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Sponsors February 16, 2011 | Edited by Jim Butschli

Global design solutions with a local touch...Chesapeake!

Chesapeake is a leader in secondary packaging design with centers in Long Island, NY; Leicester, United Kingdom; and Angoulême, France. We protect and promote the world’s great brands with a complete array of packaging solutions, including inserts, labels, cartons, and specialty products.

Chesapeake Pharmaceutical Packaging

Z Automation’s Flexible Model TP7.5 50I loads trays and RSC cases

Z Automation’s Model TP7.5 50I tray packer / case packer is designed for maximum flexibility, and can pack a variety of product types into multiple tray sizes or RSC cases. Features include ZAC’s patented Dynamic Tray Bucket, which runs various products and trays with no change parts.

Z Automation Company

Perfecseal advancements in sustainable medical device packaging

Perfecseal, a division of Bemis, is an expert in packaging technologies for the healthcare industry. Reengineering medical device packaging provides manufacturers opportunities to reduce material cost as well as positively affect operations and the supply chain. See Perfecseal's latest White Paper on Sustainability.


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.


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


LIVE FROM MD&M WEST: Packaging and the product development process

Packaging engineers are often left out of the product development process until there's only weeks left before the medical device is scheduled for market launch. Using a WIIFM (What's In It For Me) approach can help packaging pros communicate with management that packaging is part of the solution, reported Jack Dhuwalia, president of JD Consulting, at the Feb. 8 Medical Device Packaging Update conference session during MD&M West in Anaheim, CA.

Packaging, artwork disconnect carries financial costs

Manufacturing companies are losing tens of thousands of pounds every year by failing to manage the package development process efficiently, with defects and errors in pack copy, the primary reasons for product recalls, costing companies millions in lost revenue. According to U.K. artwork management firm Kallik, companies failing to keep a stringent focus on internal processes will potentially harm that nation's global competitiveness.

German contract packager relies on packaging machinery

In the contract packaging business, a high degree of segmentation in the international markets has led to a growing demand for ever-smaller batch sizes. The smaller the batch, the more often the product needs to be changed. That lends an advantage to flexible machine concepts that combine versatile use with fast retooling. Those factors helped KLOCKE move to Noack blister equipment from Romaco.

LIVE FROM MD&M WEST: LiNA Medical introduces devices in Eastman copolyester

LiNA Medical becomes one of the first medical device manufacturers to use Tritan™ copolyester from Eastman Chemical for devices used in minimally invasive gynecological procedures and laparoscopic surgical procedures. Both products were featured at the Medical Design & Manufacturing West trade show Feb. 8 to 10 in Anaheim, CA.

"Now I've seen everything"

Healthcare Packaging Publisher Jim Chrzan encounters a Solantic walk-in urgent care center at the Orlando Intl. airport in FL. Although it resembles a fast food counter, its "menu" includes blood work, blood pressure testing, and cholesterol screening. Will this have future packaging implications?

Video: Pharmaceutical blister films; closure liners, gaskets and seals

Michiel van den Berg, Tekniplex, demonstrate Teknifilms blister film solutions for top and bottom webs, as well as Tri-Seal liner options for the pharmaceutical, health and beauty, and beverage industries.

NEW Products


Airless tube line

    Precitube Line™ airless tubes conserve the product formula from transportation to consumer use and are available in various diameters and pump designs; prevent sensitive formulas from drying or discoloring when in contact with oxygen to offer increased shelf life. A realization of Albea and Aptar, tubes include soft, spray, square, mini, and deluxe versions.



LIVE FROM WESTPACK: Machine-Controlled Thermoformer

    The company’s first-ever thermoformer built on a full Allen-Bradley/Rockwell control platform and drive system includes open-architecture IPC machine controls and can be seamlessly integrated into virtually any machine environment.


Upcoming events:

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.

Packaging Automation Forum
Westin O'Hare, Rosemont, IL. Packaging Automation Forum, produced by Packaging World and Automation World, features peer-to-peer education about how to increase productivity, flexibility and performance using state-of-the-art packaging controls and information technology, April 26.

Healthcare Packaging Conference & Workshops
Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village, Princeton, NJ. Healthcare Packaging Conference & Workshops, produced by Healthcare Packaging magazine, will feature operational and package design strategies for pharmaceutical and medical device packagers, May 26.

Interphex 2011



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