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While the branding of a label on a package is of high importance for any industry manufacturer, focusing only on the branding design and not taking care of the crucial info can result in small to huge errors which can ruin a great package design. The effects of label errors go beyond label recalls and financial losses. In a complex industry such as pharma and medical devices, it can go as far as the loss of human life. Because unclear or erred medication instructions are a huge risk for patient safety. This is why the US FDA is continually maintaining a high level of regulations when it comes to drug packaging. Patient safety is always the main point of focus.

A company may need to maintain its business, branding and marketing goals; but human life is way more important. So, organisations need to find balance. A way to have their brand stand out, but also to prioritise the safety and usage instructions. These things get tough when translation is involved. Because the entire label needs to be translated into a natural, understandable language. Additionally, product packages being exported to different countries, also need to adhere to the ever-evolving industry regulations worldwide. Another challenge faced by the industry is the use and the amount of available space. A label needs to be small or big enough to fit a container appropriately and to contain all of the information required by a regulatory organization, which often depends on the country a package is being exported to.

 

A clearly defined label design workflow

A great starting point for changing and introducing automation into the packaging and labeling workflow is the FDA Safety Considerations guidelines document. The document contains the suggestions for safety precautions on label design and guidance on what information is regulatory and what is advised. By defining a clear project scope for a label production workflow and creating a checklist approved by all stakeholders, a label production process can run much smoother and stay on track with the milestones and deadlines. It’s important to always keep in mind that manual artwork proofing and inspection takes much more time and is prone to human error. Pharma and Medical Device companies need to stay up to date with the latest automation novelties.

 

It’s also crucial that a clear strategy is defined for introducing the change and automating the packaging and label production workflow in order to speed up the process and reduce label errors. Finally, whether printing is being done in-house or outsourced, the label production stakeholders and the printing stakeholders need to carry out the printing inspection on both ends. They must double check and verify the approved artwork PDF against the Printer Proof, in order to eliminate all label printing errors. GlobalVision is the world leader in the design of innovative proofreading technologies. Their solutions have been integrated into the packaging workflows of leading consumer packaged goods companies, printing firms and over 70% of the top pharmaceutical companies worldwide.

HS-650 Production Heat Sealer

Used for the production of high-quality heat seals in flexible packaging, this instrument produces seals up to 650mm long x 5 to 25mm wide.

Precise control of heat sealing process variables (temperature, pressure, and dwell time). It enables an optimal balance of material specification, packaging machine speed, and seal integrity. Accuracy and repeatability in laboratory heat seal testing is vital.

The HS-650 Production Heat Sealer provides precision digital controls for this purpose in this special version for seals up to 650mm wide.

HS-650 Production Heat Sealer

This heat sealer has been specifically designed to seal wider packages specifically in the medical device industry. The sealing head can be constructed of stainless steel components to meet the requirements of clean room environments, otherwise normally manufactured from aluminium.

This instrument is based on the standard HSE-3 heat sealing machine and is therefore very similar to operate.
The sealing jaw is guided on each side to ensure smooth and straight movement, the lower jaw being silicone rubber is self-adjusting for alignment.

The tray support allows the product to be placed on the machine and then easily presented to the sealing jaws.

 

With features like:

  • Precise pressure calibration of standard surface area jaw face
  • Temperature, pressure and dwell time digital controllers
  • Jaws constructed in aluminum and silicon with precision ground faces
  • Range of jaw face surfaces including Matched Crimp and Teflon Coating
  • Auto cycle feature for greater user convenience with multiple samples

 

Model: C0039 Series

The Crease & Stiffness Tester is used to test carton board, paper, printing and packaging materials. These are important measures to have correct and
uniform. As board stiffness and crease recovery (spring back) is important in the performance of cartons on high-speed packaging machines and when manual folding. The value of crease stiffness is technically important in the folding of carton blanks during their erection and closure.

The crease recovery (spring back) can result in forces, which distort the erected carton or cause stresses to be applied to closures, which reduce their effectiveness. Crease recovery is determined by the decrease in the resistance offered by the creased board after it is folded 90° at the crease measuring the recovery force after 15 secs. Board Stiffness is determined by bending a 50mm length of the board through a 15° angle.

Crease & Stiffness Tester

 

Options:

  • Crease & Stiffness Cutter required (to cut samples)
  • Radius folding jaw
  • 90-degree standard jaw
  • Adjustable bend length
  • Data Acquisition Software

Crease & Stiffness Cutter
Model C0016

IDM’s precision cutter is designed to assist in the easy and accurate cutting of sample specimens for both crease stiffness and bending stiffness testing.

SAMPLES:

  • Crease stiffness testing 38 x 36mm
  • Board samples 70 x 38mm