Packaging finds the right Rx

Packaging Digest Staff

November 12, 2015

18 Min Read
Packaging finds the right Rx


One of four events of the International Pharmaceutical Industry Congress (IPIC), Interphex brings together executives, managers, engineers and technicians in the field of drug manufacturing. The show includes two technology pavilions–one for packaging equipment and supplies, and one for process automation and controls solutions.

Packaging Digest is a co-sponsor of this year's Packaging Pavilion, along with the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council (HCPC). The IPIC also comprises the Pharmaceutical Contract Services & Outsourcing Expo, Drug Science & Technology Summit and Pharma-IT Expo & Summit. All will be held March 31 through April 2 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

Conference program
For the first time, the conference program is being produced by ISPE, the Society for Life Science Professionals. Topics include validation, packaging, quality control, facilities management, regulatory compliance and the need for greater efficiency and profitability. Among the specific sessions are ISPE Pharmaceutical Engineering Baseline Guide Series: Pre-Release Form on Packaging, Labeling and Warehousing Operations, and Packaging Line Scale-up from a Manufacturing Technology Perspective. Within the Contract Services & Outsouring Conference are sessions such as State of the Contracting Industry, and Outsourcing Packaging in the New Century.

Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Monday and Tuesday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Wednesday. Conference hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m, on Monday and Tuesday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Wednesday. For show registration, call 888/334-8704 or fax 203/840-9648. Conference manager Stacie Fuchs can be reached at [email protected]. For more information, visit the show website at Circle No. 233.

Accu-Sort Systems-2537 Adolph Gottscho-582: Anchored by co.'s flexo UV platen printer, a new UV printing system is combined with a traversing programmable ink-jet printer, also with UV-curing ink, for both fixed and variable data.Advanced Scientifics, Inc.-Contract Services-682: Designs and manufactures customized, single-use bag assemblies and tubing. Standard stocks accommodate fluid capacities from 100 mL to 500 L and include OVC, PP, PE, foil, and other films.Alcoa Flexible Packaging-C414: Safety-Pak® and Drug-Pak® blister lidding, pouch materials, Uni-Form® cold-form blister materials, Integripeel™ foil/film lidding and specialty films for bands, sleeves and overwaps. Now offers thermoformed plastic packaging in a range of materials.Altwood Roll Label-456: Extended-content labels; printed blister foil; On-Pak labels; flexible packaging; p-s labels.American Bank Note Holographics-172Arlington Press Pharmaceutical Packaging-388: Preferred cGMP supplier of high-quality labels, package inserts, cartons and specialty products for the pharmaceutical industry. Provides a complete package from concept through finished product. Offers other services as part of the IMPAXX Packaging Network.Arpac Group, The-581: Dual-lane Model 708HBD-32 shrink bundler handles vitamins, medication, mouthwash and shampoos; shrink-wraps products in a variety of multipack configurations using multirow collation.ASAHI/America-2055B.A.G. Corp.-466: Along with BP, offers the anti-microbial Super Sack® FIBC, constructed of PP fabric with a proprietary, silver-based additive that is FDA-approved for indirect food contact.Baldor Electric-2639Banner Engineering-1589: Full line of photoelectric controls, including clear label detectors, registration mark sensors, vision inspection systems, fiberoptics, miniature sensors, laser measurement and inspection sensors, light curtain arrays, ultrasonic sensors, optical touch buttons and a complete line of safety light curtains, safety modules and safety relays.Barry Wehmiller Design Group-597Bausch & Stroebel Machine Co.-1355: Fully automatic machines for cleaning, sterilizing, filling, sealing, closing, coding, checking, labeling, assembling, magazining and transporting. Bulk for system-oriented production lines in the processing of ampoules, vials, bottles, IV bags, disposable syringes, and special containers for pharmaceutical, cosmetic and chemical products.Bell-Mark Corp.