Pharmaceutical and medical packaging professionals are heading south for the industry's latest offerings.
SouthPack 2003, to be held this April 30–May 1 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, will display materials, supplies, equipment, and services for injection molding, labeling, package decorating, shrink-wrapping, and thermoforming. In addition, conferences on market-specific packaging issues will be taking place throughout the show.
The Pharmaceutical Packaging Pavilion, sponsored by Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News, will feature specialty equipment, pharmaceutical-grade materials and supplies, disposables packaging, trays and kits, blister packs, tamper-resistant/evident containers, labeling and bar coding systems, as well as testing, inspection, and sterilization services.
Attendees will also find everything they need to package vitamins and nutritional supplements at the Nutraceutical Packaging Pavilion, including source-processing equipment, labelers, contract manufacturing services, quality control instruments, and more.
Conference sessions of interest include a track on new opportunities in medical device packaging and controlled-temperature packaging, as well as a session on "Bar Coding Unit Doses and Patient Safety."
SouthPack attendees may be interested in registering for the Women in Packaging Leadership Summit, also held in Atlanta the day before SouthPack, on April 29. For more details, visit www.packaginguniversity.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 770/924-3563.
SouthPack, a bienniel trade show, is hosted by Canon Communications llc. Show hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For registration information, please visit www.southpackshow.com or call 310/445-4200.
An expandable label with a resealable top panel provides up to three times the printing space of a nonexpandable label. Suited for round and flat-sided containers, the label can be printed with graphics. Standard automatic equipment for pressure-sensitive labels can be used to apply the expandable label to packages. Label applicator systems are also among the supplier's offerings. Weber Marking Systems Inc., Arlington Heights, IL; 800/843-4242; www.webermarking.com.
A series of intermittent and continuous-motion thermal-transfer printers are suitable for printing variable information, such as real time/date, bar codes, prices, lot codes, and expiration dates. The 300-dpi digital compact printers are easily mounted on a wide variety of either intermittent or continuous-motion vertical form-fill-seal machinery, blister packs, overwrappers, and labelers. They can achieve a high print rate of up to 700 mm per second within a 2 x 3 in. print area or continuous-motion web speeds of more than 1000 mm per second within a 2 x 5 in. area. Norwood Marking Systems, Downers Grove IL; 630/ 968-0646; email@example.com.
A converter of premium folding cartons has more than 70 years of experience serving the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. Offset and flexographic printing are among the supplier's specialties. Finishing techniques offered include UV printing, hot-foil stamping, and embossing. Graphic design services are also available. Resolution Packaging, Marion, NC; 828/652-5511; www.respack.com.
CODING AND LABELING SYSTEMS
A company's latest marking, coding, and labeling systems will be on display at the show. The IJ/3000 is a large-character ink-jet printing system featuring a touch screen graphical user interface for operator convenience, high-speed Ethernet connection, and continuous monitoring and diagnostics functions. The ALP/4500 is an automated labeling system that can function as a medium-volume print-and-apply unit or as a high-speed label applicator. The Linx 6800 is a small-character ink-jet printer that features a simple, low-maintenance printhead with no moving parts, one-button start-up and shutdown, and automatic printhead cleaning. Diagraph, St. Charles, MO; 800/722-1125; firstname.lastname@example.org.
A company offers thin-gauge (0.010 to 0.060 in.) thermoforming, in-house CAD/CAM design, and high-speed machining for prototypes and production tooling. The company has two facilities: a 49,000-sq-ft plant in Pennsylvania and a 16,000-sq-ft plant in North Carolina. The company has 14 years of experience and is ISO 9001 certified. Specialties include the design, development, and production of blisters, trays, and clamshells. Computer Designs, Whitehall, PA; 610/261-2100; email@example.com.
A company introduces its next-generation servo positive-displacement fillers in both semi- automatic and automatic models with up to 12 filling heads. Each filling nozzle dispenses product using a dedicated positive-displacement pump with digitally encoded drives to control pump revolutions for high-accuracy fills. Standard features include washdown capable stainless-steel construction, toolless changeover, automatic bottle indexing, no bottle/no fill, nozzle misalignment/no fill, downstream backup detection, automatic drip tray, positive shutoff nozzles, and PLC with 40 product fill profiles. Inline Filling Systems Inc., Venice, FL; 941/486-8800; www.fillers.com.