• Six Trends Influencing New Equipment Investments in Pharmaceutical Packaging

    1. Automation: Companies are investing in advanced machinery to increase the speed of packaging and improve efficiency.
  • Extreme cold resistant adhesives for the Pharmaceutical industry

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    Proper packaging is essential to securely and reliably preserve and transport pharmaceutical products, including vaccines and medication, from the time they are filled until they get to a patient. Adhesives play a key role in packaging performance, especially in the face of strict storage requirements. Some vaccines need to be kept at -70 C (-94 F), which leads to complex packaging requirements and the need to set up ultra-low-temperature freezers at vaccination centers. These storage requisites create logistics and transportation challenges for carriers and a wide preparation for national health systems. 

    H.B. Fuller offers readily available extreme cold resistant adhesive grades with Advantra® 9280 EU and Advantra® BOLD™ 9480. These have been designed for tough surfaces and harsh conditions such as high speed pharmaceutical packaging lines without counterpressure. 

     H.B. Fuller’s Advantra adhesives demonstrate tamper evident fiber tear on pharmaceutical packaging and confirmed fiber tear after seven days storage at -70 C and after reconditioning at refrigerator temperatures of 4 C (39 F). 

     

  • Pharma-Tac plus Booklet-Label: Multifunctional Label from Schreiner MediPharm Simplifies International Clinical Trials

    To enhance convenience and efficiency in global clinical trials, Schreiner MediPharm has developed a new specialty label for infusion bottles: The combination of the “Pharma-Tac” hanger label and a Booklet-Label complements the label-integrated hanger with a paper booklet for comprehensive product descriptions in different languages. This specialty label provides research-based pharmaceutical companies with a marking solution offering greater flexibility and reliability for international clinical trials.

  • IOT in the Packaging Industry : Prospective and Targets

    A symbol of growing interconnectivity and easy yet safe access to data, IoT is changing every industry for the better as discussed in the previous blog ( IoT part 1). In the packaging industry specifically, IOT helps increase consumer awareness and can also help in data logging and automation of processes.

  • Pharma-Tac plus Booklet-Label: Multifunctional Label from Schreiner MediPharm Simplifies International Clinical Trials

    To enhance convenience and efficiency in global clinical trials, Schreiner MediPharm has developed a new specialty label for infusion bottles: The combination of the “Pharma-Tac” hanger label and a Booklet-Label complements the label-integrated hanger with a paper booklet for comprehensive product descriptions in different languages. This specialty label provides research-based pharmaceutical companies with a marking solution offering greater flexibility and reliability for international clinical trials.

  • Berry builds clean room for blown films

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    The ISO 7 class clean room can produce nine-layer blown films from extrusion to packaging, which the company claims is a first in the US. The addition enhances Berry’s ability to supply more sensitive applications such as sterile intravenous solution bags, pharmaceutical packaging, medical equipment manufacturing, and microchip packaging.

    Installed in Berry’s existing Dalton, Georgia facility, the clean room provides a controlled environment, complete with FDA-approved lubricants and contact surfaces, and a 100 per cent inspection system for real-time defect detection for quality assurance. Berry’s new clean room installation reduces foreign particulates by up to 99.9 per cent compared to a conventional production environment.

    “The addition of the US’ first commercial-scale, fully enclosed clean room manufacturing provides customers with optimal product safety for the specific needs of healthcare and pharmaceutical applications,” said Curt Begle, president of Berry’s Health, Hygiene, and Specialties Division. “This enhanced capability, paired with our unmatched supply reliability, means customers can benefit from a dependable supply of films for the most sensitive of applications, allowing customers to avoid recalls and potential waste due to package contaminants.”

    In combination with the clean room introduction, Berry has added Optym Pure to its portfolio of films for medical device packaging. An extension of the company’s existing Optym range, Optym Pure offers ultra-clean packaging films produced in a clean room environment. It is also downgauged in comparison to existing structures by 25 per cent.

  • Mondi rolls out its range of sustainable corrugated packaging solutions for growing online grocery delivery services across Central Europe

    Seven new packaging solutions meet the growing demand for online grocery (eGrocery) delivery services

    Sustainable eGrocery portfolio offers a packaging solution for a range of delivery channels including click & collect to local or nationwide deliveries

    Innovative designs offer retailers fully recyclable, efficient and convenient packaging options

  • The aluminum tube and aerosol can industry in Germany is resilient and reliable, also in times of crisis

    Düsseldorf, August 03, 2021 - The development of the aluminum tubes and aerosol can market in the first half of 2021 can only be adequately assessed for the German market in retrospect to 2020 because the first quarter of 2020 at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis was still characterized by extremely lively demand from all end consumer markets.

    Food and household sectors stable in the crisis, pharmaceuticals mixed, cosmetics weaker

  • IOT in Packaging

    IoT, or the Internet of Things, quite literally talks about how physical objects (aka things) such as machines and materials are now a part of a very large system (you guessed it right, the Internet) that allows them to communicate and share data with the help of sensors, microcomputers, assisted software, etc.

    From tracking your online shipment on your laptop to switching on the smart lights in your room using voice commands, all this  “convenient access to information” is made possible due to the “Internet of Things”.

  • Huhtamaki launches Push Tab® paper, an industry-first sustainable renewable paper-based blister solution, ideal for the global healthcare industry

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    Huhtamaki, a key global provider of sustainable packaging solutions and Syntegon, the German processing and packaging technology provider, today announce a breakthrough innovation for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry. Push Tab® paper, the first paper-based tablet packaging, is made from renewable FSC™ certified paper and is designed to meet the stringent safety requirements of regulated pharmaceutical packaging. It provides customers a more sustainable alternative to traditional push-through packaging made of thermoformed PVC and aluminium and also helps to reduce environmental impact throughout the value chain.

    Push Tab® paper tablet packaging has more than 75% paper-based material sourced from FSC™ certified suppliers in Europe. Combining it with advanced barrier coating technology, Huhtamaki successfully makes the sustainable paper packaging sealable without compromising the safety, functionality, or protective properties compared to traditional mono PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) blisters. A special mechanical treatment allows consumers to push the tablet through easily without damaging the product inside. The material is further processed and formed with Syntegon's unique paper shaping technology and machinery.

    "We are proud to introduce a new, more sustainable packaging solution for the tablet for the healthcare sector that has high growth potential," says Fabio Daidone, Sales Manager, Flexible Packaging, Huhtamaki. "European sales of flexible packaging in the Pharmaceuticals category had an estimated value of €1.1 billion in 2020, of which approximately 80% are in blister packaging. We are happy to help our customers respond to opportunities with Push Tab® paper, designed for circularity, which presents the first sustainable alternative for this packaging type."

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