Packaging Resource Center: The Latest in Package Software
A software solution uses programmed business rules to monitor quality events and tasks on a real-time basis. MasterControl Rules software is designed to help managers solve issues before they become problems. A manager can set thresholds for quality events, such as customer complaints or material nonconformances. The system will trigger a notification to alert the manager to take appropriate action. Rules can be configured based on company needs. Depending on source data selected by a user, triggers may be based on when criteria are met or on a number of records issued. MasterControl Inc., Salt Lake City, UT; 800/825-9117; www.mastercontrol.com.
Slat Counter Upgrade
A provider of automation technology for tablet packaging machinery offers a software upgrade for a manufacturer’s slat counters. The upgraded software is designed to improve slat counter performance and reduce downtime. It changes the mode of operation for dual-lane equipment so that they operate more efficiently, with fewer jams and faster output. The software installs in the existing PLC and display. Some pneumatic cylinders need to be moved to accommodate the new logic. Installation takes one to two days plus qualification time. iSky Factory Automation Inc., San Antonio, TX; 210/884-6636; www.iskynetworks.com.
A manufacturer of packaging systems offers a system integration program designed to integrate baggers, counters, and conveyors simply and quickly. DeviceNet is designed to replace traditional I/O hardwiring and signaling with a high-speed bidirectional serial communications platform that simplifies operations. It uses onboard controllers and software to provide high-level data structure to improve overall system control and diagnostic capabilities. Users can access diagnostic information from one central location. The quick connectivity increases system productivity. Automated Packaging Systems Inc., Streetsboro, OH; 330/342-2000; www.autobag.com.
A quality-management system is designed to track quality processes in a centralized database. TrackWise is a fully configurable system that integrates related quality compliance events and actions, automates workflow, and generates status reports. Designed to help companies achieve compliance efficiently, the system notifies users at milestones of due dates and manages quality processes by providing visibility of common problems. The integrated management system is configured to communicate and report across quality systems to streamline work flow and increase visibility of data trends to minimize batch rejections. Sparta Systems Inc., Holmdel, NJ; 888/261-5948; www.sparta-systems.com.
Blister Design Program
A CAD simulation tool and software program is designed for finite-element modeling for thermoforming pharmaceutical blister packages. Pentapharm BlisterPro is designed to improve the film selection process and provide package engineering support services to the pharmaceutical industry. It allows package designers, technicians, and engineers to explore the effects of tool geometry, film characteristics, and process conditions before running actual experiments. The program provides three stages of simulations: thickness distribution, surface area, and permeability estimates of thermoformed cavities. It is designed to evaluate barrier improvement and optimization for existing tools and films and understands cause and effect while addressing constraints. Klöckner Pentaplast of America Inc., Gordonsville, VA; 540/832-3600; www.kpfilms.com.