Torqo II+ Model 1600 Mesa’s new twist on cap testing

The Torque product line has been providing accurate torque measurement readings for the past 50 years. The Torqo II+ system incorporates 15 years of factory floor proven technology, supplying customers with precision torque data to help improve the production as well as the packaging of the product. Mesa Torque systems have become the standard in the beverage and pharmaceutical industries, consistently providing accurate and reliable torque level readings to help companies manage quality control.

  • Compact Size
  • Constant Speed Drive
  • Simple Touch Screen Programming
  • Calibratable in the Field
  • NIST Traceable Calibration
  • Wide Operating Temperature Range
  • Non-destructive Testing
  • Full One-year Warranty
  • USB Connectivity
  • Ethernet Connectivity
  • External Universal Power Supply
  • LAN Connectivity
  • RS-232 Port

 

A variety of tests to meet every need

  • Removal Test – Designed to measure the torque required to open a threaded closure.
  • Incremental Test – Designed to measure the torque required to open a threaded closure then reapply it to a position that will prevent leakage.
  • Bridge Test – Designed to measure the torque required to both open a threaded closure and then break the bridges of the tamper evident band.
  • Reverse Ratchet Test – Designed to measure the torque required to rotate a child-resistant cap in its free state.
  • ROPP Test – Designed to measure the torque required to open, break the bridges and then strip the threads on a Roll-On Pilfer Proof cap.
  • Close Test – Designed to apply a cap to an exact torque, thus enabling the Torqo II+ to be used as a precision capper.
  • Strip Test – Designed to simply see what the torque specification would be required to drive the cap in a clockwise direction in order to break the band and remove the cap.

 

Call our office now and learn more about the Torqo II+ and the Mesa Labs’ trade in program.

Liquid Packaging Containers For Animal Care

 

The importance of each and every one of the animals in our lives is significant. This means caring for animals in much the same way that we care for ourselves, including veterinary healthcare. To ensure safety, liquid packaging containers for veterinary medication must be closely attended to and treated as carefully as pharmaceutical packaging.

LF of America is proud to be the premier choice in the contract packaging industry, including veterinary contract packaging for products intended for pets, livestock, equine, cattle, and other animal health. All of our available liquid packaging containers for veterinary medicine are designed to ensure maximum safety for the sake of the animal’s health and safety.

The animal prescriptions in veterinary healthcare must be filled and sealed in liquid packaging containers that meet the strict cGMP guidelines and regulations put in place. Learn more about some of the different types of plastic containers suited for veterinary medicine in the article below.

If you are interested in inquiring about the elite veterinary contract packaging solution, click here to read about our featured automatic filling machine for plastic containers.

Types Of Liquid Packaging Containers For Veterinary Use

Veterinarians and animal owners alike understand the varying factors that can make administering animal medication difficult. Though most animal prescriptions have the intended purpose of preventing disease or treating infections, there are plenty of other animal products that help pets in countless ways.

What this leads to is a diverse collection of liquid packaging containers that are uniquely suited to fulfill an intended purpose. For instance, unit dose packaging in veterinary medication makes it simple for someone to administer a pre-filled single dose of liquid medication without the need to measure out the right amount.

It’s also true that many types of veterinary medication require the veterinarian to be able to operate and administer it using only one hand. To address these challenging issues, LF of America provides a full catalog of different liquid packaging containers available in all kinds of colors, shapes, sizes, and designs.

Some packaging examples of animal products and veterinary medication include the following:

  • Eye Care (drops, tear stain removal)
  • Ear Care (cleaner, deodorizer)
  • Flea & Tick Treatment
  • Livestock Treatment
  • Oral / Gum Care
  • Single Dose Medicine
  • Wound Care

Click here for more information about our custom packaging manufacturing service.

Veterinary Contract Filling Solution

LF of America is an established turnkey partner with full veterinary contract filling services available. Our FDA-registered facility is located in Boca Raton, Florida and we are proud to be the only US-based partner of the world-renowned Lameplast Group. We perform our contract filling services using an innovative method that eliminates exposure to heat, reducing the potential for product damage during the packaging process.

Contact LF of America to learn how to go about receiving a free sample of our liquid packaging containers or call us at 800 829 5741 to let us know however else we can help you achieve your veterinary packaging goals.

 

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.

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.

Introducing LRP-30, the new leak detection machine for monoblock aerosol cans

After the development of the LRP-20, a leak testing machine for aluminum tubes, the collaboration between Sprimag, a world leader in industrial painting equipment, and Bonfiglioli Engineering S.r.l., the Italian-based branch of Packaging Test and Inspection Specialist TASITEST, has led to another excellent result: the LRP-30, a leak testing machine for monobloc aerosol cans that can be integrated into any line system concept thanks to the line-oriented transfer in and out of the machine.

