Push-Through Strip is a Child-Resistant, Senior-Friendly Barrier Package

Pharmaceutical Technology Editors

Romaco Siebler and Huhtamaki will premiere a push-through strip packaging for pharmaceuticals at CPhI WorldWide 2018.

The film and foil specialist Romaco Siebler and its partner Huhtamaki will premiere a push-through strip packaging for pharmaceuticals at CPhI WorldWide 2018.  The tablets can be removed simply by pressing them out of the pockets in the four-sided sealed foil pack, combining the barrier properties of strip packaging with the opening mechanism of blister formats. The push-through strip uses less material than cold-formed aluminium blisters. 

The strips are manufactured either from a multilayer laminated structure or from a transparent barrier foil. The material does not tear and can therefore be regarded as child resistant. A targeted perforation of the upper polyester layer allows the pack to be opened by pressing the tablet out of the laminated foil with the thumb. The push-through strips are also senior friendly and a good alternative to tear-open strip packaging or aluminium-aluminium blisters. Huhtamaki has a patent pending for the manufacturing process used for this special foil.

Romaco’s push-through strips can be supplied either in the standard rectangular format or as ‘design’ strips. A Siebler HM 1-350 heat-sealing machine equipped with a special die-cutter is used to manufacture special formats. The continuous cutting station supports both round strip formats and heart, petal, or star shapes. The equipment achieves a maximum output of 800 design strips per minute. The production of push-through strips in a heat-sealing process expands Romaco’s portfolio in the area of air, light, and moisture-tight unit dose packaging.

At the upcoming CPhI Worldwide in Madrid, Romaco will share a booth with its industry partner Huhtamaki (Stand 2A43).

Source: Romaco