The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) apparently has agreed to a long-sought request to simplify approval for substances used in food-contact packaging by doing away with the time consuming pre-market approval process that requires explicit FDA consent.
Special thermoformed packaging for a medical device from Medex of Dublin, OH, is designed so that clinicians in a non-sterile environment can open the package and present its contents to surgical staff in a sterile operating room without compromising the product's sterility.
Versatile machines that will allow manufacturers multiple packaging options was one of the frequent answers in Packaging World's second exclusive survey of Pack Expo registrants. Large buying teams and longer visits are also planned this year.
The most popular handtool for future packaging mechanics may well be a laptop computer, our experts say. Electronic controls have already arrived in many machines, and are expected to dominate by the turn of the century.