Correspondent Roger Renstrom gathered these items at the Interphex West '96 exhibition and conference, held Oct. 8-10 in San Diego. Automation systems and equipment supplier Dabrico Inc. is developing polyethylene trays for a new tray loader system that pharmaceutical companies can use to transport or ship vials of injectible medicines.
``We want a design in which no operator would have to be involved in folding the plastic trays or loading the plastic trays at all,'' President Efrain Davila said at Interphex West.
Trays run as large as 15 inches square.
The processor will load pre-manufactured PE sheets onto a magazine. Automatically, the machine will fold and fill the tray and transfer it on a conveyor for the next operation, which could be shink-wrapping or loading into a cart.
``We have a unique design for the locking of the flanges,'' Davila said.
An outside vendor will injection mold the first run of trays. Dabrico's new automatic tray loader system will handle vials from filling, inspection or labeling lines in addition to processing and loading the tray.
``Once we develop the whole system, then we will sell different sizes of plastic trays,'' Davila said.
Dabrico employs 15 and, since early 1995, has occupied a 7,200-square-foot facility in Bourbonnais, Ill.
Contract packaging services company Ropack Inc. will relocate in February to a new, 40,000-square-foot Montreal facility with 20 individual Class-100,000 clean rooms, Yves Massicotte, vice president and general manager, said at Interphex West. The company occupies 15,000 square feet now.
Ropack provides the phar-maceutical, food and cosmetic industries with custom packaging services to deliver granulated, powdered, tablet or liquid materials in pouches, blister packs and strip packs, and cold forming, hot stamping and unidose forms.
``We can supply the components, or the client supplies the components,'' Massicotte said.
Ropack, which marks its 20th anniversary this year, employs 35-40.
The company received its ISO 9000 registration in January and meets Canada's Health Protection Branch standards.nDelta Packaging Products Inc. of Los Angeles displayed polyurethane-insulated, corrugated shipping containers and Mylar-based foil bags. Custom molded expandable-polystyrene boxes, containers, parts and shippers form the bulk of the Delta line.The foil bags have a reflective exterior surface and insulate on the inside. Delta helped its supplier develop the product and has an exclusivity agreement, the company said.