Romaco and Huhtamaki at the CPhI in Frankfurt
First recyclable strip packaging
At the upcoming CPhI Worldwide in Frankfurt (Germany), Romaco and Huhtamaki will show the first recyclable strip packaging for pharmaceutical solids. An HM 1-230 heat-sealing machine from Romaco Siebler will be used to manufacture the Push Packs.
Pharmaceutical manufacturer Romaco Siebler and foil specialist Huhtamaki are about to launch the market’s first ever recyclable unit dose packaging for solid pharmaceutical products. The newest Push Pack model is made from recyclable polyolefin laminate. The unique structure of the strip packaging foil enables it to be recycled back into the material loop. More than 90 percent of the components which are used to make the packaging belong to the same material class (PE and PP). The result is a primary packaging recycling rate of better than 70 percent. Huhtamaki’s innovative foil is processed into four-side sealed strips with a push-through function using Romaco Siebler’s proven heat-sealing technology. Romaco and Huhtamaki developed the recyclable Push Packs as a joint step towards more sustainable pharmaceutical packaging.
Push Packs save material and costs
As far as the eco-balance is concerned, the packaging forms in the Push Pack product family have inherent advantages over conventional blister packs. This is due to the significantly lower material consumption, especially in direct comparison with Al/Al blisters. The Push Pack foil exhibits the same barrier properties as blister foil but is much thinner and lighter. The heat-sealing machines in Romaco Siebler’s HM 1 series process this ultra-thin primary packaging foil into air, light and moisture-tight push-through strips. The QuickSeal technology was developed by Siebler specifically for handling laminates with an aluminium foil thickness of between 9 µm and 25 µm. Push Packs are consequently less than half the weight of Al/Al blisters. The material saving is additionally reflected in the costs: Push Packs are up to 60 percent cheaper than Al/Al blisters.
Regardless of whether the standard, barrier or eco version of the Push Packs is chosen, all packaging forms are made from PVC-free material. Since the relatively small cavities in the Push Packs also mean smaller air pockets, the medicines have a longer shelf life. Romaco can supply the push-through sealed strips in various geometries and designs on request. All Push Packs have a large surface that can be printed on both sides. Siebler heat-sealing machines pack between 800 and 7000 tablets per minute depending on requirements.
Romaco at CPhI 2019
Romaco will be represented at this year’s CPhI Worldwide in Frankfurt at three separate booths. At the booth of the specialist engineering firm’s parent company Truking (110C30), Romaco will show all-in-one solutions for pharmaceutical applications. Romaco Innojet will exhibit the VENTILUS® V 2.5 processing machine at the stand of its industry partner Biogrund (102C22). Interested trade visitors will moreover have a chance to experience Push Packs live in the making on a Romaco Siebler HM 1 heat-sealing machine at the Huhtamaki booth (111B53).
On show at CPhI Worldwide in Frankfurt/Main (Germany) from 5 to 7 November 2019, Messe Frankfurt: Stand 110C30 (Truking), Stand 102C22 (Biogrund) and Stand 111B53 (Huhtamaki).
Romaco is a leading international supplier of processing and packaging equipment specialising in engineering technologies for pharmaceutical solids. The group provides individual machines and turnkey solutions for manufacturing and packing powders, granulates, pellets, tablets, capsules, syringes and medical devices. Romaco also serves the food and chemical industries.
The Romaco Group has its headquarters in Karlsruhe (Germany) and is part of the Truking Group, a globally operating high-tech enterprise based in Changsha (China). Truking’s core competency is handling and filling pharmaceutical liquids.
Romaco operates from four European business sites, with a broad portfolio comprised of six established product brands. Noack and Siebler (Karlsruhe, Germany) supply blister, heat-sealing and rigid tube filling machines. Macofar (Bologna, Italy) markets technologies for filling sterile and non-sterile powders and liquids. Promatic (also Bologna, Italy) specializes in cartoners, track & trace systems and case packers. Kilian (Cologne, Germany) offers compression solutions for tableting while Innojet (Steinen, Germany) is an innovation leader for granulation and coating.
More than 650 highly skilled and committed Romaco employees are dedicated to the development of future product technologies and to the continuous implementation of internal improvement processes. Romaco’s multi-brand system solutions are sold worldwide through six Sales & Service Centres and a dense network of local agent organisations. Over 12,000 installations delivered by Romaco are currently in use in more than 180 different countries.
For more information about the Romaco Group, visit www.romaco.com
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