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Ecobliss present at Pharmapack Europe

On 11 & 12 february 2015 Ecobliss will be presenting their solutions in Pharmaceutical packaging

In the Pharmaceutical world there are many different packaging designs and functions. Patient compliance and child resistant packaging are two of the main focus areas. In these areas Ecobliss offers various packaging solutions like ‘blister wallets’ or reclosable child resistant packaging (Locked4Kids). All of these solutions will be presented at Pharmapack Europein Paris Expo Porte De Versailles (Hall 5), stand 122.

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Locked4Kids: ’s werelds eerste kindveilige kartonnen doosje voor medicijnen

Ecobliss introduceert dé innovatie die kleine kinderen beschermd tegen vergiftigingsongelukken. Locked4kids! Locked4Kids is een hersluitbaar kartonnen doosje dat medicijnfabrikanten de mogelijkheid biedt om hun producten op een kindveilige manier te verpakken.

Naast het kindveilige aspect beschermd Locked4Kids het product. Elke tablet is separaat verpakt in een blister waardoor de kwaliteit van de medicatie gegarandeerd blijft tegen invloeden van buiten af. Van Eerd, producent van verpakkingen voor de farmaceutische – en aanverwante industrie, is de eerste licentiehouder en heeft de uiteindelijke testverpakkingen geproduceerd. Locked4Kids voldoet aan de strenge Europese (EN 8317) en Amerikaanse (UN16 CRF 1700.20) normen voor hersluitbare kindveilige verpakkingen. De verpakking is uitvoerig getest en gecertificeerd door het Belgisch Verpakkingsinstituut (BVI).

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Bron: Persbericht Van Eerd bv

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Ecobliss presents the innovation which protects small children from accidental poisoning

Locked4Kids is a simple, inexpensive and mass-producible packaging solution consisting of a carton box and a tray, which can contain blisters or other pharmaceutical products (or any kind of products) and leaflet.

It is portable, easy to use and can be opened and closed endlessly, without losing its protective function. This reclosable carton enables drug manufacturers to package their products in a Child Resistant Carton. Discover Locked4Kids! Van Eerd (Tilburg NL) producer of pharmaceutical packaging and related industries is the first license holder for Locked4Kids. Van Eerd has produced the final test packs. Locked4Kids meets the strict European (EN 8317) and American (UN16 CRF 1700.20) standards for reclosable child resistant packaging. The system was extensively tested and certified by the Belgian Packaging Institute.

October 7th Ecobliss launched Locked4Kids. And they are proud to say; Ecobliss won The CPhI Pharma Award in the category ‘Innovation in Packaging’. Ecobliss has received this prestigious prize for its new packaging concept Locked4Kids.On September 30th 2014 Ecobliss, received ‘silver’ in ‘De Gouden Noot’ 2014 Packaging Innovation Contest. The producer of blister and high visibility packaging solutions has received these prestigious awards for its new packaging concept Locked4Kids.

This proves, Locked4Kids has the innovation power to produce certified child-resistant cartons.

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Source: Press release Van Eerd bv

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Visibility the key to Bonus Pack

For this special promo package sold exclusively through PetSmart stores, it was essential that the primary packs inside be clearly visible to the consumer in the store.

United Pet Group’s FURminator deShedding tool has legions of fans among pet owners who would rather proactively remove hair from their dogs and cats rather than having to vacuum it up once its fallen where it will of its own accord. But this spring the Cincinnati-based firm launched a new product called Shed Control Cloths that are designed for daily use as opposed to the recommended weekly use of the deShedding tool. To boost interest in the launch, UPG needed a special promo bonus pack to be displayed exclusively at PetSmart stores, and their search led them pretty quickly to a folding carton with a window.

“We do a number of promotions that gain customer and consumer interest as a way of driving sales,” says John Herzig, Associate Packaging Engineer at UPG. “In this case we looked for a way for the consumer to see everything that’s in the box while still keeping a premium look. It called for either a die-cut window or a see-through carton, but one thing we knew pretty early on is that without visibility through some kind of window, we probably wouldn’t do the promotion. An all-plastic carton was considered too costly, and it’s not the best solution from a sustainability standpoint, either.”

The folding carton is a fold lock bottom and tuck top with a generously sized clear PVC window. What makes the window unusual is that it not only extends across most of the front panel, it also extends about an inch around the right front corner and a full three inches around the left front corner. This innovative combination of paperboard and plastic delivers

  • all the visibility that UPG was looking for
  • a cost structure that makes the Bonus Pack promo possible
  • attractive graphics, including important messaging about the newly launched cloths

“In addition to the messaging on the Bonus Pack carton there is some wording on the Shed Control Cloths carton that we want the consumer to be able to read,” says Herzig. “The Transparent Container design makes this possible.”

