• Aptar CSP’s Technologies Activ-Film Technology Protects New At-Home Prescription & OTC COVID-19 Tests

    Aptar CSP’s Technologies Activ-Film Technology Protects New At-Home Prescription & OTC COVID-19 Tests

    Auburn, AL, April 28, 2021 – Aptar CSP Technologies, a leader in material science and active packaging solutions (part of AptarGroup, Inc.), announced its Activ-Film™ technology protects two new at-home COVID-19 tests that recently received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

    The tests were developed by a leading manufacturer of diagnostic healthcare solutions and offer prescription and OTC (Over the Counter) COVID-19 at-home testing options without the need to visit a doctor’s office

  • Scientists Create Enzyme That Can Destroy Plastic Within Days, Not Years

    Scientists Create Enzyme That Can Destroy Plastic Within Days, Not Years


    Plastic has got to be both a blessing and curse for this planet. However, lately, with the amount of plastic that’s getting accumulated and dumped, it has been causing some serious damage to the environment. 

    However, it looks like researchers have developed the perfect thing to combat this problem. They’ve developed a cocktail of plastic-eating enzymes which can actually degrade plastic in a matter of days -- something that normally takes hundreds of years to degrade.

    The enzyme cocktail includes PETase and MHETase. These are produced by a type of bacteria that feeds on PET plastic (often found in plastic bottles) dubbed Ideonella Sakaiensis.

    Professor John McGeehan from the University of Portsmouth, said in a statement to news agency PA, “Currently, we get those building blocks from fossil resources such as oil and gas, which is really unsustainable. But if we can add enzymes to the waste plastic, we can start to break it down in a matter of days.”

    In 2018, McGeehan was the one who accidentally developed the first enzyme that feasted on plastic. However, the original enzyme was still slower in its process. Researchers from the team were working on different ways they could speed up the process and one such method was fusing a combination of enzymes, making a cocktail of sorts.

    McGeehan explains, “PETase attacks the surface of the plastics and MHETase chops things up further, so it seemed natural to see if we could use them together, mimicking what happens in nature. Our first experiments showed that they did indeed work better together, so we decided to try to physically link them.”

    He added, “It took a great deal of work on both sides of the Atlantic, but it was worth the effort – we were delighted to see that our new chimeric enzyme is up to three times faster than the naturally evolved separate enzymes, opening new avenues for further improvements.”

    Apart from PET, the enzyme can also help in degrading PEF or polyethene furoate that are found in beer bottles. Sadly these are the only two kinds of plastic it can degrade. However, McGeehan claims that they’re working on trying combinations with other enzymes to bridge this gap. 

  • Scholle IPN Announces Launch of First APR-Recognized, 100% Recyclable Bag-In-Box Package for Water

    Scholle IPN Announces Launch of First APR-Recognized, 100% Recyclable Bag-In-Box Package for Water


    PFE tested a bag made with two layers of film and a polyethylene closure. The outer layer, made of Scholle IPN’s RecShield®, is a barrier film specifically designed to keep unwanted flavors from migrating through the film into the water. The inner layer consists of Scholle IPN’s proprietary film technology, known as 2Pure™, which contains scavenging technology that protects the taste of the packaged water.

    Teresa Bernal-Lara, Ph.D., Film Development Manager for Scholle IPN, said of the recyclability testing protocols, “A new film technology cannot simply be put out in the world and touted as recyclable—it must go through testing to be recognized as such. The testing performed by PFE compared an all-polyethylene film and closure to Scholle IPN’s innovative RecShield® and 2Pure™ option along with a polyethylene spout and tap. The samples were reduced to flakes which were then extruded into pellets and successfully re-blown into film that can be used to produce new flexible packaging, a truly circular solution. Scholle IPN’s water packaging performed beyond the minimum threshold for compliance set forth in APR’s Critical Guidance Protocol for PE Film and Flexible Packaging (FPE-CG-01) and we have received a letter of recognition from APR for this achievement.”

    “Delivering liquid products in the best, most efficient way possible is what Scholle IPN does,” stated David Bellmore, Director of Global Film and Package Development for Scholle IPN. “Our bag-in-box bag and tap make up less than 5% of the overall package weight—with corrugate making up the balance. According to the EPA, corrugate packaging is recycled at a 96.5% rate while PET and HDPE bottles are recycled just 29% of the time. That means our package will not only offer a recycle-ready bag and tap, but around 95% of the overall package by weight is likely to be recycled. Environmentally speaking, plastic water bottles simply don’t match up with bag-in-box.”

    Ross Bushnell, President and CEO of Scholle IPN, added “Source reduction is a powerful step in the mitigation of our carbon footprint. By reducing the amount of plastic required to get our customer’s liquids to their end-market, we ensure that there is less waste throughout the product lifecycle. Our new flexible water packaging provides for recyclability where possible while also ensuring critical source reduction that saves our Earth’s diminishing resources for future use.”

