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Collaborative Robots for Carton Palletizing

Tue, 2016-11-08 16:55
By Line: Pat ReynoldsCollaborative Robots for Carton PalletizingFlexLink systems demonstrated an impressive use of two collaborative robots from Universal Robot to unload cartons from a conveyor and place them neatly on a pallet.

Advanced Bagging System

Tue, 2016-11-08 16:42
By Line: Pat ReynoldsAdvanced Bagging SystemThe Autobag 550 bagger from Automated Packaging Systems is a technologically-advanced, automatic filling and sealing machine designed for reliability, flexibility, and optimized packaging throughput at speeds to 45 bags per minute.

Medical Device Packaging

Tue, 2016-11-08 16:34
By Line: Pat ReynoldsMedical Device PackagingThe Vertrod medical device package sealer from PAC Machinery has a 48-inch seal length and features the new Med Logic controller for superb capture of important data.

New blister film accommodates hot and cold-fill products and semi-solids

Tue, 2016-11-08 15:47
Pentapharm® Liquigiard™

Klöckner Pentaplast introduces LiquiGuard™, the latest innovation in the Pentapharm® line of pharmaceutical blister films. Until now, limitations of blister films to withstand hot-fill liquids and other emerging dosage forms presented too great a technical challenge for blister packaging to be a viable option for nutraceuticals and medications beyond solid oral dose formulations.

Until now, limitations of blister films to withstand hot-fill liquids and other emerging dosage forms presented too great a technical challenge for blister packaging to be a viable option for nutraceuticals and medications beyond solid oral dose formulations.

Live From Pharma EXPO: Optel Vision's Serialization Solutions

Tue, 2016-11-08 15:23
Manual Print Station™

As the first serialization deadline nears, it seems everyone is scrambling to put a comprehensive solution in place that won’t disrupt efficiency. Optel Vision’s Mario Simard took to the Innovation Stage to give some insight into their solutions for serialization and traceability. Two products stood out: The Manual Print Station™ and CLTracker TE™.

Optel Vision showed off their track and trace solutions for carton labeling, inspection and report generation.

RM2 Launches a Smart Pallet, Uses AT&T's LTE-M to Harness IoT

Tue, 2016-11-08 14:33
RM2ELIoT, a fully integrated, zero maintenance, long-life, IoT-based track and trace solution uses AT&T’s LTE-M network to boost

RM2 International, a vertically-integrated pallet development, management, and supply company, announced its participation in AT&T’s LTE-M network pilot that aims to boost connections for the Internet of Things (IoT).

RM2ELIoT, a fully integrated, zero maintenance, long-life, IoT-based track and trace solution uses AT&T’s LTE-M network to boost connections for IoT.

Live From Pharma EXPO: Atlas Weather Durability Testing

Tue, 2016-11-08 13:49

If you’ve ever had a skunked beer, you’re familiar with the negative effect sunlight can have on products. Photo-degradation is a very real issue even in pharmaceuticals where sunlight and fluorescent lighting can affect the color steadfastness of packaging and even negate the effects of a drug’s active pharmaceutical ingredient (API). About 1/3 of pharmaceutical products require some form of light resistant packaging. That’s where Atlas Material Testing Solutions comes in.

Atlas debuts their suite of Weather Durability Testing equipment to combat photo-degradation of pharmaceuticals and packaging.

Plan to Attend the Inaugural ProFood Tech

Tue, 2016-11-08 12:35
Register now for the inaugural ProFood Tech

Registration is now open for the inaugural ProFood Tech (April 4–6, 2017; McCormick Place, Chicago), the only event in North America focused exclusively on all food and beverage sectors, featuring 6,000 processing professionals, more than 400 of the world’s top suppliers, 150,000 net square feet of exhibit floor and 45 hours of blockbuster educational programming.

Registration now open.

Live from Pharma EXPO: Automation in Cannabis Packaging

Tue, 2016-11-08 11:38
 Automation in Cannabis Packaging

The show floor is abuzz with talk about how best to serve the booming cannabis market with automation technology typically reserved for higher volume products such as coffee and pharmaceuticals.

With cannabis measures on the ballots in nine states today, legalization and subsequent production surges are on everyone’s mind. California, Maine, Nevada, Arizona, and Massachusetts are voting on measures that would make recreational marijuana legal in small amounts for people over 21. Arkansas, Florida, Montana, and North Dakota will be voting to legalize medical marijuana.

Cannabis measures hang in the balance in nine states today. Exhibitors and attendees alike are planning ahead for the production surge.Tags: marijuanacannabislegalizationcannabis automationpharma expoPACK EXPO

Does Music Unlock Pain Med Potential?

Tue, 2016-11-08 09:30
Music Therapy

A November 4thReuters article says music can complement traditional pain medications to combat acute or chronic pain related to conditions such as cancer. Jin Hyung Lee of the Ewha Women’s University in Seoul reviewed 97 randomized trials that examined patients’ self-reported pain intensity, emotional distress from pain, vital signs, and amount of pain medication taken.

New report shows patients experience less pain when pairing music therapy with traditional medication.

Live from Pharma EXPO: New Scavenging Solutions from CSP

Mon, 2016-11-07 19:53

Existing options for bottle scavenging are limited by a number of hurdles including short shelf life, risk of spillage, and quick saturation without immediate recapping. CSP Technologies introduced two innovative scavenging solutions at Pack Expo that improve solid dose stability: PHARMAPUCK™ and ACTIV-SEAL™.