 

Source: www.packworld.com

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SafeSkin Kids sports wrap brand repositioned

Kimberly-Clark refreshes its SafeSkin Kids sports wrap line, with new products and with packaging that uses kid-friendly graphics while communicating efficacy to moms.

To assist with its SafeSkin Kids sport wraps product, Kimberly-Clark approached Goodwin Design Group to consider next-stage products and the brand platform to ensure future success, primarily through product innovation opportunities. Goodwin shared consumer insights, demonstrated trends, determined strategies, and implemented solutions for SafeSkin to remain a category leader.

While Kimberly-Clark planned to focus on product solutions, Goodwin’s recommendation was to also work on the brand packaging. Together with consumers, Goodwin created a new strategy and brand platform for an entire line of products that moms, parents, and coaches truly want. Goodwin designed the products together, tested the range to select those that were most appealing, and refreshed the brand packaging to speak to kids of all ages, and those who care for them, in a visual language they understood and preferred.

Kimberly-Clark launched SafeSkin Kids Sports Wraps in 2011, creating the kids’ wrap category and capitalizing on a new retail market opportunity. Yet there was little brand equity in the original SafeSkin Kids packaging, and it visually projected that it was for “little kids.” By late 2012 the brand’s leadership was being challenged by a new competitor, which marketed a wrap featuring a popular licensed property with strong kid and mom appeal. The pack features a blister card backing board of SBS, believed to be 8 or 9-pt in thickness. It’s printed offset in four-color process.

 

Source: www.healthcarepackaging.com

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Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 Blister cards, Blister News, Blister Packs No Comments

Spout attachment trapped in a blister

A trapped blister is the packaging format selected by Park City, UT-based Choomee Inc. for its Sip’n Soft Top product.

Introduced late last year, this innovative product is a soft, chewy silicone that fits over the hard plastic spout found on many pouched products aimed at children who are transitioning from liquids to solid foods. It greatly improves mouth feel and also provides a convenient reclosure feature.

Choomee has the Sip’n products injection molded in China and calls on contract packagers to assemble the product. The products is sealed by a heat sealing machine which traps a blister thermoformed of RPET between two pieces of 20-pt SBS. The die-cut facing card goes into the cavities of the machine first. When the blister is placed into this facing card, it already has two Sip’n Soft Top products in it. Operators then put the back card into the cavity, and after the cavity runs through a heat and compression station, out comes the two products trapped in their RPET blister between facing and backing paperboard cards.

Source: www.packworld.com

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NEWS FROM INTERPACK: Hands off, kids

19 May 2014

The vast majority of all pharmaceutical drugs are put on the market in carton boxes containing blister strips. The only safeguard against children ingesting the contents has been to keep the packs out of sight and out of the reach of children.

Ecobliss, a producer of blister and high visibility packaging solutions, is the first to have successfully developed a simple, inexpensive and mass-producible carton box satisfying all stringent requirements that are imposed for child resistant packaging.
Its packaging concept, Locked4Kids, is one of the 10 finalists in the Gouden Noot 2014 Packaging Innovation Contest and was on show at interpack.

PKN stopped by the stand and spoke to Peter Bruggeman, senior business development manager at Ecobliss. He said that the reclosable carton box, in combination with a PET blister tray, enables drug manufacturers to package their products in a child resistant manner.

Locked4Kids meets the strict European (EN 8317) and American (UN16 CRF 1700.20) standards for reclosable child resistant packaging. The system was extensively tested and certified by the Belgian Packaging Institute.

Bruggeman explained how it works: The Locked4Kids packaging comprises a carton box containing a PET blister tray. The box has openings on the sides in which the blister tray is automatically locked when it is pushed all the way into the box. For this, hooks are attached to the edge of the blister tray. In order to be able to open the packaging, both hooks have to be pushed simultaneously, while pulling the blister tray out of the box. This is very difficult for small children. The hooks are placed diagonally to one another at a distance that cannot be spanned by the hand of a small child, but which is no problem for adults. The carton box is coated with a tear resistant laminate so as to prevent children from ripping it apart.

Here Bruggeman demonstrates the way it’s opened.

Locked4Kids will be officially launched in October of this year during the CPhI pharmaceutical trade fair in Paris. The winner of the Gouden Noot 2014 will be announced in September 30th.