    Scholle IPN’s recycle-ready bag-in-box packaging for water is now available.


  • The world’s first deodorant designed for people with disabilities

    The world’s first deodorant designed for people with disabilities


    People with disabilities are the largest minority group in the world. In the United States alone, one in four people have a disability, yet beauty and personal care products often overlook their challenges and needs. As the world’s no.1 antiperspirant and deodorant brand, Degree is taking action to change this. Degree – also sold as Rexona, Sure and Shield in different countries – believes movement has the power to transform lives and that everyone should be able to experience the incredible physical, mental and social benefits it can bring, whoever you are and however you move.

    Limited sight or arm mobility can make twisting a deodorant cap, turning a stick or pressing a spray a challenge, and sometimes fear of sweating without antiperspirant protection can prevent people with disabilities from moving as much as they would like to. That’s why Degree has worked with a diverse team of experts to put the specific needs of consumers with disabilities at the forefront of a new concept: Degree Inclusive, the world’s first adaptive deodorant.


    Features that put accessibility first

    Degree Inclusive’s hooked container is designed for one-handed usage. Enhanced grip placement and magnetic ‘click’ closures make it easier for users with limited grip or sight to remove and replace the cap. A larger roll-on applicator means the product reaches a greater surface area per swipe. The label also includes instructions in braille.

    In partnership with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, non-profit organisations Open Style Lab and The Lighthouse Chicago, and a panel of engineers, designers and occupational therapists, Degree invited 200 consumers with a range of physical disabilities to trial its prototype roll-on. Their feedback will be applied to help improve the product for its future commercial launch.

    “As a brand that’s committed to inspiring confidence in everyone to move more, Degree believes no one should be held back from breaking a sweat and enjoying the transformative benefits of movement,” says Kathryn Swallow, Global Degree Brand Vice President.

    “More than 60 million people in the US live with a disability, yet products and experiences are still not designed with this community in mind. With Degree Inclusive, we hope to inspire bold action across the industry to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal playing field.”

    To learn more about Degree Inclusive and the brand’s long-term commitment to equitable access to movement for all, visit www.degreedeodorant.com.

  • Brand-New Premium Packaging Plant in Gdansk, Poland, Has SWEDBRAND Well-Positioned to Address Luxury Brand Requirements

    Brand-New Premium Packaging Plant in Gdansk, Poland, Has SWEDBRAND Well-Positioned to Address Luxury Brand Requirements

    Highest quality customized rigid boxes produced in state-of-the-art factory feature vastly reduced shipping cost and time

    Hongkong, China, April 22, 2021. SWEDBRAND Group, the packaging partner to some of the world’s most iconic brands, today announced the opening of its brand-new converting plant in Poland, Swedbrand Poland Sp z o.o., for premium customized rigid boxes for luxury products.

  • Aptar CSP Technologies Earns ISO Quality Certifications for  Medical Device Production

    Aptar CSP Technologies Earns ISO Quality Certifications for Medical Device Production

    Certification affirms the company’s quality management systems meets ISO requirements

    Auburn, AL, April 20, 2021 – Aptar CSP Technologies, a leader in material science and active packaging solutions (part of AptarGroup, Inc.), earned the International Organization for Standardization ISO 13485:2016 certification for both its U.S. and France-based plants. These internationally recognized standards set the requirements for a quality management system specific to the medical device industry.

  • Polykar gets mobile with ordering app

    Polykar gets mobile with ordering app


    Available on iPhone and iPad (iOS) devices, the PolyApp allows users to prepare orders and perform dimensional calculations for the specific product (rolls or boxed) being designed, manufactured, quoted, or purchased.

    Calculations are all made within a matter of seconds after the specifications are entered, Polykar said.

    App tools include: liner dimension, weight/1,000, film thickness, order planning, yield (roll OD and footage), and blow-up ratio.

    Together, Polykar said the tools replace the constant use of spreadsheets and website calculators, guaranteeing production planners, extrusion operators, or sales reps working for a converter or distributor, greater productivity and accuracy.

    “As an innovative company, we saw the opportunity to provide a unique platform for those in the flexible packaging industry,” explained Amir Karim, president and chief executive of Polykar.

    “PolyApp offers the convenience of having all calculation tools packaged in one place. We hope this app will be appreciated and used by many in our industry.”

    PolyApp can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store. The app is available in English, with a French version to be made available soon.

  • Bess Pro Creates Small Batch System for Powder Filling Line

    Bess Pro Creates Small Batch System for Powder Filling Line


    According to research done by Statista in 2018, the global market for personalized medicine was expected to more than double from 2015 to 2022, reaching nearly $2.8 billion in value. As medicines become more personalized, manufacturers will need to answer with greater flexibility and small batch size production.

