces energy consumption in the machine and makes the Hapa Web 4.0 5D even more sustainable than before.

Both the H382 and Web 4.0 5D are designed for inline printing and come as standard in top (T) and stand (S) versions for direct inline integration into the packaging lines. They also come packaged as roll-to-roll (R) configurations allowing in-house offline packaging material production where required.

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