Pharmaceutical Laser Solutions

Our automated laser drilling and marking systems are designed for pharmaceutical tablets to drill holes and mark identifiable information in a high-speed, on-the-fly process. 

  • Drill tablets at speeds up to 140,000 tablets per hour
  • 200% vision verification of each tablet
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Laser drilled tablets in a collection bin

Lasers for Pharmaceuticals

Our tablet marking systems guard against pharmaceutical counterfeiting by permanently marking unique patterns, 2D codes, expiration dates, logos and other characters onto tablets. We can build anti-counterfeiting systems as standalone tablet markers or combine them with our tablet drillers.

Laser drilling is a proven, economically viable way to create sub-millimeter apertures in pharmaceutical tablets. These apertures play an important role in modern drug delivery systems, which provide many health benefits like decreasing dosing frequencies, achieving consistent drug concentrations in the blood and enabling customized delivery profiles.

Pharmaceutical Laser Applications

Laser material processing for tablets and more

Laser Drilling Tablets

Laser tablet drilling is a largely self-operating process that visually verifies aperture accuracy at speeds up to 140,000 tablets per hour. These systems produce the small apertures (200 μm to 2mm) required by osmotic pump tablets with the necessary dimensional tolerances and cosmetic appearance—making laser drilling the technology of choice for modern pharmaceutical tablet production.

  • Process oval, round, and longitudinally compressed tablets (LCTs)
  • Drill single, multi-hole, or unique patterns on bi-layer, bi-color tablets with full control over orifice size, shape and depth
Laser drilled pharmaceutical time release tablets

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Working with the entire Control Micro Systems team on our project was a pleasure. CMS was capable of meeting and exceeding our goals. They successfully designed and built a machine which increased our throughput by 550%! We are so glad we chose to move forward with CMS.

Jim B., Custom Wire Technologies, Inc.

In the three years ACR has owned the CMS laser, it has worked flawlessly. In the few instances where ACR needed support in programming, CMS was quick to respond.

Mike S., ACR Electronics, Inc.

CMS have been excellent partners in the development of new, complex equipment for our business. CMS built multiple machines for us. Each machine had a different purpose, however the CMS team worked openly & honestly with us to agree on optimal solutions for each one.

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