Packaging Reliably with Form-Fill-Seal

Machines feature advanced systems for forming and sealing with integrated vision toward ensuring product quality and production output goals.
Implementing thermoform-fill-seal (FFS) machinery as an alternative to manual filling and sealing is a complex undertaking. Medical device companies planning automation with FFS must at the outset establish their current and future capacity requirements.
The suitability of new primary package and secondary packaging for devices will be evaluated.
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Customizing Form-Fill-Seal Lines

Machinery manufacturers are tailoring their machines to deliver targeted performance.

To support today’s medical device packaging requirements, equipment manufacturers are working diligently to customize packaging lines, especially those including form-fill-seal machinery. “Most device manufacturers have their own requirements, which we must blend into the design of any line,” says Bob Koch, director of sales for Multivac Inc. “This is the norm, not the exception.” Multivac provides thermoform-fill-seal and vacuum-sealing machinery as well as ancillary equipment for feeding, printing, and inspection.

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Bell-Mark Featured High-Definition Printer at WestPack

For printing static and variable data inline, Bell-Mark ( at WestPack introduced the InteliJet HD piezo ink-jet printer. Compactly designed to fit on horizontal form-fill-seal machines, blister packaging machines, and flow wrappers, the unit features the highest resolution ink-jet print head technology available, says Doug Buch, director, marketing/IT.

Major Machinery Modifications

After customizing the Multivac R145 Form-Fill-Seal system so its legally blind workers are able to run it, LHB Industries has increased production.

By Marie Redding
Freelance Writer

LHB Industries, also known as Lighthouse for the Blind, is a non-profit organization that provides employment, education, and support services for the legally blind—and the company is just beginning to find its place in the medical packaging industry. Headquartered in St. Louis, LHB offers turnkey medical packaging services, including auto pouching, tray sealing, vacuum sealing, and a variety of kit assemblies.

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Multivac Highlights Versatility, Efficiency at WestPack

In Booth 5201 at WestPack, Multivac will present attendees a variety of packaging options. Among key highlights will be Multivac’s first-ever thermoformer built on a full Allen Bradley/Rockwell control platform and drive system. WestPack will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA, February 8-10.

On the Line

Form-fill-seal packaging lines carry the workload.

When investing in form-fill-seal machines, medical device and drug packaging professionals seek machinery that can help streamline their packaging operations. Given the size of the investment, these packagers need systems that can carry sizeable workloads reliably. High product volume may not be the only driver; users may need to run packaging, printing, inspection, and other functions all on one line, with minimal manual labor.

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High-Speed Laminate Films Roll Out

Ampac Flexibles (Cincinnati), the flexible packaging division of Ampac Packaging LLC, has launched its Flexi-Free High-Speed (HS) Laminate Films for high-speed form-fill-seal applications. Sealing at temperatures 40 degrees lower than standard laminate materials, the films enable FFS operators to shorten dwell times and increase machine speed. The films also offer a low-temperature option for products that are heat sensitive.

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Multivac to Display New Labeler and More at EastPack

Multivac (Kansas City, MO) will showcase its diverse product range once again at EastPack 2010 in New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, June 8-10, in booth #3123. Attendees will have the opportunity to view demonstrations of Multivac thermoform fill-seal, tray sealing, and vacuum chamber packaging machinery as well the company’s new Xbelt labeler.


Rennco Unveils Vertical Form-Fill-Seal Packager

Rennco (Homer, MI) introduces the Model Vertic·L-PP vertical form-fill-seal packager. The Model Vertic·L-PP is a pouch-type bagger that provides a reliable, versatile cost effective alternative to roll stock systems or pre-made bag operations.

The packager is configured with an 18” x 24” seal system that uses 25” pre-perforated centerfolded packaging material to create a bag around the products. The Vertic·L-PP has a specially designed vertical film roll holding arrangement to allow ease of changing roll stock material.

Multivac Now on Facebook

Multivac Inc. (Kansas  City,  MO) is now providing news, tips, special offers, and incentives via Facebook, the popular social networking site. Fans can get the scoop from Multivac’s new “apprentice,” Klaus, often in multimedia format.

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