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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.
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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: 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.
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The certainties of life: Death, taxes...and regulations

Challenges related to new EU labeling regulations for the management and transparency of cosmetic product information can be addressed through a data-centered approach.
3D printing offers exciting possibilities for medical device developments.
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Medical device developments that pack the 'wow' factor

With two considerable medical device packaging events just around the corner, intriguing medical device announcements center on everything from engineered human organs to 3D printing to talking apps.
PMMI's new study, “Trends in Robotics Market Assessment 2014.”
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Dynamic changes in robotic packaging applications

Today, 75% of end users use robotics along their manufacturing lines, and the capabilities for food and pharmaceutical processing are game-changers.
Schreiner-Medipharm's Needle-Trap. It’s a pressure-sensitive label solution for syringes that addresses the problem of sharps. Included here is a photo of (from left to right) three labels still on their release liner, a freshly labeled syringe with its protective needle sheath in place, and a post-injection syringe with its needle safely trapped in plastic with no opportunity whatsoever for harm to healthcare personnel. All that’s left is disposal into the nearest sharps container. According to Schreiner M
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Packaging technology on display at Pharmapack Europe 2014

Aseptic packaging, drug delivery systems, and syringe label that addresses sharps stand out as new venue enjoys successful debut.
Winning in the Pharmapack Awards' Quality of Life category was Nanopass 34, the World’s thinnest pen needle, which was developed by Japan’s Terumo and is notable because it minimizes discomfort or pain caused by injections.
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Responsible innovation and the 2014 Pharmapack Awards

Among the themes that echoed at Pharmapack Europe 2014 was that of responsible innovation.
Liventa Bioscience now produces human collagen membrane sheets for orthopedic uses.
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Dry vapor shippers help Liventa Bioscience deliver cell-based biologics

Strategic alliance with Cryoport for portable cold chain logistics allows longer shelf life for live tissue cells.
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Packaging expectations for 2014

We’re looking ahead to what promises to be a good year for packaging.
GOOD FIT. The QX 830 barcode reader was selected for the project for its ability to meet the speed requirements of the line and its industrial design, which enables it to operate continuously in the dusty bin dumper environment.
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Sweet potato packer implements PTI

Produce packer implements inventory, traceability, and case-labeling solution for Produce Traceability Initiative compliance, while maintaining packaging line speeds of 700 cases/hr.
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FDA wants trans fats out of food, but what else?

When FDA announced its tentative determination last November that partially hydrogenated oils were not generally recognized as safe, they may have announced a new, more aggressive era in the regulation of food ingredient and food contact materials.
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A sneak peak into packaging for regenerative medicine

Rodney Bosley, President of ACell, Inc., describes this exciting medical technology and touches on the significance of packaging for the medical devices.
Tabletop discussions provided a launching point for healthcare and pharmaceutical professionals to discuss issues and trends at the Cool Chain Europe event, held Jan. 27-29, 2014 in Luxembourg.
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Cold Chain Europe: Quality, cost, communication, and compliance

More than 400 pharmaceutical and healthcare cool chain and controlled room temperature logistics professionals come together in Luxembourg to share best practices.
Don't miss this informative training session for professionals who wish to learn more about the benefits of PackML.
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PackML Workshop is not to be missed

Recently added to the already dynamic mix of content at The Automation Conference is a PackML Workshop on May 19, one day ahead of The Automation Conference.
Software scans, verifies bar coding quality
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Software scans, verifies bar coding quality

Cognex DataMan Solutions include barcode scanners including compact and high-speed solutions. These also include software — as shown in this video — to monitor and log results, enabling users to analyze “no reads” in real-time or via image archiving..
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Luxexpo exposition center in Luxembourg hosted Cool Chain Europe 2014.
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Live from Cool Chain Europe: Champagne toast for Cool Chain Excellence Award winners

Awards recognize outstanding contributions in temperature control logistics and Quality Assurance in the pharmaceutical cold-chain industry.

 

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