-379: The 32-bit EasyPrint IImlp thermal-transfer printer offers narrow-web printing for 2D bar coding of unit-of-use/unit dose packages at 300 dpi.Blumer (USA)-265: Distributes the Band-All line of banding and label application equipment, which uses band widths from 1 to 4 in. in both paper and PP, and can be interfaced with most automatic equipment.Bosch Packaging Technology-637: Providing solutions for liquid and dry pharmaceutical, veterinary, biotechnology and nutraceutical processing and packaging applications. This includes cleanroom and barrier isolator liquid filling systems, vial and ampule washers and depyrogenation tunnels, capsule fillers, thermoformers and cartoners.Burkhead-DeVane, Tape & Label-180: Provides labels and inserts. Capabilities include sequential numbering, 100-percent bar-code verification, clear-on-clear and peel-away applications. Capmatic-155: New Conquest® Monoblock FC-12-12 is a fully mechanical, continuous-motion machine designed to fill bottles and jars with liquid, cream, shampoo and OTC products, and apply caps at speeds up to 250 bpm. A fill, plug and cap version is available. Circle No. 20.Cardinal Health Pharmaceutical Technologies & Services-C430: A leading independent drug delivery technology developer, pharmaceutical packager and outsourced pharmaceutical manufacturing provider. The co.'s oral, sterile and topical technologies and packaging solutions are used in a broad range of prescription and consumer health products.Chase-Logeman-1867: Manufacturer of liquid filling, stoppering, plugging, screw capping, tray loading and unloading, unscrambling and accumulating machinery. Comar-365: Produces injection-molded or insert-molded components, injection blow-molded bottles; glass vials, and dropper and medical assemblies. Circle No. 73.Cozzoli Machinery-529: Displaying the GW 24 Batch Washer, PF2TT Powder Filler and VR2S liquid filling system.Dabrico-2531: Displaying the DCM-100 Compact Monoblock that is used for filling and stoppering of liquid pharmaceuticals.Dividella U.S.-257: Packaging machines and package designs for parenterals such as vials, ampoules, syringes; also systems for blister wallet packs.Drug Plastics & Glass Co-1861: Suppliers of premium quality plastic bottles and closures to the pharmaceutical, healthcare, health and beauty aids industries. DT Industries/Packaging-655: 'Valu Line' of integrated bottling lines consists of Kalish K-100 unscrambler, Swiftpack fillers, Kalish cottoner, Kalish Torquet and third-party components. Circle No. 52.DVT Corp.-1845: A color machine vision sensor and the Series 500 SmartImage sensor family.EISAI USA Machinery-1962: The new model AIM 2002 inspects ampoules and vials at speeds up to 400/min, performing both particulate and cosmetic inspection.ELAU Inc-2350: Generation 3 packaging machinery fulfills the expanding requirements of pharmaceutical manufacturers, contract packagers and medical product converters.Energy Storage Systems-VacuPanel-277: The new AcuTemp™ pallet-sized thermal shipping container provides a high efficiency refrigeration system and vacuum insulation.Envirotainer Services-260: Introducing the CLD, a new advanced solution for small airfreight shipments of pharmaceuticals; available on a rental basis.Eriez-1667: The highly sensitive E-Z Tec® Pharmaceutical metal detector improves process purity through detection of minute metal contaminants during capsule or tablet production.Equity Packaging-C100Fas-Co Coders-599A: Industrial marking and coding equipment. Specializing in hot branding technology, larg- and small- character high-resolution ink jet printing and low cost laser marking technology.Festo Corp.-2638: Featuring the co.'s Corrosion Resistant (CR) pneumatic valves and actuators for wet applications and packaging environments.Fortress Technology-945: Exhibiting a full line of metal detection systems and introducing systems designed to specifically to improve detection of wires, shavings and flakes.Future Pak-C229Garvens USA-C249Griffin-Rutgers Co.-158: Metronic's INPRINT economical UV-Flexo Web Printer for precisely positioned, solvent-free prints on blisters and pouches; TT-PRINT in-line Thermal Transfer PrinterHarro Hoefliger Packaging Systems-158: Special solutions to assemble/package transdermal patches, wound dressings, wallets/blister cards, liquid and powder inhalers, diagnostic test strips, surgical sutures, needle-free syringes.Healthstar, Inc.-673: Supplier of pre-owned, rebuilt and new processing and packaging machinery.HIBAR Systems Ltd.