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Innovative New Pharma Packaging at PACK EXPO

From blister packaging to medical device sealing to tablet coating to the use of micro-optics in anti-counterfeiting, the Vegas show had healthcare packaging covered.

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Pharma wasn't the only area of interest at PACK EXPO. Click the links that follow to read more about innovations in:  Cartoning  |  Case and Tray Packing  |  Coding and Marking  |  Conveyors and Material Handling  |  Inspection and Detection  |  Labeling  |  Form/Fill/Seal  |  Food Processing & Packaging  |  Sustainable Packaging  |  Robotics  |  Controls

Maruho Hatsujyo InnovationsMaruho Hatsujyo InnovationsBlister packaging is at the heart of the pharmaceutical packaging machinery business, and among the PACK EXPO Las Vegas exhibitors who introduced a new offering in this category was Maruho Hatsujyo Innovations (MHI). This U.S. subsidiary of Japan-based Maruho Hatsujyo Kogyo Co. Ltd. debuted its new Eagle-LP blister machine, a cost-effective option for development stages, stability testing, and initial small-batch production.

The Eagle-LP addresses two longstanding challenges in early-stage blister packaging: affordability and floorspace. Many pharma manufacturers have faced challenges finding blister units for stability testing, clinical trials, and small batch runs that aren’t prohibitively expensive and unnecessarily lengthy or bulky.

“It's a very small form factor for R&D spaces, small businesses—it’s flexible to install and budget friendly,” says Kazuko Aldrich, general manager, MHI. The Eagle-LP measures just 1.8 meters in both length and height, and just .9 meters in width.

For those in the process of development, smaller equipment without the bells and whistles of full-production systems can speed progress. The base machine accommodates manual infeed, but optional add-ons include cameras, printers, and automated in-feed.

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