JVNW is now ICC Northwest

We are excited to announce that the #ICC group, headquartered in St. Louis, MO, has stepped in to take over operations of JV NW in Canby, OR. JVNW is now conducting business as a new company: ICC Northwest.

ICC Group is a professional provider of engineering and design-build services for process related industrial clients. ICC provides an expansive portfolio of services, including Automation, Smart 3D design, Green Field Construction and Capacity Expansion for process-driven industrial clients. Additionally, ICC designs, installs and integrates CO2 Recovery Systems. ICC designed and built the Balcones distillery in Texas, the Templeton Rye distillery in Iowa, and have been contracted by Craft Brew Alliance to design-build and is now building the Kona brewery in Hawaii.

ICC’s entrance allows JV NW’s legacy to live on to accomplish an even bigger vision, explore cutting-edge technologies, and offering full engineering packages that will directly benefit clients, their business pursuits, and their bottom line.

ICC has also retained all of JV NW’s trusted, dedicated, and skilled employees as they are the backbone of our industry and are hiring more to serve our clients in a timely fashion.

Our focus now is on starting this new chapter of serving the industry by delivering the highest quality product, creating better opportunities for our employees, being a great partner to our suppliers, and supporting the local community.

For any requests and inquiries for ICC products and services, Please give us a call and we’ll be happ to assist.

Bahnson Environmental Specialties Products and Services

Bahnson Environmental Specialties offers a large selection of environmental chambers with proven quality construction and innovative technology, serving a variety of industries.

Temperatures range as low as -84°C (-120°F) with high temperatures to +350°C (+662°F) and humidity ranges from 10% to 98% RH.

Test chamber sizes That BES produces, range from small benchtop chambers for testing small components to full walk-in/drive-in rooms large enough to accommodate a semi-truck and trailer or larger, suitable for more comprehensive storage needs.

BES offers a complete line of temperature and humidity control solutions for today’s demanding research needs. These units combine reliable performance with a range of advanced features that make them a superior choice for a diverse array of applications.

BES offerings include:

  • WRST
    Optimum uniformity for cold and warm stability chamber studies
  • WRS Series
    A single chamber, a wide range of testing conditions
  • CRS Series
    Low-temperature precision and dependability
  • FAS Series
    Exceptional cleanroom capabilities with optimum temperature and humidity control
  • DRS Series
    Dry rooms tailored for specific pharmaceutical and industrial applications
  • LT Series
    Ultra-low temperature, high-volume freezers
  • ES2000 Series
    Reach-in chambers for your low-volume pharmaceutical and industrial test applications

 

Bahnson Environmental Specialties offers intensive preventive maintenance and calibration programs for most major brands of laboratory equipment, including environmental chambers.

Call us today and let us tailor a program designed to satisfy your complex equipment needs and demanding schedules.

Dryer designed and built by VETROMECCANICA

EOLO DRY is a drying system designed and built by VETROMECCANICA S.R.L.

 

EOLO DRY is characterized by a manual adjustment system of the air blades that allows the ideal positioning for any format (bottle or can) and also for the neck. This drying system allows to obtain optimal results in the various phases and types of labeling, sealing and coding.

EOLO DRY is composed of blowers that feed the specifically designed manifolds to obtain the right balance between pressure, flow rate and temperature of the air that is warmed up by the compression.

The Eolo Dry System is AVAILABLE IN:

  • MODULAR SYSTEM
  • STAND-ALONE SYSTEM

 

MAIN CHARACTERISTICS of the EOLO DRY:

  • AISI304 STAINLESS STEEL STRUCTURE with polycarbonate opening doors
  • MODULAR SYSTEM: quick & easy installation on pre-existing lines
  • HIGH EFFICIENCY LATERAL CHANNEL MOTORS

§  4 ADJUSTMENTS TYPES OF THE AIR BLADES by: ·        DEPTH, ·        HEIGHT, ·        LONGITUDINAL INCLINATION, ·        BLADE INCLINATION

