P-Mec India is a platform to meet face-to-face with international pharmaceutical companies, stay informed about the latest industry trends and remain one step ahead of a constantly changing pharmaceutical market. During P-Mec India, which was held from 1 to 3 December 2015 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, B&R Industrial Automation promoted the modular application (Mapp) technology.Mapp is a software technology in which the vendor revolutionizes the way robotics is implemented in packaging machines. Shyam Padwal, marketing manager of B&R Industrial Automation, India, said, “We are providing a simple technology where complex applications in robotics can be handled in a simple manner with-out the need to spend much time on core logic. We have been serving the pack-aging industry with machine automation. This year we have come up with process automation which will meet the demands of machine manufacturers and end users.In this event, we are targeting solutions including process automation, energy monitoring and processes with data acquisitions. This reduces the development time for new machines by an average of 67%.”
B&R has developed an integrated robotic solution which saves time and costs by synchronizing the production steps performed by machines that require fast communication of data. B&R solves this by connecting all peripheral devices via real-time. With the help of process automation, the end user needs to invest in distributor control systems and addition of other components at a plant can be efficiently managed without installation of new control systems. “At the global level, we have around 4,000 installations worldwide of such systems and hope to do a few more installations by next year,” said Padwal.
Clariant’s range of polymer packaging solutions
Clariant Healthcare packaging exhibited in P-Mec for the second time and dis-played a range of polymer and desiccant packaging solutions for the pharma industry. Ketan Premani, company head and head of healthcare sales at Clariant,said, “Clariant Healthcare packaging manufactures a full range of controlled atmosphere packaging solutions including pharmaceutical desiccants, equilibrium sorbents, adsorbent polymers, oxygen scavengers and pharmaceutical closures and containers.”
At P-Mec, we have displayed a number of controlled atmospheric solutions like desiccant canisters, packets, tube and desiccant stoppers which absorb the moisture and oxygen in a pack to enhance the shelf-life of a product. Canisters and desiccant bars contain moisture absorbers that comprise various products like SilicaGel and other forms which are dropped along with the medicine tablet or capsule in a pack in order to maintain the humidity equilibrium in the pack. Earlier, desiccant packets were the only solution to enhance the shelf-life of a product. With the advent of time and requirement of high productivity, other solutions were introduced. Insertion of packets inside the package was a slow process, so Clariant introduced the strip form packet to enhance productivity.
Due to the demand for an increase inspeed, Clariant introduced the rigid and plastic form desiccant to increase the insertion speed as compared to the packet form. Hence, for high volumes canisters are preferable and for short-runs a user can switch to canisters or packets. Speaking to Packaging South Asia about the event, Premani said, “It is a good event andthe increase in number of visitors is a positive sign for us. We intend to participate in P-Mec next year too.”
DuPont showcases Tyvek Air Cargo Covers
At P-Mec DuPont showcased Tyvek Air Cargo Covers which are used by pharmaceutical companies, distributors of perishables and airlines worldwide.
Srinivas Cherukupalli, senior scientist of DuPont Knowledge Centre, Hyderabad, said,“Tyvek Air Cargo is a second generation product with aluminium coating and was introduced in the market in January 2014. It is a tertiary packaging material that is placed on top of the product case. It provides excellent protection against temperature by shielding the products from solar radiation and extreme ambient temperatures – hot and cold, physical hazards including rain, snow and insects, harmful gases and vapours, condensation damage and biological threats by allowing gases and vapours to pass through the covers without compromising the cover’s ability to function as an effective barrier to physical hazards.”
Tyvek Air Cargo Covers are specifically designed to meet the demands of pharmaceutical companies for safe export of drugs and other products under controlled temperature conditions. It can enhance revenue by reducing losses and maintaining quality through the cold chain. It is easy to install lightweight covers or remove them in as little as one minute. It is simple to use covers which function effectively without complicated training. Covers also allow the permeation of oxygen to sup-port normal respiration of perishable products, while allowing harmful gases such as CO2 and ethylene to vent through the covers, which can help prevent anaerobic respiration.
