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FDA regulatory changes lead to folder installation

Pharmaceutical paperboard packaging company installs second folder to produce patient-information leaflets for the healthcare market.

Chesapeake Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Packaging, a global supplier of paperboard packaging, has installed its second Vijuk MV-2011 Large Format Folder at its Hicksville, Long Island, NY, facility. The folder, which is part of a major global investment program, will produce patient-information leaflets for the healthcare market.

Christopher Cassidy, Chesapeake vp, sales and marketing--North America, says, “This purchase is in response to the FDA requirement for larger font sizes and additional prescribing information for packaging inserts. This recommendation is expected to manage the risk of medical product use and reduce medication errors. The increased type size necessitates the need for larger inserts. It’s a challenge for many pharmaceutical companies to meet this requirement without having to make major changes to their existing packaging lines. Chesapeake can now offer an effective solution.”

The MV-11 Outsert System folds outserts as small as 1-1/8 in. x 1-1/8 in., flatter, 15% thinner, and with up to 40% more panels than previous models. The machine’s Triple Knife Outsert System can fold outserts with up to 238 panels; it also features an upgraded glue system and a digital water score system.

Cassidy adds, “The installation of this latest technology at our Hicksville facility is a further step in the unmatched investment program that we have undertaken over the past two years. Chesapeake’s continued investment in next-generation production equipment such as the MV-11 ensures that we will maintain and strengthen the service levels we deliver to our customers. The investment will increase our capacity and position the operation to benefit from further growth.”

The Vijuk Folder is part of a global investment program that has benefited many of Chesapeake’s sites. In addition to manufacturing equipment, investments have also included the installation of supporting devices such as image verification systems that have further strengthened customer service levels and improved product quality.

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