-479: Precision dispensing pumps and nozzles for liquids, creams and corrosive; sealless ceramic and CIP pumps. Hi-Speed Checkweigher Co., Inc.-370: Starweigh/CM intermittent-motion checkweigher provides an accurate method of weighing hard-to-handle packages. Circle No. 48.Honeywell-Engineered Application and Solutions Div.-1731Honeywell, Inc. - Industrial Controls Div.-337: Aclar® is a clear nonyellowing, scratch-resistant, moisture barrier film. The new Aclar CX platform comprises cast or oriented multilayer structures offering a range of barrier and performance levels.Howell Packaging-937: Products include folding cartons, thermoformed plastic packages, rigid boxes and combination packs.Hueck Foils L.L.C.-834: Complete range of blister material including push-through, paper-back, and child-resistant laminations as well as cold-formed foil. Focus will be on PROTECTO security packaging materialHyclone Laboratories-374: BioProcess containers are single-use, disposable liners and bags, made of medical-grade film.Hypex, Inc.-368: Blister packaging tooling, including modular tooling and Sypro dedicated blister-pack feeding efector, inc.-2655: New family of miniature background suppression sensors that ignore shiny metal or bright white backgrounds typically found in conveyor applications.IMA North America, Inc.-1037: Three tableting machines: the centrifugal die filling IMA Comprima 300 and two models of the Kilian Synthesis presses.Imaje USA-1778: The Lightjet Vector ensures high-resolution marking at high speeds and guarantees highly reliable, clean marking on all surfaces. It is designed especially for high-output production lines such as those in the beverage and food sectors.Inline Filling Systems-176: New RoboCap all-servo chuck capper uses servo motors for bottle height adjustment, precision bottle positioning and repeatable accurate torque control.Inprint Systems-573: Leaflet labels for communicating extensive information.Integrated Packaging Systems, Inc.-163: Versaflow 9700 is an inline filler featuring peristaltic or stainless-steel gear pumps.Ivek Corporation-1033: New MULTIPLEX dispensing system provides controlled multiple-channel precision liquid dispensing for applications where simultaneous delivery of fluid is desired.Iwata Label Co., Ltd-188Johnson Controls-2550: Builds automation systems and integrated facility management, manages critical environments in pharmaceutical facilities around the world.Key International-1252: New line of high-speed tablet presses and capsule fillers from Sejong. Also introducing the Cariba line of automatic cartoning machines. KHS-281Kirby Lester Inc.-360: Wide range of tablet and capsule counting equipment, the KL200 packaging machine, HO KL50, check counting machine and dispensing. Klöckner Pentaplast-1237: Wide range of pharmaceutical packaging films including new FDA-compliant Pentapharm® M-576/41 vinyl shrink film and Pentapharm Aclar® S03 laminated films. Circle No. 34.Krones-389: Products include palletizers/depalletizers, casepackers/unpackers, tray-shrink pack machinery, bottle sorters/washer/rinsers, empty bottle inspection, fillers, crowners/cappers, labelers, tamper-evident banders, inspection/rejection systems and blow molders.Kurz Transfer Products-263: Designs and creates hot stamping foils and labels with a variety of unique security features.Lasertechnics Marking-480: ALLTEC S-Series laser-coding systems applies information at higher speeds; Smart S comes with a compact controller and printhead.Lock Inspection Systems-1673: The Met30+ pharmaceutical metal detector detects minute particles of contamination in tablets, pill or capsules at speeds up to 30,000/min.Lockwood Greene-2173: Global engineering and construction firm provides a full spectrum of services ranging from management consulting to process development and design to facility construction and maintenance.Loersch-363: Lpack line of air bag/pillow machines are capable of producing continuous chains of filled, clean air bags with antistatic properties. Bags are perforated for ease of use. Lpack system produces variety of thicknesses and bag sizes.M&O Perry Industries-2056: P1540 liquid filler for presterilized vials; also other filling options for liquid or powder filling and special assembly machines.M.O. Industries-1373: New generation of M.O. drum and container lifters, stainless-steel scissor lifters, self-propelled pallet jacks, stainless-steel platform lifters. Also, aluminum pallets and containers; stainless-steel drums, butterfly valves, funnels, bins, blending and