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Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News, May/June 2015

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NEW PRODUCTS 35 May/June 2015 Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News • pmpnews.com b e n e f i t s . H e a l t h P r i z e , w w w . healthprize.com; MeadWestvaco Corp., www.mwv.com. Sensor A sensor can be used for reliable detec- tion of glossy objects. The Glare sensor recognizes and diferentiates objects on the basis of their gloss in order to con- trol production processes. The Glare sensor analyzes the spatial distribu- tion of reflected light using Delta-S technology, which allows the sensor to determine the gloss level of flat object surfaces, diferentiate between objects of different gloss levels, and provide reliable gloss identification regardless of color, labeling, or structure. The measurement result is transmitted to the process controls either via two digi- tal switching outputs or IO-Link. The Glare sensor can be quickly and easily configured in many diferent operat- ing modes to meet the requirements of any application, including detecting tamper-proof seals or tape, coatings, surface treatments, and protective foil packaging at lower costs than camera solutions. SICK, www.sickusa.com. New Heidelberg Printing Press A manufacturer of folding cartons, rig- id paper boxes, and paperboard spe- cialty products has announced that a brand new Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106 printing press is fully opera- tional in its Elkhart, Indiana manufac- turing facility. The 40-inch ofset press can print six-color processes and coat paperboard in a single pass, using both conventional and ultraviolet inks and coatings, according to a press release. The Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106 is built to run at speeds of up to 18,000 sheets per hour, and the new press also includes some special features to increase production efciency. Accord- ing to the company, the full logistic feeder package is one feature, as the press quickly performs load change- overs and enables continuous feeding. The printing press's automatic plate hangers also provide for rapid plate hanging and all six printing plates are simultaneously hung in 90 seconds. Colbert Packaging Corp., www. colbertpkg.com. Pouch-Making Machines Two new pouch-making machines from Elba will be delivered to pack- aging manufacturers in Europe with- in the next couple months. SA-M machines from Elba SpA can be used to produce pre-made pouches and bags for the medical and pharmaceuti- cal market. The machines can utilize medical-grade paper, Tyvek, PET/PE, PA/PE, PE/PE, ALU, or coextruded materials, either printed or unprinted. The SA-M machine can be fully con- figured according to customer specifi- cations, enabling Elba to provide what it calls "a tailor-made solution." To achieve a high-performance, reliable seal, the SA-M employs an HMI based on Profinet in order to control in real time each station and tool, resulting in a tightly controlled production process. Equipped with Siemens components, each servo-driven station operates independently and can be installed ready for "plug and play," so it can be upgraded at any time, without chang- ing the existing structure, the company states. Options include a vision system, fully customizable data-collecting sys- tems, and automatic stations and tool- positioning systems. Elba also offers the SA-M CH for producing a wide range of chevron-seal peelable and gusseted pouches. A special medical package can suit the machine for oper- ation in a cleanroom. Platen-sealing stations with upper and lower heated sealing plates feature multizone tem- perature control. Servo control enables the machine to achieve an even sealing pressure. Dedicated cooling stations on the upper and lower plates prevent heat loss in neighboring areas, Elba states. Elba SpA, www.elba-spa.it. Dropper Application Aid A system helps dropper bottle users open bottles and ease positioning of droppers correctly above the eye. According to the company, DropAid fits "System A Dropper Bottles" for ophthalmic applications, and it is ideal with senior patients and children. It has a circular aperture, allowing it to fit onto the eye-drop bottle top. The aperture helps to open the top with little efort or pressure. If DropAid is placed vertically on the bottle beck with the crescent part clipped onto the open bottle, it can be rested firmly on the side of the eye so that the cor- rect number of drops can be given. Gerresheimer, www.gerresheimer. com.

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