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Chapter 29: Punching, Engraving, and Separating

Once all of the BFS containers in a strip are filled and sealed, they may be taken through an engraver that laser-etches the date, drug product, and batch number into the label tab.

If engraving is not done at this stage, the BFS containers will go through a label machine later in the process.

The filled strip is then automatically moved to a punching machine that removes all the excess plastic. The result is a clean strip of BFS containers.

Depending on the number of units on a strip, the product may then move to a separation machine that breaks up the strip into cards.

In this example, a card is made up of 5 BFS containers.

Cards will usually remain intact throughout the remainder of the process.

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