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Sponsors: January 12, 2011 | Edited by Jim Butschli

TLCT - The latest innovation in cartoning systems

An adaptable top load cartoning solution, the TLCT system features a modular design that can be expanded as needed in order to meet future production needs. Suitable for pharmaceutical, healthcare, or life science applications, the TLCT offers a variety of carton-loading options as well as carton closing.

MGS Machine Corp.

Tabletop bagger with dynamic printing capability

Video shows Advanced Poly tabletop bagging machine with a built-in printer that provides next-bag-out printing capability to assure that the correctly printed label goes on the correct bag. Ideal for pharmaceutical or medical device applications, or small batches of different part numbers.

Advanced Poly Packaging

Food, beverage, and pharma liquid aseptic f/f/s machine with closure applicator

Video from Fres-Co shows FDA-validatable FSU1000 form/fill/seal machine for liquid food, beverage and pharma applications. Video shows automated fitment applicator for applying closures. Includes demonstration of clean-in-place/sterilize-in-place capabilities.

Fres-co System USA

Wraparound labeling application for round containers

Quadrel video shows wraparound labeling application for round containers. Applications include vitamins and dietary supplements.

Quadrel Labeling Systems

Protective packaging strategies: Five ways to improve your foam-in-place operation

New white paper from Pregis explores the advantages offered by the latest generation of foam-in-place equipment, which can be put to use without up-front capital investment.



Healthcare Packaging's top 10 in 2010

Packages that provide differentiation, counterfeit meds, sustainability, temperature-sensitive shipments, regulatory and FDA issues, and serialization were among the most-viewed topics by viewers in 2010. Here's the skinny on the list, from 10 to 1.

A drug by any other name might still be a drug

Attorney-at-Law Eric F. Greenberg reports that labeling claims and ingredients are key when dietary supplements are judged. When is a dietary supplement really a drug? Often, the answer lies in evaluating the labeling of the product to see what it's intended to do. Sometimes, though, it's a drug because its key ingredient is one that's been in a drug...

Interphex 2011 New York programs announced

Continuous manufacturing: A regulatory perspective, rapid deployment of a single-use biotech facility, establishing design space for lyophilized drug products, and a novel approach to scale up in the pharmaceutical industry are among the feature sessions pertaining to the Interphex 2011 educational program on biopharmaceutical manufacturing. The May 29-31 event at New York's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center will again be sponsored by the Intl. Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) ...

Is packaging part of the problem or solution in the pharmaceutical sector?

Drug shortages, product recalls, and layoffs stress the pharmaceutical industry. Do manufacturing/production problems reported in recent media articles include packaging?

Continuous processes for drug manufacturing

It's no secret that those managing pharmaceutical packaging operations often lag behind their brethren in food, beverage, or even personal care, as measured by Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE). Continuous processes could yield benefits such as reduced development times, smaller manufacturing footprint, reduced inventory, and lower quality-control costs. The hurdles are many...

Video: Bottle unscrambling, coding, verifying, checkweighing, shrink bundling, labeling line

Omega Design Corp. President Glenn Siegele demonstrates pharmaceutical serialization throughout an integrated packaging line at Pack Expo Intl. 2010 in Chicago in which a "parent-child" relationship is developed between single bottles and the parent multipack.

NEW Products


New pallet shipper

  • RePak96 is a full-size pallet shipper used to keep a payload within a temperature range of 2 to 8C for 96 hours
  • features two payload cavities, each of which receive a set of refrigerants, for more flexibility in shipping temperature-sensitive products
  • available in single-use and reusable versions



Image-based bar-code reader

  • DataMan 500 achieves high read rates by reading 1D bar codes that laser readers cannot read, including damaged, distorted, blurred, scratched, low height, and low contrast codes
  • processes images at up to 1,000 frames/second, and can read codes in any orientation, 2D codes such as Data Matrix and QR, and multiple codes in the same image
  • allows users to see what the reader sees, either live on a monitor, or by using image archiving for later review; has no moving parts


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.

Consumer Insight Webcast


The Value of Specification Management

Register now to attend this one-hour webinar and learn the cost/benefit tradeoff of implementing an efficient specification management process and system. Produced in cooperation with Packaging World by PTIS and Specifi. Presenters are PTIS's Phil McKiernan (photo) and Ross Mast of the Sarbrook Co.

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