More Than Machinery

A major generic drug maker had been relying on contract support for numerous products across a wide range of therapeutic areas, including niche, high-barrier-to-entry products that have limited competition and long life cycles. Given the number of different product lines, the company decided about five years ago that it was time to bring packaging in-house. 
In addition to efficient machinery, the company needed U.S.-based support providing OEM tooling capabilities, services, technicians, training personnel, and more.
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Flexible Solutions Meet Versatile Applications

At this year’s FCE Pharma in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the Romaco Group will show highlights from its packaging and processing sectors. The compact Noack DPN 760 blister packaging machine unites high system availability with excellent value for money. MZ toothed colloid mills from FrymaKoruma offer efficient processes for highest product quality. The tablet and capsule counting machine Bosspak RTC 15 is equipped with the unique Quad-Count optical matrix counting system.

Setting up for Small Batches

Compact, flexibly changed machines are meeting market needs for efficient, lower-volume blister runs.
By David Vaczek, Senior Editor
Small-batch production needs are driving the market in blister machines. For manufacturers frequently changing between new blister configurations, materials, and labeling, small-format models offer less-expensive tooling and fast changeover capability that reduce production costs.
These scaled-down machines feature lightweight, easy handled forming tools.
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Control for Wide Blister Webs

Designed for handling wider webs, Pharmaworks’ TF3 blister machine offers unique features including a vertical web orientation at the blister forming module.
“There are some projects out there where customers are still looking for a larger format machine,” says Ben Brower, vice president and sales director, Pharmaworks.
With a maximum blister format of 220 mm X 290 mm, the TF3 suits applications such as high count “bingo cards” for nursing homes, large blisters for medical devices, and “some good old fashioned
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Using Customized Magnetic Technology for Authentication

Schreiner ProSecure is introducing authentication technology that can be incorporated into self-adhesive packaging. FluxSecure technology consists of a magnetically encoded, extremely thin thread that can be inserted between the adhesive and the masking paper.

Oystar Bundles U.S. Business

The Oystar Group has bundled its U.S. business under a single corporate umbrella. With immediate effect, the previous U.S. subsidiaries Oystar Jones (Covington, KY), Oystar USA (Edison, NJ) and Oystar Packaging Technologies (Davenport, IA) will now have a uniform corporate appearance as “Oystar North America.”

Pharmaworks Unveils Two Blister Machines, Robotic Feeder

Pharmaworks, Inc. (Odessa, FL) has announced the release of the TF1e blister packaging machine. Built on the success of the TF1 blister machine, the TF1e has an increased format range (170 mm x 90 mm vs. 130 mm x 80 mm). The company is positioning the TF1e as an affordable, small footprint machine, well suited for today’s quick changeover demands.

Tekni-Plex Turn Around Hinges On Pharma Packaging Products and Services

With finances back on a solid footing, the company plans investment in its pharma and medical device businesses.

Tekni-Plex, Inc. (King of Prussia, PA) is focused on growing its pharmaceutical packaging and medical device business segments, after implementing broad reforms to restore corporate profitability.
Since a financial restructuring two years ago, the global manufacturer of packaging and tubing products has maintained investment in its core businesses, and is planning for continued growth, says Paul Young, CEO, Tekni-Plex.

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Forming Tactics for Blister Films

Barrier films can create line performance challenges.

In blister materials, pharmaceutical companies' first priority is protecting the product, and at the lowest possible cost. Material performance on the packaging line is another issue to be considered, with pharma firms focused on improving line uptimes and speed.

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