Romaco, Huhtamaki to introduce recyclable strip packaging at CPhI
Pharmaceutical manufacturer Romaco Siebler and packaging specialist Huhtamaki PPL will join forces to introduce a recyclable unit-dose strip packaging for solid pharmaceutical products at the CPhI Worldwide in Frankfurt, Germany, slated from 5-7 November 2019.
16 Oct 2019 | By Abhishek Muralidharan
The strip package is based on a push-pack model made from recyclable polyolefin laminate. An HM 1-230 heat-sealing machine from Romaco Siebler will be used to manufacture the push-packs.
According to Romaco, the unique structure of the strip packaging foil enables it to be recycled back into the material loop. “More than 90% of the components used to make the packaging belong to the same material class (PE and PP). The result is a primary packaging recycling rate of better than 70%. Huhtamaki’s innovative foil is processed into four-side sealed strips with a push-through function using Romaco Siebler’s heat-sealing technology,” said a Romaco press note.
The heat-sealing machines in Romaco’s HM 1 series processes ultra-thin primary packaging foil into light and moisture-tight push-through strips. The machine uses the company’s QuickSeal technology for handling laminates with an aluminum foil thickness between 9 µm and 25 µm. The heat-sealing machines by Siebler pack between 800 and 7,000 tablets per minute.
The push pack foil exhibits the same barrier properties as blister foil, but is thinner and lighter. Also, push packs are up to 60% cheaper than Al/Al blisters, claimed the company.
All packaging forms of push-packs are made from PVC-free material. Since the relatively small cavities in the push-packs mean smaller air pockets, the medicines have a longer shelf-life.
At CPhI, the visitors will be able to view live demonstrations of the formation of push-packs on the Romaco Siebler HM 1 heat-sealing machine at the Huhtamaki booth (111B53).