Rocket Man to keynote CPA 2012 Annual Meeting
Mike Mullane, former Space Shuttle Commander, will deliver the keynote at the
Contract Packaging Association's 2012
Annual Meeting February 23-26 at the Gran Melia Hotel & Resort in
Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.
Contract packaging may not be rocket science, but teams of all sorts still face plenty of challenges in setting high standards,
maintaining high performance and at times, acting on instinct. Mullane - astronaut, member of the International Space Hall Of Fame,
author and TV host - will discuss his experience as a Space Shuttle Astronaut and its relationship to vital team interaction.
And who doesn't like a good, inspiring astronaut book? Interested readers might wish to read
Mullane's book, Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut, and
raise your hand during the post-keynote Q&A.
Click here for fuller event details, agenda and registration.
Medical device package testing case study
Jim Butschli, Editor-in-Chief of Healthcare Packaging, writes that test inputs, material selection,
and machine compatibility play a significant role in approaching medical device packaging:
"Say you're a packaging engineer and your package-testing mission involves a surgical device made of high-carbon steel that's
corrosion-prone, requires gamma radiation, must work with current thermoform/fill/seal machinery, offer a five-year shelf life,
and be cost-effective.
"What do you do? A good first step would be to check the regulatory framework,
as well as FDA quality system regulations for medical devices.
That was a recommendation from Karen Greene, Life Packaging Technology, LLC,
a customized packaging engineering services firm. Greene discussed this case history during a Webinar Nov. 15, entitled,
'Developing and Validating Barrier Shelf Life for Medical Device Packaging,' presented by
the Institute of Packaging Professionals and sponsored by Healthcare Packaging."
There's much more; read the full
PacMoore up and running with new-again hf/f/s line
PacMoore Products, a leading dry ingredient contract manufacturer and packager
based in Hammond, Ind., is singing the praises of its new, used horizontal form, fill and seal machine. The system is
centered on a used Bartelt hf/f/s machine rebuilt, from bushings to servos and software,
by Advantage Control Systems.
The machine is equipped with three fillers: a 10-head rotary scale, a cup filler and a servo-driven auger filler. These provide a
high degree of flexibility, further aided by the machine's ability to handle packages of varying dimensions. PacMoore also has
vf/f/s and retail cartoning capabilities. On the manufacturing side, PacMoore offers dry blending, spray drying, sifting, repacking,
and bulk material handling.
CEO Bill Moore credits multiple fillers, advanced weighing systems and digital signal processing technology among the features that
help the company serve its customers. "At PacMoore, we pride ourselves on providing excellence through high-performance equipment
operated by a highly trained team of problem solvers," said Moore. The company serves General Mills, Kraft/Nabisco, Pinnacle Foods
and other well-known companies.
See a short video of PacMoore's hf/f/s machine in action here.