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Sponsors: October 12, 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

Quality custom medical device packaging

Plastic Ingenuity

Cryopak - leader in temperature controlled packaging

Cryopak engineers cold chain shipping solutions and offers a full spectrum of products from insulated shippers to manufacturing phase change material, gel packs and temperature monitors. Click on the video above for an example of a pack out using Cryopak's flex ice blanket and mat gel packs.

TCP Group

UPS uses the power of logistics to help safeguard your temperature-sensitive air freight shipments with an end-to-end system that delivers across the globe.


Labeling project in the works?

New! Download this free, 70-page Labeling 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


'Dynamic' Pack Expo Las Vegas breaks records

PMMI, owner and producer of the Pack Expo trade shows, reports that with more than 26,000 attendees, 1,559 exhibitors, and nearly 630,000 net square feet, Pack Expo Las Vegas 2011 (Las Vegas Convention Center, Sept. 26-28) broke its event records on these and several other counts. Preliminary figures show 2011 attendance figures about 15% greater than 2009, and a jump of nearly one-third in international attendance (including Canada). Net square footage was up more than 20%. More than numbers, the event delivered innovations in processing and packaging to more than 40 vertical markets, including pharmaceuticals.

Tags: PMMI; Show coverage; Pack Expo 2011

Securing inbound cargo a tall task

"Terrorists still hate us and want to make us miserable. That's never going to change." Grim as the thought is, it's a truth expressed by Gary Lupinacci, assistant branch chief, Certified Cargo Screening Program, TSA/TSNM, Department of Homeland Security. "Ensuring the public safety is important, and we appreciate the job you do," said Lupinacci to the audience at the 9th Annual Cold Chain Temperature Management Global Forum in Philadelphia.

Tags: CCSP; Cold chain; Distribution

Shipper protects protein attached to a radioisotope

Clear Vascular reports no failures for expensive temperature-sensitive protein used in clinical trials in Chile, thanks to its new shipper. The shipper, from Intelligent Thermal Solutions, recently earned two 2011 Greener Package Awards. In this article based on his presentation at the 9th Annual Cold Chain Temperature Management Global Forum, David Mueller, CEO of Clear Vascular, discusses "Implementing Reusable Containers For Global Shipment of Radioactive Clinical Trial Material."

Tags: ITS; Distribution; Clinical trials; Cold chain; Greener Package

Helpful hints in analyzing for glass delamination

Concerns with glass delamination are causing many pharmaceutical companies to take a closer look at their packaging containers. Many are stability testing their products with several types of vials to find the proper combination to prevent glass delamination. Some manufacturers are using surface-treated vials to improve chemical resistance, and others are investigating the performance of these vials with their products. This article from McCrone Associates explores issues regarding glass delamination.

Tags: McCrone; Delamination; Vials; Package testing

Life in FDA's fast lane

Griping about increased enforcement, aggressive inspections, and more frequent Warning Letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is easy, but taking a proactive approach to the present regulatory environment is a much sounder tack for Philips Healthcare. "The FDA is in a difficult position," says LeeAnn Rogus, vice president, quality and regulatory compliance, Philips Healthcare. "The general public and the House and Senate want tougher rules, while the industry doesn't want its hands tied down by regulation." Rogus presented "Lessons Learned: How Product Failures, Recalls and GMP/QSR Problems Trigger FDA Enforcement Actions," during a conference session entitled, "Surviving a New Era of FDA Enforcement," at Medical Design & Manufacturing Chicago.

Tags: FDA; Warning Letter; Medical device

Video: Pick-and-place equipment for pharmaceutical/medical device applications

In this exclusive video, Jon Otto, a product manager at Bosch Packaging Technology discusses film structures, seal integrity, vision systems, speed, accuracy, and validation advantages of robotic-pick and place machinery that eliminates human product handling and helps provide consumer safety.

NEW Products


Blister films

For pharmaceutical and nutraceutical applications, the ALU-LOOK™ blister films offer a versatile, high-speed packaging option compared with cold-form foil and aluminum strip packaging. Metallic look helps ensure shelf life and protect contents. Runs on all standard form/fill/seal blister machinery with no processing parameter changes necessary.

Tekni-Films, a subsidiary of Tekni-Plex


Tablet elevator

The PharmaLift tablet elevator feeding the PharmaCount 12-2 tablet counter allows the filling of the tablet hopper to be completed at a reasonable height by the operator, with the PharmaLift then lifting and delivering tablets to the tablet counter. The PharmLift can be retrofitted to all makes and models of tablet counters and handles most shapes and sizes of tablets.


Upcoming events:

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.



MODEX 2012 Expo and Conference

Showcasing the latest equipment and technology innovations for manufacturing, distribution and the supply chain, the expo will include over 500 exhibits and an educational conference. February 6 - 9 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

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