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Healthcare PackagingPharmaceutical, medical device, and nutraceutical news    Editor-in-Chief, Jim Butschli
Sponsor: Cognex November 30, 2011 | Edited by Jim Butschli

High speed ID reading application videos

Watch the powerful decoding capabilities of the DataMan® 500 image-based barcode reader. Cognex VSoC™ technology allows the DataMan 500 to quickly read multiple codes with no duplicate reads. Watch as it easily decodes eight codes on a package of eight boxes.


White paper: 10 reasons to choose image-based readers

This guide will show you how today's image-based ID readers have overcome the technical and economic hurdles to offer a more attractive alternative to industrial laser scanners as well as help you choose the right image-based ID reader for your application.


Data Matrix and QR code reading

As a node on the Ethernet factory network, the DataMan 8000 Series allows you to remove the PC and to communicate directly with the PLC by supporting industrial protocols—a first for a handheld ID reader! Watch this webinar to learn more.


DataMan fixed-mount ID readers

DataMan® image-based ID readers combine unmatched code performance, ease-of-use, lighting, camera, processor, and communications into a small, industrial-rated housing. Models are available to match your application for 1D barcode reading, high speed applications or for challenging 2D direct part marks.


DataMan handheld ID readers

The rugged DataMan® 8000 Series of readers offers the industry's most advanced technology for reading 1D and 2D codes regardless of size, quality, printing method or surface, and is the only handheld ID reader that offers Industrial Ethernet communication and liquid lens technology.



'Revolutionary' refresh for Summer's Eve packaging

First introduced in the 1970s, the Summer's Eve brand of external feminine cleansing and freshening products from C.B. Fleet Co., Inc., Lynchburg, VA, is a category leader. But in mid-2009, the company realized that although it had a strong and loyal following, the brand's outdated packaging hampered a long-term growth strategy. A complete transformation for its packaging now brings brand relevancy to a new generation of users. The Summer's Eve product line consists of 33 SKUs, comprising five package structures, six product types, and 17 fragrances. Products include a cleansing wash, a deodorant spray, a body powder, cleansing cloths, and a bath and shower gel.

Tags: Package design; Product Ventures; Little Big Brands

Webinar unveils medical device package case study

Say you're a packaging engineer and your package-testing mission involves a surgical device made of high-carbon steel that's corrosion-prone, requires gamma radiation, must work with current thermoform/fill/seal machinery, offer a five-year shelf life, and be cost-effective. What do you do? Read here for some suggestions for this anonymous medical device package case study described during a Nov. 15 Webinar given by IoPP Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee subcommittee chair Karen Greene entitled, "Developing and Validating Barrier Shelf Life for Medical Device Packaging."

Tags: Medical devices; Package testing; IoPP; Life Packaging Technology; Honeywell Aclar

Defect analysis helps contract packager save money

Plastic containers often display cosmetic defects such as inclusions, spots, or discoloration that do not necessarily affect the integrity of the product, but may trigger a negative impression from the consumer. By using microanalytical techniques, an unnamed contract packager was able to pinpoint the source of unwanted black swirls in its bottles and avoid paying for the defective containers.

Tags: Package testing; Contract packaging; McCrone; Bottles

2011 HCPC Compliance Package of the Year competition now open

The Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council is accepting entries for its 2011 HCPC Compliance Package of the Year Awards Competition. Entries will be accepted through February 15, 2012, a month earlier than last year. The 2011 awards will also include an Innovative Design category for non-commercially available compliance-prompting packaging formats. Qualifying entries for the Innovative Design category must still have at least one feature for assisting patient adherence and also not require repackaging by consumers. Each winning entry will be honored at RxAdherence 2012, Strategies to Improve Patient Outcomes, March 27, 2012 at the Hamilton Hotel and Conference Center, Florham Park, NJ.

Tags: HCPC; Patient compliance

Sustainable Package Symposium 2012 set for Houston

Summit Media Group's Greener Package and the Institute for Sustainability, a technological community of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), have announced plans for Sustainable Packaging Symposium 2012 - Advancing Sustainable Supply Chains with Optimized Packaging. This event, slated for April 3-5, at the Hilton Americas in Houston, Texas, will examine the pivotal role of optimized packaging in helping to create more sustainable supply chains. Co-chairing this year's program committee is Meghan Stasz, director of sustainability for the Grocery Manufacturers Association.

Tags: Sustainability; Greener Package; Institute for Sustainability

Video: Live from Pack Expo: Peristaltic pump filling system

Pack Expo Las Vegas 2011: VR2PP-4 liquid filling machine from Cozzoli uses a completely disposable aseptic path. The traditional stainless steel product tank is replaced with a product bag, and the disposables include the tubing through the peristaltic pump and the nozzles. Benefits of the disposable system include an increased speed to market, shorter construction time, near-elimination of CIP and SIP, shorter production cycles and reduced risk of contamination.

NEW Products


Pre-attached insert placement

Achieve consistent insert placement, rather than loose in the box, with Lit-a-Sure, which offers the potential for increased patient visibility and a more professional presentation. Rather than attaching inserts to folding cartons on production lines that causes waste, downtime, and complexity, Lit-a-Sure allows one or multiple inserts to be attached, and confirms attachment with bar-code verification. Is shipped under a single SKU; both components are controlled under cGMP-based production.



Track-and-trace for serialization

BL300TT track-and-trace for the serialization of pharmaceutical products is an automatic machine that enables 2D Datamatrix codes and other data to be printed clearly on the upper face and on the two side flaps of a carton. Equipped with a Sea Vision vision system; includes positive step motion carton conveyor, ergonomic design and ease of access.

Marchesini Group

Upcoming events:

Experience the newest packaging technologies and equipment, meet suppliers, and compare solutions at WestPack at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA on February 14-16.

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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