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Vials, medical bottles, jars, folding boxes, pharmaceutical boxes, blisters, ampoules, cartridges, tubes and other pharmaceutical packaging are subject to extensive legal requirements with regard to labeling. Complete traceability and high cycle rates pose further challenges in the labeling and marking of pharmaceutical products.

The labeling requirements in the pharmaceutical industry are particularly high compared to other industries. ​​

  • Serialization & aggregation

  • Track & Trace solutions for complete traceability

  • Tamper-evident solutions for counterfeit-proof packaging


For safe labeling  For drugs and other pharmaceutical products, different technologies have to be integrated into compact systems:

  • Printer

  • ID

  • Label

  • Control & verification

Labeler for vials

Pharmaceutical-specific labeling systems from b + b - pharmaceutical labeling made easy:

  • more than 35 years of experience in the development of pharmaceutical-specific solutions

  • modular complete solutions consisting of: serialization, labeling and aggregation

  • individual and tailor-made solutions tailored to your production conditions and

  • Serialize, label and automate securely with b + b as your partner

Our fully automatic labeling solutions - four examples specifically for the labeling of pharmaceuticals:

labeler for ampoules

Labeler model RML for horizontal, cylindrical products



TE model labeler

for tamper-evident labels

tube labeler


Labeler model RML60pharma for test tubes

vials labeler


Labeler model VRM for vials, bottles and cans


The aim of drug labeling is to prevent counterfeit drugs from getting into the hands of patients. For this reason, prescription drugs must have a package-specific number on their outer packaging, as well as a device to prevent manipulation - for example by means of seal labeling. Using the package-specific number and the tamper protection, the medication can be checked for authenticity and intactness before it is dispensed.

These measures make it more difficult to place counterfeit drugs on the market. This can only have a positive effect on the protection of public health.

Print options

  • Application of variable data

  • Printing process for high production speed

  • Integration of provisions possible

  • powerful labeler

  • modular design

  • compact design

  • Integration into existing production lines

Control options
  • Verification of variable data

  • Label presence control

  • Reject station

  • Reject countercheck

Serialization & aggregation
  • Reliability in the transmission of serial numbers

  • High performance

  • Hardware and software solution

Sicher kennzeichnen in der Pharmabranche
Hohe Anforderungen in der Pharma-Kennzeichnung


The demands on the pharmaceutical industry are higher than in any other industry. Serialization , aggregation  and tamper-evident labeling are becoming increasingly important. Correct labeling of drugs is the basis for compliance with serialization and aggregation requirements. 


To meet serialization requirements for prescription drugs, labeling systems can be used  be equipped with powerful printing systems and camera and control systems. The products and labels should be checked for illegible serial numbers or damaged data matrix codes and then ejected. The safe traceability of drugs and their packaging is thus guaranteed.  

For the printing and serialization of flat or unfolded folding boxes, b + b offers various manual to fully automatic serialization devices.

Manual solutions are suitable for coding small batches. Semi to fully automatic devices, on the other hand, are suitable for the serialization of larger batches.

All systems are provided with a sensibly dimensioned touch panel HMI, which of course fulfills the FDA requirement 21 CFR Part 11 (Audit Trail). Furthermore, all of our systems offer the option of switching to RE-WORK mode directly within the system and taking samples at any time. 

Our fully automatic labeling and serialization solutions - selected examples specifically for the serialization of pharmaceuticals:


Transparent from production to the patient through:

  • Identification of the folding boxes with a unique serial number

  • Aggregation of the individual folding boxes in the next packaging unit (e.g. carton)

  • Aggregation of the packaging units on the shipping unit (e.g. pallet)

  • Global provision of the serial number and aggregation data

Track and Trace Pharma Supply Chain
  • An important step in making safe medicines

  • Improvement of the quality management

  • Documentation of the supply chain from the manufacturer to the end user

  • Reducing product aging within the supply chain

  • Improvement in product data accuracy and preservation of this data

  • New possibilities in CRM (customer relationship)

