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Previewing Packaging Innovations
The annual INTERPHEX show presents end-to-end packaging solutions.


Pharmaceutical Technology
Volume 37, Issue 4, pp. 68-70


Hallie Forcinio
Whatever the packaging requirement, chances are there’s a solution waiting at INTERPHEX, the annual pharmaceutical industry trade show scheduled for April 23-25, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York. This year’s show is noteworthy for productivity enhancements, anticounterfeiting technology, and quality control options.

Improved productivity

On a single-rotary tablet press from Fette, the design of the compression stations, drive, turret, and tablet discharge cuts changeover time and improves productivity. For example, turret removal requires no tools and takes only 15 minutes. In addition, upper and lower compression rollers and pressure and position settings adjust automatically by means of commands from the operator interface; operators do not need to make manual adjustments after a turret change. The turret also features a coded tablet scraper and coded filling-cam detection as well as a central, multifunction connector for oil, air, and electricity. Equipped with up to 51 stations, the system produces up to 367,000 tablets per hour. The rotor design also supports quick changeover, maximizes yields, and minimizes product loss. The machine is clad in easily detached, FDA-certified, high-performance polymer panels and offers 360-degree access.

Geometrically optimized surfaces and an integral vacuum system expedite cleaning. User-friendly operator interface provides swift access to the machine’s most important functions via 12 pictogram buttons (FE35 Tablet Press, Fette Compacting America).

A high-performance liquid-filling machine from Cozzoli Machine combines a small footprint with peristaltic pump and single-use technologies. Single-use elements eliminate cleaning, cut costs, hasten setup, and reduce waste. Designed for Class 100 cleanrooms, the fillers rely on existing overhead laminar air flow and may be specified with two, four, six, or eight heads (VR2PP Series liquid fillers, Cozzoli Machine).

A single-use filling system from Filamatic equips a benchtop filler, compatible with a piston, peristaltic, gear, or lobe pump, with a peristaltic pump. In this configuration, fluid flows in a flexible tube fitted inside a circular pump casing. Since the pumped fluid contacts only the inside surface of the disposable tubing, cleanup is quick and easy. The peristaltic pump works best with moderate to large (50 mL to >1100 mL) fill volumes and achieves +/- 1% accuracy (AdaptaFil semiautomatic benchtop filler, Filamatic).


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