RIVA, an automated compounding system from Intelligent Hospital Systems, prepares IV bags 50 mL to 1,000 mL, and can also prepare low-concentration dilution bags for pediatric dosing.
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GHS automates sterile IV compounding

A new pharmacy is equipped with two automated compounding systems that serve the South Carolina health system’s five locations, improving patient safety as well as internal productivity and efficiency.
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RIVA automated compounding technology from Intelligent Hospital Systems compounds syringes and IV bags in an ISO Class 5 environment that enhances the safety of compounded medications while reducing cost and waste.
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How RIVA works at Greenville Hospital Systems

A detailed look at how self-contained RIVA equipment automatically compounds IV syringes or bags for improved patient safety, productivity and efficiency at Greenville Hospital Systems in SC.
Trapped blister uses RPET for the thermoformed blister component.
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Spout attachment trapped in a blister

A trapped blister is the packaging format selected by Park City, UT-based Choomee Inc. for its Sip’n Soft Top product.
ROLE MODEL. Recent movies such as The Hunger Games and its heroine, Katniss Everdeen, have helped shift gender stereotypes, resulting in the introduction of new weapon-like toy products for girls.
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Ready, (re)aim, fire: Targeting new audiences through package design

Mom is no longer the only consumer shopping the retail aisle. Changing consumer demographics mean brand owners must rethink their packaging to hit a new bull’s-eye.
REAL-TIME INTERACTION. In today’s 24/7, connected environment, retailers and brand owners are using new technologies, such as QR codes, to interact with consumers in real time. Shown here is a QR code used on bags of coffee from Ethical Bean Coffee Co.
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The eight drivers of today’s packaging trends

There are eight global drivers guiding the trends in today’s packaging that brand owners need to know in order to develop actionable insights for packaging.
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Beech-Nut becomes a disruptive force in baby food

Totally reformulating its products and packaging, Beech-Nut launches a 100% natural baby food in custom glass jars that let the fresh product recipes speak for themselves.
SHELF IMPACT. The 3-D effect on the pressure-sensitive label draws attention and helps cut through the sea of sameness  on the store shelf.
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Packaging printed micro optically

A patented new printing technology produces an appearance of three dimensionality so convincing that consumers can’t help but be drawn to this most unusual label.
CONSISTENT LOOK. The new packaging equipment produces a hermetically sealed package that resembles the traditional packet seal well known among Traviata consumers
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New flow-wrap system doubles cracker-packing speeds

A new horizontal flow-wrap system for growing Argentinian cracker producer Bagley gently handles product while increasing packaging speeds from 80 to 212 packs/min.
Successful suction.  The programmable dense-cup-population tooling uses a total of 128 vacuum cups to pick freshly baked buns and other products from primary packaging lines to bread trays
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Vacuum tooling reduces changeover time

The system was so successful at boosting speed on an end-of-line packaging solution for bread products that the OEM applied for and received a patent.
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Cool Chain Europe: Quality, cost, compliance

More than 400 pharmaceutical and healthcare logistics professionals share best practices in Luxembourg.
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Unilever’s aluminum container snags DuPont Diamond Award for 2014

While six of this year’s Gold Awards involved plastic packaging, the winner of the Diamond Award is an impact-extruded aluminum can for a Unilever aerosol product.
Green Water Cooler Bottle Made From 100% Recycled Material
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2014 DuPont Awards—Silver Winners

The following are the 2014 DuPont Silver Award winners.
NO SUBSTITUTE. FCB co-owner Tom Peters says, “When your business begins to grow, there is no substitute for well-engineered automation.”
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Craft beer maker implements automated bottle packing

Fort Collins Brewery saves time, labor, and worker tedium, while increasing production capacity to better serve growing markets.
STRIKING APPEARANCE. For flawless shrinkability on the globe-shaped bottles, that’s a function of the PETG film specified for the job.
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Shrink-sleeve label is a hit with kids

New line of zero-calorie beverages aimed at kids takes full advantage of Disney-licensed graphics, which spring to life thanks to special PETG label material and VSOP offset printing.
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Food reports still here, getting tougher

Let’s say you package food, and you suspect contamination of food by dangerous bacteria has occurred.

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