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How UPS keeps critical shipments cool

Healthcare requires special care—the new logistics. UPS product manager Mark Davis explains how UPS cold chain transportation delivers temperature-sensitive healthcare shipments safely and reliably.

UPS 2010 pain in the chain

What are the primary business and logistical challenges facing the healthcare industry? How can companies overcome them? UPS posed these and other questions to 150 of today’s top healthcare supply chain executives. Find out what they discovered.

How UPS delivers more medication with less pain

The storing and transporting of critical, temperature-sensitive medications requires special care—like the kind the new logistics can deliver. Learn how UPS and Endo Pharmaceuticals partner to deliver more medication without all the headaches.

Why outsource healthcare logistics to UPS?

Today, healthcare companies face big challenges: rising demand, escalating costs, strict regulations and emerging low-cost competitors. Find out how the new logistics provides the perfect remedy.


Digital printer does the work of two machines it replaces

Apace Packaging LLC is a family-owned contract packager whose customers produce primarily solid-dose generic prescription pharmaceuticals. The Fountain Run, KY-based company eliminates its printing problems by adding a Linoprint FixedLine 140 digital printing system distributed by Griffin-Rutgers. The unit is mounted to a new Pharmaworks thermoform/fill/seal blister packaging line. Read the case history on this line's equipment and materials…

Tags: Digital Printing; Blisters; Contract packaging; Griffin-Rutgers; Pharmaworks

EU adopts counterfeit medicine amendments

In mid-February, European Compliance Academy reported that the European Union Parliament adopted the amendments on Directive EC 2001/83/EC to combat counterfeit medicines. The proposed amendments, said the report, "will have to be transferred into national law within two years."

Tags: Anti-counterfeiting

Four co-packers, repackagers merge in the pharmaceutical industry

The consolidation of the contract packaging industry continues at high speed as companies look to broaden their scope and economies of scale. Four pharmaceutical contract packaging and repackaging companies join forces to create Aphena Pharma Solutions, Cookeville, TN. Aphena is a strategic alliance between Celeste Contract Packaging, PrePak Systems, TestPak, and Integrated Pharmaceutical Packaging.

Tags: Contract packaging; Aphena Pharma Solutions; Celeste; PrePak Systems

Online cold chain and temperature control distribution summit

Speakers from Medtronic, USA, the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, Bristol Myers Squibb, and Pfizer will take part in the online "Cold Chain & Temperature Control Distribution Summit" that will run from May 17 to June 9, and include 20 speakers and 16 webinars.

Tags: Cold chain

Global packaging machinery demand to rise through 2014

Gains in developing nations will push advances in the global market for packaging equipment, reports industry market research firm The Freedonia Group in its new "World Packaging Machinery" report. Accelerated manufacturing output and a favorable fixed investment environment will drive global demand for packaging machinery to $35.9 billion by 2014.

Video: Thermoforming compact, flat blisters saves packaging materials

Single forming and sealing drum offers quick changeover with zero waste between blisters, up to 12 mm cavity depth.

Featured Video

Tags: Thermoforming; ACG North America

NEW Products


Operating room container

An 8-L operating room container safely and efficiently transport blood to and from operating rooms, as well as to store blood during surgery. Reusable, iceless container is suitable for hospitals, clinics, and laboratories, and holds up to 12 units of blood, maintaining FDA-required storage temperatures of 1° to 8° C for up to 24 hours.

Minnesota Thermal Science


Inspection system

Bone Screw & Plate Inspection System for Product Mix avoidance allows orthopedic device companies to inspect batches of 12, 20, 40, or 100 bone screws and plates in a material-handling tray in less than seven seconds. Used in final packaging, part identification, and receiving inspection functions.

Vision Engineering, Inc.

Upcoming events:

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.

NACD 2011 Annual Convention
La Quinta Resort & Club, Palm Springs, CA The National Association of Container Distributors (NACD) annual convention will be held April 6-10, 2011.

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.

Interphex 2011



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