  • ANODIZED ALUMINUM AIR BLADES: aluminum treatment that assures lifelong guarantee of the blades
  • INVERTER ON EVERY BLOWER: allowing to optimization of the speed of the air leaving the blades according to needs of the product that’s supposed to be dried
  • ENERGY CONSUMPTION OPTIMIZATION
  • Waste water and drop collection
  • NOISE LEVEL COMPLIES WITH SAFETY RULES
  • COMPLIES WITH EC REGULATIONS, NEMA and CSA

 

Technical data:

 

Here is a video demonstration of the Dryer system

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xv–10AuUr0

 

For more information regarding the EOLO Dry systems please call our HQ at 800-829-5741

How to Properly Calibrate Your Torque Analyzer

 

Cap torque analyzers are an extremely refined set of products that need to be cared for and calibrated on a regular basis to ensure accurate and consistent results. Calibrating these complex machines can be an intimidating process, however there are tried and true steps to follow to improve not only the calibration process, but also the end results.

Why is calibration important?

Regular calibration ensures that you’re getting the most accurate results which can greatly improve your ROI and avoid production loss and costly recalls. We recommend calibration be performed at least every 12 months.

 

The Five steps to calibrate your torque machine include:

  1. Before beginning calibration, be sure to attach the frame with 1-2 screws to ensure stability.
  2. Insert the pulley into the chuck and rotate the chuck. Make sure the screw is facing a direction that allows the wire to twist 90 degrees and lock the shaft.
  3. “Zero out” any offset and hang the weight slowly and deliberately.
  4. Make sure the weights are still and are not touching anything.
  5. Be sure to calibrate both sides of the machine. This will give you the proper torque read out.

 

To make sure you are consistently getting the most accurate results from your SureTorque products, Mesa Labs recommends yearly calibrations.

To meet your needs, we currently offer 3 different ways to manage your calibration:

  1. On-site calibrations
  2. Send your lab equipment to us
  3. Laboratory calibration kit

Call our offices now to inquire about Mesa’s calibration services.

Setting up a pharmaceutical cleaning strategy

Cleaning is an essential practice for any pharmaceutical activity. Difficulties can arise from the fact that the concept of ‘clean’ is not easily defined or can be related to non-evident residues.

 

Defining differences between sterilization and cleaning treatments, for example, is important to understand in-depth the main problems and peculiarities when setting up a cleaning strategy.

 

The kinetics of ordinary sterilization processes are well understood: to sterilize means to destroy or inactivate microorganisms. In this perspective, we know the target and we can define it in terms of a number (CFU/unit) and resistance (D, z). Though the definition of sterile product/ item is probabilistic (PNSU – Probability of Non-Sterile Unit or SAL – Sterility Assurance Level), it is universally accepted.

 

On the other hand, for a cleaning process, the “enemy” is not defined and, in any case, can vary on a case-by-case basis: residue of previously processed product, diluents, solvents, lubricants, microorganisms, etc. There is no absolute definition of cleanliness. The kinetics of the cleaning procedure are unknown. Consequently, also the definition of “cleaning dose” to be provided is undetermined.

 

In these conditions, even regulatory bodies struggle. Essentially, they allow manufacturers considerable flexibility in establishing their own cleaning specifications. The FDA, for example, does not define methods describing how a cleaning process should be validated. FDA inspectors have to assess the rationale used to set the cleaning limits, making sure that their basis are scientifically justifiable and grounded on adequate knowledge of the materials involved.

This is the reason why Fedegari have published a new e-book: to discuss the main challenges on taking the right decisions while developing a cleaning strategy. New requirements have been faced by manufacturers, new targets have been fixed and the evidence that these are met is shown through successful case studies. Our aim was to highlight the best practices and existing solutions to support your decision-making.

This is certainly a multidisciplinary issue that involves various company areas: from “Regulations” to Engineering, from Quality Control lab to Production department. Fedegari have collected contributions of all these areas together in order develop a robust and repeatable cleaning process.

In their new E-book you will find:

  • Aspects Distinguishing a Cleaning Process
  • Steps for Setting Up a Cleaning Procedure
  • Case Study I: Removal of Bacterial Endotoxins
  • Case Study II: Application of a Washer Sterilizer
  • Case Study III: Soil Removal From Smart Plate

 

Download it here for free. If you want to discuss your cleaning strategy with us give us a call at 800-829-5741.

