MD&M East, EastPack, and More

Event offers packagers a dedicated medical packaging pavilion and a day-long conference.


Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) East 2011, EastPack, and a number of its sister shows will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City June 7–9, 2011, with conferences beginning a day early on June 6. 2011.

Registration for MD&M East and EastPack grants admission to Atlantic Design & Manufacturing, PLASTEC East, Automation Technology Expo (ATX) East, and Green Manufacturing Expo, together offering additional suppliers of products, equipment, and services.

Packaging professionals can tour the MedPak pavilion, which will feature suppliers of medical packaging equipment and materials, including sealers, thermoformers, labeling and printing equipment, flexible pouches, barrier films, and more. They can also find testing and inspection products and services in the Quality pavilion.

On Wednesday, Kevin Zacharias, Engineering Program Manager, Oliver-Tolas Healthcare Packaging, and Scott Levy, Packaging Engineer, Distribution Dynamics Labs Inc. (DDL), will chair the event’s Medical Device Packaging Update. Presentations include:

•IoPP MDPTC (Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee) Update: Peter J. Schmitt, Montesino.
•EtO Sterilization Validation and Impact of Package Design: Kimberly Mollohan, Steris Isomedix Services.
•Sterile Barrier Design: Richard L. Bell, Codman, a Johnson & Johnson Co.
•Sterile Barrier Validation: Elon Goldbaum, Edwards LifeSciences.
•No Surprises: What You Need to Know About Sealing Fixtures and Design of Rigid Tray Packaging: Thomas A. Misik, Belco Packaging Systems.
•Medical Packaging Heat Seal Coating Technology: Richard L. Brady,
Oliver-Tolas Healthcare Packaging.

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Exhibitor Products


Automatic flowrapping machines now feature the ability to switch between swing motion or standard rotary motion. The design of the Swing Rotary Sealer on the Alpha 6 Flow Wrap machine is intended to provide 30% more dwell time than a standard rotary sealer to yield a better seal. Model FW3400/3700 can process 10 to 450 packages per minute. The flowrapper can be easily changed over from standard sealing to rotary end sealing, and it can process a wide variety of films. Having the seal bar travel along with the material allows for a 30% increased dwell time, even at high speeds. This increased dwell time means that the sealing bar can run up to 15 degrees less than that required for a normal end seal. According to the company, data show that approximately 9% of energy can be saved. Formost Fuji Corp., Woodinville, WA;,

Booth #3221

Compact Thermoformer

A new compact thermoformer as well as a tray sealer--described by the manufacturer as two affordable yet highly powerful systems--will be exhibited to demonstrate the efficiency and scalability of its automatic and semi-automatic packaging solutions. According to the company, the R105 thermoformer and the popular T200 tray sealer are "highly versatile machines offering an economical entry point into automated packaging, enabling users to compete at a much higher level to grow and evolve their businesses more quickly." Multivac, 800/800-8552;;

Booth # 3003

Ink-Jet Printers

A new series of large-character ink-jet printers are designed to ease production line integration and operation. Featuring an automatic printhead micropurge during operation that also recycles and reuses ink, models 2340, 2350, and 2360 printers were developed to eliminate frequent downtime while maintaining printing quality. Capable of printing text, logos, and GS1-compliant bar codes up to 2.7 in., the 2300 series has a molded, rounded front plate to protect the printhead from impact with cases on the line. The printers are available with an optional remote user interface based on the CLARiTY operating system, easing setting changes. Claricom CLARiSOFT message management software supports message creation using alphanumeric codes, graphics, images, and bar codes. The printers can operate standing alone or can be integrated into a facility’s IT infrastructure using Claricom CLARiNET networking software. Up to four printers can be linked together into a single print system. Videojet Technologies Inc., 800/843-3610;

Booth #3121




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