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Sponsor April 5, 2011 | Edited by Jim Butschli

Converting excellence for life sciences

See the latest converting technology to manufacture transdermal delivery systems, medical strip technologies or customized woundcare products.

Optima Group Life Science

Bosch Packaging Technology: Your reliable partner for packaging & process technology

The strength of Bosch's pharmaceutical expertise is based upon five competence areas: Process technology, primary packaging, secondary packaging, qualification and services. We support our customers in producing and packaging products of highest quality at affordable prices.

Bosch Packaging Technology - Pharma

Monoblock filler/capper for very precise liquid filling applications

Many pharmaceutical, diagnostics and cosmetics liquid filling applications use small containers that require precise feeding, cap handling, plug, wiper, dropper or brush insertion, and torque specifications. This white paper outlines five features that create a Monoblock filler/capper that meets tight tolerances.

ESS Technologies, Inc.

What is package integrity and how is it tested

Learn more about regulation, industry standards and best practices for package integrity, as well as package integrity as a design input for sterile medical packaging, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology products. This year's Healthcare Packaging Conference features over a dozen presentations on May 26 in Princeton, NJ.

Healthcare Packaging

Manufacturing line optimization through better and more frequent data

Hear this lean manufacturing expert speak about Rich Products Corp's productivity gains, thanks to processes that automatically track and optimize productivity and asset utilization; regularly monitoring performance using common metrics, and more. Learn more at Packaging Automation Forum, April 26 in Chicago.

Packaging Automation Forum


P&G, Teva form consumer health care partnership

Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble Co. and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., Jerusalem, signed a master agreement to create a partnership in consumer health care by bringing together both companies' existing over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and complementary capabilities to accelerate growth. This new business model combines P&G's brand-building, consumer-led innovation, and go-to-market capabilities with Teva's geographic reach, its experience in R&D, regulatory, manufacturing, and its portfolio of products.

Tags: Supplier/community news; Pharma Tech Industries; Oystar Jones

Custom bottle, closure shape Dial's entry into lotions

The Dial Corp. embodies the growing trend of consumer products investing in custom-shaped packages. The idea behind this tactic is to gain shelf presence and create memorable experiences with consumers bombarded with product choices. The category is crowded, with a lot of 'me-too' packaging. The gentle curves on Dial NutriSkin's bottle and closure provide both findability and functional benefits.

Tags: Nutraceuticals and cosmeceuticals; Structural and graphics packaging design; Rigid containers/bottles; Closures; Tirso Olivares Design; Matrix Packaging; Seaquist Closures

Medical tourism presents healthcare alternative

One report estimates that 550,000 Americans travelled abroad to take care of their medical needs, with that number projected to grow rapidly. Healthcare options such as "medical tourism" continue to expand, and not just for U.S. citizens, but for consumers seeking treatment in the U.S. as well. This development is worth keeping an eye on, even if it's too early to determine the potential packaging ramifications.

Tags: Patient compliance

Pharmaceutical counterfeit dilemma grows globally

A recent "60 Minutes" episode focused on the fight against counterfeit drugs, a growing global dilemma. Smartphone apps and new technologies could offer more help. This aggregated report leads to related stories on serialization, authentication, and track-and-trace applications, including a look at Kenya's mPedigree platform, a story from, and a report related to the upcoming interpack packaging show in Germany.

Tags: Counterfeiting; Serialization; Smartphone; Authentication

Packaging growth escalates in China

The late-March China Med 2011, and the July 13-15 ProPak China 2011 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, illustrate the continued growth of packaging. A People's Daily report says, "The rapid growth of the Chinese economy will no longer be sustained by exports. The domestic market of middle-income consumers is now the target for the fastest-growing sectors of the economy." Studies from The Freedonia Group, PIRA, and Research and Markets offer further evidence of packaging growth in China.

Tags: China; Processing

Video: Fully automatic optical inspection of ampules and vials

Machine inspects up to 12,000 ampules and vials per hour for the detection of foreign particles and fill height.

Tags: Inspection, verification and vision systems

NEW Products


Square/cube-shaped bottles

The Cube Collection of flint glass bottles for personal care and cosmetics are available in 8-, 11-, and 15-mL sizes, all with screw-top neck finishes to accommodate various closures. Decorating options include adding custom colors, spray effects, gradient spray techniques, acid etching, frosting, or ceramic decorating.

O.Berk Co.


Modular cartoning system

Available in several pitches, and for speeds of 40, 80, or 120 cartons/min, the FA60 can form cartons, display cartons or trays from a flat blank. Automatically loads products by single or multiple servo pick-and-place system that can load products of nearly any orientation, including cartons, bottles, vials, ampoules, pouches, tubes, etc. Products may be loaded vertically, either in a singular method or pre-collated, grouped and/or stacked in any fashion. Balcony design assures cleanliness and ease of access. Mechanical drives and machine movements provide for seamless and quiet operation with low maintenance.

Bergami USA

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.

IoPP Packaging & Leadership Council
Hyatt Regency O'Hare, Rosemont, IL. New for 2011, the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) is offering packaging professionals the utmost in value by creating a two-day conference that combines IoPP's most dynamic events, held May 10-11.

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


More content, more options. Our May 26th conference puts the choice in your hands!

This year's Healthcare Packaging Conference Workshop topics include: ensuring blister package stability; keys to packaging performance; early tracking for quality control; a practical approach to a continuous manufacturing solution; and maximizing throughput for continuous operations. Tap into over a dozen sessions and breakout Workshops, and benefit by a day of education and networking, away from your workplace. Westin Princeton on May 26th.

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