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.

ACCUMULATION TABLES by Vetromeccanica

Accumulation is required in high speed production lines to make sure that the generating unit continues to run during malfunctions of downstream equipment.

Simply stated, if the generating unit is idle, the production is lost forever. Further, a certain amount of products or packages can be damaged during the stop and start cycles. Often manpower is utilized to unload product and then re-load the product back into the production flow.

A reliable accumulation system results in more production, less waste and decreased manpower. Vetromeccanica develops custom made solutions applicable to unique circumstances and production lines. The Accumulation Table utilizes a recirculating design that relieves back pressure, allowing for smooth, jam-free single filing of products through the discharge.

Vetromeccanica strives for limiting the footprint of the table which in their case is relatively small compared to the accumulation table’s storage capacity

If necessary Vetro can easily customize the standard accumulation setup to Bi-Directional Feed Table, that randomly discharges accumulation. Featuring automatic cycling, a sweep bar can be added to the system to provide automatic and complete unloading of product.

When a line stop occurs, the table’s belt is controlled to move at a right angle to the conveyor line, and begins loading. When downstream blockage is clear, the belt reverses for unloading thus making this solution best fit for unified packaging of different products. This conveyance solution is highly demanded within high level production lines that perform filling all kind of liquids into packaging in the chemical, pharmaceutical and food & beverage industries.

 

 

For more information regarding conveyance systems and accumulation tables please get in touch with us. 800-829-5741

Vetromeccanica at Pack Expo

Vetromeccanica S.r.l. – Conveying Solutions Attending Pack Expo

 

Specialized in conveyors and accumulating tables for loose and packed containers, make sure to connect with Stefano who will provide details on their fleet of Conveying systems. VetroMeccanica also offers conveyors for products which require a specific and more tailored design.

Vetromeccanica Srl has been engineering and producing bottles conveyors since 1992.
Starting as a glass bottle conveyors manufacturer Vetromeccanica has been continuously extending its field of expertise and in the ’90 became one of the world leader manufacturers of air conveyors for PET bottles.
The company offers nowadays a comprehensive range of conveyors for both primary and secondary packaging. Conveyable products go from yoghurt cups to toothpaste tubes varying from beverage, food and chemical industry.

 

Stefano Lodi, Vetro Meccaninca Business Development Manager will be in Attendance. Contact Stefano beforehand to schedule a meeting and discuss projects concerning Vetro Meccanica product line by emailing him: s.lodi@vetromeccanica.it

 

Contact Stefano Lodi and set up a time and date for a meeting since his schedule is very tight.

 

If you want to discuss other conveying solutions that we can help out with, please call 800-829-5741 and let us know what we can do to help you out.

Labelling Systems: When is an Accessory a Necessity?

Labelling Systems: When is an Accessory a Necessity?

 

In its simplest format, a labelling system applies a label securely to a product or container; everyone understands this straightforward concept.

For example, in the food industry it could be a label that combines nutritional information with cosmetic appeal and branding to a can of beans. The label will include batch specific information such as ‘best before’ and ‘use-by’ date. It’s important the correct label is applied to the product and in such a way as to be readable and look good i.e. not skewed or creased.

 

In the pharmaceutical sector, the application of labels to products is more regulated. Apply the wrong label and a product might cause considerable harm or even death to the person mistakenly taking it. There can also be a lot of information to be included on a label for a pharmaceutical product yet the actual container is often small, resulting in a variety of different label types being used such as leaflet labels and hanging labels.

Lastly, labels for a single product will require different information, from a code per batch through to individual identification for each and every label; in many cases that information needs to be validated. The wrong information on the label can be a costly mistake and could be highly dangerous to consumers. It’s important that any labelling system is easy to use, reliable and ensures highquality application of labels.

However, where identification of a label is critical to an industry, as in the case of the pharmaceutical sector, then a basic labelling machine is not enough; system accessories will be required to meet the needs of that industry and its stringent regulations. ‘Accessories’ is almost a misleading term – these system add ons are often 100% essential – but I refer to them as such as these are selected in each case based on application requirements and customer preference. In such instances accessories aren’t there to ‘promote and decorate’ a container, but provide the critical identification of the contents of that container.

