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Industry Watch—March 2014

A quick look on the latest supplier news, mergers, expansions, and people as listed in the March 2014 issue of Packaging World.
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WestPack 2014: Sterile breather bag
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WestPack 2014: Sterile breather bag

New fast-breathing header bag simplifies sterilization. Incorporates features and suggestions from end-user community. Includes easy-opening, strength, peel, and sustainability benefits. Made of a multilayer nylon structure, it features a fused top seal and white seal evidence to verify seal integrity. Offers aseptic presentation for surgery kits used in the operating room.
WestPack 2014: Automatic f/f/s machine
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WestPack 2014: Automatic f/f/s machine

GEA Tiromat’s mid-sized form/fill/seal machine is shown running flexible pouch material for medical device packaging, with inline ink-jet printing. Also described is the Greydon DigiMax digital printer designed to run on f/f/s equipment such as this GEA unit. Prints on paper and Tyvek®, using a 1-L container of ink for the entire web of material.
WestPack 2014: Fabricator/converter for medical market
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WestPack 2014: Fabricator/converter for medical market

Company fabricates and converts materials for the medical market, including disposables. Focus on medical packaging, as well as the design and development of new product to specify correct materials and parts. Specialize in body-worn devices for stick-to-skin applications. Company also does lamination, die-cutting, and laser-etching for microfluidic applications, specialty packaging, and cleanroom converting.
WestPack 2014: Capping Machine
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WestPack 2014: Capping Machine

Magna Capper is an automatic inline capping machine that applies and torques closures onto containers at speeds to 60 cpm. Track feeds cap to machine. Floats cap onto bottle, allowing for fewer crossthreads. Uses servo technology for repeatable, consistent running. Incorporates a user-friendly Allen Bradley touchscreen.
Now in a limited-edition trial is this two-lb package of Fisher Brand Party Peanuts.
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Flexible pack merchandises like a rigid container

Formed from ‘exoskeleton’ rollstock on a vf/f/s machine, the PrimaPak combines benefits of a rigid container with the cost and sustainability advantages of flexibles.
WestPack 2014: Sterile barrier validation test
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WestPack 2014: Sterile barrier validation test

Wendy Mach, Packaging Section Leader at Nelson Labs, describes the subject of her MD&M West 2014 presentation, “Sterile Barrier Validation Tests,” including what you need to know to create validations and be successful at them.
WestPack 2014: Touchscreen system
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WestPack 2014: Touchscreen system

Makes it easier for customers with validation needs. Demonstrates how machine seals pouch, then date-code, all in one step. Prevents operator from selecting incorrect setting, maintaining validation repeatability.
WestPack 2014: Automation products
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WestPack 2014: Automation products

Drive- and control-based products, including Sercos bus system designed for safety; open core engineering tool that connects IT and PLC systems. Offer API programming interfaces, so software designers can develop solutions for machine control. Also, a demonstration of Android app that simulates motion that helps machines connect with one another on the floor to a higher-level control system.
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Download these free food safety packaging resources

The critical role of HACCP in food safety and the emerging requirements of the FSMA have led many professionals across the packaging supply chain to collaborate
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GMA Checklist Offers Seven Steps to Food Safety Compliance

“Ensuring the safety of our products – and maintaining the confidence of consumers – is the single most important goal of our industry,”
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HACCP for Packaging: Rules and Realizations

Whichever path a packaging supplier takes to get training, there are some rules, which HACCP speaks to, that supplier must keep in mind.
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HACCP for Packaging: Addressing the Critical Knowledge Gap

When Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) methodology is applied to packaging, it can be a powerful tool, but because of application nuances, it has been more difficult to adopt.
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Don't panic; the FSMA is 'just' HACCP on steroids!

Whenever a new regulation is released -- especially one as significant as the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA), there's bound to be a sense of information overload
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How Companies Can Tap Their Machinery Suppliers for FSMA Compliance

In general, food companies affected by the FSMA would be wise to call upon their equipment suppliers, who can be a great resource

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