In a separate statement, Ron Linssen, managing director of Ecobliss, said,

“We designed Locked4Kids with just one objective in mind: protecting small children from accidental poisoning. The laboratory of the Belgian Packaging Institute, an ISO 17025 accredited testing institute for materials and packaging, has certified Locked4Kids. The standards for such certification are very strict. Less than 15% of the test group of children between three and a half and four years and three months in age are able to open the packaging in under 5 minutes. And even after seeing a demonstration of how to open it, fewer than 20% of the same test group are able to open the packaging within another period of 5 minutes. At the same time, of course, opening and closing has to be easy for adults and seniors. We hope that Locked4Kids becomes the new standard for packaging drugs and other products that are potentially dangerous for small children.”

The pack is available in three sizes. The pack has yet to be commercialised and the company is currently inviting expressions of interest from licensees.

Source: www.packagingnews.com.au

 

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WORLDSTAR – The International Packaging Excellence awards

Ecobliss done it again!
Yes, Ecobliss won this coveted award for the third time in succession. In fact it kept its record of 100% success at the Worldstar awards which is a unique feet!

This time it has won this award for its entry Innovative Blister Carton, which is actually a blister pack but mimics a carton in its final shape. In a glittering ceremony at Interpack venue at Dusseldorf, Ecobliss team received the award from World Packaging Organisation President, Mr.Thomas Schneider.

Salient features of the pack:

  • The pack is a unique, Box shaped Blister packaging without any glued flaps.
  • At an outset it looks like a normal folding carton. Yet, when it is opened it provides all features of a blister pack.
  • Its possible to have customised blisters exclusively for pre filled syringes or in a combination pack we can have multiple blisters for all products like the syringe,needles,injection water,bottled injection suspension and so on.
  • Provision  of a pocket inside to keep product information insert and an alcohol swab.
  • Anti counterfeit features in side and easy open provision for the products.
  • Visual appeal thro’ quality printing, high gloss coating, micro embossing features.
  • Pack made of 100% recyclable materials.

Speaking on the occasion Marijn Van Utteren, Commercial Director of Ecobliss Blister products felt, there has been surge in the requirements of customised packaging for medical devices. And he was happy that Ecobliss always stands first in finding out suitable solutions.

Usually the set of products (bottles,syringe and needles) that are used by physicians come in normal cartons. Though some sort of cushioning was provided in the carton that never used to be adequate, further the product information given was either lost or it could not be given in a presentable form. Hence there was a need for UNIQUE pack that fulfils all the functions. And Ecobliss designed and produced this pack keeping the above needs in mind.

Mr.Ron Linssen, Managing Director of Ecobliss group of companies congratulated team Ecobliss India led by Chakravarthi AVPS for this achievement!

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Child-resistant Locked4Kids packaging from Ecobliss nominated for Gouden Noot 2014

Ecobliss, a producer of blister and high visibility packaging solutions, is one of the 10 finalists in the Gouden Noot 2014 Packaging Innovation Contest. Ecobliss was nominated for its new packaging concept Locked4Kids. This reclosable carton box in combination with a PET blister tray enables drug manufacturers to package their products in a child resistant manner. Locked4Kids meets the strict European (EN 8317) and American (UN16 CRF 1700.20) standards for reclosable child resistant packaging. The system was extensively tested and certified by the Belgian Packaging Institute. Locked4Kids will be officially launched in October of this year during the CPhI pharmaceutical trade fair in Paris. The winner of the Gouden Noot 2014 will be announced in September 30th.

In Europe and America, the vast majority of all drugs are put on the market in carton boxes containing blister strips. There is a substantial chance that, in an unguarded moment, small children might open such a box and swallow its contents. In Europe alone, 3,000 young children die each year from the consequences of drug poisoning or poisoning due to the ingestion of household chemicals (source: www.childsafetyeurope.org). Ecobliss is the first producer to have successfully developed a simple, inexpensive and mass-producible carton box satisfying all stringent requirements that are imposed for child resistant packaging.

Ron Linssen, Managing Director of Ecobliss: “We designed Locked4Kids with just one objective in mind: protecting small children from accidental poisoning. The laboratory of the Belgian Packaging Institute, an ISO 17025 accredited testing institute for materials and packaging, has certified Locked4Kids. The standards for such certification are very strict. Less than 15% of the test group of children between three and a half and four years and three months in age are able to open the packaging in under 5 minutes. And even after seeing a demonstration of how to open it, fewer than 20% of the same test group are able to open the packaging within another period of 5 minutes. At the same time, of course, opening and closing has to be easy for adults and seniors. We hope that Locked4Kids becomes the new standard for packaging drugs and other products that are potentially dangerous for small children.”

