• Packaging Automation and CAPEX

    As labor costs continue to rise, manufacturers are finding process automation to provide greater returns on investment than before. Calculations of labor costs and time currently invested in every process can help pinpoint what parts of the packaging line are ideal for automation.

  • Rondo-Pak Participates in Annual Salvation Army Adopt-A-Family Program

    Camden, NJ company sponsors two local families in need, fulfills holiday wish lists for 10 individuals.

    Camden, NJ – Rondo-Pak, LLC/Contemporary Graphic Solutions, a leading provider of printed components and quality folding cartons for the pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer industries, is proud to have participated again in the Salvation Army’s Annual Adopt-A-Family Program this year at the Kroc Center in Camden, NJ. The program connects impoverished families with individual or group sponsors to provide their tangible needs during the holidays.

  • Rondo-Pak Announces Major Solar Energy Project at Camden, NJ Headquarters

    Company’s $4M investment expected to generate 60 percent of the facility’s electricity needs.

    Rondo-Pak, a leading provider of quality folding cartons and printed components for the pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer industries, has announced its investment of over $4 million in a major solar energy project at its primary manufacturing facility in Camden, New Jersey. Once installed, the project will provide 2.2 million kilowatt-hours of clean energy per year.

  • RFID inlay Tracks single-dose drugs to patients’ bedside

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    The new product, known as the GB32U9, is SML's smallest inlay to date, according to the report in RFID Journal and is engineered to transmit data effectively when applied to vials filled with liquid and made from plastic or glass packaging. 

    The Group is currently in the process of delivering the new inlays to at least one pharmaceutical company, but the RFID technology provider is also in discussions with other US-based businesses. The company began building RFID tag products for the pharmaceutical industry three years ago, according toDean Frew, SML Group's chief technology officer and senior VP of RFID solutions. However, he adds, widespread interest in the technology's use for drugs and other controlled substances at hospitals didn't see dramatic growth until 2019 and 2020.

    "Just like with every other vertical," states Frew, "companies [in the pharmaceutical industry] are seeing what can be done with item-level RFID, and that leads to growing demand," both for the tags and for solutions that utilize the tag-read data to improve operations.Another accelerator to that growth is the advent of a new standard for pharmaceutical RFID tags, created by the DoseID consortium(newsletter 14/10/2020.) The GB32U9is among the first inlays to gain Spec S certification from the program.

    The GB32U9, inlay isspecifically designed for unit-of-use medications in pharmaceutical applications, leverages  NXP's latest chip, the UCODE 9. According to Frew, the inlay provides high quality and rapid inventory countingin dense RFID tag populations.The challenge, he says, was to design a tag that would not detune when attached to a liquid-filled product. The company created an antenna that responds reliably in the presence of liquids, as well as a variety of other materials, including plastics or glass. The antenna must also work despite its very small size.The inlay's small design means it fits on a wide range of pharmaceutical products.

    The GB32U9 was designed with auto-adjust technology, unique brand identifiers and a pre-serialized 96-bit Electronic Product Code (EPC). Its antenna measures 20mm by 10mm with a wet paper face size of 26mm by 12mm.Typically, the tags will be applied at the fill line by a pharmaceutical company, after which they can be read throughout the supply chain. 

    The small size and material challenges mean the read range is shorter than standard UHF RFID tags, with a range of about 1m, but that varies depending on the environment and the type of reader being used. However for most drug products this is not a major issue, says Frew.The inlay is available now, following approximately 18 months of engineering and testing.

  • Kao Collins Launches ‘InkAnswers’ for Choosing Inks for Pharmaceutical Packaging

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    Kao Collins Inc., a manufacturer of industrial inkjet inks, launched “InkAnswers,” a comprehensive digital search tool that matches inks with packaging materials used in the pharmaceutical industry.

    InkAnswers simplifies the process of identifying which inks are compatible with printhead technologies and packaging materials, including foil, shrink sleeve film, synthetic paper, and various paperboards. This is a growing need at a time when more companies are turning to industrial inkjet printing for marking and coding, security, and brand packaging.

    Stephen Buchanan, the Kao Collins inkjet business manager, said, “It’s the right time for InkAnswers because the number one question we hear converters asking is ‘What inkjet ink should we use for this substrate?’ There are many variables when choosing inks. It gets complicated quickly.”

    Printing converters looking to expand their printing capabilities into other packaging materials can use InkAnswers to identify those substrates that can be printed with their existing printhead technology and inks.

    Users of the tool can refine and filter their search based on the printing technology, substrate materials, or industry. The results feature each ink’s characteristics, benefits, and other possible substrates that could be printed with the ink.

    InkAnswers offers quick results for some of the most common printing needs, such as sustainability, reducing ink migration, reducing downtime, and more.

    “We are confident InkAnswers will build more awareness of industrial inkjet printing capabilities and the versatility provided by inkjet inks and technology,” Buchanan said.