The Ministar-VAL from Hoong-A America (LaPalma, CA) is a pneu-matically driven thermoform/fill/seal system designed for pharmaceutical applications. It can produce PVC/aluminum or ampule blister packs at speeds to 40 cycles/min.
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Potentially irritating packaging requirements from the FDA could give infant formula manufacturers and their packagers a bad case of diaper rash. FDA suggests that written specifications for packaging could lead to a system of packaging guarantees.
Cork stopper manufacturer Sabaté (Céret Cedex, France) has developed a new material called Altec, said to be superior to natural cork as a bottle closure because it has better elasticity and absorbs less liquid than conventional cork.
ISO 9001 registration: CCL Pharmaceuticals (Rosemont, IL) for its three U.K. facilities; Vereinigte Kunststoffwerke GmbH (VKW) (Staufen, Germany), a PVC rigid film producer; Sonics & Materials (Danbury, CT).
Flexible packaging converter Duralam is among the first to use a quick changeover flexo press for short-run jobs. One of its most challenging is a reverse-printed OPP structure used for bags of Sun*Maid candy.
In the year 2000, say Packaging World sources, the key ingredient in a director of packaging will be dynamic leadership skills. The candidate had better be a people person, too, and be able to wear a number of interdisciplinary hats.