TRAINING AS A RESOURCE

Over the past few years, Fedegari has shown constant commitment to formation and growth, investing and offering opportunities to young people from Pavia’s area and beyond.

In fact, the company opens its doors to youngsters, proposing wide and different possibilities for formation and training, with the aim of reaching and offering the highest levels of quality and at the same time guaranteeing participants a preparation for both a possible future and inside the company and for a different working perspective in Pavia’s territory in general.

On this basis Fedegari participates and takes part in projects, collaborations and activities aimed at discovering new talents, in order to give them the opportunity to learn about a business context in practical life through the aforementioned formation and training programs.

Through participation in events such as the career day of the University of Pavia, which allow Fedegari to discover, learn and get in touch with new figures, it is possible to set in motion a continuous revolution in which young ones are the main protagonists.

Fedegari has always been very keen on young people and considers their education a fundamental resource for the territory its-self, especially in such a richly international context where it risks being lost.

During the annual Career Day of the University of Pavia, which falls in the month of May, Fedegari presents itself to the students of the various faculties of the University, who, if interested, have the opportunity to leave their CV and thus establish a possible contact with the company.

Also of great importance for the company is the “school-work alternation” project agreed with the Technical Institute G. Cardano of Pavia, with which Fedegari has signed a 3-year collaboration. Thanks to this cooperation, annually, eight students will follow a training course that will accompany them during their last school year. During their time in the company the students will follow two paths: one focused on the welding process and one concerning 3D design techniques.

The ultimate goal of this process is, in addition to the training of students, to insert them and make them understand the mechanisms of a working reality and to explain them how the learnt productive processes intertwine in a generic business context.

Since training is one of the pillars of Fedegari, the company is committed to give its employees the possibility of combining work and school life, allowing them to carry out Masters and to continue with university studies, thus allowing everyone to satisfy your desire for knowledge.

Headspace Gas Analysis: What’s on the Shelf?

Many injectable drugs are sealed into containers (typically glass vials or ampoules) after processing, in protective atmospheres to avoid contact with air that can damage quality & effectiveness. Nobody would like to open a yogurt jar and find fungus or buy medicine and find it has lost its effectiveness due to oxidation.

Here we are identifying two main impacts: Business Impact and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) Impact. In the first case, the company can lose business, in the second, it could cause serious illness to people. Different Container Closure Integrity Testing (CCIT) methods can be put in place to avoid the above: Vacuum Decay, Pressure Decay, Force Decay, Lid Deflection, Spark Test and last but not the least Headspace Gas Analysis (HGA).

Pharmaceutical Companies are required to protect their products not only with proper and safe enclosures, but they must also fill the space that surrounds the product (i.e. headspace), with some particular gases (e.g. Nitrogen, Carbon Dioxide) or simply maintain a high level of vacuum inside the enclosure, to avoid contact with oxygen or moisture.

At this point dear reader, I hope you have understood why it is so important to know what’s happening inside the headspace of your container. Headspace Gas Analysis plays an important role among the CCITs. Let’s add some more details.

Two different methods can be used to inspect headspace: destructive and non-destructive methods. In the destructive method, measurement of gas percentage present inside closed package requires the necessity to bring part of its internal atmosphere in contact with a proper sensor (e.g. chemical cell or zirconium oxide for oxygen) to be able to produce electricity proportionally to the gas concentration or use optical fluorescence technologies in case of oxygen detection. Both inspection methods result in package destruction.

Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy (TDLAS) is a non-destructive method, able to measure the concentration of a certain gas in closed container, with a sufficient headspace size to pass through with a laser beam with fairly good transparency to laser light: glass and plastic containers can be inspected as well if these conditions are satisfied. TDLAS is a technology based on laser absorption spectroscopy, wherein the wavelength diode laser is tuned over the absorption line of the gas under test (760 nm for Oxygen, 1854 nm for Moisture, 2000 nm for Carbon Dioxide) and the intensity of the transmitted radiation is measured.

More the gas molecules are present in the head space, less the energy will arrive at the photodiode used to convert light into an electrical signal. The transmitted intensity can be related to the gas concentration by the Beer-Lambert law. It is possible to obtain information related to the gas under test measuring Area and Width of the Absorption Curve.

However, these measurements are unitless, so a Calibration Procedure is necessary to correlate these values to Gas Concentration (%) or Total Pressure (mbarA).

Calibration Procedure is strictly related to the Standards concept. It is possible to apply techniques of modulation in high frequency to further improve the signal-to-noise ratio, ensuring the detection of small variations of signals in front of a wider operating range: WMS (Wavelength Modulation Spectroscopy) and FMS (Frequency Modulation Spectroscopy) are the most common types of modulation techniques. FMS has a higher modulation frequency (some MHz) than WMS (some KHz); a lower laser residual noise is its main advantage; however, the detectable minimum quantity of gas is less dependent on laser residual noise than Etalon Effect for instance.

