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.

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

Advancing Personal Care Filling

Cozzoli specializes in providing complete filling and capping solutions for all cosmetic, health, beauty aids, and personal care packaging applications.

From automatic fillers with a speed of 200 bpm or a small tabletop unit for lower production, Cozzoli has a range of fillers to fit your needs.

Choose from a variety of personal care filling methods to meet your production goals.

Cozzoli offers inline or rotary filling with piston, peristaltic pump, diaphragm pump or time pressure technology. Our machines handle a broad range of container shapes and fill viscosities from aqueous to heavy creams.

Choose continuous or intermittent motion, stand-alone or monoblock configuration. Every Cozzoli filler provides unmatched ease of container handling and change-over.

These fillers perform with outstanding accuracies of +/- 0.5% or better of fill volumes.

To find more about the Cozzoli cosmetic and personal care solutions please head over to the products section or call our corporate office.

Check out Mesa’s new website – features for improved navigation

Mesa is pleased to announce the launch of their newly redesigned website: mesalabs.com 

The goal of the new website is to provide better overall functionality and a more user-friendly experience. In addition, they’ve centralized most of the existing secondary websites (subdomains) over to mesalabs.com. This will give you more clear and direct access for navigating Mesa’s site better.

The launch of the new website includes the following new additions:

Products and services: Access these in the What We Do tab at the top menu bar or by using our search filter feature located at the upper left of each page. 

Technical resources and documents: Find these at the Documentation tab in the top menu bar. There is a new filtering feature, which allows for easier accessibility.

Documentation includes:

  • User Manuals and Instructions
  • Warranty and Services Information
  • Certification
  • Certificates of Analysis
  • Certificates of Conformity
  • Safety Data Sheets
  • Forms (Orders, Returning Goods, etc.)
  • and more…

In case you need to talk with Mesa, contact technical support or find a distributor, this is accessible at the top of the site from the menu bar under “Contact”. 

We’re confident the new site will enhance your experience with Mesa and be a valuable resource as it continues to evolve.

As always, if you need to contact our reps for any torque inquiries, do not hesitate to connect with us.

Bahnson’s ES2000 Reach-In product line

The ES2000 reach-in stability chambers is provided in four standard sizes, ranging from 12 to 144 cubic feet, each offering a wide variety of temperature, humidity, and light (photostability) capabilities.

Our typical reach-in chamber uses include ICH stability, shelf life studies, photostability (ICH Q1B Option 1 and 2), incubators, plant growth, tissue culture storage, freeze-thaw, blast freezing, and other product testing and/or stability storage.

Chambers can also be designed to meet classified storage requirements (Class 1 Div 2), HEPA filtered cleanroom standards (Class 100-10,000), cycling/stress test requirements, or other special design requirements on request.

BES offers a range of environmental test and stability chambers designed for high demand testing, processing, conditioning, or growth applications.

The ES2000 product line includes six standard models. Standard temperature capabilities range from 2° C to 70° C, with controlled humidification, lighting and CO2 available.

We can provide complete performance qualifications on our and competitive chambers. Our staff writes your IQ, OQ, and PQ Protocols and trained technicians perform field tests and validation qualification tests.

Calibrations and test equipment used during qualifications are NIST traceable and are provided as part of your validation services.

Comprehensive reports are written to summarize your data for quick reference by your company and for regulatory agencies.

Please contact a member of our sales department for more details on how we can accommodate your testing needs.

Contact our product specialists to acquire further information.

ST-120S Industrial Cap Torque Tester

The ST-120S features a servo drive control, infinite chuck rotation, quick-change tooling, a color touchscreen interface, and faster cycle times.

The corrosion-resistant stainless steel head enclosure and anodized aluminum frame construction make the ST-120S ideally suited for the most demanding applications, such as testing closure torque at Carbonated Soda Drink (CSD), juice, bleach bottling operations as well as cleanroom environments.

The unit is equipped with anti-bridging, anti-tie down anti-repeat dual actuation safety start switches, but for maximum operator safety, the ST-120S can be also equipped with a full machine guard.

Features

  • Real-time, automatic display
  • NIST traceable calibration procedure
  • Strain gauge transducer technology
  • Automatic container clamping and closure gripping
  • Adjustable torque application speed
  • Counterbalance system for height adjustment
  • Infinite rotation (SERVO)
  • Encoder to measure the angular degree of rotation
  • Heavy-duty components

Testing Capabilities

  • Applied Torque: The ST-120 can be used as a benchtop capper, tightening the cap to a customer-defined setpoint.
  • Release Torque: The ST-120 is designed to accurately measure the release (thread break) torque of a cap.
  • Peak/Transient Torque: The standard ST-120 can measure and display the Applied or Release Peak in a torque testing cycle, however with optional hardware upgrades it is also possible to measure certain torque transients such as the engagement torque of a CR closure system or the peak of the bridge break torque of a Tamper Evident Band.
  • Container/Closure Fatigue: By allowing the ST-120 to apply and release the cap a number of times, it is possible to evaluate the effect of fatigue on the torque retention and seal quality of the closure and seal.
  • Release and Re-apply Torque: When packaging expensive products it is often required to return the tested container to the packaging line. By automatically re-applying the torque to the operator defined setpoint it is possible to save the product.
  • Topload Force (optional): This feature allows the monitoring and control of topload force. When testing child resistant caps or other closures requiring topload adjustment this feature allows the evaluation of topload force in the function of rotation and torque.

Contact Life Scientific, Inc. for more information on this equipment.

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