Innovative design
The Locked4Kids packaging is composed of a carton box containing a PET blister tray. The box has openings on the sides in which the blister tray is automatically locked when it is pushed all the way into the box. For this, hooks are attached to the edge of the blister tray. In order to be able to open the packaging, both hooks have to be pushed simultaneously, while pulling the blister tray out of the box. This is very difficult for small children. The hooks are placed diagonally to one another at a distance that cannot be spanned by the hand of a small child, but which is no problem for adults. The carton box is coated with a tear resistant laminate so as to prevent children from ripping it apart.

About the Gouden Noot
The Gouden Noot is the world´s most competitive packaging innovation contest. With the Gouden Noot, the Netherlands Packaging Centre (NVC) stimulates innovations in the field of packaged products and packaging. The Gouden Noot owes its name to the unique trophy that contains a solid gold walnut (noot in Dutch), which symbolises a sustainable, effective and innovative packaging.

About Ecobliss
As far back as 1995, Ecobliss founder Ron Linssen, together with Professor G. Wouters, developed a new and innovative cold seal technology for blister packaging. Over the years the cold seal technology successfully grew and Ecobliss continued to expand its expertise with new technologies, products and services. Slowly but surely the name Ecobliss has become synonymous with know-how and innovation in the specialised field of blister and high visibility packaging solutions. Locked4Kids is the most recent innovative achievement of Ecobliss.

Note for editors
If you need more information about the child resistant Locked4Kids packaging, don’t hesitate to contact the Ecobliss Sales department. You´ll also find more information on our website www.locked4kids.com.

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Ecobliss: a smart source for pharmaceutical innovations

Speaking to Printweek, a leading print and packaging magazine Chakravarthi AVPS felt “Today, secondary packaging is being treated as an avoidable burden at all levels, right from the manufacturer to the retailer. Yet the carded blisters and dose pack wallets, apart from the regulated dispenser packs, play a major role in the patients’ convenience and sometimes save the user from potential dangers like consumption of excessive or less dosage, using an expired medicine and so on. Ecobliss continues to drive the necessity of having proper secondary packaging for all the dosage drugs”.

Ramu Ramanathan | Jan 19, 2014

Hyderabad-based Ecobliss highlighted smart innovations in blister packaging at its stall at Indpack. This included a host of packaging options offered by Ecobliss like carded blister packs, dose packs, clinical wallets, promotional packs, drug combination packs, pre-filled syringe packs, innovative vial packs, standy blister packs, etc.

 

AVPS Chakravarthi, managing director of Ecobliss India, said, “Blister packs have been associated with the pharmaceutical segment due to their convenience, affordability and ease-of-use.” Having said that, one has however, seen little innovation. Ecobliss has disrupted this mould with its ‘Easy opening’ blister packs with special focus on elderly customers.” Chakravarthi added, “The pharmaceutical field is highly demanding when compared with other sectors. One needs to be literally on his toes to constantly serve satisfaction to the customer. We need to update the technologies on real-time basis. In addition, we need to supply packaging for a highly complex US and regulatory market sales at affordable prices, not compromising on quality.”

Products for the elderly
During a product demo to Rushikesh Aravakar and Ramu Ramanathan of PrintWeek India, Chakravarthi explained, “Blister packs are either face heat seal carded packs or clamshell packs. In case of face seal packs, when the customer tries to remove the blister, either part of the plastic remains with the board or some paper remains with the plastic. In case of clamshell blisters it is difficult to tear open; especially for the elderly and infirm. One has to use scissors to cut the pack. Imagine the plight of an elderly person unable to access a special toothbrush from a nice blister pack and who may discard the product without using it.”

He added, “Many customers look at blister packaging in a negative way because of the difficult and unpleasant method of opening. There is a strong need for a blister pack which is sturdy enough to protect the product, as well as be easy to open.” He felt Ecobliss packaging has resolved these issues.

Customer-friendly blister packages
Chakravarthi laid great stress on customer-friendly blister packages. Once again, he demonstrated a new design for a toothbrush with an easy-to-open blister package. The design is simple, a blister presenting the product, encased by a printed cardboard card. After folding back the cardboard card, the customer can simply slide out the blister and access the product. Finally, no more cuts and puncture wounds due to jagged edges, it’s really as simple as 1 2 3.