There are many labelling system accessories readily available that will enable you to comply with regulations and standards, provide security/validation throughout the labelling process and increase line efficiency. Which are suitable very much depends on the specific requirements of the application and the degree of automation required, so here I will look at the accessories that are available to meet these needs.

Not all labelling system manufacturers have the experience or skill set to help select and integrate these types of accessories. Newman Labelling Systems has extensive experience here. For example, we have been incorporating Vision Systems into our labelling machine for more than 25 years so we fully understand the strengths and weaknesses of these types of systems. Such manufacturers not only provide quality labelling systems, but also an added value service by recommending suitable accessories to meet needs and budget, whilst steering you clear of those that do not.

Call 800-829-5741 to inquire about our labelling accessories that might be essential for your production line.

Bottle Cap Torque Testing: Why is it Important?

Over time, the subjective feeling of cap tightness triggered the development of more reliable and consistent measurement devices, such as the spring based manual torque tester (analog). By the late 1980’s, ergonomic concerns and repeatability issues (such as varying cap gripping pressure and employee joint/muscle issues) lead to the development of manual (digital) and automated torque testers. Ever since, changes in materials, marketing themes, transportation methods and packaging aesthetics and processes (induction sealing, hot filling) have created new challenges and drives continuous product improvement on this field.

 

Why is Cap Torque Important?

Consumers judge bottled product quality based on many observations:

  1. The appearance of the package.
  2. The appearance, efficacy/taste of the product.
  3. The ease of opening and re-sealing the closure.

 

Brand owners, bottle cap/bottle suppliers are under tremendous pressure. They must:

  1. Reduce the cost of the packaging (lightweight, 1 vs 2 piece enclosures). – Lightweight bottles are pressurized to maintain product quality and package integrity. Insufficient torque and a resulting bad seal can reduce shelf life, cause product leaks, and the bottles can collapse when stacked in multiple rows. – Lightweight caps are more sensitive to over-torqueing. Over-torqued caps can develop cracks causing product spills and shelf life issues.
  2. Improve the shelf-life of the products (hot-filling, induction sealing). – The different thermal expansion contraction rates of the cap, liner and bottle materials, the varying dwell times between cap tightening and release torque measurements can all result in different release torque values. – Too much torque can cause wrinkles on the foil resulting in a bad seal, spills and reduced shelf life. If the threads strip, or the applied torque is too low, the foil will not be seated properly resulting in shorter shelf life.
  3. Maintain the quality of the product while innovating package design, improving aesthetics, ergonomics and security (tamper evident band, child-resistant design).

– Example: User configurable cap that can function both as Child-Resistant (CR) and nonCR closure. Such design increases QC requirements:

The torque must be monitored to maintain good induction seals.

The CR functionality (shelling/reverse ratchet/topload) needs to be controlled.

 

We have some tooling and machinery available for onsite demos. For more information or to schedule a visit please call 800-829-5741.

New Washing solutions brochure by Fedegari

Cleaning is an essential practice for any pharmaceutical activity. it is impossible to manufacture drugs in dirty conditions, even if soil is not evident. Defining differences between a sterilization and a cleaning treatment is important in order to understand in depth the main problems and peculiarities when defining a cleaning strategy. To sterilize means to destroy or inactivate microorganisms.

We know the target and we can define it in terms of a number (CFU/unit) and resistance (D, z). The definition of sterile product/ item (PNSU – Probability of Non-Sterile Unit or SAL – Sterility Assurance Level) is probabilistic but is universally accepted. The kinetics of ordinary sterilization processes are well understood. 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, various chemicals, lubricants, generic soil, microorganisms, etc.

There is no absolute definition of cleanliness. The kinetics of the cleaning procedure is 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.

 

Check out the new technical brochure HERE!

