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Signature Pack At Gulfood Manufacturing
Sig wins Environmental Award Of The Year

Sig’S Signature Pack Receives The ‘Environmental Award Of The Year’ At Gulfood Manufacturing
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Signature Pack from SIG has won another important industry award: the Gulfood Manufacturing Industry Excellence Awards which have now been announced at the Gulfood Manufacturing in Dubai. Signature Pack, the world’s first aseptic carton pack with a clear link to 100% plant-based renewable materials, was honoured with the ‘Environmental Award of the Year’. With this award the jury acknowledges the importance this exceptional packaging provides to the food and beverage industry.

The Gulfood Manufacturing Industry Excellence Awards rewards best practices and innovations within the value chain of the food manufacturing industry. The expert jury members are international representatives of the food processing and packaging industries, graphics experts, equipment suppliers, scientists, the trade press, the government as well as environmental and trade organizations.

The jury’s verdict states: “Signature Pack is an excellent innovation in reducing aluminum and plastics use in packaging – great for the environment!”

Value-added packaging solution

Signature Pack is a value-added solution that meets the demands of the industry and today’s consumer expectations for more environmentally responsible products. It is one of the latest innovations from SIG as it strives to offer customers the most sustainable food packaging solutions as part of its mission to go Way Beyond Good. The polymers used for laminating the paperboard and making the closure of the Signature Pack are 100% linked to plant-based material via a mass balance system, whereby plant-based raw materials are mixed in with conventional fossil raw materials to produce the polymers. This means that for the polymers used in the Signature Pack, an equivalent amount of bio-based feedstock went into the manufacturing of the polymers. The amount of plant-based material is certified by recognised and audited certification schemes to ensure strict traceability and accountability.

Sustainability and responsibility are becoming increasingly important in the MEA region. Signature Pack provides a consistent answer to reducing the use of fossil raw materials as well as reducing the carbon footprint. While most companies are still in the concept phase with their ideas, Signature Pack is a solution ready for the market.

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100th MCC wrapping machine sold
High flexibility convincing to customers

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The MCC wrapping machine’s modular design enables a quick change of the product dimension and folding type. Picture: Theegarten-Pactec
The MCC wrapping machine’s modular design enables a quick change of the product dimension and folding type. (Picture: Theegarten-Pactec)

Six wrapping styles for a variety of products at maximum performance – this is what the continuous-motion high-performance MCC machine from Theegarten-Pactec stands for. The MCC wraps a wide variety of product dimensions, especially sensitive products such as chocolate-coated jelly products or soufflé (whipped egg white foam). A successful combination, as it turns out: the MCC and its six folding types was first presented at interpack 2008. Now, the 100th MCC machine has been sold. The machine’s flexibility promises high investment security, as the MCC can be efficiently converted to other types of folding and product dimensions.

The MCC wraps products in six different folding styles – Double Twist, Top Twist, Side Twist, Vienna Fruit Fold, Foil Wrap and Protected Twist. Theegarten-Pactec thus offer confectionery manufacturers a wrapping machine that combines continuous high performance and flexibility. This unique combination has won over customers from around the globe. The first MCC was sold in 2008 to Polish praline manufacturer Mieszko – and the 100th machine is currently being delivered to the Middle East.

Whether jelly products, all types of soft caramels or chocolate products with or without filling, and even featuring irregular geometries – the MCC is a jack of all trades. It boasts a nominal wrapping output of up to 1,200 products per minute for Double Twist and Foil Wrapping. Up to 800 products per minute are possible with Side Twist, Top Twist and Viennese Fruit Fold. The MCC also features automatic ejection of spliced products and products which are not true to the print image.

The MCC’s modular design enables a quick change of the product dimension and folding type. A change in dimension can be completed in three to four hours. Only a single shift is needed to change the wrapping type.

Efficient and gentle on the product

The MCC offers optimized product closure with its additional Protected Twist folding type (sealed double twist wrap). A separating plate prevents the sealing masks of the wrapping material from sticking together prematurely and consequently slipping. This results in a nearly wrinkle-free longitudinal seam, even in the event of large product tolerances. This represents a significant advantage for products without folding edges as well as for coated goods.

The servo-motor driven wrapping material feed with continuous cutting length adjustment as well as servo-motor driven wrapping material knife guarantee optimum wrapping material consumption via the laser-controlled functionality “No product – no wrapping material.” Furthermore, this achieves high print image accuracy and cutting length consistency.