    Bess pro–a branch of bess group that manufactures and distributes high-quality devices and medical products–is working on a range of packaging and R&D processes, including sterilization, sterile packaging, and secondary packaging, as well as on innovations and further developments of products in the fields of head & neck surgery, pneumology, and gastroenterology. This requires the company to produce about 1,000 different types of medical devices and pharmaceutical products in very small batch sizes.

    To meet these production size requirements, bess pro turned to Steriline–a manufacturer of complete lines for the aseptic processing of injectable drugs–to deliver a complete line that would substitute manual and laboratory machines with a higher performance automatic line that has an extremely small footprint.

    The complete line included:

    • The PVFCM50, a powder filling, stoppering, and capping machine under a laminar flow hood
    • The RA-V4, a rotary washing machine
    • The ST0, a depyrogenation tunnel

    It is designed to handle up to 200ml vials with minimal format changes and production speeds up to 200 vials/min, according to vial size and filling volume.

    One of the major challenges was the design of the PVFCM50, as Steriline took into consideration the newest filling process requirements which were in-line transport and small width, reduced volume to be monitored and sterilized, and the need for operators to be able to access any part of the machine.

    The line included the continuous monitoring of viable and non-viable particles as well as a 100% In Process Control (IPC) of the weight, and a checkweighing system with feedback to the powder filling station. The stoppering process is performed by a vacuum-assisted Pick & Place system while the capping is performed by a rotary blade system. A sensor detects stopper and cap presence and, consequently, the machine rejects all un-stoppered vials as well as those with nonconforming product weight.

    Furthermore, a highly accurate dosing process was needed to handle and dose powder for vial filling. So, Steriline designed an auger filling head equipped with a customized screw shape added to the PVFCM50 to protect product integrity.

    Steriline further provided two alternatives for Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) virtual procedure, one in live streaming mode and the other recorded and released later for client revision and acceptance.

    Bess pro is able to keep low average consumption and purchase costs with Sterline’s production line, which can run automatically without human intervention, and significantly increases production output. The company affirms the line meets GMP standards.

    From order to line installation, Steriline provided a turnkey line, fully operating and ready to perform at full capacity–including training and validation assistance–in approximatively 10 months, starting with technical discussions, pre-testing, and trials until the order placement phase.

  • CCEP invests in beverage dispenser to reduce packaging

    CCEP invests in beverage dispenser to reduce packaging


    Using globally patented technology, the Lavit system lets consumers make and pour their drink by dispensing a range of cold beverage options “on-demand” at the tap of a button and offering customisation of beverages based on carbonation and flavour.

    CCEP said the partnership will help explore and test new dispensed delivery solutions as a key strategic route towards helping reduce packaging waste and its carbon footprint.

    Graham Stokhuyzen, Vice President of New Business development at CCEP said: “Decreasing our packaging use and waste is a core part of our strategy to reduce our carbon footprint. We will continue to develop and invest in “drinks on demand” dispensed delivery innovations to offer consumers choice, personalisation and convenience in the most sustainable ways possible. This will also enable us to reduce our use of single use packaging.”

    John Uhlein, chief executive of Lavit, said “We are delighted to have CCEP Ventures as a partner. This partnership will enable us to scale more quickly, combining CCEP’s industry experience and commercial expertise with Lavit’s innovative technology.”

  • Ready for demonstration: HyperScope™ for in-line seal inspection of rigid plastic packages

    Ready for demonstration: HyperScope™ for in-line seal inspection of rigid plastic packages


    Contamination in the sealing area causes important issues for food companies as it may lead to leakage and consequently reduced shelf life, health issues and even expensive recalls with potential brand damage. As such automatic detection of contaminated seals is important for both food safety and packaging automation. For standard vision systems, detection of contamination in  the sealing area is difficult if the sealing film is non-transparent or if there is not enough contrast between the contamination and the film.

    Hyperspectral cameras capture information from a larger part of the electromagnetic spectrum including infrared wavelengths that penetrate through thin plastic films.  The particular strength of hyperspectral cameras is that contamination in the seal can be reliably detected with a much higher contrast than traditional vision cameras, even through printed plastic films.

    “We are very excited to broaden our application scope with the new HyperScope™ solution”, comments Olivier Georis, Engilico’s Managing Director, “For seal inspection of flexible packages such as pouches, flow wraps and VFFS bags, Engilico already successfully marketed SealScope™, our in-line, 100% seal inspection solution using sensors on the sealing bars. But many – and often the same – food manufacturers also use rigid trays, pots and other thermoformed

    packaging, and they have a similar need for seal inspection for these packaging types.”

    As during the current COVID19-pandemic, tradeshows and customer visits are cancelled or difiicult, Engilico now invites interested companies to book a dedicated, live meeting. Interested people can send their packaged products with -in case possible- seal defects to Engilico in Belgium. A live video-meeting can be organized to see HyperScope™ at work.

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