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Robotic system for filling and stoppering of vials
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Robotic system for filling and stoppering of vials

Bausch & Stroebel’s flexible two-robot system is designed for filling, stoppering, and crimp-capping of vials in the pharmaceutical industry. Handles syringes and cartridges, too.
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Plastic packaging made from air?

IT solutions provider Dell announces its use of a carbon-negative plastic material made from air and greenhouse gases for its Dell Latitude series notebooks, in fall 2014.
MWV's Lee Miller describes the Shellpak Renew system at The Automation Forum 2014.
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Adherence pack 2.0 now reaching Walmart stores

As baby boomers continue to age and adherence packaging becomes more important than ever, one clever company built a 134-axis servo-driven system to crank out lots and lots of blister-style adherence packs.
Bush Brothers' Anthony Peterson talks data acquisition benefits.
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Manufacturing performance software brings big gains

What happens when a fifth-generation family-owned business goes shopping for real-time manufacturing performance software?
Representatives from two breweries at The Automation Conference 2014.
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Brewers wrestle with data acquisition

Brewers who are looking at various automation solutions, including automated data acquisition software, to help them cope with rapid growth should keep one thing in mind: Keep operations data in its own network and have it report out to an enterprise network. Otherwise, bandwidth issues could surface, and plant floor operations could be negatively affected.
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Toray Plastics (America): Clear high-barrier BOPP film

Torayfan® CBS2 film is an environment-conscious, clear, high-oxygen- and moisture-barrier BOPP film designed for use as the inside sealant web for the packaging of bakery items, crisp salty snacks, cookies, crackers, granola, fruit and nut mixes, and confections, as well as dry pet food and treats and non-food items.
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Kashi formulas or labels likely to change by end of year

The Kellogg Company agrees to drop the terms “all natural” and “nothing artificial” from some Kashi products.
CUSTOM FIT. Housed in a compact, custom-engineered frame, the digital thermal transfer printer retrofits nicely to Battistoni’s existing line and codes packages from 6-oz to 5-lb in volume
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'Swing' to thermal transfer printing

Pouched meat packer saves time and improves print quality and consistency.
The CPSC was brought up recently when Senator Charles Schumer of NY said that FDA and CPSC should use “flow restrictors” on children’s medicines to help prevent an estimated 10,000 annual emergency room visits.
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Healthcare Packaging goes to Washington: Part IV of a four-part series

A healthcare perspective on the Consumer Products Safety Commission from Bethesda, MD.
From left to right, Zachary Brousseau and Matthew A. Clark of the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society speak with Jim Butschli, Healthcare Packaging Editor.
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Healthcare Packaging goes to Washington: Part III of a four-part series

An update on the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society in Rockville, MD.
An update on the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention in Rockville, MD. In this photo, Theresa Laranang-Mutlu (far left) and Dr. Desmond Hunt (far right) of the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention talk with Healthcare Packaging Editor Jim Butschli.
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Healthcare Packaging goes to Washington: Part II of a four-part series

An update on the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention in Rockville, MD.
For both its drop-ship and stock-and-ship programs, ICAT warehouses the products near where they are produced—inventorying each box when it comes in, and managing that inventory—then ships on demand when customers order them.
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How medical tech manufacturers save by outsourcing warehousing

Medical technology clients can realize economies by keeping warehousing local, avoiding excess shipping costs, and eliminating internal overhead.
Parenteral Drug Assn. President Richard Johnson
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Healthcare Packaging goes to Washington: Part I of a four-part series

An update on the Parenteral Drug Assn. from President Richard M. Johnson in Bethesda, MD.
Lid designs provide differentiation for Yeo Valley’s dairy products
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Lid designs provide differentiation for Yeo Valley’s dairy products

Consumers peel back a polyester lid to reveal a unique code that they enter online via the dairy’s website for a chance to win a VW campervan.
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New dispensing system to be tried by P&G and Method

Both Method and P&G are close to launching products in a novel package that drew considerable attention at interpack 2014.
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Setting the pace at interpack: notable firsts in plastic and one remarkable servo application

Sardines in a plastic retortable can wasn’t the only interpack example of shelf-stable food in a plastic can.
Dr. Michael Drues, Vascular Sciences
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Welcome to the world of therapeutic foods

What do you think of when you think of food? Holiday meals with family? Things that taste good? A post-workout treat? What else could food be used for?
Industry report: Global traceability and serialization in pharma
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Industry report: Global traceability and serialization in pharma

Report presents the results of the latest Pharmaceutical Serialization & Traceability 2014 Survey.

 

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