Chakravarthi explained, “Let us take an example of the complete packaging you need to meet certain requirements. Say that it must protect the contents from tampering, and that the packaging must be tear-resistant and have a metallic finish. Say it needs to be produced in high volumes, preferably in-house, where you will be able to tightly control production scheduling. At Ecobliss, we understand all the component options, all the process possibilities and all the ways to optimise production cost factors to deliver what you need.

A solution for the wallet
In this sense, the wallet solution for the pharma industry is a very innovative concept. Herein, Ecobliss provides blister wallets in many different types and sizes, with one, two, three or more panels designed to match the customer’s requirements. These extra panels can be used to accommodate extra strips with tablets or to print additional information about the content of the wallet. It is even possible to apply a booklet with multiple pages of information onto one of the panels of a blister wallet so that crucial information never gets lost and stays with the medication.

Chakravarthi showed the PrintWeek India duo, a couple of samples and pointed out, “Blister wallets offer many possibilities to accommodate your requirements and the possibilities are endless. Electronics for instance, can be integrated into a wallet for measuring patient compliance, or a wallet can be made child-resistant by design or by applying a child resistant label.”

He explained, “Today, secondary packaging is being treated as an avoidable burden at all levels, right from the manufacturer to the retailer. Yet the carded blisters and dose pack wallets, apart from the regulated dispenser packs, play a major role in the patients’ convenience and sometimes save the user from potential dangers like consumption of excessive or less dosage, using an expired medicine and so on. Ecobliss continues to drive the necessity of having proper secondary packaging for all the dosage drugs in domestic markets as well.”

About Ecobliss
Ecobliss, a global leader in blister and high-visibility packaging, is a privately held company with some 300 staff, and a growing international network of business partners. Ecobliss in India is based in Hyderabad with a sheetfed operation that is backed by finishing solutions. Slowly, but surely, Ecobliss India has become synonymous with know-how and innovation in the specialised field of blister and high-visibility packaging.

It all began in 1995, when Ron Linssen, the founder of Ecobliss, (along with Professor G. Wouters), developed the cold sealing technology for blister packaging, which is the USP of the company’s success. Since the introduction of this eco-friendly sealing technology, customers from many industries have changed their packaging to this method of packaging.

Through the success of cold seal packaging, Ecobliss has become a known name in the market. With many years of experience in development, design, production and logistics, Ecobliss is recognised to be the ‘smart source’ for blister and high-visibility packaging.

Chakravarthi said, “Whether we use blister packaging, plastic boxes or combination of these, regardless of the equipment needed, the intention is always the same: a complete packaging product that meets the highest standards of performance for the lowest cost. At Ecobliss, we design from scratch so that all components are in harmony with each other and any potential logistical challenges are pre-solved.”

 

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Ecobliss attends Packaging Innovations 2014 in Birmingham UK

Packaging Innovations 2014 and its co-located shows, Contract PackEcopackPacktechPrint InnovationsLabelling Innovations, and Converting Innovations will involve over 350 leading suppliers specialising in all aspects of packaging from materials to design. This is the one UK event where you can be certain to find the latest innovations in packaging to support your business objectives.

One of the companies attending this fair is Ecobliss Blisterpackaging BV in the Netherlands. Ecobliss supplies products and services related to blister and high visibility packaging, i.e. industrial design of blister packaging, produces and supplies the components (carton, plastic) parts as well as packaging machines for blister packaging. Visit them at stand L52 for a personal introduction to their ‘Smart Source’.

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Two-count blister packs for ‘smart pills’

Tucson-based Brainiac Supplements LLC wanted to market its Study Buddy nutrient-based study aid capsules in high-impact packaging. The company concluded that two-count carded blister packs offered a more attractive option than the flexible pouches it had been using.

First a flanged two-cavity blister is thermoformed from PVC sheet, filled with one study aid capsule per cavity, and heat-seal lidded with aluminum foil. The filled and lidded blister packs are then trapped between two blister cards in a second operation. A glossy UV finish on the card stock helps create the optimal in-store impact that Braniac was looking for.

The cards are 0.21-pt SBS and are printed via a four-color process that also incorporates a UV varnish to provide a high-gloss finish. The packs stand upright in shelf display cartons, delivering high visibility at retail venues such as college book stores and convenience stores.

Brainiac has enjoyed sales increases since the new packaging was introduced. Tyler Johansen, CEO of Brainiac Supplements, says,

“We chose to partner with a contract packaging specialist, because of their ability to create custom packaging that would more accurately reflect our brand. We couldn’t be more pleased in terms of meeting design deadlines and rendering the packaging we wanted.”