 

For any additional information please get in touch with us via email or by calling 800-829-5741

Filling Methods by Cozzoli machines

For almost a century, Cozzoli Machine Company has provided technologically advanced machinery for the packaging industry. Till today Cozzoli has developed a variety of filling methods to meet your production goals.

Cozzoli offers inline or rotary filling with piston, peristaltic pump, diaphragm pump or time pressure technology. Choose continuous or intermittent motion, stand alone or monoblock configuration. Every Cozzoli filler provides unmatched ease of container handling and change-over. Provided below are the different Filling Methods that can be carried out with Cozzoli filling machines.

 

Fill – to – Level

Fill-to-Level fillers are especially suited for thin and foamy products, like cleaning solutions for example. These fillers compensate for variations in container volume while retaining cosmetic fill accuracy. All of this fillers operate on the principles of gravity, pressure and vacuum.

 

Time Pressure

Time Pressure filling is accomplished by controlling the flow of the product through the tubing. By design, the product stays in the manifold that feeds the tubes. A computer calculates the product flow time needed based upon manifold pressure, nozzle size and target fill volume.

 

Piston Filling

The Piston fillers can have industrial and aseptic applications. Piston fillers are ideally suited for filling a diverse range of products. These fillers are ruggedly designed yet precisely built for long trouble free operation. The piston product viscosity range can be from 1 to 100K centipoises and with slight customization even above that.

 

Peristaltic Pump

Peristaltic pump is a system where nothing but the tube touches the fluid eliminating the risk of the pump contaminating the fluid or the fluid contaminating the pump. The complete closure of the hose, which is squeezed between a shoe and the track gives the pump its positive displacement action preventing backflow and eliminating the need for check valves when not in operation.

 

Diaphragm Pump

Diaphragm Pump fillers are suited for corrosive chemicals, abrasive materials and delicate liquids. These are also used with blood, insulin and plasma filling systems. The Diaphragm pump is a completely enclosed system that eliminates air bubbles on small fills and features accurate repeated fills.

 

Rotary Time Pressure

Time pressure fillers are well suited for filling heavy viscosity products. The nozzle is open to the product for a specified amount of time to achieve proper fill volume. Proper fill is dependent on three critical areas: time of fill, pressure of the flow and filling speed.

 

Vacuum Powder

This totally enclosed system removes the possibility of product contamination. Fill volume of each piston can be independently adjusted during operation. Two to sixteen stations are available. Multiple dose fills are ade possible by simply setting the preferences on the micro-processor. This also provide a solution to product loss due to dusting issues that is virtually eliminated.

 

Call 800-829-5741 to inquire about pricing and to obtain additional info on the different filling and pumping systems developed by Cozzoli.

Pentafill A25 on exhibit at Packexpo 2018

Stop by LF of America’s booth at this year’s Pack Expo in Illinois to see the Lameplast Group state of the art machine in the single dose units filling and packaging. Not only can the Lameplast Group boast an original pack, but also innovative filling technologies, now specifically conceived for sterile filling.

Top of the range is the brand-new model Pentafill A25 that was unveiled in November 2017. It is an automatic filling and sealing machine specifically designed to work in a sterile environment, capable of processing single-dose capacities from 0.3 ml to 10 ml for medium production runs. Versatility is a key feature of this machine, as matter of fact it can be easily connected to any existing packaging line. Moreover it is suitable for small rooms and very easy to maintain. It could incorporate a laminar flow system to ensure sterile filling during operation, as in the new Pentafill A15L.

The Group can today offer its customers seven types of semi-automatic or automatic single-dose units filling and sealing machines, ideal for small and medium productions. All seven models are available in a standard version but may also be adapted and customised as desired. Thanks to its high technological knowhow and the possibility of tailor-made solutions, Lameplast group can satisfy the needs of demanding customers worldwide.

LF of America will be setting base at Booth: W-879 and the Pentafill A25 will be displayed and set to be in operation for Demo Purposes. Interested in scheduling a meeting with some of LF’s product specialists during the expo, just give us a call and we’ll set a meeting on the agenda.

