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Sponsors: September 06, 2011 | Edited by Jim Butschli

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Plastic Ingenuity

Whitepaper: The benefits of Winpak's universal seal blister paper

Learn more about Universal Seal blister paper, Winpak's innovative and sustainable non-foil push-through blister lidding for common blister packaging applications. Click this ad to view our whitepaper.


Contract packaging for medical devices

LHB Industries offers a complete line of small to medium package size contract packaging services and be a single source for components, packaging, EtO gas sterilization and bio-burden laboratory testing. We offer form-fill-seal, tray sealing, auto pouching and heat seal options.

LHB Industries

Free Webinar: Optimize cap sealing success by setting up an operating window

Most packagers do not realize the importance of setting up an operating window for their induction sealer. Gain practical expert advice on how to raise the productivity of your induction sealer and Achieve a Perfect Seal. This webinar features Live Video Demonstrations.


High-speed secondary packaging line for cosmetic jars at 120/min

Watch this video of a state-of-the-art cosmetics packaging line from Bergami for cosmetics jars at 120/min. Complete line includes booklet feeder, robotic pick-and-place cartoner, high-speed overwrapper, lid stamping, carton closing, and positive transfer to downstream equipment.

Bergami USA


German firm uses machine vision for toothpaste tube inspection

Only in recent years have vision systems been used to check whether the actual product packaging is clean and safe before the toothpaste tubes are filled. Packaging machinery maker IWK-Verpackungstechnik GmbH uses vision systems from Cognex in its newest packaging machine, the TFS 80-6, for 19mm to 40mm (0.75 to 1.57 inches) wide tubes. The TFS 80-6 production line inspects, fills, and seals toothpaste tubes at a capacity of 500 tubes/min. During the course of the filling process, Cognex In-Sight vision systems check that the tubes are round, clean, and firmly sealed. In-process inspection has allowed the number of cameras to be reduced from the six conventional units required in the old process to just two In-Sight systems per checking station.

Tags: IWK; Cognex; Vision systems; Controls; Tubes; Packaging line efficiency

Colomer Italy gains filling, contract packaging efficiencies

Hair color producer improves OEE and contract manufacturing capabilities by repositioning its tube-filling line directly underneath the mixing vessels. Italian cosmetics firm Colomer Italy recently extended its production capacities with a new space allocation strategy. Part of the Spanish Colomer Group, Colomer specializes in the production and processing of hair colors. As part of a modernization project at its Bologna site, a Romaco Unipac U 20100 tube filling line was installed underneath the processing equipment.

Tags: Romaco; OEE; Contract packaging; Packaging line efficiency

Demographic developments and packaging

As grandparents play a larger role in raising children, child-resistant/senior-friendly packaging will gain importance. This demographic trend could have significant packaging implications, especially as home health care becomes more prevalent as an economic option to nursing homes and hospitals.

Tags: Closures; Child-resistant; Senior-friendly; Patient compliance

Packaging Hall of Fame Class of 2011 announced

A generosity of spirit and a commitment to education is a common thread shared by five new inductees to the Packaging Hall of Fame Class of 2011. An induction ceremony will be held Sept. 26 at the Las Vegas Hilton during Pack Expo Las Vegas for Victor Del Rosso, Hi-Speed Checkweigher (retired); Lawrence C. Dull, Packaging Knowledge Group; Arthur Gustafson, Algus Packaging; Thomas L. Schneider, Industrial & Shippers Supply, and M.H. "Pete" Wallace, SWF Machinery (retired).

Tags: Pack Expo Las Vegas

Pet supply firm expedites package shipments

Doctors Foster and Smith switch software for sending out tens of thousands of daily mail orders. System uses Exacta by ASAP Automation and software from ProShip. Although the installation of ProShip was completed only recently, Doctors Foster and Smith is already seeing benefits.

Tags: Distribution; Veterinary

Video: Thermoform packaging

Kevin Volden, sales manager for TekPackaging, discusses the medical device/pharmaceutical market during HealthPack 2011 in Cincinnati. At the booth he describes a triple-sterile thermoform pack for a company that manufacturers artificial hearts, and a thermoformed ear probe cover.

NEW Products


Unit-dose compliance pack

Ecoslide-RX is a child-resistant (f=1), senior-friendly compliance pack made from 100% recyclable material, contains no plastic, and requires minimal film and foil. For prescription products, physician's samples, and clinical trials. Its locking mechanism is opened with a thumb press on a release button on the corner of a major carton panel. Inside the carton is a film/foil, push-through blister card that slides out when the CR lock is released, yet remains connected to the carton. No heat-sealing is required during assembly.

Keystone Folding Box


Robotic carton/case loader

Robotic vertical carton/case loader (RCCL) is equipped with two FANUC Robotics Delta (spider) robots for specialty cartoning, case loading, and high-speed pick-and-place applications. Designed to handle multiple products and packing combinations; uses robots to locate, inspect, and orient product for high-speed nesting into a carton. Includes advanced vision-guided robotics; packs complex-shaped products to help minimize packaging materials and maximize sustainability.

Schneider Packaging Equipment Co., Inc.

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.

Package Design Workshops


Pharmaceutical and healthcare products package designers and brand managers

Shelf Impact!'s Package Design Workshop will take place in suburban Chicago on September 13. Learn what motivates today's OTC and healthcare products consumers, as we share research on buyer behavior. Discover package design trends and strategies to create packaging that sells! Learn more and register>>

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