Source: www.packworld.com

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Pharmapack Europe 2014 – A new impulse towards internationalisation

The 13th edition of Pharmapack Europe will be held for the first time in Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles on 12-13 February 2014.

Exhibition: A complete array of specialized and global suppliers
Pharmapack Europe 2014 will host, in this new venue, over 320 exhibitors from over 70 countries offering a wide range of skills that cover the entire supply chain for health product packaging and drug delivery systems.

Conferences: “All about compliance and Security”
The programme of the 2014 edition will have as red thread a highly topical issue of major importance: compliance and security. For two days, the conferences led by leading experts will address the latest trends, technological advances and innovations in drug packaging and delivery systems that can improve compliance, facilitate the administration of the treatments, or further enhance the safety of patients and caregivers.

New! An innovation Gallery showcasing the lastest innovations 
New feature of this edition : The Innovation Gallery. This space will concentrate the latest innovations presented by exhibitors, thus companies will be offered the opportunity to enhance the exposure of their latest developments and new products.

Technical Symposium focused on the latest “Serialization and Track & Trace” issues.
This year, the Technical Symposium returns with a full day dedicated to “Serialization, Track & Trace. How to understand and deploy all aspects of Track & Trace in the pharmaceutical industry.”, a major issue of the 2013-2014 agenda. The presentations and round tables will enable participants to exchange with top experts on their own problematic.

Source: http://www.pharmapack.fr/en/

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Medical device pack earns WorldStar Award

When patients are hemorrhaging, seconds count. A thermoformed medical device package that helps physicians cut time needed to deliver life-saving procedures wins a 2013 WorldStar Award.

A package that helps medical staff treat life-threatening hemorrhaging earned a Worldstar award for Prent Corp., a designer and producer of custom thermoformed packages for the medical industry.

The annual WorldStar Awards—given out by the World Packaging Organization (WPO)—honor outstanding package design innovations worldwide. In this instance, Prent’s thermoformed package is utilized by Cook Urological, a Spencer-IN-based Cook Group medical manufacturing company.

According to WPO’s Web site, “The [Cook Urological] Bakri thermoformed package organizes two sets of product for two separate procedures, thus reducing preparation time when seconds are valuable in life-saving situations. The thermoformed solution of a tray and retainer combination will hold various product lengths, provides ease of use, and protection for a pouch application. The retainers’ tip cavity retains the tubing end, various tubing lengths are coiled, then die-cut flaps are folded and snapped together to hold the tubing in place.”

Prent’s package involves an easy-to-understand tray and retainer. This allows medical staff to simultaneously begin using different parts of the device, thus cutting the time needed to get the device ready and saving valuable seconds needed to stop hemorrhages. While one assistant is starting IV prep using the retainer components, a physician is able to start another procedure using the tray components.

The workhorse of the package is the retainer whose multiple forms and features provids cost savings and enhanced product usability. The new design allows it to be used as a universal retainer for devices of various length, reducing the per-package costs associated with designing, tool milling, thermoforming, material, warehousing, and shipping multiple retainers.

Because the retainer and tray are stacked, the footprint uses less shelf space, which offers healthcare providers costs savings as well as product protection and stability.

The key features of the retainer when combined as a whole are that it allows fast loading of the product, prevents tangling of lengthy tubing, enables fast and easy access to the tray, and it ensures excellent sterilization penetration.

Source: http://www.healthcarepackaging.com/applications/healthcare/medical-device-pack-earns-worldstar-award

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Medical packaging growing globally

World demand for medical device packaging is projected to increase 5.9 per cent annually to US$25.7bn in 2017, according a new report by Freedonia.

It says that Western Europe, the US and Japan will continue to account for almost 60 per cent of the total market.However, demand in these countries will expand below the average global pace as intensifying health care cost containment pressures and fierce multiple supplier competition weaken growth.

The report predicts the fastest expanding medical device packaging markets will emerge in India, Mexico, China, and the more prosperous Africa and Middle-East countries, where diversification, expansion, and stricter regulation of medical product industries are raising the quality and functional requirements of containers and related accessories.

Freedonia believes that pouches and trays will continue to lead sales among container types based on adaptability to cost effective infection-resistant and security-enhanced formats.

It says that multiple compartment trays will build sales as they virtually eliminate the risk of staff errors and the spread of infectious agents during the preparation of products for surgery and various other patient procedures, adding that clamshell packs will also fare well in the global marketplace as they match or exceed all the advantages of rigid trays while offering greater protection against product damage during transport and storage.

Bags and boxes will realise below average gains in demand. The report says that increasing use in contact lens packaging will boost the market for blister packs.

