The GreenLight® 910 unit significantly reduces the testing time and labour needed to determine aerobic bacterial counts in meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, produce, etc. Processors and packers get same-day, precise results in a cost-effective manner.

“The GreenLight technology will be appealing to most quality control and laboratory professionals because it simplifies, and therefore cuts time out of, the sample prep phase. Depending on the expected bacterial load, results can be obtained between minutes and eight hours. This is significantly faster than the agar or film plate methods, which typically require 48 hours to achieve a meaningful microbial count. Shorter testing cycles provide packers and processors with the potential of getting their perishable food items to the consumer in less time,” said

Mark Theno, food safety product manager,” MOCON.

Additionally, the cost-effective unit has a small bench-top footprint and an easy-to-use PC software interface with multiple measurement modes. It also has the ability to generate a unique ID for each test making it easy to track specific vials in a busy work environment.

With features like:

  • Used to test the growth and enumeration of microbial samples
  • Single well reader for use with APCheck™ vials 2 mL or 15 mL with an optional adapter
  • Internal incubation of samples
  • Included Windows® softwareGreenLight® 910
  • No moving parts
  • Three testing modes allowing external incubation to boost throughput

HSM-4 Laboratory Heat Sealer

The HSM-4 Laboratory Heat Sealer was developed to precisely control the parameters essential in determining the heat seal threshold.
Especially suited for flexible packaging materials, laminates, foils, and paper. The HSM-4 features accurate control of temperature, pressure and dwell time of a standard surface area sealing jaw.

This Heat Sealer is used for precise control of heat sealing process variables (temperature, pressure, and dwell time), enables an optimal balance of material specification, packaging machine speed, and seal integrity. Accuracy and repeatability in laboratory heat seal testing is vital, and the HSM-4 provides a standard range of controls for this purpose.

With features like:

  • Pressure calibration of standard surface area jaw face
  • Temperature digital controller, pressure and dwell time dial controllersHSM-4 Laboratory Heat Sealer
  • Jaws constructed in aluminum and silicon with precision ground faces
  • Range of jaw face surfaces including Matched Crimp and Teflon Coating

Twona Artwork Management

Twona is used for creating the ideal artwork for printed packaging components, which is essential for the validity of products, especially where it comes to highly regulated & controlled industries such as for pharmaceuticals. Ensuring that it is done correctly, on time and right first time can be a challenge. Often there is pressure to produce the artwork within a set timescale to meet launch dates and if not correctly managed, errors can occur with the potential for recalls. An efficiently configured Artwork Management System can relieve you of this pressure by giving all stakeholders quick & easy access to the information they need. Schedules are met, reworks are avoided and errors don’t pass through the process.

 

 With features like:

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  • Customisable workflows: Define the workflow that best fits your team with an easy Wysiwyg editor.
  • Email notifications: Get notifications on your mailbox for those important milestones in your artwork processes.
  • Automation engine: Get the best out of your team by automating those silly tasks: notifications, strict approval processes, tracking and many other.
  • Artwork versioning: Forget about overwriting critical files, Good Manufacturing Practices is in our DNA.
  • Label based archive: Define labels for your artworks based on your preferences. Filtering and retrieving is no longer a memory game.
  • KPI reporting: Identify critical aspects in your workflow by means of relevant performance metrics.
  • Artwork comparison: Reduce quality assurance time by means of automated artwork content and graphic comparison.
  • Artwork annotation: Simplify the change requests by annotating your artworks right on your browser.

PERMATRAN-W® Model 3/34

 

The PERMATRAN W 3/34 water vapor permeation instrument is designed specifically to increase your lab’s efficiency, streamline your operations, and improve throughput. Your operators will now spend less time setting up and monitoring permeation tests, allowing them to achieve more in less time.

Less skills are required as a new user interface and increased automation has simplified testing, which reduces the costs associated with training new staff members or transitioning responsibilities within the company. Starting a new test can be as simple as the press of a single button in certain applications. Operators are able to pre-program a range of tests and different conditions and run them continuously without operator intervention.

Advanced technology has enabled the PERMATRAN-W 3/34 to automatically assign the ideal calibration mid-test based on trending data, instead of requiring that the operator predicts the outcome before they start the test. This means that a test will never have to be rerun due to a mistaken calibration choice.

Easier to use:

  • Fully automated temperature and humidity controls
  • Automatic calibration selection
  • Simplified sample preparation
  • Touch screen interface

Increased productivity:

  • Elimination of individual zero
  • Save on labour hours with less in-test monitoring
  • Remote access and control

More throughput:

  • Less re-tests as a result of incorrect calibration

OX-TRAN® Model 2/12

 

The OX-TRAN® Model 2/12 is used to detect and measure small amounts of oxygen as it passes through barrier materials such as plastics and composites that are used in all types of packaging. OX-TRAN systems enable you to measure the effects of temperature and relative humidity on high-barrier films and packages. By using an electrochemical sensor, this system provides a high sensitivity even in the presence of water vapor. This makes it ideal for deciding how thick and what barrier material will best suit the project at hand. It is also well suited for incoming QC situations to measure vendor compliance with your specifications.