mixing units.MAP Systems-C411Marchesini Packaging-555: Blister thermoformers, bundlers, horizontal and vertical cartoners, case packers, depackers, f/f/s, jar fillers, labelers, palletizers, sterilizing equipment, tray packers, tube fillers and wrappers/banding equipment. Markem-259: SmartLase™ laser-coding systems use low power and produce permanent and immediate codes; SmartDate® family of thermal transfer coders; and SmartTouch™ portable control system, used as a common interface for multiple Markem products. Circle No. 61.Matcon USA-1273: Dust-free dry material-handling and processing including IBC and mixing and blending systems, CIP and washing systems, and dust containment systems.McBrady Engineering-1170: Single-Pass Model 40 exterior vial washer/dryer washes, rinses and dries filled and capped vials. Exterior of each vial is exposed for cleaning as it passes through patented zigzag guide pattern. Low-pressure wash and rinse.Mettler Toledo-2737: quality management system provides statistical methods for analyzing and controlling the variation of a process; also showing weigh conveyors and a variety of bench/portable and floor scales. MG America-619: MG2 Model G250 capsule filler rated at speeds up to 200,000 capsules/hr for powder or pellets; MG2 Model Futura capsule filler is rated for 48,000 cph, and can handle powders, pellets, tablets or liquids. Circle No. 7.Mocon-356: VERICAP® 4000 high-speed weighing and sorting system for capsules; VERITAB 900® high-speed weighing and sorting system for tablets; and AB PLUS: automatic balance system for weighing both capsules and tablets.Modular Packaging Systems-573: Slat counter MPS 48-6, multilane channel counter MTC-12 and stainless-steel conveyor with internal drive AC inverter.Molded Fiber Glass Tray-1968: Vial trays for handling small and medium vial sizes that stack, provide easy grips and a smooth surface for easy loading and unloading.MTS Systems-2545: MR-Series analog magnetostrictive level sensors, designed to output float, temperature and calibration data simultaneously. Compatible with most handheld, PC- or PLC-based Hart Systems.New England Machinery-561: NEHCPE compact unscrambler with small footprint. Totally enclosed environment protects containers from airborne contamination and particulation.Newman Labeling Systems-574: Pharmaceutical p-s labeling machines apply both paper and clear labels at speeds up to 600 units/min. Designed to label vials, ampoules, syringes, bottles, and cartons and meet FDA cGMP standards. NJM/CLI-1549: Introducing the ll new Model 337II Commander Rotary Labeler for pharmaceutical applications including round, square and rectangular containers with wrap-around and three-panel labels. Also the Cremer Tablet Counter with V-shaped vibrating tracks with an electronic product detector, dust compensator and user-friendly operator interface. Circle No. 35.Nutec Systems-684: The m600 ink-jet printer featuring HP® printhead technology facilitates production of RSS bar codes, high-resolution up to 600 dpi and print speeds of up to 800 fpm.OCS Checkweighers-378: Systems incorporate the electromagnetic principle, the physical property whereby electric current is proportional to the load. They control dynamic weighing by checking weight, reducing overfilling and providing quality control of individual items.Olympus Industrial America-2180: Global manufacturer and distributor of remote visual inspection showcases rigid, flexible and video image systems incorporating digital downloading.Optima Machinery-474: Linofill linear liquid filling machine with eight rotary piston pumps meets GMP standards and has servo-controlled dosing system. Adjustments can be made through HMI using up to 50 stored recipes.Optel Vision-2448: Label Laser Scanner inspects randomly presented labels; Date Code Inspector for verifying expiry dates and lot numbers; other systems include Blister Pack Inspector and Barcode Station.Orbis-1873: Returnable, reusable packaging. PAM (Pharmaceutical and Allied Machinery)-1849: Distributors of capsules and pharmaceutical equipment, comprising capsule filling machines (manual, semi-automatic and fully automatic); and blister-packing equipment. Circle No. 59.Parker Automation-D2533: New products include HMI and industrial PCs, a new integrated drive/controller for distributed control, PCI and standalone, multiaxis controllers, the InteractX Windows HMI and PowerStation PC hardware.Penn-Wheeling Metal Caps-267: Metal closures include