The Latest in New Products
Stability Sample Bottles
A company offers an alternative for complying with FDA/ICH/GMP stability guidelines for those pharmaceutical engineers who ship and store materials in drums and totes but retain stability samples in generic HDPE or glass. A new line of stability sample bottles as small as 2 oz can now be provided in drum and IBC (tote) material. They can be produced to match large bulk shipping and storage containers, saving massive areas of storage. Customers simply need to provide the supplier with the name and location of the company that manufactures the drums and/or totes. The supplier then obtains the proper resins and additives from the manufacturer and produces the sample bottles.
Quality Service Products, 614/581-8933; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Molded Pulp Packaging
A manufacturer of molded pulp packaging for a wide range of products shares the top-six benefits it sees to incorporating molded pulp in packaging. Using the same process employed to make egg cartons, the company manufactures molded pulp in custom forms including trays, clamshells, and end caps. The company claims that molded pulp packaging can: 1) lower costs, by up to 70%, when compared with other similar packaging materials, considering the price associated with transportation, warehousing, labor, and design; 2) save space because the company’s design enables the molded pulp nests and stacks together, which can lead to 50 percent less shipping volume; 3) save time, by eliminating assembly; 4) offer protection; 5) provide sustainability, because molded pulp is composed of 100% recycled newspaper, and the company repurposes nearly 20 tons of recycled newspaper per day; 6) offer infinite designs, because the company uses CAD software to produce custom design solutions with their molded pulp packaging. The company produces a transfer molded thin wall product, using a forming and transfer die with a standard thickness of 1/16 of an inch.
Rotary Die-Cutting, Creasing, and Punching Modules
New technology for in-line die-cutting, creasing, or punching of paper, board, or films can be integrated into new printing or converting presses or retrofitted into existing presses. This new equipment is ideal for processing of materials like paperboard or board and film/foil laminates for rigid packaging containers. The new design accommodates web widths of up to 80-in. at servo-driven speeds of up to 2000 ft/min (which requires the temperature control of lubrication fluids and ambient temperature). Special selected bearing applications as well as electronic components allow for micrometric depth adjustments and guarantee that set parameters are maintained. This allow also for partial controlled depth cutting for “easy-open” features even in thin-gauge film. Innovative waste removal systems are also available. Shafts, rolls, tools, and drive elements are all optimized by electro dynamically balancing. Engineers can assist with process development and process validation to ensure productivity and seamless integration of these products with other production equipment.
Schober USA, the North American subsidiary of Schober GmbH Holding, 513/489–7393; www.schoberusa.com.
A film line has been extended to include PET films consisting of 100% post-consumer-recycled (PCR) content. Unlike standard PCR films available in the market today that combine PCR content and virgin resin, Pentaform SmartCycle TH-ES100 films are made from 100% PCR from beverage bottles. Penta-form SmartCycle films are designed to help customers meet their sustainability goals for visual packaging applications. Ideal for face-seal, tray, and trapped blister thermoformed applications, Pentaform SmartCycle films offer clarity and processability on standard thermoforming and form-fill-seal equipment. With over 20 years of polyester production experience, the company is a leading global producer of rigid polyester films and is the exclusive global supplier of SmartCycle packaging films. Its current operations are in 12 countries with 18 production sites.
Klöckner Pentaplast, www.kpfilms.com.
A company through its healthcare packaging business segment announced at CPhI/Innopack 2013 its partnership and collaboration with another company for the introduction of an innovative airless dispensing technology. Featuring the combination of an air chamber and a soft plastic pouch sealed within a flexible tube, Tubairless is a dispensing system that helps protect sensitive cream-based formulas from the adverse effects of outside air. The tube’s internal pump prevents air-intake and product flow-back during dispensing, reducing the ingress of unwanted elements that can contaminate the contents. Protection can be further enhanced by integrating multiple protective barrier or active layers into the package. Tubairless also allows for the almost complete evacuation of the product, of at least 95 percent. The tube system boasts less complexity with only three parts compared to up to 20 with a piston pump system.
