We have been providing Braille embossing on pharmaceutical cartons at IPB for many years, so many in fact that I can’t even remember when we started!
In the beginning, the braille was embossed directly on the diecutter. We had developed a system to check the cartons and it was mostly done by eye. The operators had to be extremely careful during the manufacturing process. The tooling costs were very high and the set up times were very long. A lot has changed in our industry and the technology advancements are incredible.
During my recent travel throughout Europe it was very evident that Braille is much more widely used in Europe than it is in America or Canada - But like most things, it takes a few more years for ideas to be implemented on this side of the pond.
So why not put Braille on all of your cartons? It’s been a question that I have been asking myself for a while now. There are currently over *1 million Canadians who have significant sight loss. Having Braille on cartons could help them be more independent in their everyday life.
*taken from CNIB website http://www.cnib.ca/en/about/media/vision-loss/Pages/default.aspx