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Sponsors: July 21, 2011 | Edited by Jim Butschli

New technology speeds changeover for auger filling lines

Video from Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery shows actual changeover of a new type of so-called split hopper auger filler. Stainless steel split hopper system that allows fast and simple product changeover, cleanup and maintenance. The end result is a significant decrease in both labor costs and equipment downtime.

Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery

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Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute

Induction sealing development engineers speak about new technology

Listen to Enercon's engineers talk about the development of the new Super Seal™ Touch. The team designed the new sealer to provide more sealing power, faster set-up, touch screen control and network connectivity.


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.


Fingerprint your brand through advanced track and trace technology

Track and trace is crucial today and is becoming a legal requirement in many industries -- especially pharmaceuticals. This Videojet video provides an overview of track and trace issues and describes the company's state-of-the-art IMprints solution.

Videojet Technologies, Inc.


Blister lines speed changeovers for German contract packager

C.P.M. Contract Pharma GmbH & Co. KG refers to itself as "one of the biggest pharmaceutical contract manufacturers in Germany." The Temmler Group company's Web site notes, "Besides the production of solid, semi-solid and fluid forms of administration, we can also handle the complete development and project management of products through to validation." The company packages ointments, creams, gels, and pastes. C.P.M. employs three Noack N 921 blister lines from Romaco that speed product changeovers and increase line efficiency. C.P.M. also added a Romaco Promatic cartoner that switches from continuous to intermittent operation.

Tags: Romaco; C.P.M.; Contract packaging; Validation; Blister lines; Cartoning; Packaging line efficiency; Blisters; Cartons

Supreme Court issues preemption decision involving generics

In late June, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision saying tort actions are preempted—that is, overridden by federal law, prevented—against generic drug makers for failure to warn about specific hazards. In other words, the Court said persons injured by generic drug products that are claiming the maker of the product failed to warn them about something are, from now on, prevented by federal law from doing so. This represents a big change that affects many companies, and thousands of cases brought by thousands of individuals against the companies.

Tags: Preemption; Eric Greenberg; Generic drugs; Regulatory

Pharmaceutical pavilion lends healthy appeal to Pack Expo Las Vegas

The Las Vegas Convention Center will host Pack Expo Las Vegas Sept. 26 - 28, focusing on packaging and processing. A specialty pharmaceutical pavilion located in the Central Hall will provide a "logical starting point" for pharmaceutical attendees during Pack Expo Las Vegas, according to show producer PMMI. The Pharmaceutical Pavilion, which will target serialization, track-and-trace, brand protection, and anti-counterfeiting technologies, illustrates an intensified level of customer service that Pack Expo/PMMI calls "customer-centric."

Tags: Pack Expo Las Vegas; RFID; Pack Expo; PMMI; Oliver-Tolas; Korber-Medipak; Serialization; Medical devices; Sustainability; Packaging line efficiency; Pharmaceuticals

Evolving sectors gain attention at global forum

Medical devices and diagnostics, generics, APIs, and biologics are on the agenda at the 9th Annual Cold Chain & Temperature Management Global Forum Sept. 26-30 in Philadelphia. The biopharmaceutical market, worldwide, is set for high growth. This growth of novel biological therapies, including monoclonal antibodies, cell therapies, cytokines, and new vaccines, is setting the scene for tomorrow's cold chain, demanding an increase in specialty packaging, handling, and distribution as a result of vibration sensitivities at certain frequencies and the affects of relative humidity.

Tags: Cold chain; Catalent; Envirotainer; UPS; Cryopak; Medical devices; Biologics; Cold chain forum

The job market: Not so healthy-or is it?

A 9.2% unemployment rate is disturbing, but there appears to be cause for optimism regarding healthcare packaging-related jobs. Some good news did come out of the government report: "Health care employment continued to trend up in June (+14,000), with the largest gain in ambulatory health care services. Over the prior 12 months, health care had added an average of 24,000 jobs per month." What about packaging jobs in the healthcare market? There are so many factors at play, but a recent Freedonia report said, "The U.S. will remain the largest consumer of pharmaceutical packaging as its advanced drug-producing sector introduces sophisticated therapies with specialized packaging needs."

Tags: Freedonia; Jobs

Video: Greener package for GSK supplement

Anne Marie Mohan examines a full-bodied shrink sleeve labeled container for GlaxoSmithKline calcium supplements that requires significantly less packaging materials.

NEW Products


Biopharmaceutical pump tubing

C-Flex® ULTRA pump tubing is designed to perform in biopharmaceutical applications such as pumping, single-use assemblies, process filling, and sampling. Can be thermally sealed and welded, and is available in 10 standard sizes (ID x OD), with custom sizes, lengths, and packaging available on request.

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics


Steel cabinet line

Heavy-duty 19-Series steel storage cabinets offer five drawer colors—black, blue, gray, red, and yellow. Available in six models for storing, consolidating, and organizing small parts. Used in manufacturing, assembly, distribution, maintenance, and healthcare, the stackable cabinets may be used alone or with the company’s turntable base, cabinet rack, or louvered hanging systems.

Akro-Mills, a Myers Industries, Inc. company

Upcoming events:

Shelf Impact!'s Package Design Workshop
Courtyard Marriott, Schaumburg, IL. Shelf Impact!'s Package Design Workshop is an interactive workshop covering package design strategies, trends, best practices and consumer insights for package designers, package development pros, marketing and brand managers, September 13.

International Dairy Show
The International Dairy Show features the latest trends and innovations in the dairy industry, and will be held in Atlanta, Georgia at the Georgia World Congress Center, September 19-21.

PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011
Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV. North America's largest packaging and processing event includes a Pharmaceutical Pavilion, Processing Zone, Brand Zone, Confectionery Pavilion and more, September 26-28.

Cold Chain & Temperature Management Global Forum
This event, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, examines the modern cold chain as well as evolving sectors such as medical devices and diagnostics, generics, APIs, clinical and biologics and cell therapies, September 26-30.

Process Expo
The industry's only single-destination food equipment expo featuring end-to-end food processing and packaging machinery and services across all food sectors, held at Chicago's McCormick Place, November 1-4.

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