• Pharmaceutical packaging: Advantages of digital printing technology in blister packaging


    The variability in batch sizes and the corresponding impact on packaging line efficiencies is an accepted norm throughout the pharmaceutical industry. Lengthy changeover procedures coupled with small batch sizes have a negative impact on KPI’s designed to track and improve inventory, throughput times, OEE and costs.

    Demand volatility is driven by numerous factors, and many businesses struggle with forecast accuracy which often results in the need to overstock and overproduce. Holding vast amounts of pre-printed blister lidding material in inventory is neither efficient nor cost-effective and leads to high levels of waste and a negative impact on profitability and the environment.

    Many pharmaceutical companies are looking to digital technology
    For batch sizes of 5000 blisters or less, solutions such as Hapa’s BlisterJet, the IMA POD or Mediseal’s LSC allow for blister packs to be produced as brite stock on the blister lines. This removes packaging complexity from the line and allows it to operate with significantly improved levels of operational effectiveness. With blister production decoupled from packaging, the process of customizing and supplying product quickly and efficiently is assured. The digital printing system prints the exact number of sealed blank blisters in line with the market demand and the benefits are felt right through the supply chain.

    Speaking to Pharmaceutical Technology, Hapa sales and marketing director gives the example of a drug supplied to 40 different countries in three different strengths. This leads to the need for 120 different variants and thus 120 different locations in inventory. The result is logistical complexity, poor asset utilisation, delivery delays, waste and much more.

    Using digital technology as part of a ‘postponement strategy’ means that SKU proliferation is far easier to manage – neutral blisters are the leanest form of pack. With the complexity removed from the blister line, the utilization of the assets improves significantly.

    Companies can be more eco-friendly with late-stage customization
    As well as reducing the number of production lines needed and simplifying the SKU process, late-stage customization drastically reduces the time it takes to get a product to market. The leaner production process leads to increased flexibility and the ability to produce multiple product variants without overcomplicating the production process, cutting down the time and energy it takes to deliver product to the pharmacy/patient.

    Also, the positive ecological impact is significant. The process of producing aluminium lidding material is extremely energy intensive with a correspondingly high CO2 emission level. Waste therefore has a both a financial cost and an environmental cost. Late-stage customization eliminates the waste associate with pre-printed foil. Furthermore, the waste created by overproduction and expired product in the supply chain can also be eliminated.

    Runners, repeaters and strangers
    Still, that’s not to say it’s all bad news for traditional batch production and pre-printed foil. The key to understanding the best approach is directly connected to average batch sizes and coding requirements.

    Use of pre-printed material is more cost effective when packaging high volumes of product ”runners”
    Hapa’s range of inline printers can be used to print foils for medium volumes ”repeaters”
    Postponement provides the perfect solutions to batches under 5000 ”strangers”
    Hapa sales and marketing director says: “Hapa are in a unique position to offer different technologies that cover the complete spectrum of production requirements. Systems such as the Hapa Web 4.0 and BlisterJet can all be used for this purpose.

    “With small batch volumes, pre-printed materials are creating a lot of set up waste, high inventory levels, handling and costs. For nano batches, late-stage customization is the best approach.”

    Hapa is the leading supplier of inline printing systems for pharmaceutical packaging, with partners utilizing their technology across the globe. Since the founding of the organisation in 1933, more than 10,000 of its systems were installed worldwide.

  • Rondo-Pak Takes Part in Puerto Rico Community Aid Initiative in Response to Recent Natural Disasters

    Company’s contribution to “Backpacks of Hope” mission provides emergency supplies and resources to local residents. 

  • Aptar Declares Quarterly Dividend and Announces 2021 Annual Meeting Details

    Crystal Lake, Illinois, January 14, 2021 - AptarGroup, Inc. (NYSE: ATR), a global leader in drug delivery, consumer product dispensing and active packaging solutions, today declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.36 per share. The payment date is February 17, 2021, to stockholders of record as of January 27, 2021.

  • Rondo-Pak Takes Part in The Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family Program

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

    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 in The Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family Program this year at The Kroc Center in Camden, NJ. Each year, in addition to providing printed materials to the organization, the company participates in their programs to benefit the community.

  • Aptar Declares Quarterly Dividend

    Crystal Lake, Illinois, October 15, 2020 - AptarGroup, Inc. (NYSE: ATR), a global leader in drug delivery, consumer product dispensing and active packaging solutions, today declared a
    quarterly cash dividend of $0.36 per share. The payment date is November 18, 2020, to stockholders of record as of October 28, 2020.

  • Flexible Packaging


    ITW Thermal Films has PrintheadSaver® thermal transfer ribbons that are specially formulated for compatibility with these substrates, as well as the higher printing speeds commonly used in these packaging applications including: flexible food packaging, fresh food packaging, pharmaceutical, pre-packaged items and much more. In addition, we have a full line of ribbons that have received recognition and authorization for use in food contact label applications. ITW Thermal Films also offers a white wax/resin ribbon that provides quick visual recognition of price codes, date codes, lot codes and other variable imagery that is printed on flexible packaging. To find a flexible packaging PrintheadSaver® ribbon/label combination for your specific application, log on to our ITW Thermal Films Extreme Solutions™. Typically wax/resin for near edge technology printers and resin ribbons are used in the flexible packaging market. PrintheadSaver® ribbons for flexible packaging applications include: Extreme Series Midrange™ (ESM™) Ribbons Extreme Series Resin™ (ESR™) Ribbons Techno-Edge™ Near Edge Wax/Resin Ribbons Techno-Edge™ Near Edge Resin Ribbons


    Speciality security printer Eltronis has reported a 20 per cent increase in enquiries for its brand protection and track and trace solutions since the outbreak of Coronavirus. The majority of these new enquiries have come from the pharmaceutical sector, reflecting the rise in public demand for immunity and health protection against the virus. Eltronis, which recently opened its European head office in the UK in Oxfordshire, delivers security and authentication solutions to leading global brands in the pharmaceutical, automotive, security, brand protection and industrial sectors.
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