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Polypack Celebrates Installation of 1000th Solar Panel

Shrink wrap equipment manufacturer Polypack Inc. has installed its 1000th solar panel at its Pinellas Park, FL, facility. In 2011 the company set out to power its manufacturing facility with solar power, using a system that could withstand hurricanes and high winds. At the end of November, the company celebrated the 1000th panel installed on its rooftop system with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Polypack Celebrates Installation of 1000th Solar Panel

Shrink wrap equipment manufacturer Polypack Inc. has installed its 1000th solar panel at its Pinellas Park, FL, facility. In 2011 the company set out to power its manufacturing facility with solar power, using a system that could withstand hurricanes and high winds. At the end of November, the company celebrated the 1000th panel installed on its rooftop system with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Healthcare Packaging Market to Reach $93 Billion in 2012

A market research report from Reportlinker.com indicates that emerging economies and evolving technologies are fueling growth.

The global healthcare packaging market is a complex and large market. The varied factors affecting the drug demand and consumption as well the development of medical practices will determine the growth of this market in future. Also, being a vital industry, the healthcare packaging market is directly linked to economic development. As emerging economies grow, demand for healthcare packaging will increase, further strengthening the market. Visiongain calculates that the global healthcare packaging market will reach $93.9bn in 2012

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Quality, then Cost

The economy is straining packaging budgets, but packaging engineers report that maintaining quality is still more important than cost cutting.

Economic ups and downs are certainly driving change in the pharmaceutical and medical device packaging markets, perhaps accelerating trends that began long ago, such as downgauging and lightweighting. But given the heavily regulated industry and its conservative, quality-minded packaging professionals, change happens slowly. While such a pace often means that innovations take time to penetrate the industry, it also means that attempts to reduce operating costs typically do not happen quickly.

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Merck's Secondary Packaging Development Process

By David Yao
Senior Project Engineer, Merck

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Improving Quality, While Reducing Costs

Can packaging and labeling innovation play a role in healthcare reform?

Despite economic struggles in the United States, President Barack Obama is pushing for healthcare reform. His appointees to the Health and Human Services (HHS) and FDA are pushing, too. Their approaches include prevention, improving healthcare quality, and reducing costs and waste, among other initiatives. Given the critical roles packaging and labeling play in maintaining the safe and effective use of pharmaceuticals and medical devices, you may be able to help them. 

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New Survey Examines Mid-Year Economic Outlook

 
Nearly six in ten of the executives (57%) have a positive view outlook for the economy over the next six months, while 51% are pessimistic about the outlook for the manufacturing sector.
 
About half of those surveyed expect their firm’s performance to decline and a majority expect to reduce costs across the board, such as operational (80%), supplier (65%), and labor (51%).
 
However, 70% of manufacturers said they plan to keep staffing levels the same over the next six months and 51% of executives a

Reducing Risk through Packaging

Pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing companies are enlisting their packaging departments to protect much more than product integrity. Profitability, brand reputation, and even the environment are being preserved with the help of packaging.
By Daphne Allen

Minimizing risk is pretty high on any professional's list.

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