Sliding blister

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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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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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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Worldstar Awards 2013 – We have done it again!

Ecobliss can proudly say…We have done it again!!

In 2012 Ecobliss entered the competition with three entries into the WorldStar completion in three different categories: ‘Electronics’, ‘Household’ and ’Other”.  All three entries (100% score!!) received an Award from the WPO jury. This year, Ecobliss has managed to convince the jury of the “Worldstar Competition” once more, this time with the ”Easy Opening” package.

 

The “Easy Opening” package may be one of Ecobliss’ most popular designs. A blister packaging of which a part of the card board is bent over, to enable the blister to slide out. The type of products that can be packed into the easy opening type of blister is almost unlimited. Batteries, tapes, automotive lamps, spark plugs, disposables, LED and energy saving lamps are typical products to be packed in an easy opening blister.

Many consumers look at blister packaging in a negative way because of the difficult and unpleasant method of opening. Easy opening packaging can therefore be an important part of your marketing strategy as it is recognized as ‘friendly’. It offers the customer convenience for which your brand will be appreciated.

 

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Sliding blister pack

A sliding blister consists of a blister with folded flanges on three sides and a card. After placing the product into the blister a matching card made of cardboard is used to close the pack.  This type of blister pack can closed and reopened very easily by sliding the card between the folded flanges of the blister (like a drawer). No machines are required for packing.

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