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Sponsors: November 17, 2011 | Edited by Jim Butschli

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DDL - leader in medical device package, product and material testing

Click on the video to hear DDL discuss ASTM D3332: Standard test method for mechanical-shock fragility of products, using shock machines. Amy will help explain the two different test methods that reside within the standard and explain how the data collected can help determine where product damage occurs.

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Wolke m600® basic printer delivers high resolution codes for packages

The Wolke m600® basic thermal ink jet (TIJ) printer from Videojet Technologies is a high resolution printer ideal for printing both large and small character messages ranging from standard alphanumeric codes to a full series of bar code types including a GS1 2D DataMatrix.

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Pharmaceutical application: Dosing cup placement

A U.S. pharmaceutical company needed a system to feed, orient and place three (3) different dosage cups onto corresponding liquid filled medicine bottles at output rates ranging from 85 to 160 bottles per minute, depending on size of bottle.

Shibuya Hoppmann

New technique improves container handling on auger filling lines placement

Video from Spee-Dee shows pneumatic-over-hydraulic lift design that uses air for a rapid lift and hydraulic damping for a controlled lower as the auger fills the container from the bottom up. Lift height is controlled electronically. A pneumatic container gripper is adjustable for different size bottles.

Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery


Merck sets ambitious goal at PMMI meeting

Ron Yakubison, director of packaging operations support at pharmaceutical manufacturer Merck, was one of three company representatives to take part in a panel discussion of typical packaging machinery buyers at the November 7 portion of the November 6-8 PMMI meeting in King of Prussia, PA. He noted that challenges in cold chain delivery, new packaging for Africa, and regulatory issues were all key to machinery decision-making. He told the audience Merck's admittedly ambitious goal is to supply 80% of the world's population by 2015.

Tags: PMMI; All-Fill; Omega Design; Nutraceuticals; Regulatory; Cold chain

Packaging may contribute to improved patient adherence

The last point of contact between the patient and the healthcare providers is not the dispensing pharmacist, but the pharmaceutical packaging, says a HCPC-Europe, NVC Netherlands position paper that calls on industry and governmental organizations to facilitate the use of intelligent packaging to improve patient adherence to medications. The report says that packaging can represent a huge barrier when the patient/consumer arrives home and opens it, but at the same time, packaging may significantly contribute to the improvement of patient adherence in medicine.

Tags: Position paper; Patient compliance; HCPC-Europe; NVC Netherlands

Online monitoring assists in identifying counterfeiters

For manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of legitimate over-the-counter and prescription drugs, making sure that their products get through the complex distribution chain is critical. Discussing online monitoring of that flow is Wes Shepherd, CEO of Channel IQ, a Chicago-based firm that monitors brand-name products and prices in an effort to help manufacturers, distributors, retailers better understand their markets and competition, and track gray market sales and potential counterfeiting activity.

Tags: Position paper; Anti-counterfeiting; Gray market

Session addresses hot topics in medical device packaging

At the "Medical Packaging Update" Nov. 3 during the Medical Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis event, test method validation, transportation simulation, and environmental conditioning were mentioned among the "hot" topics for packaging engineers in the medical device-manufacturing sector. Medical device manufacturers were also advised to be ready for FDA challenges in package testing process. Presiding over the packaging session were co-chairs Kevin Zacharias, engineering program manager, Oliver-Tolas Healthcare Packaging, and Scott Levy, packaging engineer, Distribution Dynamics Labs (DDL).

Tags: Oliver-Tolas; DDL; Medical devices; FDA

FDA launches Web site about safe 'sharps' disposal

On Nov. 8, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a new Web site for patients and caregivers that focuses on the safe disposal of needles and other so-called "sharps" that are used at home, at work, and while traveling. The site aims to help people understand the public health risks created by improperly disposing of used sharps and how users should safely dispose of them. With more diseases and conditions such as diabetes, cancer, allergies, arthritis, and HIV being managed outside of hospitals and doctors' offices, the number of sharps used in homes and work offices is increasing. In addition, pets are being treated in homes and livestock are being treated on farms, which are also contributing to the increased number of sharps outside of veterinary hospitals.

Tags: Sharps; FDA Web site; Veterinary

Video: Live from Pack Expo: Image-based barcode inspection system

Integra 9510 barcode inspection system from LVS is an image-based system that can scan any barcode and automatically grade the code pass or fail.

NEW Products


Closure with scoop-retention mechanism

MegaFlap™ closure system is for large containers that are bulky, heavy, and hard to handle. For use in nutraceutical powders and other applications. Scoop clips to the inside of the lid with an audible snap; scoop is easy to retain and does not fall into product in the container.

Weatherchem Corp.


Newly designed tablet counter

PharmaCount 12-2/24-4 electronic tablet counting machine combines product-feeding technology with electronic controls for speeds up to 140 bpm in a cGMP machine. New design allows front trays to be removed to quickly access the count eyes and stainless-steel count block, without having to remove all the trays in the machine.


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Contract Packaging Assoc. Annual Meeting
Join Contract Packaging Asssociation members at their annual gathering, held this year at Gran Melia Hotel & Resort, Rio Grande, Puerto, Rico on February 23-26.

Ipack_Ima provides technology solutions for processing, packaging, internal handling, logistics, warehousing and POS; the 2012 exhibition will be held at Fiera Milano, Milan, Italy on February 28-March 1.


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