The four primary goals of packaging-product protection, identification, dispensing and merchandising-won't change in the 21st century. But as we near that milestone, the market forces that more subtly affect packaging are evolving.
The top award in container distributors competition was won by a coextruded drug bottle that keeps out light and moisture. Other winners display distributor prowess in technology, decorating and sourcing of components that meet packager needs.
BWI Inex (Clearwater, FL) has introduced the VI Scan Family of vision inspection equipment for pharmaceutical packaging. Inspects empty vials, crimped closures, liquid-filled vials, lyophilized cake, and date- and lot-coded labels.
The Model F329HE-SS electronic multi-head liquid filler from Cozzoli (Plainfield, NJ) fills unit dose syringes, tubes and vials. It replaces a mechanically driven carriage with electronic advancements that simplify changeover and shorten it by four hours, says the manufacturer.
The Virtual Hinge Closure from VH Technologies (New York, NY) can help users comply with recommended dosages of their prescription drugs. It combines a cap with molded numbers that indicate day or dosage amount with a patented hinge that must rotate to the next number to reclose.
The Model STB digital bottlecap torque tester from Mark-10 (Hicksville, NY) can measure torque tool calibration, break-away fastener, motor stall, and valve operating torque, as well as standard torque removal.
Incorporating an alarm clock into a prescription drug bottle seems like an idea whose time should have come long ago. It came last year, in the form of the MEMS® SmartCap(TM) from Aprex Corp., a Fremont, CA, company specializing in improved patient compliance.