At first glance, the LRP-30 appears to be very similar to the necking machine normally located upstream of the testing process, but, as opposed to machines used to test welded steel cans, the test plate of the LRP-30, which is equipped with 30 testing heads, is supported above a large, horizontal shaft by a two bearing support of the shaft ends. When the system is in operation, the cans are transferred from the outfeed conveyor system of the necking machine to the infeed conveyor system, which has been deliberately kept short and compact. A vacuum transfer starwheel picks up the cans and transfers them directly to one of the 30 testing heads in order to detect holes up to a diameter of 0.04 mm with a high level of reliability. The number of testing heads results in significantly longer testing times and therefore much more precise test results compared to the machine concepts previously used for monobloc aluminum cans. After testing, the cans are transferred directly to the outfeed conveyor system of the testing machine and then on to the downstream packing machine, a palletizer or a robotic packaging solution.

The compact overall design, the optimized width of the machine and the line-oriented transfer in and out of the machine make the LRP-30 able to be integrated into any line system concept.

In addition to optimized floor space requirements, the LRP-30 provides an easy machine handling and a quick size part changing. The entire machine, together with the infeed and outfeed conveyor systems, is driven by a single servo drive, thus avoiding unnecessary complexity and susceptibility to failure.

Other benefits from this sophisticated machine concept are: the possibility to manage the can length adjustment for other can sizes via a single user command on the HMI; the identical system accessibility of the machine corresponding to the upstream necking machine and the downstream packaging machine so that, at the end of the production process, all three machines can be optimally operated by just one person; and the presence of a high-quality, industrial designed machine cabin based on the design of tool manufacturing machines.

You can find more information about the LPR-30 at http://bit.ly/SprimagLRP-30.

 

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.

 

JVNW Pharmaceutical Vessels

The processing of sterile and non-sterile liquids, such as blood plasma have specific purity requirements that can only be achieved with great technical skill and experience. Preparation and pressure vessels from JVNW are built to meet all standards and ensure that our customers ‘central process components’ have competitive advantages. The surfaces of JVNW’s preparation and pressure vessels are ground and polished, and as required, electro-polished. All welds are smoothed to the current GMP-/ FDA-standards and exclude even the smallest cleaning dead spaces.

All vessels can be supplied as stand-alone equipment (stationery or mobile) or as automated process units delivered as fully-functional modules installed on-site that include: agitators; homogenizers; metering and regulating technology; control units; valves and pipe connections. Options for hazardous environments are also available.

JVNW provides high quality storage and transportation vessels made of stainless steel. Each vessel is designed to the specific customer´s requirements. JVNW builds full scrape vessels with off-set turbines, dual motion full scrape tanks with counter-rotating turbine agitators and bottom sweep mix tanks. Fixed position spray-balls are custom drilled to match each tank and are tested for complete Sterilization-In-Place.

Bonfiglioli in Minnesota

 

We are delighted to announce that as of Monday June 25th we will be travelling around Minnesota accompanied by Bonfiglioli’s Product Specialist Piero Polastri.

Due to the opportunity of our Project Managers being in your close proximity, we strongly encourage you giving us a call and getting your name on our site visits calendar.

 

This Bofiglioli Demo Tour will uncover some insights on the just released new SAIL machine.

The Bonfiglioli Engineering SAIL puts Container Closure Integrity Testing, Visual Inspection and HGA all on one tabletop making it the ideal solution to ensure Quality and Safety of Parenteral Packages and verify:

– Presence of leaks

– Headspace gas content

– Absence of visible foreign materials.

It is suitable for in-process control, clinical trials and laboratory use without altering the container features. Testing is quick, reliable and repeatable, and gives consistent results for a comprehensive batch control.

 

SAIL stands for Smart Automated Inspection Laboraty meaning that the machine is an automated inspection laboratory especially designed to conjugate sensitivity performance, productivity as well as flexibility to inspect different container types, sizes and contents. A single machine designed to provide customers with a comprehensive set of benefits.

 

Based upon the Bonfiglioli Engineering state-of-the-art proprietary technologies, SAIL is fully customizable in order to best meet present and future user needs and cover a wide range of inspection requirements.

It is characterized by complete modularity and flexibility, including one or more stations for Automatic Visual Inspection to perform any kind of foreign particles detection, cosmetic analysis and cap control at 360°. Additionally, it can integrate stations for Vacuum-Decay based CCIT and Laser-Based HGA for Oxygen/Moisture/CO2/ Vacuum level control, thus making this product an all in one inspection solution suitable for various production facilities.

 

If you want to get some early insights on the SAIL machine as well as on other products off the Bonfiglioli Engineering product line get in touch with Joe Skorcz at JoeS@Lsi1.com or 312-545-2164.

 

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be first in line to learn more about the newest innovation in the automation inspection for various containers.

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