Medical device

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All-purpose medical pack

An award-winning thermoform package for Becton Dickinson’s surgical scalpel serves as a sterile barrier, a protective shipper, a sterile transfer tray from preparation to operating rooms and a point-of-use product dispenser. A blue-tint PETG outer tray, HIPS inner tray and a Tyvek lid replace an injection-molded box and foam insert.
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Nalge Nunc Intl.: Nalge Nunc Intl.: Septum closures on bottles

Nalgene® PETG media bottles with septum closures are manufactured by Nalge Nunc (Rochester, NY) as non-cytotoxic Class I medical devices. They make it possible to reliably sample or introduce product through the PTFE/silicone septum.
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Three-minute changeover thermoformer

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: Doyen Medipharm says its new tool-less changeover MT2500 thermoform packaging machine is the first to produce a range of pack sizes with a single set of seal tooling.
R.A. Jones' CMV2 vertical cartoner has a 15-min, almost toolless, changeover.
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Pack Expo 2000 quick-changeover round-up

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: Every year machinery builders advertise quick-changeover packaging machines. As Packaging World editors walked the aisles at the recent Pack Expo show, we could not miss the new packaging machines that featured super-quick changeover times, which we'll arbitrarily define as 15 minutes or less. Here are some cartoners, case packers, a shrink bundler and a thermoformer that caught our attention.
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Burke Industrial Coatings: Maintenance coatings

Water-based maintenance coatings from Burke Industrial (Vancouver, WA) are said to improve wear resistance and enhance worker safety. Pigmented with Alloy 316 stainless-steel flakes, coatings are said to form an impermeable stainless-steel surface on machinery.
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Supplier partnerships encouraged in purchasing (sidebar)

What do supplier partners gain?
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Klockner Medipak: Stand-alone cartoner

The P-1500 is a stand-alone, servo-controlled cartoner from Klöckner Medipak (Clearwater, FL) that may be integrated into blister, bottle or pouch lines.
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Supplier partnerships encouraged in purchasing

Most companies that participated in Packaging World’s vendor consolidation survey encouraged partnership arrangements with suppliers. All respondents expect better price and service, but others seek on-site technical help, supply guarantees and materials price hedging opportunities.
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Purchasing moves 'slow speed ahead'

Pharmaceutical/medical and beverage markets will drive packaging machinery spending this year, says a PMMI study. U.S. domestic equipment sales are expected to rise 2% to 3% in 2000 to $4.9 billion.
Student internships can be used to help train potential employees, as in this Kraft packaging laboratory.
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How OEMs can improve training

Respondents to Packaging World’s online training survey have a long list of changes they’d like equipment builders to make in their training programs.

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