Furthermore, working at such high frequencies has another drawback: we need to use analog electronic components instead of digital ones thereby renouncing great advantages coming from them.

Now that we have more knowledge of this technology, we could be interested to understand how to take advantage from a non-destructive method.

You can focus on the following comparisons between the standard destructive method and the non-destructive HGA method to draw your own conclusions:

• Standard Methods to measure gas concentration or pressure value are destructive.

The packages can’t be recovered even if we have a conforming test… HGA is a non-destructive measurement method; packages can be recovered after confirming tests.

More valuable the product, more the item is important;

• Standard Methods are slow; they can’t guarantee 100% check of the whole production… HGA is very fast and it can be placed into an in-line process to test 100% of the production.

It is more expensive, but the return of investment covers the overall expenses;

• Standard Methods of Leak Detection don’t find non-conforming packages due to process anomalies if they are properly sealed… HGA finds non-conforming packages even if they are properly sealed; it measures the gas partial pressure in the headspace.

It is important to remember however, that HGA is not a leak detector if the quarantine period is not part of the production process.

I hope you have found some interesting food for thought about these intriguing arguments.

Unit Dose Packaging Manufacturers

The development of single dose packaging has been a breakthrough for unit dose packaging manufacturers. Single dose packaging or unit dose packaging has a variety of applications that can be beneficial for multiple industries.

Hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, and patients have greater control over medication and, additionally, reducing waste. What are the incredible benefits of unit dose packaging and why is it such a revolutionary development in the contract packaging industry?

The following article will detail this and highlight why the unit dose delivery system may be perfect for your product. If you have any more questions about unit dose packaging or would like to speak with our available packaging options and contract filling services, please contact LF of America

About Unit Dose Packaging

The name unit dose packaging refers to the single premeasured unit of a medicine or substance that the packaging holds. By pre-measuring the dose, the possibility of human error is drastically reduced.

Additionally, it makes the application much easier and comfortable for the user. All the materials used by unit dose packaging manufacturers like LF of America are also made of an eco-friendly bioplastic. 

Clinical and hospital settings can benefit greatly from the innovative single dose packaging development. Patients and personnel can enjoy improved application accuracy in addition to exact dose delivery.

Barcodes are placed on each unit that can easily identify each individual dose. In the event that the package is damaged or tampered with in any way, patients and personnel can identify it immediately.

As mentioned above, unit dose packaging reduces waste and is made from fully renewable resources. Unit dose packaging also makes documentation convenient by providing simple electronic documentation capabilities. 

Manufacturers of unit dose packaging provide numerous benefits for patients by having medication pre-measured prior to application. Unit dose packaging is highly versatile and also provides numerous benefits for other industries.

Amongst other applications, single dose packaging can be found in OTC pharmaceutical products, veterinary care, diagnostics, and cosmetics. 

Additional Benefits of Single Dose Packaging

Many health products provide samples for customers to try. Single dose packaging’s size and ability to protect its content makes it perfect for samples. Diagnostic test kits in unit dose containers are able to completely eliminate the possibility of human error while simultaneously improving personnel convenience. 

More forward-thinking businesses have begun discussing how to incorporate this revolutionary development. The convenient size of unit dose packaging and protection can make handing out gel, perfume, lotion, and other samples easier than ever before. 

One of the most recent industries to begin contacting unit dose packaging manufacturers is the CBD industry. Whether its medication, cosmetics, or CBD packaging, single dose packaging provides benefits like no other packaging method before it.

If you are interested in incorporating unit dose packaging for your business, please contact us today. We will gladly assist you and answer any questions you may have. We will also be happy to provide free samples filled with your product. 

VACUUM TECH by Vetromeccanica

Vacuum Tech is the right solution to convey lightweight, unstable, empty containers.

VACUUM TECH – FEATURES AND ADVANTAGES

– SUCTION UNIT AND VACUUM TRANSFER SYSTEM 
The suction unit is installed beside the conveyor that presents a pierced chain made of a plastic material. Through this chain, the air is drawn from the base of the container.
The power of the electric motor ranges from 5,5 to 7,5 kW according to the type of container to be conveyed.

– CONTROL SYSTEM 
To optimize and control the vacuum system functioning there is a pressure control unit for each suction unit.

– ALMOST NO MAINTENANCE NEED

Contact us for more information: 800-829-5741

Special Pricing on Cozzoli Machinery

We currently have a fantastic opportunity for anyone looking to add a new machine to their production floor. We have an RPF8 rotary piston filler and an FPS2-SS ampoule filling & sealing monoblock in stock and ready to ship.

