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Healthcare PackagingPharmaceutical, medical device, and nutraceutical news    Editor-in-Chief, Jim Butschli
Sponsors: September 14, 2011 | Edited by Jim Butschli

Fast, reliable & accurate solutions for automating pharmaceutical & medical packaging

Automated Packaging Systems offers order fulfillment solutions that include compact, table-top options, semi-automatic "plug-n-play" systems, and high speed fully-automated multi-layer verification systems. Thorough and precise engineering, quality and dependability all contribute to a quick ROI.

Automated Packaging Systems

Placon takes medical packaging to a new level

From concept design to finished product, Placon's dedicated medical team will seamlessly support your product launch. Our custom thermoformed medical packaging will help differentiate your company in the healthcare industry while providing superior protection for your medical devices.

Placon Corporation

Join us for DDL and Cryopak's fall package testing & cold chain seminar!

Our fall seminar will focus on package testing as well as cold chain distribution. Join us for presentations on distribution simulation, materials for your sterile barrier system, thermal transportation package design and much more! The two day seminar will also include interactive workshops!

TCP Group

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

Rigid packaging project in the works?

New! Download this free, Rigid Container Design Playbook jam-packed with strategies for success, best practices, and pitfalls to avoid. Whether your job involves machinery engineering, package design, package development, or production, download this playbook now.

Packaging World


Social media revolution causes a packaging evolution

The packaging world is evolving as social media gives consumers ever-greater leverage in influencing package design. Through the use of social networks such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook, new channels of communication enable easier and virtually immediate connections at all levels of the distribution chain. This article discusses how social media has played a role in package design and graphics, lessons from which companies in various industries can learn.

Tags: Package design; Nutraceuticals; Social media

Survey shows strong robotics use in packaging

Healthcare Packaging's sister publication Packaging World conducts a first-ever survey of readers that showed a recent surge in robotics purchasing that promises to continue in the near future. Since early 2010, the Robotics Industry Assn. (RIA) has reported a strong growth in robotics sales, after weathering a 25% slump in 2009. In April of this year, the RIA declared of first-quarter 2011 sales: "North American robotics companies enjoyed their best quarter since 2007."

Tags: Robotics; RIA

FDA approach to animal drugs is a balancing act

Legal columnist Eric Greenberg reports that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration is reluctant to remove safe, useful animal drugs that lack legal appearance. The agency continues to seek public input on the matter. Greenberg says the FDA is practicing a regulatory balancing act, telling the public in advance when it will and won't enforce the law.

Tags: Veterinary; Regulatory; Eric Greenberg; FDA

Job market figures paint unhealthy picture—with healthcare an exception

A grim unemployment report is the centerpiece of political debate, yet healthcare jobs continue to increase. The ugly truth, according to the Sept. 2 employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, is that the nation's unemployment rate held at 9.1%, with 14 million unemployed persons—essentially unchanged from August, and with little change since April. Those job figures caused more volatility on Wall Street, again fueling recession fears.

Tags: Jobs

Winnie the Pooh makes splash in HDPE bottles

New Windsor Brands LLC, Princeton, NJ, is launching a line of baby wash, shampoo, and lotion in a 15-oz custom-designed high-density polyethylene oval bottle with a pinched waist from TricorBraun. The bottles employ anti-slip characteristics and are decorated with an in-mold label that both help to ease bottle handling when bathing babies. The in-mold labels are provided by Yupo. TricorBraun also supplies the injection-molded polypropylene closures, which include a disc-top cap for shampoo and pump for lotion.

Tags: Tricor Braun; Yupo; Bottles; Labels; Design

Featured Video
Labeling makes drinks stand out
Anne Marie Mohan demonstrates how colorful full body shrink sleeve labeling is making these beverages leap off the shelf and into the consumer's hands.

NEW Products


Clear tamper tags

EP Clear tamper tag is for placement on or inside small, high-risk items. The RF electronic article surveillance label is designed as a visual theft deterrent and will not degrade branding or interfere with package design. Tags have a printing and adhesive that provide tamper resistance.

Checkpoint Systems, Inc.


Weigh module

The SWC515 Pinmount 316 weigh module is for use in the pharmaceutical and food industries. Compact, with special-grade stainless steel, it can be used both for static weighing and applications such as mixers and conveyors. Its 360° horizontal bumper and rocker-pin load cell's self-restoring feature ensure easy installation and accuracy.

Mettler Toledo

Upcoming events:

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.

Packaging World Showcase


Looking for a new packaging machinery or materials supplier?

Packaging World's PACK EXPO 2011 Showcase digital edition is filled with detailed information about packaging machinery and material suppliers. Search from the convenience of your laptop or PC; click hotlinks for direct access to advertiser websites and print or email supplier information to colleagues. Check out our 2011 edition. Click to view >>

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