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Paper safety labels for recycling

14.02.2024

Products that are counterfeit or which have been tampered with cause large economic damage. Safety labels can help to guarantee the authenticity and integrity of goods, as when someone attempts to open the packaging, it leaves irreversible traces. When it comes to recyclability, however, these small labels are often not performing very well.
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What are the environmental impacts of alternative raw materials?

12.09.2023

In mass balancing, chemically recycled or bio-based raw materials are input at the very beginning of plastics production and then computationally assigned to the end products. Using the example of flexible mozzarella packaging, a study investigated whether and how this procedure influences the life-cycle assessment of packaging produced from these raw materials.
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How labels are becoming more recyclable

12.09.2023

A world without labels? Inconceivable. Their endless variety of materials, shapes and functions help labels attract attention. But it should also be possible to separate them from their packaging again at the end of the packaging’s life in the interests of a circular economy. Recyclable solutions are on the way.
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Sustainable tamper-proofing

11.08.2023

When it comes to protecting valuable products from tampering and theft, the method often used is to apply adhesive tape that will leave permanent marks on the packaging if an attempt is made to open it. In addition to recyclable paper solutions, there are now compostable alternatives made from bio-based film.
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Product photo of the PaperX tube by Hoffmann Neopac

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What are the benefits of paper tubes?

16.05.2023

Packaging is being viewed differently in these times of ever scarcer raw materials and increasing environmental issues. As are tubes. Some companies are placing their hopes on fibre-based solutions, e.g. paper. But are there only benefits to paper tubes?
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Cold shipping with paperfloc eco systems

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These topics will shape interpack 2023

18.04.2023

Circular economy, conserving resources, digital technologies and product safety – those are the four hot topics which will shape interpack 2023 more than any other issue. But what exactly are these focal points of interest all about?
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Stick packs are being used increasingly by the pharmaceutical industry, for example for liquid medicines for oral ingestion. (Image: Volpak)

Flexible packaging for the pharmaceutical sector

13.03.2023

Easy handling and exact dosing – this is the promise that flexible packaging also makes for the use of medicines. One example is the stick pack. Spanish mechanical engineering company Volpak now has a new line to process these packagings in their portfolio.
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Is automation the end-all and be-all? (Image: Rock'n Roll Monkey/unsplash)

Where does automation help in packaging?

10.03.2023

Trend topic or permanent issue? Everybody is talking about automation. However, switching to fully automated packaging solutions is anything but a guarantee for success. Small and medium sized companies should consider several things before investing in large machinery.
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Printing table and extruder for 3D printing

The system developed by the project HME 3D, a printing table (left) and an extruder (right). (Image: TH Köln / Heike Fischer)

Pills are printed, not pressed

14.02.2023

A research group has now developed a new printing technique that allows even more active and carrier substances to be 3D printed into customised drugs. Pharmaceutical polymers are printed directly, without first creating a filament.
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Business cooperations can offer added value especially for small and medium-sized enterprises. (Image: Vardan Papikyan)

Added value through cooperation

16.01.2023

In a competitive system, cooperation might not seem the way to success. But small and medium-sized enterprises especially can profit from cooperation – even in the packaging sector. This can be seen in the example of German companies Koch Pac-Systeme and Zahoransky.
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Blister pack serialisation

Serialising single doses makes it possible to track each primary package. Photo: SEA Vision

Forgery-proof blister packs

17.08.2022

There is often still the potential for counterfeiting primary packaging for medication, for example if it is separated from the secondary packaging. Now, SEA Vision and the Marchesini Group have presented a new technology for the serialisation and aggregation of blister packs. 
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Mono-material sachets

21.06.2022

For packaging made of plastic, their potential to be recycled is very important. Refilling systems save material. Mono-material sachets and bags also reduce the amount of material consumed, protect packaged goods and have practical uses for customers.
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Two mint green tubes with aluminium seals lying next to each other.

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Tube Trends

10.03.2022

The tube as we know it was invented in 1841. In times of resource scarcity and rethinking sustainability, however, this faithful companion is facing major changes. Certain trends are emerging clearly.
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Doctor with an injection needle

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Ensuring safe packaging for the corona vaccine

23.11.2020

The wait for the corona vaccine has finally come to an end. BNT162b2 is the name of the first promising vaccine candidate. However, before we can start vaccinating, we need to overcome huge logistical hurdles which require suitable packaging and processes.
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Three doctors with face masks

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The coronavirus crisis as an opportunity for the packaging industry?

27.10.2020

The coronavirus pandemic changed everything, with the packaging industry also experiencing a transformation. The fact that not every consequence of the crisis was bad is demonstrated by individual examples of industry participants who were able to find opportunity in the COVID-19 situation.
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Woman in front of chemist’s with mask and cap, wearing a black coat and carrying a black bag

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How varnishes can protect us against viruses and bacteria

06.08.2020

Since the outbreak of corona, we have all been washing our hands industriously to avoid catching the dangerous Covid-19 virus. But varnishes can also help protect us against viruses and bacteria on packaging. The activated ingredient in Microbe Protect special varnish contains nanosilver and is said to provide 99.99 percent protection.
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3D printed tablets

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3D printed tablets

03.06.2020

Pills at the push of a button. We’re not quite there yet but the future of 3D printed tablets, called printlets, looks promising. Merck, the pharmaceutical giant, wants to make paths in industrial applications for 3D printed tablets.
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Plastic bag containing medicine mixture

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Repackaging pharmaceuticals in blister packs

20.02.2020

Around the world, the number of elderly people is increasing. This is accompanied by an increase in the demand for pharmaceutical packaging that is geared towards senior citizens. In blister packaging centres, pharmaceuticals are repackaged in blister packaging that is user-friendly and tailored to the patient’s needs, thus preventing dosage errors.
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Bottle of cannabis oil

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Packing UV-sensitive products under LED lights

14.02.2020

Especially where sensitive medication is concerned, packaging for UV-sensitive products is in high demand. UV-free LED lights can help package medication securely, whilst at the same time preventing interruptions that occur when converting to other product lines. And when it comes to food and beverages, integrated UV absorbers can protect sensitive products.
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Grafik: Messe Düsseldorf

Grafik: Messe Düsseldorf

Number of the Month: Pharmaceuticals 2020

23.01.2020

The rise in the number of older patients, increasing urbanisation and a growing middle class. Participating companies are called upon to react to the changing patient needs related to convenience whilst at the same time offering safe packaging and process technologies as well as safe bottling and packaging solutions.
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Scanning device for pharmaceutical packaging

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Pharmaceutical packaging for senior citizens

17.01.2020

The world’s population is growing older – the UN predicts that by 2050, an estimated 426 million people will be over 80, around three times as many as in 2019. With an increase in age, the demand for pharmaceuticals and innovative packaging solutions for an older population also increases, including personalisation, smart technologies and e-commerce.
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Once medical staff have placed their order via mobile phone, Zipline employees package the medication and programme the drone’s flight route. Photo: Zipline International

Foto: Zipline International

Sending Packaged Medication by Drone

12.06.2019

Sending pharmaceuticals by air freight– without a pilot and to the most remote areas: Zipline International uses drones to provide vital medicine to patients in Rwanda and Ghana.
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High-Tech against spoilage of food

03.07.2015

Over 80 kilos of foodstuffs are disposed of per year per capita in Germany according to statistical assessments. Innovative packaging material is to contribute to longer shelf-life.
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