Q:MG America also offers packaging equipment and integration options. What new trends are
you seeing in 2018 in pharmaceutical packaging?
Trippodo: For the past few years, the pharma packaging
machinery market has been heavily influenced by looming
serialization mandates. Increasingly, manufacturers and
CMOs are realizing that successful compliance requires the
implementation of additional and/or updated pieces of
equipment on each packaging line. With enforcement of the
Drug Supply Chain Security Act approaching in November,
we expect this trend to continue for the better part of 2018.
Also, in 2018, the introduction of new products will inevitably continue to require increasingly sophisticated packaging
lines. The opening of additional manufacturing sites, as well
as the relocation or consolidation of others, also will generate
new opportunities for packaging equipment providers. Now
as always, it’s all about matching machines to evolving needs.
Q:At the recent PMMI show in Las Vegas, it was noted that packaging was one of, if not THE
hottest market for new machinery in the U.S. Do you see
packaging machinery as a major growth area over the
next few years?
Trippodo: Absolutely. And again, a large section of this is
tied into the serialization stretch run. Track and trace is a
cost-of-doing-business investment for pharma companies
and CMOs and, as they research and ultimately invest in
the necessary equipment to assure continued compliance,
they are also considering upgrades or additions elsewhere
on their packaging lines.
Sometimes, this secondary and tertiary equipment is
affected by serialization implementation; sometimes it isn’t.
Sometimes the throughput sacrificed for the sake of serialization needs to be made up elsewhere, promoting an investment in a faster cartoner, for example. The point is that
the mandate is forcing pharma companies to focus on their
packaging lines—which is creating opportunities for pharma
packaging equipment suppliers of all shapes, regardless of
whether track and trace is their bread-and-butter business.
Q:With the U.S., along with the EU and other markets, under serialization directives now and
for the next few years, does that impact your machine
development for packaging and other areas
of pharmaceutical equipment?
Trippodo: Yes, very much. MG America offers a broad
range of equipment designed to support pharmaceutical
companies with the serialization/aggregation of cartons
and bottles. For example, the ACE-BT300 Coding & Verification Unit is an integrated system for bottle serialization.
The machine, which can provide track and trace capabilities as granular as unit-level, can handle round, square,
and rectangular bottles from 22-120mm in diameter at a
maximum speed of 300 per minute.
Bottle coding on the ACE-BT300 can be performed
either bottom-up or -down. Positive bottle indexing and
transportation is assured, as serve-driven side belts provide accurate speed management and position control
throughout the process. The machine offers single-point
adjustment for complete format changeovers, and bottle
rejection is performed via linear motor-driven shaft.
Moving forward, an increasing number of packaging machines will need to come with this type of vision system technology standard in order to be viable for use in the pharma
industry. Necessity has become the mother of innovation.
Q:At this week’s INTERPHEX, MG America is highlighting new equipment. Can you briefly
explain the key features of the new equipment and
what it brings to the market?
Trippodo: MG America was recently named the exclusive
supplier of Axomatic’s lineup of emulsifying equipment
and tube fillers for customers in the U.S., Canada, and
Puerto Rico. The deal gives the Italy-based Axomatic
a strong North American sales and service team for its
Axomix Undervacuum Homogenizer Mixers, as well as its
Axo series of Tube Fillers. Selections from this series will be
making their U.S. debut at this year’s INTERPHEX.
Axomatic’s Axo series is a set of solid, flexible tube filling and
sealing machines dedicated to the manufacturing of laminate
or metal tubes for pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and food applications. Featuring fast and easy changeover, the equipment line
offers production speeds ranging from 30 to 210 tubes/min.
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