Spurred by a client request for additional sachet capacity, Almac Pharma Services has completed a £2 million investment program at the company’s headquarters in Craigavon, Northern Ireland. A new facility with approximately 5500 sq ft features dispensing and blending suites to accommodate 2.5 ton batches along with a sachet filling and packaging line. The facility is expected to produce more than 120 million sachets, split across various packed formats.
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.
AMMCO (Gardena, CA) has launched an improved version of the pillow pack. The pillow pack is used for packaging liquid and semi-liquid pharmaceuticals, medical products, and cosmetics.
The company has been producing the pillow pack since 1961 and recently introduced biodegradable material. The design of the package has been improved so that it is smoother and easier to store and remove from pockets and purses.
Teleflex Inc. (Limerick, PA) provided an update on the previously announced Arrow International Inc. voluntary recall of all lots of its Arrow custom intravenous administration products — IV tubing sets and accessories — and certain Arrow arterial embolectomy catheters distributed before Feb. 19, 2010.
Medical device manufacturers have often struggled with including multiple-page instructions for use (IFU) with sterile medical packaging. Including paper materials inside sterile packaging could present contamination challenges, and leaving an IFU loose inside a shelf pack could risk misplacement. Responding to a customer challenge, Robinson Printing & Creative Media (Temecula, CA) has developed a potential solution.
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.
Through its OnSite packaging engineering service, Oliver-Tolas Healthcare Packaging (Grand Rapids, MI) has been able to learn a lot about how converted products fare during package testing. Originally launched to support medical device manufacturers with packaging protocols and validation as well as regulatory and standards education, OnSite has given Oliver-Tolas engineers testing feedback to inform the company’s own product development.