A new facility in Memphis, TN, supports Millstone Medical Outsourcing’s aftermarket services division and offers distribution and loaner processing services to leading medical device manufacturers. The facility operates near distribution hubs of two major carriers, enabling Millstone to extend its service hours and cater to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with West Coast and global sales operations.
Happy New Year! That’s not as good as Christmas in July, but July 1 began the Contract Packaging Association’s new fiscal year. It is a good time to reflect on where we’ve come from for a few moments and take the time to share what’s new and exciting.
As new projects develop, it becomes critical for volunteers to step up to help carry the association’s business forward. The Contract Packaging Association has been most fortunate with members willing to roll up their sleeves.
CompaniesThe Bosch Group plans to acquire Pharmatec gmbh, Dresden, Germany, from Fresenius proserve gmbh. The transaction also includes the acquisition of the Pharmatec subsidiary Schoeller-Bleckmann Medizintechnik gmbh, Ternitz, Austria.
Your Contract Packaging Association Board of Directors and management team are not looking back on what was a very successful 2006. Instead, we are moving forward with enthusiasm, dedication, and vigor for 2007.
The Contract Packaging Association’s just-concluded annual meeting in Tucson, AZ, explored the many challenges facing companies as opportunities for contract packaging and services grow and expand. The meeting provided time to share ideas with peers while exploring strategies for solutions.
PACK EXPO : R.A. Jones offered its Meridian™ cartoner at Pack Expo International 2004. Cartoner is a flexible, cost effective mid-range packaging solution with a range of product handling and transfer capabilities, company says.
NEWS FROM PACK EXPO: R.A. Jones & Co. (Cincinnati, OH) demonstrated its new Pouch King continuous-motion, horizontal form/fill/seal machine running at 500 stand-up pouches/min. See video clip of this machine
Produced by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, the Conference at Pack Expo runs from Monday, November 4 through Wednesday, November 6. Here’s the line-up. For session abstracts, go to http://pei2002.packexpo.com.
–Zeller Plastik (Libertyville, IL) has named Alex Piagnarelli director of sales and marketing. –Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA) appointed Martin Prakken, Bruce Larson, and James Anderson to 4-year terms on its board of directors.
In mid-December, the top engineering management at Hershey Foods, Hershey, PA, asked Rick Lidington of R.A. Jones to give a presentation that touched on some current packaging equipment trends. Packaging World was invited to listen in.
Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI, named NorthStar Print Group (Watertown, WI) Supplier of the Year for 2000. John Bowlin, president/CEO of Miller, presents the award to DickGasper, NorthStar president/CEO.
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.
PACK EXPO International 2000 is not only the biggest U.S. packaging show, but this year it also boasts what it calls “the world’s largest conference:” Solutions 2000, planned for Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 6-8.
The movement toward standardizing motion controls for packaging machinery took a small but critical step forward in early February. An official working group for standardizing on motion controls in packaging machinery was created at the recent Open Modular Architecture Controls (OMAC) end user meeting held in Orlando, FL.
The Frain Group (Addison, IL): David Eggleston, COO.LPK (Cincinnati, OH): Jerry Kathman, president, CEO.Terco (Bloomingdale, IL): Dennis Ahrens, president, replacing David Cull who has resigned.Alvey Systems, Inc.
OMAC (Open Modular Architecture Controls) Motion for Packaging Working Group hammers out a specific mission and four key areas to simplify motion controls for packaging machinery. Areas include: defining business benefits of open controls; standardize on programming languages; standardize on network protocols; foster education in motion control technologies in tech schools and colleges.
Head engineers from Anheuser-Busch, General Mills, Hershey Foods, Nabiscoand Procter & Gamble begin a dialogue with machinery and controls suppliers on motion control standards for packaging. Part one.
Editorials usually fall into one of two categories: Either they're "outside" and discuss the overall business and examine trends that may have an impact on your jobs; or they're "inside," and they explain how the magazine, especially a particular issue, has been created to help you.
Solutions 99 is the educational conference that will be part of Pack Expo Las Vegas, Oct. 18 to 20. Three mornings of seminars feature the latest topics in packaging. Pre-registration deadlines for the conference and for the show are Sept. 27.
IWKA Packaging Machinery, Inc. (Fairfield, NJ) has assumed ownership of BWI plc (Altrincham, England) and its subsidiaries R.A. Jones & Co., Inex, Holmatic, KartridgePak, Manesty, KP Aerofill, Huettlin and Dawson.
R.A. Jones & Co., Inc. has partnered with CMA (Moirax-Agen, France), Harro Hofliger (Allmersbach, Germany) and Nor-Reg AS (Honefoss, Norway) to offer vertical cartoning machines, horizontal pouching machines and pouch cartoning equipment, respectively.
Easy Gardener introduces a stand-up pouch and overwrapped "cookie pack" for its outdoor plant, tree and garden fertilizers. Replacing paperboard cartons, the plastic packs withstand moisture in flourishing outdoor lawn-and-garden centers.
CPSC regulations caused pharmaceutical manufacturer Chattem, Inc., to update packaging for its menstrual pain relief products. Line changes included a rebuild-instead of a purchase-of a cartoner to help expedite the switch.