Depending on the product to be wrapped, the gentle product feed takes place via a multi-stage accumulation conveyor or a lug chain.

“The high number of MCCs sold confirms that we’ve correctly recognized the market’s needs with the combination of high performance and flexibility. We’re known for producing solid machines in terms of quality and longevity and for continuously optimizing them,” explains managing director Markus Rustler. “The flexibility of the MCC is an attractive investment for customers since the machine can be inexpensively enhanced and reconfigured in the event of a change in product range or seasonal production.”

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Perfectly combined
Innovative assembly and testing solutions

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After assembly comes the precision quality testing of injection systems. Picture: Teamtechnik
After assembly comes the precision quality testing of injection systems. (Picture: Teamtechnik)

Teamtechnik has further developed its competence in the assembly and testing of injection systems. The German-based production system builder will demonstrate its innovative production and testing systems for pens, auto-injectors and syringes for medical applications at the Pharmapack trade fair on February 6 and 7, 2019 in Paris.

The company offers manufacturers of medical devices extensive engineering experience and expertise in the process technology field. Within its medical engineering division the company places a clear emphasis on assembly and test lines for injection systems. Accordingly, the market-leading system builder has developed a new solution suitable for series production based on LED technology for hardening the glue used for attaching cannulas in glass syringes.

Teamtechnik has developed its own platform for offline testing of injection systems. This fully-automated standard solution enables individual assemblies to be tested, such as dosing mechanisms, through to complete testing with drug release. The testing precision for the torque of a pen may be of the order of newton-millimeters. The TEAMED TEST platform is adaptable to a wide range of product types and customer requirements. Over 30 systems have already been supplied.

The current generation is equipped with a successful package of test software. This allows users to compile testing cycles and to optimize them without programming knowledge. For years the company has invested intensively in know-how for host PC and test software. ‘For reliable series production of injection systems we offer a comprehensive, worry-free package’: Assembly, feeder technology, test system and software all come from the same source and have already proven themselves successful’, says Peter Ritter, Executive Vice President Medtech Division at Teamtechnik.

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Booklet wrap-around label
More communication space on round containers

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The August Faller Group has expanded its product range to include a booklet wrap-around label for even more wide-ranging information possibilities.
The August Faller Group has expanded its product range to include a booklet wrap-around label for even more wide-ranging information possibilities. (Picture: August Faller)

Pharma packs are now used to communicate much more than just product information. Nowadays, pharmaceutical manufacturers want to use the packaging to provide details of clinical studies, descriptions in numerous languages and information regarding correct usage. In order to provide them with additional space for this purpose, the August Faller Group has expanded its already extensive portfolio to include a new product: the new multi-page booklet wrap-around label for round containers.

It is useful for doctors, chemists and patients when pharmaceutical and healthcare product packaging contains important information. This can range from descriptions in multiple languages to details of clinical studies and marketing campaigns that offer a purchase incentive for non-prescription products. The direct communication space provided on small bottles and jars is usually very limited. The August Faller Group’s new multi-page booklet wrap-around label significantly increases the space available to pharmaceutical manufacturers. The major benefit here is that the information is directly applied to the primary packaging or container – so it is always at hand.

Wide-ranging possibilities, attractive appearance

The packaging specialist is able to produce this combination of label and package insert with anywhere from two to 32 pages, according to customer needs. It is enclosed in transparent foil, which protects the label while at the same time giving it a high-quality look. What is more, it is possible to apply Braille to the top surface. The basic label itself is also made of a PP foil, in this case with a white finish. 90 g/m² coated paper is used for the booklet. Variable data, such as a 2D data matrix code can also be printed on request.

Flexible to apply, easy to open

The pharmaceutical expert also offers its customers attractive solutions for the booklet wrap label in terms of application and opening options. It can be applied to round containers both as a permanent attachment and in detachable form. If parts of the label are relevant to the patient file, these can be made removable. In all types, an opening tab and a shortened base label ensure that users of all ages can access the information conveniently.

For round containers made of glass and plastic

In order to ensure that both small-scale and large-scale manufacturers in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry can benefit from the new solution, the label can be applied manually or by machine to glass or plastic containers. Mechanical application involves the label being affixed directly off the roll with the spine first.

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