FD-Pharma® Unit Dose Packaging System

MPI’s FD-Pharma® Unit Dose Packaging System with built-in printing and pumping system is an automated, barcoding packaging solution for unit dose oral liquid medication. FD-Pharma® offers precise liquid dosing, in a convenient unit dose cup. The FD-Pharma® has a small footprint and a small price point, with professional results! Adding the FD-Pharma® to your production equipment portfolio would add liquid cup packaging capability able to address clinical trials, small production and validation runs, and full production mode, all in one machine. The FD-Pharma® is a re-engineered version of our Fluidose® system which has been supplying institutional liquid unit dose packaging to hospital pharmacies worldwide for over 20 years.

Key Benefits

  • A complete proven solution which includes the packaging system, barcode labeling software and all required materials.
  • The longevity that MPI’s UDCUP™ and packaging solutions have been in use.
  • MPI’s proprietary packaging materials conform to FDA regulations for use in direct food contact.
  • Labels are generated on the machine while packaging, eliminating the cost and waste associated with pre-printed label lidding.
  • Small footprint, small price point.
  • The FD-Pharma is easy to operate by line technicians with minimal training required to be proficient.
  • Quick changeover with minimal cleaning required.
  • Low cost per dose (CPD).
  • Cost of ownership is very low with the FD-Pharma® due to very low maintenance costs for operating and maintaining the machine.
  • Barcoding and serialization capabilities (when using Pak-EDGE® UD Barcode Labeling Software) are standard features.
  • FD-Pharma® with its built-in scanner provides 100% verification of a readable barcode on the unit dose package.
  • Package 35mL at rates up to 35 per minute.

Machine Features


  • The FD Pharma® is integrated with a label printing system.
  • Supports serialization.
  • Supports standard barcodes and serialized barcoding.
  • Does not use pre-printed label stock.
  • Monochrome printing performed online prior to filling on top of lid.
  • 300 d.p.i. Thermal Transfer printer.
  • Full resin ribbon.
  • Includes Pak-Edge® UD Barcode Labeling Software.

Pumping System

  • Two individual fully programmable linear drive stepper-controlled pumping stations.
  • Positive displacement; using two 50mL stainless steel syringes which are fully autoclavable.
  • Pumping system operations with 2 intake and 2 output pinch valves designed for 50 Dur silicone tubing. Check valves can be used in place of pinch valves.
  • Pump Controls – Pumping draw rates, dispense rates and dwell are fully programmable through touchscreen interface. Pumps can be individually calibrated.
  • Tubing setup will vary based on product being packaged.
  • Pumping setup (syringe, tubing and pinch valves) can be customized for specific requirements.


  • Single linear drive sealing station controls two seal platens.
  • Seal Temperature Control Sealing temperature 220°C; programmable range 150°C to 230°C.
  • Programmable low limit set point.
  • Operational temperature warnings for low limit, over limit and broken or damaged thermocouple.
  • Programmable seal dwell, seal rate and seal pressure are set through touchscreen interface.
  • Change parts for 7mL, 15mL, 25mL and 35mL.

Cup Feeder

  • Automated cup indexer.
  • Includes two cup magazines.
  • Holds up to 180 large or 300 medium or Small cups.


  • Resistive touchscreen controls.


  • Minimal tooling required.

Sensors and Safety

  • Door switch prevents machine from operation when door is opened.
  • Lidding out sensor.
  • Cup Drop Sensor – Detects that a cup has dropped from the cup feeder.
  • Cup In Place – Detects that a cup is in place prior to filling.


  • Minimal maintenance.
  • Single operator.
  • Open design so users can easily access operational areas of the system.


Barcode Verifier

  • The optional barcode verifier scans each package as it leaves the FD-Pharma® conveyor belt to assure that it has a readable barcode. If an unreadable barcode is detected, the system will pause to allow the user to retry or remove the package from production.

Air Rinser

  • Assists in limiting any loose contaminate that may be present by targeting a short burst of air into the cup directing debris into collection netting prior to the advancing and filling the next cup.

Die Cut Feature

  • MPI offers the option to add a die cut feature to the FD-Pharma® liquid packaging system. The die cut module is a separately powered device connected to the exit area of the FD-Pharma™ and interfaces with the FD-Pharma® during operation. The external device trims the lidding to the perimeter of the cup leaving one tabbed section. It is the ideal tool to add a professional die cut labeling capability to liquid unit dose cup packaging. Production speed is up to 23 cups per minute when using the die cut option.

Material Specifications


  • High Density Polyethylene (HDPE).
  • 15mL: 2.0” Rim x 0.78” height.
  • 25mL: 2.0” Rim x 1.21” height.
  • 35mL: 2.0” Rim x 1.49” height.
  • Standard colors include: Blue, Red, Yellow and Amber.
  • Custom colors available, minimum purchase required.
  • Meets the requirements of the Food and Drug Administration regulation 21 CFR 177.1520.
  • Meets USP UV light resistance (Stock colors: Red and Amber).
  • Class A.


  • Lidding Width: 2.125”.
  • Class A.
  • Peelable sealant HDPE lidding.
  • Printable PET matte surface.
  • Constructed with LDPE and foil layers.
  • All lidding is produced in accordance with Good Manufacturing Practices and complies with Applicable FDA regulations for most food, beverage and pharmaceutical products.

Machine Specifications


  • 37″ L x 14″ W x 18″ H


  • 130 lbs.


  • 115VAC, 500VA


  • Temperature 220°C

Production Speed

  • Up to 35 cups per minute

Nominal Capacities

  • 3mL (recommended minimum)
  • 35mL (recommended maximum to fill line)

Machine Format

  • Linear, conveyer, double index.

Packaging Format

  • Unit Dose Cup with non-die cut lidding.


  • Pumping system/tubing can be arranged to support a range of fluids of varying viscosities.
  • System has been designed for oral medications, however all possible applications have not been determined; providing samples for review will aid in this determination.

Die Cut Module Specifications


  • 22″W x 12″D x 24″H (Includes input and output chutes)


  • 40 lbs.


  • 115VAC 50/60Hz, 50VA


  • 100PSI, 10CFM; 60PSI working