All test results are recorded by refined, user-friendly software that provides graphs, tables, and numerical listings. In addition to barrier oxygen transmission testing, another configuration of the “2/12” is designed to measure high transmission rates for fresh-cut produce packaging applications.
Easily create the testing environment you need by choosing from a variety of system configurations that fit your budget today, while enabling you to expand your system in the future. OX-TRAN Master Module designs let you choose the level of sophistication you need, while add-on “satellite” testing stations let you boost test-cell capacity when necessary. You can link up to 20 of these modular test cells together for unmatched flexibility.

 

PERMATRAN-W® Model 700

 

The PERMATRAN-W® Model 700 is part of Mocon’s modern permeation instrument family, used for Water Vapor Transmission Rate (WVTR) testing, including high-quality technology that sets a new standard for accuracy, throughput, and ease of use.

The simple design is ideal for quality control as well as research and development. The OX-TRAN Model 702 includes a convenient QuickStart feature which enables an operator to begin testing within moments. The model also includes standard security features to protect critical test setups and control multiple-user situations.

The Model 702 complies with:

  • ASTM D-3985
  • F-1927
  • F-1307

It is certified traceable to NIST and is CFR21 Part 11 compliant. These, as well as optional validation services, certification services, service contracts and use of the highest quality elements, ensure that all regulatory requirements will be met and that the results on which decisions are made will be accurate.

Unique Cell Design

The advanced pneumatic push-button test cells are designed to accommodate standard 50 cm2 samples. These samples can be easily prepared as the cell structures are removable and include an improved surface finish with Nichrome plating for durability. The seven test cells are independently controlled, which makes it possible to run three sets of duplicate samples while allowing for one user-provided reference material.

OX-TRAN® Model 2/61

 

The OX-TRAN® 2/61 is the new modern addition in permeation test systems for measuring oxygen transmission rates of barrier films and packages. This model is used to detect and measure small amounts of oxygen as it passes through barrier materials such as plastics and composites used in all forms of packaging.

 

Ideal systems for production and QC/QA testing applications. This system incorporates the latest in high-sensitivity sensor design and includes 6 test cells for flexibility and speed. Includes precise RH & temperature measurement and control, user selectable sensitivity, package testing capabilities and N.I.S.T. (National Institute of Standard and Technology) traceable calibration films.

 

 

 

PERMATRAN-W® Model 3/61

 

The Permatran-W® Model 3/61 is the most recent addition to permeation test systems for measuring water vapor transmission rates of barrier films and packages. This model was designed to provide fast, accurate answers for all of your packaging needs. Ideal systems for production and QC/QA testing applications. This system incorporates the latest in high-sensitivity sensor design and features 6 test cells for flexibility and speed. Includes precise RH and temperature measurement and control, user selectable sensitivity, package testing capabilities and N.I.S.T. (National Institute of Standard and Technology) traceable calibration films.

 

User-friendly, quality driven operation:

  • Windows® 2000 operating system
  • User selectable sensitivity
  • Precise RH & temperature measurement and control
  • No extrapolations or accumulation necessary
  • Automatic flow compensation
  • NIST traceable calibration films

Also available:

  • Optional package testing capability on all test cells
  • Software for early prediction of permeation values
  • Software for P, S, D calculation
  • MOCON service and support

OX-TRAN® Model 702

 

The OX-TRAN Model 702 is part of Mocon’s modern permeation instrument family, used for oxygen transmission rate (OTR) testing, including high-quality technology that sets a new standard for accuracy, throughput, and ease of use.

The simple design is ideal for quality control as well as research and development. The OX-TRAN Model 702 includes a convenient QuickStart feature which enables an operator to begin testing within moments. The model also includes standard security features to protect critical test setups and control multiple-user situations.

The Model 702 complies with:

  • ASTM D-3985
  • F-1927
  • F-1307

It is certified traceable to NIST and is CFR21 Part 11 compliant. These, as well as optional validation services, certification services, service contracts and use of the highest quality elements, ensure that all regulatory requirements will be met and that the results on which decisions are made will be accurate.

Unique Cell Design

The advanced pneumatic push-button test cells are designed to accommodate standard 50 cm2 samples. These samples can be easily prepared as the cell structures are removable and include an improved surface finish with Nichrome plating for durability. The seven test cells are independently controlled, which makes it possible to run three sets of duplicate samples while allowing for one user-provided reference material.

What’s at stake with a product misspelling?

For any other type of business, it would mean a complete recall – which is costly, but may be otherwise harmless– but, when it comes to the pharma industry, a whole other set of issues could arise.

In addition to the financial costs of a recall and the time lost by resolving these issues, we have to keep in mind the obvious: Patients rely on their prescriptions to help them maintain their health.

Errors in pharma labeling can be devastating because they lead to drug misuse and the appearance of potentially lethal consequences.

A mistake of “Take every 2-4 hours” vs. “Take every 24 hours” is an easy difference to miss when verifying text, but as you can imagine it’s an error that cannot happen.

So, what might be an unfortunate and mild inconvenience for almost any other type of company, becomes a major, life-threatening issue for a pharmaceutical one. The risk placed on people’s lives, the money and time you have to consume, and the damage to your company’s image and reputation makes pharma labeling a process that must be undertaken with extra care and meticulous attention to detail.

Sadly, however, misspellings in the pharma industry continue to happen time and again.

Why does a process that’s supposed to be highly technical and scrupulous keep encountering problems with labeling issues?

It’s hard to pinpoint a single reason, mainly because medical packaging methods and techniques are different for every company.

Follow the link to analyse some common causes of medical and pharmaceutical spelling errors and what can we do to eradicate them: