By Marie Redding
Millions of pharmaceutical products have been affected by recalls this year. Reasons have included the presence of particulates in a syringe, packaging the wrong product (such as a tablet containing the wrong dosage); out-of-spec products, and contamination by a foreign substance. Although many of these issues were caught at the wholesale level, others weren’t—and some had the potential to cause life-threatening issues for end-users or consumers.
Flow wrapping has gained support as a cost-effective automated alternative for medical device packaging. Vendors including Amcor and Perfecseal have introduced films for device packaging engineered to perform on high-speed flow wrapping machines.
For applications sealing thicker substrates used in device packaging, Bosch Packaging Technology (www.boschpackaging.com) introduced at Pack Expo Las Vegas the Pack 301 LD (long dwell) horizontal flow wrapper. The unit produces up to 150 packs per minute.
Automate is the new name for the International Robots, Vision & Motion Control Show to be held at McCormick Place in Chicago, March 21-24, 2011. Sponsored by the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Automated Imaging Association (AIA), and the Motion Control Association (MCA), the show will be co-located with ProMat 2011, the show for the material handling industry and logistics industry sponsored by Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA).
Mettler-Toledo CI-Vision has established the CI-Vision Vision Institute (CVI) to provide enhanced training for its machine vision systems. Trainers certified by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) will provide both classroom and hands-on training on the basic technology, effective application, and proper maintenance of CI-Vision machine vision inspection systems.
Robert Willett now serves as president and chief operating officer, Cognex Corp. (Natick, MA). Willett will assume these responsibilities in addition to his existing role as president of the Modular Vision Systems Division, which is the largest operating division of Cognex. Mr. Willett will continue reporting to Dr. Robert J. Shillman, who remains the company’s chairman and CEO.
Toshiba America’s Imaging Systems Division (TAIS) has announced the appointment of Paul Dempster to the position of director, medical imaging and factory automation. Dempster will oversee sales, business development, and marketing activities for Toshiba’s advanced video imaging technology and high resolution CMOS and CCD cameras, which are used in surgical imaging, endoscopy, factory automation, machine vision, non-destructive testing, and specialty high-definition-video applications.
Multivac integrates its R140 FFS unit with ESS Technologies’ TaskMate system using a FANUC LRMate mini robot.
High-Speed Blister Machine