Packaging Resource Center: The Latest in Desiccants
A feeding system can accommodate desiccants in pouch and canister form. The Model DF-OT is designed to feed 1-g pouch or sachet desiccants and 1-g canister desiccants from loose bulk quantities. The machine loads loose pouches and does not cut them from a rolled strip so there is no risk of a pouch getting cut open and spilling. The machine can perform multiple insertions into single containers or single insertions into multiple receivers, such as for a matrix tray or a multilane assembly system. Palace Packaging Machines Inc., Downington, PA; 610/873-7252; www.unscramblers.com.
A company offers two types of desiccant canisters designed for pharmaceutical and nutraceutical applications. Aroma-Can and PharmaKeep canisters are compatible with high-speed automatic inserting equipment. Aroma-Can scented desiccant canisters feature CompelAroma encapsulated aroma-release technology from ScentSational Technologies. The canisters are designed to protect product from moisture, while filling the packaging with an orange, lemon, or custom-designed scent. PharmaKeep is designed for pharmaceutical applications that require a desiccant to absorb moisture in low-relative-humidity package environments. It was designed jointly by the company and Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company, Inc. (MGC Inc.; Tokyo). Süd-Chemie Performance Packaging, Colton, CA; 909/825-1793; www.s-cpp.com.
Desiccant Jar Caps
A company offers two desiccant caps that are designed to fit a range of pill jars. The company used a fully automatic assembly and desiccant filling line to manufacture the caps, which feature HDPE walls designed to provide moisture-barrier protection. The Evipharm filled-in desiccant cap and the Secupharm child-resistant, push-and-turn desiccant cap both have tamper-evident features. Both caps fit a pill jar neck width of 32 mm and can handle jars containing from 20 to 110 ml of product. Rexam Pharma, Suresnes, France; +33 1 41389800; www.rexam.com.
A provider of controlled-atmosphere packaging offers custom printing on its desiccant products. Up to four-color printing capabilities are available for desiccant products such as sachets. Almost any custom size and format can be manufactured and printed. Desiccare Inc., Pomona, CA; 800/ 446-6650; www.desiccare.com.
A company offers desiccant products designed to provide protection against moisture and corrosion. These products are formulated for long-term protection for medical and electronic applications. Several configurations of desiccants and humidity-indicator cards are available. American Packaging, San Leandro, CA; 510/877-9049; www.amerpkg.com.
A desiccant canister features a single-piece design to eliminate potential line contamination that can be experienced with conventional two-piece-assembly canisters. Two-piece canisters often feature a shaker-style top that can contribute to dust contamination which can build up along a production line. The SorbiCap single-piece desiccant canister is designed to absorb moisture and odor through its welded end caps. The welded end caps are made of porous plastic that virtually eliminates dusting because the ends stay sealed, even under extreme pressure, while allowing the desiccant formula to continue to perform. The canister is made of high-density polyethylene. Multisorb Technologies Inc., Buffalo, NY; 716/824-8900; www.multisorb.com.