Source: http://www.i-grafix.com/packaging/medical-packaging-growing-globally/

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Does packaging transparency affect how much people eat?

Apparently, people eat less cookies from transparent packages than they do from opaque ones, when they’re snacking away in front of the TV. But, on the flip side, they actually eat more M&M’S as they channel surf, if the colorful candies are in clear packaging. 

The difference? Well, the cookies are a large snack, while the M&M’S are small. So, to increase sales, retailers should offer small foods (like M&M’S) in transparent packages and large foods (like cookies) in opaque containers.

That’s according to professors Xiaoyan Deng, of Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business, and Raji Srinivasan, of McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas in Austin. In short, the researchers found that clear bags make it easier to be tempted by tasty-looking foods, but they also reveal how much you’re about to eat. The study placed experimental subjects in a common snacking environment: in front of the television (where 70 percent of all snacks are consumed). Researchers told the subjects that they would be evaluating advertisements that ran during episodes of the popular sitcom The Office. Participants were provided with snack foods including nuts, cookies, M&M’S, Cheerios and Froot Loops to munch on while they watched TV. Some foods were offered in transparent bags, while others in opaque bags.

Of course, the focus of the study was on the food, not the commercials. The authors weighed and counted the contents of the bags before handing them out. When the “ad evaluation” was done, containers were collected and labeled with each subject’s identifying number. Professor Deng notes “We measured food consumption. We didn’t [just] get people’s attitudes.”

The researchers found that the transparency of food packaging influences snacking habits in different ways depending on the size, visual appeal and healthiness of the food it contains. Participants ate less large, visually appealing snack foods (such as cookies) from transparent packages than they did from opaque ones. However, researchers also found that small foods like M&M’S were more appealing in clear packaging — participants ate 58 percent more M&M’S from the transparent bags than they did from the opaque bag.

The authors also examined what happened when healthy foods — in this case, baby carrots — were offered in transparent and opaque bags. The unexpected outcome: People ate fewer carrots from transparent packages than opaque ones.

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Monday, September 16th, 2013 Blister Packaging, Blister Packs, Business News No Comments

Accessible packaging for the elderly

Blister packs have traditionally been associated with the pharmaceutical industry due to their convenience, affordability and ease-of-usage. However, over the years, little innovation has been witnessed by this important segment for flexible packaging as packaging companies were convinced about the design and usability of such packages. Breaking this mold locally is Ecobliss India with its ‘Easy opening’ blister packs with special focus on aged customers.

Speaking to Packaging South Asia about this award winning packaging concept, AVPS Chakravarthi, managing director of Ecobliss India says, “Usually blister packs are either face heat seal carded packs or clamshell packs. In case of face seal packs, when the customer tries to remove the blister either part of plastic remains with the board or some paper remains with the plastic. In case of clamshell blisters it is very difficult to tear open with bare hands. One has to use scissors to cut away the pack. Imagine, the plight of an elderly person unable to access a special toothbrush from a nice blister pack and who may end up throwing away the product without using it. We have come across several such instances in our daily life. Also, many customers look at blister packaging in a negative way because of the difficult and unpleasant method of opening. There is a strong need for a blister pack which has to be sturdy enough to protect the product well, as well as being easy to open.” The company is confident that its innovative  ‘Easy opening’ packaging will address these challenges.

This innovation by Ecobliss bagged the coveted 2013 Worldstar International Packaging Excellence Award and has been regarded as one of the best inventions in the history of blister packaging. The unique features of this packaging innovation include:

  • Pack provides adequate presentation on the shelf.
  • Printing on both sides provides client more opportunities to market.
  • Can be given any surface finish UV, lamination and so on unlike regular face seal blister card.
  • Tamper evidence and easy opening — the key dual features.
  • Can be used in host of fields, automobile, electrical, electronics, hardware, FMCG and others.
  • Since the card and the blister are separated 100% there is no question of plastic remains on the paper.
  • The card is recyclable and biodegradable and the blister cup is 100% recyclable and is hence Eco friendly in nature.
  • Separation of the components allows proper disposal.
  • Pack provides high visibility, strong shelf impact.

The blister packaging segment has seen some serious competition in the recent years and Ecobliss, with its time-testified concepts, has kept itself on the wish-list of its customers who seek quality and affordability. Speaking about the latest innovative concepts adopted by the company, Chakravarthi explains, “We have constantly been updating our technology keeping in view the rising demands of customers. While Ecobliss has left an indelible mark in pharmaceutical packaging, it has been offering state of the art PET clamshell blisters for premium lighting and electrical products. It’s also offering quality food trays for sweets, snacks and bakery products.”