 

 

Our Manufacturers Exhibiting at Pack Expo 2018

With its massive show floor full of machinery in action and packaging solutions for every industry imaginable, attending PACK EXPO International is an experience like none other.

This Year we have nearly all of the manufacturers we represent setting camp at PackExpo. Please take note of their Expo locations.

 

Cozzoli Machine Company will be exhibiting at PackExpo IL 2018.

As a single source provider for individual components to fully integrated lines, they offer production solutions for every application, from pharmaceutical, cosmetic, e-liquid, health, beauty aids, personal care, food and beverage, chemical, paint and industrial products. Featured machines on Cozzoli’s booth:

•       FPS2-SS
•       BMSV-6T-53
•       FSV50
•       IPF06
•       PF2-IS-176
•       F400X-SS
•       RPF8 ( Plus Additional Labeler and Unscrambler)

Stop by South Building Booth Number S 1525 to see our latest technology.

To set up a meeting, please contact Cozzoli at (732) 564-0400 or sales@cozzoli.com. We look forward to seeing you at the show!

 

 

LF of America will showcase their contract filling services.

LF offers unit-dose delivery systems for liquid solutions to the pharmaceutical, diagnostic, nutraceuticals, veterinary and personal care industries. LF of America (part of Lameplast) Group is a full service contract manufacturer for the pharmaceutical and personal care industries. Our services include packaging design and manufacturing, product manufacturing, contract filling of liquid solutions in ISO 8 cleanroom following GMP, filling and sealing machine manufacturing for our proprietary packaging.

The Center Piece at LF’s booth will be the Pentafill A25, a product that will be featured on our next Webinar set for 9/26.

See their machinery and get some packaging samples at West Building – W-879

 

 

Bonfiglioli Engineering will be setting camp at South Building – S – 1548

The main highlights of the BE booth will be the LaserCube and LF-S11, two tabletop devices designed for quality control of pharmaceutical containers:
The LF-S11 is a non-destructive, single-head leak testing machine suitable for laboratory applications, statistical purposes and off-line testing of pre-filled syringes, pouches, PFS nests, Monobloc, IV Bags, flow-wrapped devices, form fill seal and bow fill seal containers, carpules, bottles, ampoules and liquid form sachets.

With high levels of accuracy and stability, even in a limited headspace, the LaserCube is designed to meet the stringent regulatory requirements of the pharmaceutical industry. The unit also boasts a lightweight and compact design that is easy to use and set up via integrated PC and any wireless touchscreen tablet as the user interface.

To schedule a meeting on BE’s inspection machinery give us a call and we will let you know of the timeframes that are still open.

 

 

Mesa Labs will be exhibiting their vast array of Torque products.

Mesa Laboratories, Inc. Is a leading manufacturer and ISO 17025 accredited service provider of bottle cap torque testers and retorquers.

Mesa offers solutions from basic release torque testing of CT (continuous thread) closures to highly specialized testing applications such as:
– Low torque range (vials)
– Adjustable topload control (Child resistant caps and absolute application angle testing)
– Minimized topload (EDM and “floating” chuck options for TEB – tampe revident band – and strip torque testing, lose cap detection)
– Lightweight and gripping pressure sensitive closures (ROPP – roll-on pilfer proof designs)
– Pouch cap (requires application angle measurement and/or unique test methods)
– Dispenser and trigger pump caps
– Medical devices

Products that will be on display:

  • ST-120S
  • Torqo 1600
  • ST-H0X
  • ST-FT
  • Gold Bottle

Additionally MesaLabs will host In-Booth Education on the Variables in capping and Torque Testing.

Mesa Labs has extended the Torqo & SureTorque Upgrade & Trade-In Program. For more information on the Torque Trade-In Program or to request a quote, please dial 800-829-5741 to speak with a representative.

Come see Mesa Laboratories at Upper Lakeside Center – E-7025

 

 

Bahnson Environmental Specialties, LLC. is a leading Controlled Environmental Chamber Manufacturer.

