National drug retailer Walgreen Co. is one major chain that is experiencing significant cost savings through the use of security labels added to packages. Manufacturers are feeling increased pressure to supply product pre-labeled.
The VERSAJet LS Series is a continuous-motion form/fill/seal shrink wrapper from Automation Packaging (Tampa, FL). Its custom collation modules allow product to be grouped into any configuration desired.
In mid-January, New York-based Bristol-Myers Squibb voluntarily recalled about 150ꯠ packages of its Ovcon® 35 birth control tablets due to a packaging snafu that might increase the risk of an unwanted pregnancy.
DT Kalish's (Pointe Claire, Quebec, Canada) Kx 1100 tube filler and sealer uses quick-release handles for quick changeovers. Designed for pharmaceutical and cosmetics applications, it reaches speeds to 110 metal tubes/min when crimping, or 92/min, when plastic laminated tubes are being hot-air sealed.
Advantage(TM) stretch wrap from BrownCor (Milwaukee, WI) has ready-to-use extended core ends that act as handles for fast and easy pallet wrapping. It's also available with a 3" core for use with dispensers.