Retaining market share without product cannibalization is a challenge which packaging companies face on a regular operational basis. Keeping abreast of customer requirements, Ecobliss is positioned as a ‘Smart Source’ packaging solution provider which has speared ahead in the market and has gone beyond being a simple vendor supplying material or machines. “Ecobliss knows how to analyse customer requirements, design a packaging solution and do the testing to create confidence, eventually helping customers to gear up for production and solve all the logistical, quality control issues. This whole process is done in three structured steps; Development, Realisation and Implementation,” claims Chakravarthi. The company currently provides the exact packaging equipment to serve specific requirements of customers — from simple machines manually operated by a single individual to high-capacity fully automated equipment.

Ecobliss was present at the South edition of PackPlus and Chakravarthi was pleased with the overall response received by the event. “PackPlus South has become an important event for all the stake holders of packaging in South and Central India. It’s a wonderful platform of knowledge sharing for both converting and the user community. The standards of this show match the international shows.”

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Blister packaging supposedly ‘diabolical’

All too often it is stated that blister packaging is diabolical. People supposedly have a hard time opening it, cut themselves while trying to do so or develop so called ‘wrap rage’.

According to American studies, around six thousand people a year wind up in emergency rooms with lacerations and puncture wounds caused by clamshell/oyster packaging. Some injuries are caused by the jagged edges of half-opened, hard-plastic wrappers. Others occur when the frustrated consumers use tools such as knives, scissors or wire cutters. These implements, often take up in anger, have a tendency to glance off the nigh-impenetrable packaging and wound the hands that wield them.

“I’ve worked in the emergency department on Christmas day for six out of the last 10 years. We certainly see lacerations. That’s the most common thing. But we also see punctures,” said David Ross, DO, an emergency physician at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colo. He also is a spokesman for the American College of Emergency Physicians. “That clamshell packaging is absolutely diabolical.” (From American Medical News)

The root of this problems simply lays within the way the package is designed. Normally a sturdy, almost impenetrable PET or PVC clamshell is used to fully encase and secure the product. And while these protect the product inside and give a nice presentation towards the customer, it is exactly this type of packaging that annoys and frustrates people.

So what are the alternatives, are there any customer friendly blister packages? Of course there are! As said before, it is all about the design. That having said, take a look at the following, an easy to open blister package.

 

The design here is fairly simple, a blister presenting the product, encased by a printed cardboard card. After folding back the cardboard card, the customer can simply slide out the blister and access the product. Finally no more cuts and puncture wounds due to jagged edges, it’s really as simple as 1 2 3.

For more packaging solutions visit www.ecobliss.com

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Complete wallet solutions for pharmaceutical industry

There are numerous innovations and solutions when it comes to the functionality of pharmaceutical wallet packaging and because there are a lot of them, you might not see the forest for the trees. So how do you know which options to choose? Well at Ecobliss they have made it easy for you! On their website www.ecobliss-pharma.com you will find a complete view on different possibilities for medical wallet design together with some video animations which illustrate the different possibilities.

Ecobliss provides blister wallets in many different types and sizes, with one, two, three or more panels always designed to match your requirements. These extra panels can be used to accommodate extra strips with tablets or to print additional information about the content of the wallet. It is even possible to apply a booklet with multiple pages of information onto one of the panels of a blister wallet so crucial information will never get lost and stays with the medication.

Blister wallets offer many possibilities to accommodate your requirements and the possibilities are endless. Electronics for instance, can be integrated into a wallet for measuring patient compliance, or a wallet can be made child resistant by design or by applying a child resistant label. And even if you need an entirely new function, you can count on Ecobliss to be the ‘Smart Source’ for your packaging.

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Ecobliss Pharma website restyled to “The Smart Source”!

Ecobliss has undergone a complete restyling of its corporate identity, combined with a renewed positioning as ‘The Smart Source’ for blister and high visibility packaging. One of the key branches on which Ecobliss is active is pharmaceutical and healthcare industry. With the launch of the www.ecobliss-pharma.com website, Ecobliss caters for everyone to visit a website dedicated for this branch. Complete packaging, packaging components and all related equipment can conveniently be viewed. The products and services offered by Ecobliss are embedded in the three step business model of Development, Realization, Implementation which has been the basis of many strong relations Ecobliss has with its customers. If you happen to be active in the pharmaceutical and healthcare business, checking the www.ecobliss-pharma.com website is highly recommended.

 

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