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Sponsors January 20, 2011 | Edited by Jim Butschli

Give Your Packaging Line A Healthy Dose of PharmaPack & Label-Aire

See PharmaPack-US at Interphex 2011 NYC -- Booth 3204!

PharmaPack-US is the exclusive partner of PharmaPack Tablet / Capsule Packaging Equipment in the U.S. & Mexico.

Label-Aire provides advanced and reliable pressure-sensitive labeling machinery to blue-chip firms the world over.


SATO's Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Packaging Solutions: Videos and White Papers

Read informative white papers and view videos of print engines in action by SATO, a leading provider of integrated Automatic Identification and Data Collection solutions.

SATO America, Inc.

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

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.


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.



Healthcare Packaging Conference & Workshops agenda takes shape

Combination products packaging, working with the FDA, continuous manufacturing, and brand strategies are among the key topics for the May 26 event in Princeton, NJ. Presenters to include author Mike Wokasch, Mike Drues, president of Vascular Sciences, Laure Larkin of Synthes USA, James Evans of the Novartis-MIT Center for Continuous Manufacturing, and Russ Napolitano of Wallace Church.

Addressing industry issues propels Anderson Packaging's growth

Contract packager Anderson Packaging Inc. aligns its expertise with pharmaceutical manufacturer outsourcing needs such as package compliance, from conceptualization to clinical trials to commercialization and ongoing supply, employing eight manufacturing facilities and 125 packaging lines.

Oxygen, water vapor permeation units installed at Tibetian laboratory

Located more than two miles above sea level, a pharmaceutical testing laboratory in Lhasa, Tibet recently installed oxygen and water vapor permeation equipment from Mocon to measure package permeation for traditional Tibetian herbal remedies and for conventional pharmaceuticals.

Package helps sell benefits of crystal-based hydration product

Tower Laboratories' all-natural crystals promote health and hydration, and package graphics signal YZ's effervescent properties. Tower makes private-label effervescent products, including denture cleaners, analgesic antacids, and bath tablets.

Plan to attend Sustainable Packaging Symposium 2011

The Sustainable Packaging Symposium 2011-Advancing the Greener Supply Chain, will focus on the technical foundations of successful sustainability programs. Slated for March 16 to 18, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, this debut event will examine the pivotal role of packaging in implementing sustainability across the complete business supply chain.

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


Temperature-monitoring labels

  • PakSense BIOmed Label enables cold chain monitoring in virtually any packaging configuration, including on the pallet, carton, or individual item
  • uses new type of sensor to take a surface read of the object to which they are attached, providing a closer approximation of the actual product temperature than the general ambient readings provided by bulkier recorders
  • about the size of a sugar pack, they digitally monitor temps every minute, are encased in waterproof packaging, and can be recycled through the PakSense GreenSense program

PakSense, Inc.


Outsert applicator

  • Model 227 Auto-Sert outsert applicator complies with new industry standards resulting in thicker outserts because of additional content, larger type and formatting requirements
  • uses hot melt glue to hold heavy outserts; handles outserts from 0.875 to 2.5 in. W x 1.125 to 4 in. H x 1.5-in. thick, at speeds up to 220 bottles/min
  • designed to be integrated with a primary labeler as a new system or retrofitted in the field, applicator applies outserts to the sides of round, square, and rectangular containers


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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