Clariant Healthcare Packaging (with PumpArt System), www.healthpack.clariant.com.
A variable speed feeder for desiccant and oxygen absorbers can handle both canisters and pouches. Featuring a servo-operated feeder, the OMNI-Feeder processes up to 300 bottles per minute and can even be adapted to dispense desiccants and oxygen absorbers into other packaging solutions such as those for medical diagnostic kits and medical devices. The system can drop multiple desiccants per bottle and can run differently sized canisters and pouches. Requiring less than five minutes for changeover, the machine’s operation is fully automatic, equipped with an Allen Bradley programmable logic controller (PLC), a touchscreen operator interface terminal (OIT), and a light tower status display. The OMNI-Feeder’s anodized aluminum frame construction lends to a small footprint and high rate of mobility. The design features a fixed inner belt assembly with an adjustable outer rail assembly. Other highlights include a floor-level canister hopper with elevator as well as a dual-reel pouch feed cabinet. Options include conveyors with SCR variable-speed drives, a remote canister bulk feeding system, and analog speed controls. Optional timing screws can make the machine even more efficient and able to support rapid feeding of containers with tight opening-to-desiccant width ratios. PMMI certified training is available, as is CE-compliance for manufacturers who must conform to applicable directives in the European Economic Area.
Omega Design Corp., 610/363-6555; www.OmegaDesign.com.
A developer, producer, and supplier of plastic packaging is further expanding its existing support for test strip packaging, pharmaceutical desiccant packaging, effervescent packaging, ready-to-fill syringes, eye care, and pharmaceutical and medical packaging, it reported at CPhI Worldwide in Frankfurt this past October. To do so, the company rebuilt its headquarters in Bensheim, Germany, modernizing the 30,000-sq-meter site for improved GMP compliance, sustainability, and efficient logistics processes. It created additional cleanroom production capacity to meet customer-specific requirements. The project was completed in September 2013. The company offers such products as 360° Capsule desiccant capsules and TabTec tablet packaging to promote safety, easy removal, and convenience on the go, available with a child-resistant (CR) function, the company stated.
Sanner GmbH, www.sanner-group.com.
Child-Resistant Nozzle Tube
A child-resistant nozzle tube has won the Swiss Star award 2013 in the prototype category. The manufacturer of Polyfoil tubes was presented with a challenge of developing a tube with a child-resistant cap and a nozzle that both had to fit within 11 mm. The resulting design features a built-in mechanism that only releases the cap if the user pushes and turns the cap at the same time. The new cap fits with the company’s existing nozzle range. The company manufactures high-barrier tubes (Polyfoil) tubes for the pharma, dental, and high-end cosmetic industries.
Hoffmann Neopac AG, Oberdiessbach, Switzerland; +41 31 770 12 40; www.neopac.com.
Blister Packaging Machine
A system produces GMP-compliant packaging of solid and liquid dose products at what the company calls an “outstanding” price-performance ratio. The B 1240 Blister Machine features a straightforward concept that meets the technological standards of larger blister machines and is easy to operate even by semi-skilled personnel. With “reasonably priced” tools that are small and light in weight, the system facilitates quick and easy format changeovers. Maximum output is 250 blisters/minute; maximum format area (index x width) is 130 x 156.5 mm.
Uhlmann Packaging Systems, www.uhlmann-usa.com.
Blister Card Machine
A blister card folder/wallet packaging system can run at speeds of up to 300 packages per minute. Configurable for either on-line with blister thermoformer or offline in batch mode, the systems feature modular stations for flexibility and quick product changeover. They can produce multiple-panel cards, performing folding, literature insertions and attachments, printing, coding, inspection and verification, and sealing, all accomplished with field or factory installed modules. Automatic feeding/collating/folding of product can reduce labor costs, the company reports. Featuring open-access design, good sight lines, and tool-less adjustments, the systems are built for future flexibility and product changeover. Touch-screen HMIs are available. MGS Machine Corp., Maple Grove, MN; www.mgsmachine.com.