Moreover, Tyvek Air Cargo Covers have been shown to reduce reconditioning time versus film-based products such as metallized bubble wrap covers and help to maintain high humid environments for perishable products versus no protection,while lowering the likelihood of condensation versus film-based products such as metallized bubble wrap covers. “Apart from India, Tyvek Air Cargo is globally a well-known brand and is used to protect pharmaceuticals, chemicals, inks, and a variety of perishable products including fruits, vegetables, plants and dairy products. The demand for such products in India is tremendous and we are trying to develop applications apart from drugs in India too,” concludes Cherukupalli. DuPont also dis-played Tyvek ISO clean room garments which are used to prevent contamination in a sterile workplace.
IMA-PG India displays PG-Express, CPV180
Mumbai-based IMA-PG specializes in the design and manufacture of blister and ftray packers, cartoners, tube fillers and end-of-line machines. At P-Mec India, the company took the opportunity to launch and showcase PG Express and CPV180packaging machineries.
PG Express is a flat forming/flat sealing intermittent motion blister packaging ma-chine and is especially designed for the regulated markets. It is a 1.4 metre compact machine and can be used to seal different laminates including PVC, Alu/Alu and other films for the packing of pharma products. The speed of the machine can reach up to 320 blisters a minute but will vary depending on the laminated films used for packing of tablets, capsules and other pharmaceutical products. It has an excellent quality/price ratio and the machine is compatible with many add on features like vision camera, edge-to-edge cutting print registration, bar coding and online variable printing. Each station is servo-driven and there are around five servo-driven ma-chines that can ease the transmission in a simple and controlled way.
The features of the machine include its operator-friendly mechanism, easy to set parameters on an user interface and quick tool less changeover to reduce the machine downtime. CPV180 is the new compact top loading case packer for bottles, ergonomically designed for medium speed production up to two bottles a minute. The machine features allow accessibility from the operator side. Horizontal case magazine allows manual loading of flat cases from the floor level. The ‘pick and place’ of bottles is servo-driven. Cases can be closed with adhesive tape or hot-melt glue.IMA-PG India also demonstrated many new solutions for the processing and pack-aging of pharmaceutical products through the jumbo screen video wall.
ACG launches FPC 3El flow wrapping machine
Awarded for several innovative products and technologies, ACG Worldwide is a leading manufacturer and supplier of advanced packaging machinery in filling and sealing systems, barrier films and inspection systems to pharma and FMCG industries across the globe. ACG displayed numerous pharmaceutical packaging solutions at P-Mec held from 1 to 3 December 2015.
ACG Pharmapack manufactures a complete range of high quality barrier packaging films for the pharmaceutical, medical device, personal care and food packaging sectors. Barrier films include Alukbliss, which is an innovative product identical tocold form blister foils in appearance and Brandshield is a differential grated em-bedded image packaging film with superior anti-counterfeit properties that has received several global accolades for innovation and tailor-made solutions and few complex laminate structures.
ACG Value Links (AVL) is an initiative by ACG Worldwide to bring the latest global technologies to the Indian market. The company launched the FPC 3El flow wrap-ping machine to produce a single blister sachet. Moreover, on display was B MAX(Blister Packing) + (Vektor Cartoning) + (Matrix Stretch), which is a triple comboand makes the process of packaging easy and faster. It is a servo-driven and noise-less machine with an in-line Atlantic Zeiser printer.
ACG Inspection showcased Voyager, Navstar, Hawkeye and CPIR NANO which isa part of track-and- trace inspection systems. This versatile solution can be used to secure blisters, cartons, labels, injections, vials and ampoules. Besides standard vision inspection solutions, it helps to prevent counterfeiting of brands and empowers end users to verify genuineness of a product via text messages.