These machines were on display at Pack Expo last month and are currently available at a discounted rate. This is a great opportunity to pick up a new machine for a low price with little to no lead time.

The machines we are currently offering are:

RPF8 -Rotary Piston Filler

Number Of Nozzles: 8
Max Speed: 120 Containers Per Minute.
Max Fill Volume: 48 oz.
Max Container Diameter: 5”, 127mm
Max Container Height: 12”
Gross Weight: 3500 lbs.
Dimensions (Crated): 11’ x 5’ x 8’

FPS2-SS – Ampoule Filling & Sealing Monoblock

Stainless Steel Syringes: 2
Speed: 30-120 Containers Per Minute.
Sealing Type: Pull Seal or Tip Seal
Min/Max Fill Volume: .1ml – 33ml
Min/Max Container Diameter: 9.5mm – 25.4mm
Max Container Height: 134.9mm

Give us a call today to request a quote or to learn more about the machines we are offering. Call us at 800-829-5741.

FEDEGARI ACADEMY TRANSFERS KNOWLEDGE TO THE NEW GENERATIONS

Fedegari Academy – Alternanza Scuola-Lavoro – is promoted by Confindustria Pavia in collaboration with Istituto Tecnico Industriale Statale G. Cardano of Pavia

“It is crucial to address the demand of the companies for professionally prepared young personnel”, stated Nicola de Cardenas.”With this initiative we want to give them the opportunity to build a professional future here, in our territory”, completed Paolo Fedegari.

On the Morning of May 14th 2019, Confindustria Pavia, The Cardano Institute and Fedegari Group signed the agreement launching the project. It contemplates the promotion of growth paths for the development of transversal skills and guidance. ITIS Cardano is promoting this goal through the recommendation of eight students to Fedegari chosen among the most motivated ones. This indication allowed the young talents to enter immediately the world of work once they conclude their studies at the Institute.

On the other hand, the Fedegari Academy project provided to the students a training course in the areas of “welding” and “mechanical design”. Confindustria Pavia, represented by its reference officer Fabio Fugazza, coordinates the activities and released a certificate of the acquired transversal skills.

“The project is fundamental to enrich the path of young people who want to face the labour market with appropriate preparation and tools. Fedegari is a leading manufacturer of machines and systems for the pharma industry in our territory, with a strong attitude to internationalization and digitization. Our ultimate goal is to engage other member companies to improve the relationship between education and business”, explains Nicola de Cardenas, President of Confindustria Pavia.

Paolo Fedegari wishes this initiative could be an example for other companies in the Province and expects the project to impact positively the entire production system. “Companies in Pavia are looking for prepared young people and are pleased to contribute to the construction of their professional future. Training people means creating a system in which new generations could be motivated and valued. This is part of the recovery process on competitiveness, necessary to our ecosystem”, said Fedegari.

“Students had the opportunity to experience the working environment through this important project” stated Giancarla Gatti Comini, School Principal, supported by Elio Guastalli, tutor in charge of the project. “In addition, during the project, our young talents were able to discover the value of theoretical knowledge acquired so far in class. This practical course motivates students and encourages them to continue studying”, concluded Comini.

“Training is one of the pillars for the growth and development of our territory. The opportunity to collaborate as a technical partner with Confindustria and ITIS Cardano, creating value for the community of Pavia, makes us proud,” said Paolo Fedegari, CEO of Fedegari Group.

“Investing in this relationship is fundamental for those who, like us, believe in the importance of training young people. The agreement signed goes in this direction: a new concept of collaboration to actively contribute to the growth of our resources. We hope this project will inspire many entrepreneurs to believe in the strength of our young people to build the future” added Fedegari.

One of Fedegari strategic goals is to create knowledge and transfer the company know-how to future generations. This project will contribute not only to the growth of our company, but also to the participants and to our region.  Fedegari and SolidWorld provided this group with training courses following the activities of staff, specifically in the “welding” and “mechanical design” areas. 

Last July 11th, the eight students concluded the first part of the training course at Fedegari Academy organized in collaboration with Confindustria Pavia. They presented the pressure vessels entirely designed, manufactured and inspected by themselves in Fedegari headquarters. A great experience to be continued after summer. 

Bahnson Environmental Specialties Walk-In Freezers

Walk-in chambers sometimes hold billions of dollars worth of product, which is why we use an innovative three-tier system to ensure our chambers remain fully operational in the event of an emergency.

Bahnson Environmental Specialties low-temperature walk-in freezer installation team has gone nearly two decades without a product loss event — a testament to our leadership in large-scale, ultra-low freezer design and construction.

For more than 50 years, Bahnson has been designing and building custom environmental chambers.

Instead of forcing you to design around existing chambers, Bahnson offers specialty solutions that fit your unique needs and applications.

