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The Packer is one of the Maker Machines in Big Pharma. Its function is to enable more efficient usage of export sockets, allowing each socket to handle up to four times the output load than possible without a packer.

Description[edit | edit source]

The Packer places multiple, identical finished products into a box which can then be exported.

Function[edit | edit source]

Unlike other machines, the packer does not improve the value of a drug or its effectiveness. Instead, the packer is used to improve how efficiently an export socket is used. Depending on how belts are configured, it's possible for even a pair of pill printers to send product to an export socket at the maximum rate (no gaps in the feed belt). A packer can help alleviate this situation by packing multiple units of finished drug into a box that takes a single belt space. A fully-upgraded packer will load four drug units into each box, condensing four used belt spaces into a single space. A socket with short feed belts that was overwhelmed by four pill printers can, with packers, handle sixteen.

The packer accepts one product from the assembly line and combines it with the next product in the next work cycle. When a box is full, it is placed on the output belt. By operating several packers in parallel, a socket can be used optimally.

The critical limitation of a packer is that the drugs it packs must be identical; combining multiple finished drugs is not possible.

Upgrades[edit | edit source]

Level Research Points Processing Cost Capacity
0 $8 2
1 1 $7 3
2 2 $6 4
3 4 $6 4
4 8 $5 4
5 16 $5 4

For additional information[edit | edit source]

The Packer is discussed in Big Pharma Vlog #21 - Drug Packer and Industrial Espionage available on YouTube.

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