AMS Filling Systems (Malvern, PA) has developed the Model SA-100 servo-driven auger filler. It fills powders, granulars, flakes, liquids, gels and pastes into flexible bags at speeds to 120 containers/min.
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Chase-Logeman (Greensboro, NC) has introduced the Model FSTS2-12H automatic filling, stoppering and tray loading system. It uses a positive displacement servo-driven pump to fill glass or plastic bottles ranging from 2 mL to 100 mL at speeds to 120 bottles/min.
The newest version of the EZ Blister(TM) mobile blister packaging machine from UK-based Sepha Products (Irvine, CA) will be shown at PackExpo West. Designed for low-volume package development, it is suitable for pharmaceutical and cosmetics applications.
The Plasti-Clip Line from Poly-Clip (Mundelein, IL) is a new system that uses USDA-approved plastic clips to close bagged or netted products. This makes easy metal detection possible and allows microwavability.
One of the showstoppers at this year's annual Food Marketing Institute show in Chicago was the booth of Carnival Brand-Seafood Co. The Overland Park, KS, firm displayed a wide variety of frozen fish packaged in convenient cook-in bags that let consumers microwave frozen fish and serve it in about five minutes.
FDA's Office of Device Evaluation is holding a public meeting in September to discuss medical device labeling and the agency's proposed labeling information summaries (tentatively called "essential prescribing information" [EPI]).