The Latest in New Products

Top-Load Cartoning System
A cartoning system can produce various configurations suitable for packaging parenteral formats such as ampoules, syringes, pens, and vials as well as inhalers, sprays, pouches, tablet blisters, and other drug-delivery devices. The resealable top-loading/top-opening packs produced by the Dividella NeoTOP 804 offer a highly visible product arrangement, simple removal, and user-friendly presentation. Subdivisions in the packages secure and protect the individual items. Users may also stack multiple products in the same pack. The NeoTOP 804 has a capacity in Triple Mode of up to 240 boxes per minute and packages prefilled syringes, vials, and an insert inside a combipack. Tamper evidence is provided by the box’s opening mechanism itself. The Triple Mode configuration enables highly flexible operation, and the system can be operated in either Single Mode or Triple Mode. The NeoTOP 804 has been specifically designed for applications in which a high degree of flexibility is required and where particularly high output has to be achieved. Dividella, Grabs, Switzerland;;; part of the Körber Medipak Group, +49 40 21107 480;;

Stretch Wrappers
A new line of automatic rotary ring stretch wrappers was unveiled at Pack Expo 2010. Developed to cover 97% of all applications, the new line makes rotary ring machines available to even the smallest-volume end user. The Phoenix PRRA uses a unique wrapping ring concept that eliminates the need for extra film passes up the load to secure top wraps and then back down to the clamp for final tail treatment. This process produces a savings of 30-plus feet of stretch film while still applying the same required load-retention wraps. Able to start and stop a cycle anywhere on the load, the Phoenix PRRA rotary ring pallet wrapper allows for virtually unlimited wrap patterns while reducing stretch film cost. Unlike a traditional turntable or rotary arm machine that must support and rotate thousands of pounds of mass just to apply the stretch film, the PRRA rotates only the carriage itself. The result is a much faster low mass rotation system that, because of the limited stress and strain on the working component, is suited for 24-hour, 7-days-a-week applications. The new line has two models. Phoenix Stretch Wrappers, Montreal, 514/956-1525; www.

Filler for Low-Acid Aseptic Products
A company has received a letter of non-objection from FDA for a rotary dry-aseptic PET-bottle filling system featuring H₂O₂ as the sterilizing agent. FDA’s evaluation process included verifying microbiological safety when filling low-acid aseptic products in the range from pH 4.6 to pH 7. The company is the first bottling line manufacturer to provide a completely dry process featuring H₂O₂ in strict compliance with stringent requirements for sterilization performance, residual concentration, and shrinkage. The machine has currently been validated for 48 hours of continuous operation. The downtime required for cleaning and sterilizing the system has been reduced to 3.5 hours. Krones AG, Neutraubling, Germany, +49 9401 70 2222;

Tie Wraps
Tie wraps can secure and organize medical devices in the sterile barrier system. Using Dupont Tyvek, the tie wraps hold coiled products in place. Die-cut tie wraps with a belt-like closure mechanism used inside a pouch or tray can organize and secure devices within the packaging system. Tie wraps are lightweight, entirely made of Tyvek with no adhesives, and are easy to assemble and remove. Tie wraps are designed for a custom fit. Beacon Converters Inc., Saddle Brook, NJ; 201/797-2600;

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