Bahnson provides design, installation, service, & validation of standard or custom-built Walk-In Controlled Environmental Chambers for close tolerance temp/RH mainly to the pharmaceutical & research markets.
Applications include:
Walk-in Stability, HEPA Filtered Cold & Warm Rooms, laboratory/bulk storage, vaccine chambers, & high capacity -75°C Cascade low temperature storage and Biorepository chambers, in addition to standard incubators, warm rooms, cold rooms & freezers.
BES also has a complete line of ES2000 Reach-In Environmental and Photostability Chambers.

Come see Bahnson at Lower Lakeside Center – E-10930

 

 

Vetromeccanica is our first time exhibitor at the PackExpo.

They are specialized in conveying solutions for loose and packed containers for beverage industry but also for food industry, chemical industry. They design and manufacture tailor made solutions, turnkey systems and single modular components which meet high standards of quality and flexibility.

Their complete conveying line engineering service goes from plant layout to commissioning.

Conveying systems built by Vetromeccanica are in operation all around the world in most of the major bottle producers.
Vetromeccanica’s product line includes:
• Air conveyor for PET bottles
• Table-top vacuum conveyors
• Cartons and packs conveyors
• Pre-form and bottles bulk conveyors
• Bulk conveyors
• Bottles, jars, cups and cans conveyors
• Crates conveyors
• FIFO Dynamic accumulation tables
• Rotary accumulation table
• Spiral conveyors, Vertical conveyors, Rope conveyor, Tilting conveyor, Twist conveyor
• Dividers
• Drying tunnel

Meet Stefano Lodi, Vetro’s product specialist at Upper Lakeside Center – E-8528

 

 

Newman Labeling Systems

As a leading manufacturer of medium and high speed labeling systems for applying labels to containers and cartons typical to the pharmaceutical, veterinarian and healthcare industries, Newman meets cGMP standards and is compliant to all FDA requirements.
These Validated systems incorporate the latest technology meeting present and future demands (i.e., RFID complaint label applications, 21 CFR Part 11 compliant, ISO 9001:2008, ISPE member).
Newman’s family of competitively priced labeling machines are further supported by local parts and service organization and further complimented with a standard 3 year new machinery warranty.

Special Discounts on the models exhibited on their booth will be available for PackExpo Visitors.

Stop by their booth at South Building – S-4030 to see Newman’s comprehensive range of labeling solutions.

Join Cozzoli at PACK EXPO 2018

 

We are pleased to announce Cozzoli Machine Company will host a breakfast meeting for our agents at Pack Expo International, October 14, 2018 at 8 am in our booth # S-1525.

Over a catered breakfast, we will review the machines we are exhibiting and discuss updates in resources and procedures at Cozzoli.

Please let us know if you can attend the breakfast meeting through email to John Bell at JBell@Cozzoli.com by September 28, 2018.

We look forward to seeing you at the agent breakfast meeting at Pack Expo 2018!

 

Stop by Booth # S-1252 and talk with members of the Cozzoli team including engineers, sales, technical service and management.

Torqo & SureTorque Upgrade & Trade-In Program

Mesa Laboratories, Inc. is offering significant trade in values toward the purchase of a new Torqo or SureTorque analyzer for:

  • Obsolete Torqo and SureTorque Models
  • Competitive Motorized Torque Analyzers
  • Competitive Manual Torque Testers

Why Upgrade ?
• While Mesa Labs provides best-in-class calibration & evaluation services for all Torqo and SureTorque units, repair services for the obsolete models may be impossible or expensive.
• Design innovation has been taken into account to improve the mechanics of measuring torque to provide customers with improved ergonomics, repeatability.
• Regulatory compliance support for FDA 21 CFR 210-211 & 820, USCPSC 16 CFR 1700, OSHA 29 CFR part 1910 and DOT 49 CFR 173, 178 regulations. Optional software to comply with 21 CFR part 11.
• Work with a more user-friendly touchscreen interface, reduce cycle time, take advantage of multiple communication options (Serial, USB, Ethernet).
• Improve compatibility with thin wall ROPP (Roll on pilfer proof) or plastic caps, smooth surface TEB (tamper evident band) closures, pouch, trigger spray, pump dispenser, child-resistant caps and uniquely shaped or lightweight bottles.
• Better support for existing and new test methods (release, closing/application, TEB, ROPP, strip, angle measurement and those listed in US Pharmacopeia Chapters 659, 661, 671, 1207, ISBT, ASTM standards)
• Add optional features to your torque analyzer, such as rotation monitoring, automatic product detection, digital topload monitoring, bottle clamping, closure gripping pressure monitoring, audio/visual alarm, full machine guard, etc.

