• UK thermoformer embraces hybrid packaging


    The company has installed a Kiefel KMD 78 that increases capacity but also enables companies the option of plastics and cartonboard hybrid packaging.

    Nigel Coates, managing director of LVF Packaging, said: “2020 was a busy year for us, especially in terms of the higher volume lines that we produce for many of the supermarkets, and it was apparent that production efficiency on our oldest Kiefel – a KMD 75 – was falling well behind our newer KMD 78s and that the time had come to replace it.

    “The new machine is our fifth KMD 78 and the third with down-stacking technology – a feature that saves us time and money during the manufacturing process.”

    Business development director, Daniel Coates, added that the machine comes with an extended frame that provides capability to add an extra station. This enables trays to be manufactured with cartonboard and plastics for food contact barrier or to enable sealing. The two elements are easily separated for recycling.

    The hybrid station that can be added to LVF Packaging’s new KMD 78 enables pre-erected cartons to be introduced directly into the plastics thermoforming tool and thin gauge material formed directly into them.

    “Hybrid packaging is one of a number of potential new technologies that we are looking into,” explained Coates. “Our intention is to gauge the direction the market is taking before making any additional investment – but having the capacity to simply add a hybrid station to our new machine means we are already one step ahead of the vast majority of our competitors.”

    The £550,000 being spent on new Kiefel KLMD 78 takes LVF Packaging’s investment in business development to more than £3 million ($4.1m) in the last five years.

  • Ishida sponsors ‘Food Packaging Versus Food Waste’ research


    Food Packaging Versus Food Waste – Moving Towards a Circular Economy was sponsored by Ishida Europe and Aston Business School.

    Six food packaging megatrends are identified and discussed in the white paper: initiatives for plastic reduction; sustainable food packaging; food packaging and labelling regulations; consumer trends; in-novative food packaging technologies and packaging 4.0; and the cost of modern food packaging.

    The report highlights the key findings and challenges in each of these trends, emphasising the com-plexity in many of the issues raised.

    For example, in the drive to reduce plastic packaging, it is essential to ensure that potential alternative packaging materials do not impact on food waste.

    Similarly, while new flexible packaging can help to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of food packaging, associated machinery will need to be fully compatible with the new materials to ensure seal integrity.

    Among the solutions put forward in the White Paper, the need for a collaborative approach – between all stakeholders and also governments and consumers – is emphasised, as well as increased consumer education and engagement.

    Ross Townshend, Ishida Europe’s Business Unit Manager EMEA – Advanced Services and Data, said: “Effectively tackling food waste is essential if we are to achieve the ‘greener’ world that everyone is seeking. Equally important, understanding how we can best tackle these challenges will have a signifi-cant bearing on our own work in the design and development of the most efficient packing line equipment and integrated solutions.”

  • ACG launches ACG Laboratories by opening a Process Development Lab in Shirwal, India

    Pharma/nutra manufacturing solutions giant, ACG, added another specialist division to its integrated global offering with the official inauguration of its first ACG Laboratories site – a lab for process development in Shirwal. 

    The new facility is set to provide ACG's customers and partners with a research, development, testing, and training environment dedicated to the collaborative exploration of all aspects of oral solid dosage manufacturing.   

  • Stevanato Group leads first industry Discussion Paper on Primary Container Traceability published by ISPE


    Health authorities and regulators are increasingly looking for much higher levels of traceability during the manufacture of parenteral medicines. The most common processes and technologies applied to achieve compliance are now reaching their technical limitations – so new approaches are needed to deliver the traceability requirements. 

    The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE)  recently published the Discussion Paper, “Unique Identification on Primary Containers to Drive Produce Traceability & Quality”. It is the outcome of a  collaboration with a working group lead by the Stevanato Group, which includes pharmaceutical companies, contract manufacturing organizations (CMOs), fill & finish machine manufacturers, inspection machine producers, and a software company.

    The document outlines the current implementation of unique container identification technology in parenteral manufacturing lines, including potential solutions, and a summary of the challenges technology developers face to develop and implement solutions within their operations.

    Modern manufacturing operations in parenteral medicines are complex processes. Being able to trace each container within the process reduces risk and enables a detailed root cause analysis to improve each process.

    Stevanato Group played a key role in drafting the document, leveraging its multi-year experience in the development of its novel container traceability solution that marks each primary container with a unique machine-readable 2D data matrix barcode. Each bulk or pre-sterilized glass syringe, cartridge, and vial aggregated in nested secondary packaging is given its own 'fingerprint'. Thanks to Stevanato Group’s high-speed visual inspection machines, marked filled containers with defects can be immediately identified and segregated. 

    “Primary container serialization enables pharma companies to have unit-level traceability in the key steps of their manufacturing process, avoiding batch mix-ups before labeling and limiting batch segregation in the event of a problem, which often result in lost or missed revenue," says Fabio Bertacchini, Product Management Director at Stevanato Group.

    "With this document, Stevanato Group is leveling the playing field of primary serialization to facilitate its implementation by the industry. As many of the existing technologies are closed due to IP ownership, our goal is to create an open-source solution that could benefit all. To do that, we are working with multiple stakeholders to remove any possible barriers to entry and implement solutions that minimize any impact on existing processes." says Tod Urquhart, Product Manager and Core Team Leader at Stevanato Group.

  • Toppan Develops Fire Extinguishing Film for Lithium-Ion Batteries


    Toppan Printing a global leader in communication, security, packaging, décor materials, and electronics solutions, has developed a fire extinguishing film that responds to heat by emitting aerosol particles. This new film is an addition to Toppan’s “SMART LIFE-VALUE™ Packaging” lineup, which is part of the recently launched “TOPPAN S-VALUE™ Packaging” range targeting added value for society and fulfilling living. The fire extinguishing film is on sale from February and targeted at manufacturers of batteries and electrical appliances.

    With applications for rechargeable batteries expanding to such fields as mobile devices and mobility, lithium-ion batteries are becoming more widely used and offering higher power levels. However, this increases the risk of fire-related accidents, not only during use but also after disposal. Toppan has combined its advanced coating technologies and transparent vapor-deposited GL BARRIER film with a highly effective fire extinguishing agent from Yamato Protec Corporation to produce an adhesive film with outstanding long-term durability and workability.

    “This film enables greater fire safety without any negative impact on people or the environment,” said Yoshimitsu Anamizu, Managing Executive Officer of Toppan’s Living & Industry Division. “We intend to develop more products based on this technology to contribute to accident and disaster prevention and a safer, more sustainable society for everyone.”

    The fire extinguishing film will be on display in the Toppan Booth (S1-12, South Hall 1) at TOKYO PACK 2021, which will be held at the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition center from February 24 to 26.

  • Fast Development of New Hand Sanitiser Pack


    The new squeezy HDPE bottle features the company’s Secure Flip closure, more normally used for sport drinks bottles for on the go but in this instance also able to provide the perfect solution for the safe and convenient dispensing of the gels. The closure enables intuitive one-handed opening via an ergonomically designed Thumb Tab. The cap opens to a full and stable 180°, ensuring easy access, and an audible click confirms that it is either fully open or re-closed. The oval design of the bottle allows comfortable handling and provides a generous labelling area for individual branding. The bottle was developed utilising Berry M&H’s in-house design and tool room facilities, with two sets of moulds produced in under four weeks. “The whole project was made possible by the close collaboration between our factories,” commented Graham Lazzari, Berry M&H Technical Manager. “It ideally demonstrated the willingness to work together, sharing technical information and experience to ensure a swift and efficient process through design, tool manufacture and development.”