Anatomy of a high-speed line installation
The only thing faster than Praxis Packaging Solutions’ new high-speed tablet line is the company’s expansion into vertically integrated pharma packaging.
In recent months, the diversified contract packager bumped-out its headquarters site in Grand Rapids, MI, to make room for a growing business. A major piece of that growth will come from a new high-speed tablet-filling and packaging line that deepens the company’s commitment to over-the-counter and prescription drug packaging.
The new line is “part of an ongoing effort to improve upon our existing portfolio of capabilities and service offerings," Scott Hanmer, vice president of sales, told Contract Packaging during a late-October facility tour.
Key pieces of equipment include an unscrambler from Omega Design, counter-filler from Aylward, checkweigher from OCS, capper from Kaps-all Packaging Systems, re-torquer from Fowler Products, induction sealer from Enercon Industries and high-speed labeler from Weiler Labeling Systems. Serialization provisions are also being made and equipment ranges from videojet printers to Systech information management systems.
Implementation has been rapid; In August, the company contracted with the PharmAgility Consulting Group, Stuart, FL to assess the feasibility, planning, and installation of primary filling equipment and a supporting current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) primary fill quality system. The high-speed line was sourced from a global Big Pharma brand; redesigned and placed in September, and powered-up on October 10. Validation was underway within days…
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Pack Expo highlights, in living color
Last Sunday through Wednesday, Pack Expo was bristling with the world’s latest machinery and materials. Staff from Packaging World combed the trade-show floor and came-up with huge amounts of coverage. This includes dozens of video tours of the latest packaging machinery and material innovations, as well as the latest in packaging-related material handling, processing and automation.
Whether you attended or not, you’ll no doubt find something you’d like a closer look at. Because even if you were at the show, there was simply too much to take-in, considering the 2012 show’s record 1,800-plus exhibitors.
So go ahead. Give your trade-show feet a rest. See all the video, audio and print coverage... here
Global supermarket growth to drive advances in retail ready packaging
Retail ready packaging (RRP) demand is expected to reach $63.4 billion and 32.1 million tons by 2017, according to a new study by Smithers Pira.
RRP represents a high growth sector of the overall packaging market, having been adopted in the U.K. and Europe around 2005 and now spreading globally. In 2011, global demand amounted to 27 million tons of material in 2011, worth over $54 billion. The most popular type of RRP is corrugated board, which accounts for three-quarters of the total volume of materials used in 2011. Within this, die-cut display containers are the predominant choice, making up more than half the market, with decline-wrapped trays constituting 17% of demand and modified cases the remaining 5%.
“The Future of Retail Ready Packaging to 2017” presents an analysis of the global demand for RRP and assesses the major influences driving demand for this type of packaging.
The market is quantified and segmented according to type of material, end-use application and geographic location, across 18 individual countries and 22 end-use markets for the period from 2011 to 2017…
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