Keystone Folding Box will be featuring a range of paperboard packaging solutions at PACK EXPO International Booth W-13047, October 23-26 in Chicago.
The company’s Key-Pak® is an attractive solution for both study drug in clinical trials and retail prescription pharmaceutical products. Comprising up to 75% less plastic than bottles or amber vials, the Key-Pak® child-resistant blister card has an F=1 child-resistance rating, while also offering premium senior-friendliness. Its novel, back-side “zipper” design provides for safe, clean, simple removal of each dose, while its broad, flat surface gives ample room for usage instructions or drug information.
Keystone also offers a comprehensive line of secondary blister packages made from recyclable and compostable paperboard. Its Ecoslide Series of blister packs features a safety feature that provides f=1 child-resistance, while eliminating the need for two-step “peel/push-through foil.” Including Ecoslide-OTC for over-the counter medicines, as well as its signature Ecoslide-RX pack for prescription drugs, the sustainable package platform reduces the amount disposable plastic needed for both peel/push CR blisters or plastic bottles.
In other news, Keystone Folding Box has completed a two-year, $5 million upgrade to its manufacturing facility in Newark, N.J. Comprising several sophisticated new production machines, the infrastructure investment increases the company’s output capacity by approximately 20%, while also enhancing efficiency, reducing lead times, and improving overall product quality.
For Keystone, the new equipment spans the production process from initial infeed to end-of-line quality control. Concerning the former, the company has added a new RMGT 9702 five-color LED UV printing press. With a maximum paper size of 650 x 965 mm and featuring broad heavy stock capabilities, the technologically advanced machine marks Keystone’s fourth printing press.
For post-press operations, Keystone also has added a state-of-the-art die-cutter. Its new Bobst Mastercut 106PER is among the most highly automated and ergonomic die-cutters on the market, delivering fast, uninterrupted production and exceptionally short setup times, while yielding superb finished product quality. Keystone also has incorporated a Bobst Masterfold 75, a servo-driven high-speed folder/gluer with automatic case packing capabilities.
Finally, Keystone has enhanced its quality assurance operations with a customized, high-speed optical inspection system. The setup includes a Chameleon Finishing Systems conveyor with two eye-C 8k cameras that efficiently yet exactingly inspect both sides of printed cartons and wallet cards for correct graphics, color, barcodes, and other relevant markers. Equipped with automatic out-of-spec rejection, the system offers zero visual defect capabilities in critical areas.