Units Valid for Trade-In / Upgrade
• Legacy Torqo models (1502 & 1590)
• Legacy SureTorque models (ST-94, ST-100, ST-LAB, ST-120, BT-94, etc.)
• Competitive torque tester models

In order for the trade-in value to be applied on the quotation for a new unit, please provide the model number (i.e. 1502-30) as well as the serial number from the old analyzer.

We will ship the new machine and you simply return the old unit to Mesa Labs. Mesa will also provide the first annual verification / re-calibration and NIST traceable certification with every trade-in at 50% off current pricing.

The Torqo II+ and SureTorque analyzers include a full one-year warranty covering all parts and labor.

For more information on the Torque Trade-In Program or to request a quote, please dial 800-829-5741 to speak with a representative.

We look forward to continuing to serve the cap testing industry and our loyal customer base.

Headspace Gas Analysis for Parenteral Manufacturing

Headspace content verification is a solution to ensure parenteral product stability and sterility maintenance. Integrity defects as well as failures in the aseptic manufacturing process, including unexpected variability in the nitrogen flushing or vacuum application, pose a risk to the product quality and patient safety.

 

Monitoring the maintenance of container headspace conditions is needed for sterile drugs such as oxygen sensitive liquid products and lyophilized or powdered products. Any modification to the headspace pressure, moisture or oxygen level may result in product degradation, reduce of potency, shelf life and safety.

The cGMP even regulates specific aspects of production of sterile drugs that also requires that Containers sealed under vacuum should be tested for maintenance of that vacuum after a predetermined time period.

To satisfy this segment of the market, Bonfiglioli Engineering has developed multiple products that can continuously perform such content integrity verification processes. The Laser Cube is a non-destructive, non-invasive laser-based inspection technology for measuring the headspace level of gases, such as oxygen and carbon dioxide, as well as monitoring moisture levels.

The inspection method is created to meet specific customer requirements offering extreme stability and accuracy in inspection even where the headspace is limited. Bonfig Laser Cube is a compact and lightweight system that is easy to use and set up via integrated PC and any wireless touchscreen tablet. HGA inspection process is based on the Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy (TDLAS) method which uses a laser beam to detect the target molecules within container headspace. HGA is therefore ideal for the accurate investigation of:
•    Headspace conditions for products packaged under modified atmosphere
•    Closure integrity in pharmaceutical finished containers

 

For more information or to schedule a Demo please give us a call 800-829-5741

Celebrating 75 Years of Labelling Excellence!

This year is special for Newman Labelling systems as it marks their 75 years of specialized engineering excellence in the labelling industry. Newman Labelling Systems manufactures a complete range of high quality customizable labelling equipment to meet the specific demands of the pharmaceutical, veterinary, biotech, nutraceutical and other regulated industries world-wide.

Having built their reputation on quality, Newman Labelling machines are designed for fast, reliable and accurate application of both paper and clear pressure sensitive labels to a wide range of containers, including ampoules, vials, syringes, carpules, glass bottles, plastic bottles, square containers, securitainers and cartons.

Newman Labelling Systems manufactures a complete range of high quality, pressure sensitive labelling machines and systems designed for fast and accurate application of paper and clear pressure sensitive labels, including leaflets and extended text labels.

Coverage spans a wide range of container shapes and sizes used in pharmaceutical and related areas of container packaging including vials, ampoules, syringes, bottles and cartons.

 

Founded in 1943, this year marks a big milestone for Newman, being in operation for 75 years. For the US based clients, Newman has decided to proceed with special offers during this year’s Pack Expo in IL, in celebration on their anniversary.

Newman are committed to providing our customers with the highest quality solutions and support. For more info on the Newman Product line please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

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