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Sponsor March 24, 2011 | Edited by Jim Butschli

MGS provides turnkey solutions for pharmaceutical cartoning

MGS provides infeed solutions to handle ALL of your carton contents: vials, bottles, pouches, packets, syringes, applicators or literature. Whatever the need, MGS provides the right feeding solution for you. Validation support is included. Click below to see video of robust packaging systems, without European pricing.

MGS Machine Corp.

interpack 2011: Focus on Safety and Product Protection

The number of counterfeit drugs is growing on a global scale. In focus at interpack 2011: secure solutions to protect consumers and brands. What is really feasible today and in the future will be demonstrated by interpack exhibitors in May 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany.

interpack 2011


Constantia Flexibles offers new laser-perforated stick pack material

Constantia Flexibles offers laser-perforated stick pack materials providing user-friendly features at 40% lower cost than sachets. The foil laminate used comprises PET/AL/PE or paper/AL/PE to protect the contents against moisture, oxygen and light. Laser perforation below the seal ensures easy opening of the stick.


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.



Healthcare Packaging conference program announced

Strategies for pharmaceutical companies to survive and thrive in a volatile marketplace, combination product developments and best practices for package stability and validation of combination product packaging, working with the FDA, continuous manufacturing in pharmaceuticals, making your brand stand out, a personal story of compliance and adherence, and the future of pharmaceutical packaging are key topics to be covered at the May 26, 2011 Healthcare Packaging Conference & Workshops event at the Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village in Princeton, NJ.

Tags: FDA; Validation; Medical devices; Continuous manufacturing; Compliance

FDA's track-and-trace workshop talks Turkey about item-level pharmaceutical packaging

A special report from a mid-February FDA workshop looks at drug package serialization requirements, and which have gone into effect, and whose requirements and standards may or may not jibe with the standards the FDA is starting to develop in the U.S. market. Pharmaceutical manufacturers swarmed the two-day workshop, expressing concern over potential costs, and that the standards FDA develops could conflict with those underlying the pharmaceutical packaging security programs already instituted by Turkey, whose program may be used in other European Union countries.

Tags: Track and trace; Serialization; FDA

Medical device wallet pack earns FPA's Highest Achievement Award

Earlier this month, the Flexible Packaging Assn. announced its annual award winners. The ConforMIS Drill & Pin Kit Wallet earned highest honors. Even if sustainability were not a dominant packaging driver, the wallet would merit recognition for using less energy to produce and transport than a more traditional option. The pack offers customization for ConforMIS implants, winning FPA's Highest Achievement Award, a Gold Award for Packaging Excellence, and a Silver Award for Environmental and Sustainability Achievement.

Tags: Medical devices; Flexible Packaging Association; Beacon Converters; Sustainability

Greener Package Awards gain in prestige

Entries are now being accepted for the 2011 Greener Package Awards, the industry's only independent annual competition honoring the most innovative and environmentally significant approaches to packaging sustainability. Since the second edition of the competition last year, Greener Package and its Advisory Board of Experts have revamped the award's entry requirements to more fully reflect the industry's movement toward data-driven solutions. New, more substantive entry requirements rely on emerging industry standards to eliminate "greenwashing," and to identify excellence.

Tags: Sustainability

Medical package priorities focus on integrity, handling, and cost containment

Reducing hospital-acquired infections, package integrity, sterilization, easy identification and handling are among key customer concerns expressed in this Q&A with Kieran Smith, global industry leader, Durables & Medical, for Eastman Chemical Co.

Tags: Eastman; Medical Devices

Video: Horizontal intermittent motion cartoner

The AS 150 TR horizontal cartoner features stainless construction for easy wipe down, 15 minute changeover, and speeds of up to 80 cartons per minute.

Tags: Cartoning; Bergami

NEW Products


Medical devices tapes

Surgical drape tapes for skin adhesion needs, surgical incise films for breathability, ultra-thin hydrocolloids for wound care applications, and ostomy products for application to the skin where moisture vapor transmission is essential will be among the products shown by the company at Index11, a nonwovens industry event in Geneva, Switzerland.

Avery Dennison


Tray loader/case packer

Model TP7.5 50I is an intermittent-motion machine that erects and loads display trays and RSC cases, thus saving valuable floor space. For the food and pharmaceutical industries, the tray loader/case packer loads various types of products, including blister packages, cartons, card decks, sachets, or pouches. Products can be loaded into multiple display tray sizes, configurations, and counts.

Z Automation Company, Inc.

Upcoming events:

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.

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.

Healthcare Packaging Conference


Transforming Pharmaceutical Production with Continuous Manufacturing

Learn how to bring pharmaceuticals to market faster ... experience more energy-efficient production, cost savings and enhanced quality control. Hear James Evans of The Novartis-MIT Center for Continuous Manufacturing discuss a process that offers huge benefits for today’s manufacturers, at the Healthcare Packaging Conference & Workshops on May 26 in Princeton, NJ.

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