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Pharmaceutical Technology
Volume 33, Issue 5

Guide to packaging materials

Equipped with one of four interchangeable pump styles, Filamatics AdaptaFil benchtop filler can vary filling speed and incorporate drawback at the end of the fill.
Misinformation about sustainability is widespread, and some packagers tend to favor one packaging material over another without considering all ramifications. In this light, one exhibitor stressed the need to look at the big picture and consider brand recognition, product integrity, smart service, compliance, and product security and logistics along with sustainability (iWheel Solutions, Alcan Packaging, Kirkland, Québec, Canada). It gave booth visitors at INTERPHEX a chance to play a game developed to educate its personnel about sustainability. The game tests knowledge of issues and points out common pitfalls (Eco-Challenge, Alcan Packaging). "The industry needs to elevate the conversation," says Nina Goodrich, director of sustainnovation [sic] at Alcan Packaging. "We don't want to reinforce the idea that packaging is garbage because it's not."

Dispensing tubes

A self-sealing actuator protects oxygen-sensitive lotions and creams in barrier tubes ranging in size from 15 to 150 mL and delivers a metered dose of 500 or 800 μL. The polyethylene-foil-polyethylene tube blocks oxygen and light transmission, while special seaming technology results in an almost invisible seam. The self-sealing design reduces the chance of product contamination and discoloration and prevents the contents from drying out. Although no products are commercially packaged in this tube yet, several formulas are undergoing stability testing (Airless pump, MegaPumps, Eaton-town, NJ, on polyfoil tube, Hoffmann Neopac, Oberdiessbach, Switzerland).

Another style of dispensing tube has just completed tooling validation. A conical silicone valve inside the dispensing closure makes it possible for this barrier tube to dispense a precise flow of product (Pinpoint closure from Seaquist Closures, Mukwonago, WI, on polyfoil tube, Hoffmann Neopac).


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