CSP Technologies added two new products to their robust suite that scavenge moisture, reactive impurities, and odors.

Live From Pharma EXPO: IGBressan’s Magic Boxes

Mon, 2016-11-07 19:09
Tamper Evident Box (left) and Child Resistant Box (right)

Italy’s IGBressan debuted three innovative boxes today focused on improving safety, lowering the impact on the pharmaceutical industry, and adding value to products.

IGBressan lit up the Innovation Stage with three unique box solutions for tamper evidence, child resistance, and recreational marijuana.

Live from Pharma EXPO: Blister Packs for Liquid and Semi-Liquid Doses

Mon, 2016-11-07 18:44
KP's New Blister Packs for Liquid and Semi-Liquid Doses

After three years of development, Klöckner Pentaplast debuted their LiquiGuard™ solution for packing liquid and semi-liquid doses today at Pack Expo. Their client needed a non-stick packaging solution that could resist high temperatures, prevent dehydration and agglomeration, retain flavor, and still be child resistant. The solution takes advantage of the inherent benefits of liquids by creating an easy to swallow/drink single dose that can be conveniently and discretely stored on a person.

Klöckner Pentaplast meets client needs for innovative packaging solution for liquid and semi-liquid single dose meds.

Considerations for Implementing Single-Use Filling Systems

Mon, 2016-11-07 17:48

As biosimilars, biologics, orphan drugs and personalized medicines advance therapeutic treatment options, they also drive demand for greater processing and packaging flexibility.

More targeted medical treatment therapies push the single-use systems option for fill/finish operations.

Safe Pharma Process Automation for Low Volume and Clinical Trials

Mon, 2016-11-07 16:10
Vial filler offers automation, safety benefits for R&D and small batch manufacturers

Reaping the efficiency benefits of automated filling and packaging technology can be challenging for manufacturers who process low volumes, where high-speed machines’ capabilities are excessive and costly. Additionally, as we reported after Pack Expo Las Vegas in 2015, operator safety in pharmaceutical packaging is becoming more of a focus as small volume, potent drugs such as cytotoxics are developed.

Vial filler offers automation, safety benefits for R&D and small batch manufacturers.

New Player in the TIJ Arena

Mon, 2016-11-07 14:00
TIJ Model TC12

Redimark is so new, in fact, that it didn’t have time to organize its own booth here at Pack Expo. But Dean Hornsby, a Matthews veteran whose business card now reads “Redimark Brand Evangelist,” is at the show creating plenty of buzz, so Redimark is very much a part of the Pack Expo experience, booth or no booth. Small-character digital Thermal Ink Jet printing, or TIJ, is what Redimark offers in the first, and so far only, machine available, the Model TC12. It uses cloud connectivity to make backup, storage, and retrieval of coding data fast and effortless.

Redimark, a new marking and coding company out of Portland, OR, is described as a brand of Matthews Marking Systems but is in fact a unique business entity represented independently from Matthews.

Allergan Optimizes Two Bottling Lines

Mon, 2016-11-07 13:47
Sabri Demirel, Ulhmann Packaging Systems LP, stands next to refurbished equipment at the Uhlmann booth.

“Growth Pharma” is the name of a new industry model from Allergan plc, the Dublin, Ireland-based firm that develops, manufactures and commercializes pharmaceuticals, devices and biologics. Its products address the central nervous system, eye care, medical aesthetics and dermatology, gastroenterology, women's health, urology and anti-infective therapeutic categories.

Its Cincinnati facility flourishes with two IBC 120 bottle lines from Uhlmann USA that deliver state-of-the-art packaging.

Top-Load Robotic Case Packer

Mon, 2016-11-07 13:21
By Line: Pat ReynoldsTop-Load Robotic Case PackerTop-load robotic case packer from Barry Wehmiller’s Thiele group takes products directly from a horizontal flow wrapper into a case packer that uses a pair of Fanuc robots.

Coldform foil blister provides moisture barrier, runs on standard lines

Mon, 2016-11-07 13:11
Coldform Foil Blister Provides Moisture Barrier, Runs on Standard Lines

Blister packaging becomes most critical, perhaps, in containing and protecting potentially life-saving pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Here, blisters are commonly used for unit-dose packs that help patients adhere/comply with vital medication regimens. Form/fill/seal equipment is used to pack medications in which thermoformed cavities are formed out of flat sheet or film, including aluminum-based film that offer strong oxygen and moisture barrier.

The venerable blister pack thrives in multiple industries and is suitable for an incredibly diverse range of consumer packaged goods. You'll see these blisters used to contain everything from valuable electronics to toys to hardware to automotive products. Blister packs help protect products from external factors such as humidity, contamination, and light.

Intelligent Illumination Speeds Troubleshooting

Mon, 2016-11-07 13:00
Schneider blue

The idea is to use multicolor LED lighting inside the framework of a machine—here it happens to be a case packer--to cue end user personnel on the plant floor as to the condition of the packaging equipment for which they are responsible. Blue is one of the colors involved. Schneider calls it Schneider blue, but just five days removed from a rather memorable baseball game in Cleveland, I’m quite certain it’s Cubbie Blue. In any event, blue lighting signifies that the machine is purring along the way it’s supposed to.

Intelligent Illumination is on full display at the Schneider Packaging booth in the South Hall, and what a colorful display it is.