CT, lug/twist, Unishell™, Saf-Lok™, Filma-Seal™, and CR versions. Liners include heat induction and TE. Sizes range from 15 to 20 mm. Embossing and perforating are available.Perlen Converting AG-262: Medical device and design equipment, packaging materials such as films and foil and supplies and blister packaging.Pharmasystems-1765: Pharmaceutical machinery represented by Bausch & Stroebel, parenteral processing equipment, trays for use in autoclaves and freeze driers, coating pans, fluid bed dryers/granulators, blenders, modular cleanrooms and accessories, Uhlmann Packaging Systems thermoforming and cartoning systems and more.Piab Vacuum Products-1881Polar Tech Industries-579: Insulated shippers and dry ice containers for storage and transport of temperature-sensitive lab samples, reagents, bio-specimens and enzymes, blood tube, vial, specimen shippers, bottles and cans for hazardous materials and refrigerant packs (coolants).Prebelli Industries-470: Blister tooling, slat fillers, feeders and pharmaceutical tooling.R On I-269: Lift-O-Flex® 19000 EEX d Series of modular, lightweight, lifters handle boxes, totes, 55-gal barrels and rolls up to 550 lb. Custom made end effectors for manually and/or electrical squeeze, tip and turn operations have a lift capacity up to 800 lb. Also, roll handlers.Rehrig Pacific-595: HuskyLite® all-plastic injection-molded pallets are rackable, stackable, cost-effective and durable. Tackle the rigors of product distribution and warehousing. Four-way entry pallets use no metal fasteners.Remmele Eng.-473: Custom automated machines and systems for installation worldwide that satisfy FDA and GMP regulations for pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. Applications involve packaging and filling, web-handling and converting, and assembly and testing.RJR Packaging-181: Flexible packaging and services offering a range of converting technologies used in the production of more than 700 different products. Products include heat-seal lidding, healthcare and photographic packaging, laminations for personal care items, coffee and confectionery products, unprinted basestock, printed, roll-fed labels, bottle labels and more.Rockwell Automation-2037: Automation and process control systems and validation support from brands such as Allen-Bradley, software that helps reduce time to market and cost of ownership. Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Optimization features solutions from process to packaging.Romaco-1437: Index K Series capsule fillers include 6 models. Reach speeds between 40,000 and 150,000 capsules/hr. All dose powder, pellets, tablets and liquids into hard gelatin capsules. Also, I-Station control with 10.5-in. color touchscreen interface.Rommelag USA-1042: Custom designed blow/fill/seal machines for aseptic packaging of liquids serve pharmaceutical, healthcare, cosmetic, and chemical applications. Ampules, vials, bags, bottles, unit-dose other specialties can all be extrusion/blown, aseptically filled and hermetically sealed in one cycle on one machine.Ropack-C214 Rovema Packaging Machines-593: Carton- and case-loading and closing equipment, cartoners, case and display packers, sealing machines, auger fillers, cup feeders and transfer systems and vertical and horizontal f/f/s machinery and more for flexible bags and pouches to folding cartons and cases. Circle No. 66.RVSI Acuity Ci Matrix-1961: Visionscape® I-Pak® Express is co.'s latest generation in optical character verification (OCV) systems for pharmaceutical label verification. Visionscape I-Pak offers OCV, bar code and data-matrix reading and label placement inspection capabilities, expanding on the I-Pak product line.R.W. Hartnett-1288: Displaying the Delta Printer, a user-friendly, capsule/tablet, caplet/softlet printing machine, as well as new printer accessories that can be added to older printers.Safeline-1974: Redesigned portable sensor of the new PharmX metal-detection system provides processors with superior electronic stability and sensitivity to metal.Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics-665: Products for pharmaceutical biotech markets include Sani-Tech®, TYGON®, flexible components and Accutech tanks. Also, peristaltic pump tubing, sanitary flexible hose assemblies, reusable fittings, high purity non-metallic piping system vessels and silicone tubing.Schaefer Technologies-452: Capsule filling and sealing and barrier isolation technology, along with the EnGuard barrier isolator that provides containment and eliminates cross contamination. Applications include tableting and capsule filling, granulator-drying, blending, mixing, sieving, milling, weighing and aseptic filling.Schneider Electric-E1305SCA Thermosafe-565: Tuscarora Div. makes available in the U.S. the ThermoSafe Softbox insulated shipping sytem that uses LDPE for cushioning and thermal properties.Schott Pharmaceutical Packaging-560: Parenteral packaging, prefillable glass syringes, ready-to-fill plastic and glass syringes, cartridges, vials and ampules, including Schott Type 1 plus® vials for complex formulations and Purgard® translucent containers for aerosol applications.Seidenader Equipment-1366: Automatic inspection machine for parenterals checks liquids, lyophilized & powder products, including suspensions, for defects. Inspection machines for parenterals, exterior washing machines and tablet and capsule inspection machines, sorters and polishers. See the Wilco demonstration unit in its booth.Sensitech-278: Rapidly growing portfolio of solutions to informationalize the cold chain include the Tempta6®, TagAlert®, and Cold Chain Manager™ product lines.Sepha Products-482: EZ Blister semi-automatic, self-contained, mobile blister machine forms, seals and cuts cold-formed and thermoformed containers. Suitable for package development, stability studies, small runs, trials and startup projects. Also, press-out auto and manual deblistering machinery for product recovery.Serac-564: Liquid fillers and cappers used in the pharmaceutical industry meet FDA signaturing requirements and data-recording requirements. The fillers offer extreme accuracy, high speed and improved production control monitoring systems.Sharp Corp.-C238Skan Ag-2760: Isolators, barrier systems, air pocks and compounding services for aseptic and toxic applications.Sordoni Skanska-678: Construction of pharmaceutical and biotechnology facilities.Source Technology Group-287: Temperature-sensitive packaging solutions and insulated containers.Spirax Sarco-2282: Steam traps for condensate removal, control valves and pressure regulators.Stratis Plastic Pallets-2770Sud-chemie Performance Packaging-587: Continu-Strip® desiccants invisibly splice continuous reels of desiccant packets.Sure Torque-561: Quality control testing equipment; QC station is a small bench-top test station which will check cap release torque and transfer results via computer.T.C. Tech-1788: Single-use sterile fluid handling bags; steam-in-place bag connectors.Tekni-Plex-563A: Barrier films, blister packs, cold form foils and closure liners.Ticona, div. of Celanese-580: Topas® cyclic olefin copolymers are transparent, colorless resins with moisture barrier.Tolas Healthcare Packaging-361: ISO custom converter specializing in bags and tubing for sterile delivery of parenteral packaging components to packaging lines.Turck-2543: Connectors, cables and cordset; isolated barriers and intrinsically safe remote I/O units.Tyco Healthcare Mallinckrodt-C219Union Standard Equipment-1759: Used and reconditioned processing and packaging machinery for the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and nutraceutical industries.United Industries-1848: Stainless-steel tubing for biopharm and pharmaceuticals.Videojet Technologies-465: Ipro and Ipro Opaque small-character ink-jet printers give performance achievements: greater uptime and reliability and lower operating costs.Vijuk Equipment-2156: Folding systems with multiple processes; miniature booklet-style leaflets; pre-folded leaflet inserting system can be installed on cartoners.Vinayak Exports-2381: A 10-station pilot press, and dedusting and deburring machinery for tablets.VPI Mirrex-442: Mirrex 1025 monolayer film and a full range of Aclar laminate structures.Wago-2446: Programmable Field Control allows users to store and execute programs locally and still communicate I/O signals to and from the network.WEDECO Ideal Horizons-2380: Ozone and UV systems for water treatment applications.Wexler Packaging Products-173: Alternative to shrink wrapping of inner and outer packs; tabletop to fully automated systems.Wilco-462: Folding carton manufacturer offers speed-to-market packaging without sacrificing quality.Zebra Technologies-2839: Thermal bar code label printers: RFID smart label printer/encoders; printer connectivity and networking solutions.Zed Industries-2352: Medical heat sealing equipment, Tyvek lid sealers, clamshells and plastic-to-plastic sealers.

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