Innovations at Interpack 2011

May 16, 2011 – 8:54 am

Prefillable staked needle syringe from Schott.

Although the Eurovision song competition took place at the Esprit Arena adjacent to Messe Düsseldorf pretty much at the same time as Interpack this year, the trade show halls were filled. (Well, Eurovision attracts a different audience, I suppose.) While walking the show floor, I came across some new and interesting products and technologies—from needle syringes to new additives and blow moulding machines—that I thought I might share with you. (Oh, in case you missed it and are dying to know: Ell/Nikki from Azerbaijan took the Eurovision prize this year.)

For the first time, Schott Pharmaceutical Packaging presented a new staked needle syringe for highly sensitive biotech drugs. The new design offers improved drug stability and a gentle application. “The needle doesn’t allow any contact with the drug during storage,” says Christa Fritschi, Director Marketing, Pharmaceutical Packaging. She explains that the innovative seal design of the InJentle syringes allows the drug to flow into the needle only when the syringe is opened. Consequently, sensitive drugs are not in contact with the needle or adhesive during storage.

Plastics additives producer Milliken demonstrated how its Millad clarifying agents and Hyperform HPN nucleating agents can make major contributions to converters’ process economics while ensuring improved product performance. The Millad NX8000 clarifying agent, for instance, can be used with the latest grades of polypropylene with improved flow characteristics, enabling processors to reduce cycle times and processing temperatures. According to the firm, processors can cut cycle times by approximately 15% and process-related energy costs by as much as 20%, depending on the application.

Bekum’s (Berliner Kunststoff Maschinen) theme at Interpack this year is process reliability with high output levels. Hence, the company is showcasing the latest generation of its blow moulding machines with a brand new closing system and modular design. The fully electric EBLOW 407 D, for instance, is used to mould complex medical parts in materials that are difficult to process.

Interpack continues through 18 May at Messe Düsseldorf.

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