We are excited to share the news that Bahnson Environmental recently completed the installation, start-up, and validation of their 129th large-volume, -70C environmental chamber. For 21 years, they have provided the pharmaceutical industry reliable, ultra-low temperature storage, successfully protecting billions of dollars worth of production value.

Bahnson’s Specialty designs and builds offer fast temperature recovery, with the utilization of pass-thru chambers, to provide a safe, controlled environment for moving materials between clean rooms and in and out of storage. A variety of custom design options are available.

For more information or to receive a quote, please contact our corporate office at: 800-829-5741

Tequila Seminar & Tasting Event: A Night of Connectivity & Learning

Mingle with Mesa at the Riverwalk!

Here’s what you can expect at this event: 

  • Tasting a rare Texas-only tequila called Double Barrel Reposado
  • Learning on, creating and sampling unique margaritas with different tequilas
  • Eating popular, local small plates – perfectly paired with each tequila type   

Also, we will feature a 15-minute presentation by an industry expert on ways to reduce product loss through continuous monitoring.

RSVP now to secure your spot! https://info.mesalabs.com/tequilaseminar

Event Location & Time:

Sunday, October 20th

6:30pm – 9:00pm

Agave Room at the Iron Cactus

Bonfiglioli Engineering Inspection Post

As you already know by now, the B.E.Inspection Post (quarterly journal by BONFIGLIOLI ENGINEERING), contains a wide range of topics like technology insights, what’s happening inside B.E., interviews with team members, contributions by our stakeholders, book suggestions, upcoming events, case studies and lots more. It is the people’s magazine and the articles have been written by diverse team members of Bonfiglioli Engineering.

In the third edition, we focus on Lean Manufacturing and how Bonfiglioli engineering has embraced this concept for optimal processes and results, an insight into our Product Sheets, an article on the History of Aerosols, the new website and an interview with our colleague in the company.

The B.E.Inspection Post represents our company and each one of us. This is our way of being closer to you, our Clients, Employees, Partners, Suppliers and sharing a part of ourselves with you.

We sincerely hope you enjoy reading it.

Do send us your feedback.

Click on the cover to get your copy NOW!

Turn-key integrated solution Case Study

Case Study: when one of the biggest European tuna can producers was losing cans to uneven heat distribution in processing, Fedegari developed a turn-key integrated solution that resulted in 0 rejected cans.

The challenge

Overcoming undesirable temperature fluctuations and overheating, guaranteeing homogeneous heat distribution throughout the load. · Developing a fully integrated solution for treating different tuna can formats, increasing productivity and, consequently, reducing operating costs.

The context

The nutritional quality of the products as well as microbiological and sensory quality are essential factors in the food industry. The thermal processing of canned food is the most important step in the canning procedure1 . Currently, a large quantity of canned goods is rejected during production and has to be destroyed or reprocessed due to inefficient performances of sterilization. This increases the energy consumption and other significant food processing costs. 1 Ibrahim M. Ismail, Alaa Fahmy, Ahmed Azab, Magdy Abadir, and Seif-Eddeen K. Fateen. “Optimizing the sterilization process of canned food using temperature distribution studies”IOSR Journal of Agriculture and Veterinary Science (IOSR-JAVS). For example, overcooking may cause a weight reduction of the product which obligates the manufacturer to complete the cans with additional product in order to comply with the weight indicated on the labelling. Such practices are costly. Sterilization plays a vital role in the food industry as the final product is intended for human consumption. It also represents a critical process since it may influence the quality and safety of the food. In this context, only optimal processing conditions through the proper application of the F-value approach in sterilization allows to optimize the balance between food safety and quality requirements. It assures an appropriate and homogeneous thermal treatment, thus avoiding over- or undercooking, and consequently maintaining the highest standards for uniformity of texture, flavor, and retention of nutrients.

The solution

Process knowledge applied in the development of a fully integrated solution for food preservation and throughput maximization. Fedegari superheated water sterilizers – FOW series (Fig.1) were chosen for improving process performance and throughput. The choice focused on the simplest, most robust and cost-effective solution for sterilizing at a wide range of temperatures with the shortest process time. Fedegari designed an unique, but completely integrated and accurate system. The key for an outstanding performance is the effective control of temperature and F-value which guarantees the highest uniformity to the sterilization process. Control efficiency eliminates errors and rejected loads while operating cost-effectively. The goal was to guarantee the microbiological target along with thermometric performance, through a new process design capable of offering competitive advantage over conventional alternatives. Besides, an additional concern was raised regarding the packaging quality.

The results

Fedegari has supported the customer, one of the biggest European tuna can producers, with in-depth knowledge in sterilization processes, developing a turn-key integrated solution focused on throughput maximization. The customer has increased its productivity at the end of every cycle and the number of rejected cans has been reduced to zero.

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