How Do You Vaccinate 320 Million People Quickly? The XRV Rotary Syringe Printer Can Help.
After a terrible year in which so far over 260,000 Americans have succumbed to the novel coronavirus, and with millions more deaths worldwide, it appears as though there is light at the end of the tunnel. No fewer than three different vaccines are either in final stages of testing or are in the initial phases of being rolled out to patients.
It is estimated that “herd immunity” occurs when a minimum of 70 percent of the population is vaccinated, which will require two doses. But just how do you quickly vaccinate 320 million Americans—twice each—in a short period of time? Not only do vaccines take time to culture (you can’t cook a Three-Minute Egg in one minute simply by turning up the heat), but so too do all of the ancillary products take time to manufacture, products such as the syringes with which to administer the vaccine.
Six hundred and forty million doses means 640 million syringes. How do you scale up and manufacture nearly three-quarters of a billion syringes as quickly as possible? In a word, automation. As with so many manufacturing processes, the bottleneck activity in part-marking is usually the ancillary activities adjacent to the actual process of marking the part, with part loading and unloading being the frequent culprits. For this reason, we have designed the XRV Rotary Syringe Printer for high-speed syringe marking.
With the XRV, the operator loads bulk syringes into a waterfall feeder that cascades into a vibratory bowl feeder. As the parts revolve around the bowl feeder, the syringes fall into a track and become aggregated in proper alignment for marking. The track then loads a rotating table, which moves parts past a rotating drum that houses nine pads, each of which has picked up the image from the rotating cliché, in a manner similar to how offset presses transfer ink from one roller to another. The rotating table moves the freshly-printed parts past a Hot Wind device to quickly cure the ink. Once the part has cured, it is automatically offloaded for secondary activities such as filling, assembly, and packaging.
With fully-automated load and unload and continuous ink-loading capabilities, the XRV rotary syringe printer is ideal for long production runs—the kind of runs necessary to produce billions of doses of a vaccine. If you are looking for ways to speed up your throughput or to dramatically scale up production, give us a call. We manufacture product-marking machinery with custom automation for companies in every industry. Let us help you Change The Way YOU PRINT.