Bellows Bottle Filler and Capper machine for SALE

We at Life Scientific, Inc. are pleased to inform you that we have available a second hand Filling and Capping machine for Bellows Bottles.

The machine that we have was only preowned by LF of America and is manufactured by Comas. The machine was designed to fill LF of America’s Bellows bottles but it can be easily modified to handle other types of packaging.

 

The machine has a capacity of filing and capping 1.500 units per hour or 25 units per minute. It uses a vibratory feeder that sources the starwheel with bellow bottles. Another feeder moves the caps to the second star wheel. The filler is easily customizable and can be modified to fill powders.

The machine filling range starts from 2ml and up to 10ml and it’s carried out with a piston filling system.

This machine and packaging type is great for packaging powders (hemostatic) and drugs for vaginal/rectal usage. The machine can be upgraded to close the containers with tamper-evident cap.

After capping, the filled units are loaded onto a conveyor that adds the opportunity for coating the packaging on the bottom.

 

The Machine that we have was built in 2003 and has filled several million units and has only been operated in the LF of America ISO 8 Cleanroom.

 

Call 800-829-5741 to inquire about pricing and to obtain additional info on the product.

 

Popular New Liquid Packaging Trends in 2018

 

Contract filling and packaging solutions for liquids cover everything from food and non-food substances to over-the-counter (OTC) medications, pharmaceuticals, and more. The large size of different companies in need of these services has introduced new liquid packaging trends that are now being embraced by companies around the world.

Turnkey packaging solutions and multi-layer containers are two such examples commonly found in the current market. Both of these are direct responses to consumer demands and prove that the company selling the product is listening to their customers. Let’s examine all of the latest liquid packaging trends by covering the different benefits each individual trend offers.

The Rise of Turnkey Solutions

Turnkey solutions are becoming the norm for pharmaceutical companies in need of packaging their medications and OTC products. Contract packagers have evolved into a multi-billion dollar industry and their growth is only projected to increase year to year. This is a direct result of their all-in-one services that not only achieve the desired results but at a reduced cost. In other words, it is the better investment for growing companies.

Key benefits include:

  • Cost-reduction
  • Scalability
  • Quality assurance
  • More eco-friendly
  • Maximum value
  • Standard regulation compliance

Tip: Since turnkey solutions are among new liquid packaging trends, more companies are trying to quickly adapt. Choose your turnkey partner by verifying their history and looking for a proven track record of success first.

Creative Custom Packaging Designs

Knowing the consumer market is key when deciding on the package design. For example, organic items have been the preferred choice for consumers across most industries. This preference has revealed a simple pattern in labeling. In essence, the more modest and natural the packaging seems, the more appealing it is to customers.

Other packaging and label preferences include:

  • Functionality (Is it portable/ sealable/ recyclable/ etc.?)
  • Clear / transparency (Can you view the product through the container)
  • Eco-friendly (Does it reduce overall environmental impact)
  • Vintage labeling (Can you revive an older design for nostalgic appeal?)

Tip: The most important aspect to deciding on the packaging design and labeling is to know who you are marketing it to. Bold is not always better and a minimal design strategy can save you money.

Embracing New Technology

The improved capabilities of automated contract filling machines are equally economical and practical. Why potentially risk damaging your product during the filling process when it is unnecessary? The temperature when sealing can damage or negatively affect the product’s quality. Moreover, more companies are in need of small batch product sizes than ever before.

Contract filling services using injection molding technology during the blow, fill, seal process eliminate this risk and new, automated contract filling machines are capable of both full-scale and small batch production. What this means is you can eliminate paying excessive labor costs if you need to.

To learn more about the advantages of contract filling using injection molding, check out Contract Filling Equipment for more information.

 

To discuss these liquid packaging trends or to speak with someone about the advantages of using a turnkey partner connect with us or contact LF of America today.

A member of our team will be more than happy to find the perfect packaging solution that brings your company into its next phase of success.

 

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