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Sponsors January 4, 2011 | Edited by Jim Butschli

Tablet/capsule counter for nutraceuticals incorporating container unscrambler

Video from PharmaPack-US shows a complete tablet/capsule packaging line from container and cap unscrambling through filling, capping, and labeling.


Induction sealing development engineers speak about new technology

Listen to Enercon's engineers talk about the development of the new Super SealT Touch. The team designed the new sealer to provide more sealing power, faster set-up, touch screen control and network connectivity.


Slashing C02 permeation testing times for plastic bottles

A new white paper from MOCON describes an effective, non-destructive way of determining, in just hours after a bottle has been conditioned, the amount of CO2 permeating out of a bottle and the expected shelf-life of its contents.


Pharmaceutical glass vial accumulation converts mass-flow to single file

Video shows Garvey's pharmaceutical vial accumulator/single-file conveyor system convert from mass flow to single-file vials. Tray load infeeds shown.


Tamper-evident shootout: which method do consumers most prefer?

White paper from Axon compares all the major types of tamper evidence, from film bands, metal pop-up closures, breakaway closures, and under-cap seals. Covers sustainable developments in replacing PVC film with alternatives.

Axon Corporation


Sunkist's stand-up protein pouch delivers innovative dispensing

A hot-fill stand-up pouch with a patented dispensing feature is just one of the innovative packaging formats that contract packager Protica is launching under the well-known Sunkist brand. Virtual manufacturer BioBev LLC and Protica work together to launch Sunkist Energy and Sunkist Protein drinks in a heat-set PET bottle, two Sunkist Protein drinks in a hot-fill tube injection-molded of polypropylene, and a 1-gal stand-up pouch.

The view from India

Medical development, greater government support, and student incentives will be key in further developing India's international pharmaceutical presence. Guest columnist Chuck Reed reports from Mumbai, India, which played host to the CPHI/PMEC/ISCE India 2010 Show and Conference the first week of December. A continuing discussion thread was that India has been considered as an outsourcing location for major pharmaceutical companies, but that new molecules are not developed in India...

YOU influence personalized medicine

Innovation in prescription and OTC meds is a key to bracing pharmaceutical profits. One innovative approach in the works is personalized medicine. The development of personalized medicine is spurring innovation in some large pharmaceutical companies, according to a recent report...

Happy holidays? Not necessarily in the pharmaceutical sector

Pharmaceutical manufacturers looking to cut costs need to keep the focus on manufacturing/packaging to prevent product quality problems. Industry consolidation, expiring patents, and moving dollars to emerging markets are among the reasons global pharmaceutical jobs are being slashed. Will these cuts lead to packaging and labeling errors?

Using package design to deliver shelf impact, brand recognition, and sales

In an exclusive interview, Shelf Impact!'s Editor Jim George offers insights including making the price-value relationship of your OTC product, the consideration of sample packs, co-branding, and consumer research. Packaging gives pharmaceutical manufacturers a golden opportunity to first create visibility for their products, to help them navigate their product segment, and the brand's own range of products...

Video: Anderson Packaging's new Specialty Pharma Center

High-potency pharmaceuticals and biologics for both clinical trial and commercial volumes will be packaged at Anderson Packaging's new 26,000 sq-ft Rockford, IL, facility, says Thomas Baca, Specialty Packaging Div. vp/gm, in this video.

NEW Products


Needle hub components

  • hub connector, bushing, and cap create a customized fluid delivery or withdrawal system
  • polycarbonate hubs available in round, rectangular, octagonal, and anatomic styles, each with a unique profile and finger gap
  • caps are color-coded by gauge size for quick ID and come predrilled for stylet insertion



Continuous-motion vertical cartoner

  • Model CV6-350C incorporates a streamlined, modular design, patented dynamic carton cell chain, volumetric filler, and integrated vision system
  • uses a four-spindle rotary carton feeder and runs up to 350 cartons/min, including theater boxes
  • product streaming delivery system increases production and uptime, and eliminates bridging and clogging; offers tool-less changeovers for a wide range of carton sizes, with no change parts

Z Automation Co., Inc.

Upcoming events:

ARC's World Industry Forum
Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld Marriott, Orlando, FL. ARC's World Industry Forum focuses on business challenges and winning strategies. It provides the ideal environment for executives to collaborate, share ideas, and find new ways to attack their most pressing problems, from February 7-10.

Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA. Find new equipment, technology, and materials to lower costs, reduce waste, and increase efficiencies, from February 8-10.

Contract Packaging Association Annual Meeting
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Tucson, AZ. A packed business agenda, networking, and social and recreational events will make this Annual Meeting CPA's best, from February 24-27.

Sustainable Packaging Symposium
Hyatt Regency Chicago, IL. Sustainable Packaging Symposium, produced by Greener Package and the Institute for Sustainability, will examine the pivotal role of packaging in implementing sustainability across businesses' supply chains, from March 16-18.

Healthcare Packaging Conference


Plan now to attend – May 26, 2011 in Princeton, NJ

The 2011 Healthcare Packaging Conference & Workshops will take place at the Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village. Join us for an educational day of information and strategies on package design, compliance, validation, regulatory issues, cold chain, combination products, and much more via presentations and workshops.

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