  • Improved product safety and increased customer trust

  • Securing entrepreneurial profitability by avoiding product piracy

The advantages are apparent:

Track & Trace solution in the pharmaceutical supply chain

Tamper-evident labeling

In order to declare war on counterfeit drugs, the EU Directive 20211/62 EU, which was passed in 2011, established the legal framework for a Europe-wide security system. Prescription drugs must therefore demonstrate a tamper-evident closure as a security feature. Sealing labels or L- or T-shaped labels are suitable for implementing tamper-evident labeling.

The labels must be applied to the folding box in such a way that approx. Half of the label is applied to the flap and the other half to the body. A high level of precision is required here, as sealing labels are usually small label formats. From a business point of view, the manufacturer uses common round or square labels .

The label material and especially the adhesive are important when choosing. This should be heat-resistant, solvent-resistant and moisture-resistant to ensure that the label cannot be peeled off the folding box. The label must be designed so that it destroys itself and leaves corresponding visible residues on the folding box or visibly damaging the folding box - a security perforation on the label can also be useful here. The label can be used on various packaging materials and surfaces.

Cameras, light barriers and other control units can check the presence of the anti-manipulation protection. Incorrectly labeled products can be rejected via a reject station  be sorted out.

Tamper-evident labelers do the closure labeling to protect against counterfeiting of folding boxes or vials. Depending on the batch size, manual, semi-automatic or fully automatic labeling systems are suitable. Two-sided corner labeling is possible with all systems.

Our tamper-evident labelers - selected examples specifically for cap labeling of pharmaceuticals:

Manual seal labeller


Tamper-evident labeler

Manual seal labeling of folding boxes

Semi-automatic seal labeller

Semi-automatic tamper-evident labeler

Semi-automatic seal labeling of folding boxes

Fully automatic seal labeller

Fully automatic tamper-evident labeler

Fully automatic seal labeling of folding boxes

Sealing labels

Tamper-evident labels | Serial overnight

Seal labels | Tamper-evident labels | L labels

GMP standards

A quality management system in accordance with GMP standards (Good Manufacturing Practice) ensures high-quality manufacturing of pharmaceuticals.

  • b + b labelers are developed and manufactured in accordance with GMP standards.

  • b + b offers GMP-compliant labelers and serialization and aggregation systems


An aggregation of drug packaging is not mandatory according to the new EU regulation. In order to ensure complete traceability , the aggregation of the packaging bundles, boxes and pallets makes sense.


During aggregation, a "mother-child relationship" is created between the individual products and the packaging unit:


  • facilitates the traceability of the individual drug

  • makes its product route more transparent

  • Logistics processes are simplified

  • Product recalls can be completed more quickly

  • reporting stolen products can be carried out more quickly

  • Customs offices can record delivery contents more quickly


b + b offers various manual, semi-automatic to fully automatic aggregation systems and hybrid systems.


Packaging for pharmaceuticals in the pharmaceutical industry is characterized by diverse and sometimes irregularly designed product and packaging formats. The products are manufactured under strong hygienic environments (clean rooms or highly air-conditioned and controlled rooms). These conditions must be taken into account in the labeling process.  

The product formats in the pharmaceutical industry differ greatly: whether pens, syringes, ampoules, cartridges, folding boxes, bottles or vials - b + b offers the right semi-automatic or fully automatic labeling system for every environmental condition, surface, product format and label.

Product types

Etikettierer für pharmazeutische Produiktformate
Erfolgsgeschichten in der Pharma-Etikettierung


As a manufacturer of pharmaceutical labeling machines, b + b has already implemented many projects for well-known manufacturers, contract packers and re-importers

  • More than 30 years of experience in special machine construction for the pharmaceutical industry

  • Specialized and industry-specific labeling solutions

  • High-performance labeling machines that meet the requirements of drug labeling

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