FEFCO Standards for Converting Equipment

image_thumb[1]On Thursday 7 May FEFCO launched its new book presenting 43 conversion equipment standards developed under the guidance of the FEFCO Production Committee. These standards will help the industry to:

– Enable the like-for-like comparison of equipment properties;
– Avoid the under or over specifying of equipment;
– Help customer and supplier to agree on a level when equipment is ordered and check it when it is delivered;
– Measure and record over time the state of equipment;
– Set quantitative targets for process improvement for existing and new technologies.

More than 60 delegates attended the Workshop on Acceptance Procedures for Converting Equipment. On the occasion of this workshop the FEFCO book of Standards was distributed to the participants. Later this year, the book will be more widely spread and will be handed out to the 800 delegates who are expected to attend the next FEFCO Technical Seminar (Barcelona, 28 – 30 October 2015). After this seminar it will be available on the FEFCO website.


Meeting on technological and legislative challenges in food packaging

image_thumbNeeds such as packaging, materials and equipment manufacturers, technologists in RTD will be discussed by experts in law and management and control policies in Europe, during the first international meeting on "Technological and legislative challenges in food packaging", from the 17th to the 19th of April, in Valencia, Spain. The meeting is organised by AIMPLAS and ainia (Spanish technological centers). For three days, more than 150 professionals will gather to listen to the world’s leading experts in food law on applications such as container and barrier solutions and packaging systems. Continue reading

A European Standard for tamper-evident closures on medicine packaging

A European group of experts is currently working on a CEN standard for tamper-evident closures on medicine packaging. The backdrop to these endeavours are the so-called guidelines against counterfeiting for pharmaceuticals packaging approved by the EU in 2011. Besides the inclusion of security features, they also call for measures to safeguard originality: they should allow dispensing chemists to see whether packaging has already been opened and possibly had its contents exchanged. Because the guidelines do not specify the corresponding features, German pharmaceuticals companies and associations, as well as packaging companies have taken the initiative to specify the technicalities.
The basis is a DIN (German Institute for Standardisation) draft that was previously created by a German working group. The European working group will publish an initial draft this year.

image_thumb[1]The Edelmann Group (German supplier of paper/board based packs for pharmaceuticals) is represented in both working groups. Edelmann sees advantages in terms of manipulation prevention in particular among folding cartons with constructive tamper-evident closures. In terms of packaging technology, the CElock system is special as tabs are torn along a perforated line upon opening. This means that the original act of opening remains visible. The system was recently used again in the packaging solution realised by Edelmann for the blood-pressure reducer Sevikar, a product from the Japanese  pharmaceuticals producer, Daiichi Sankyo.

New ISO world standards on packaging and environment

Thursday May 24th, 2012 marks the beginning of a new era in global manufacturing and distribution, where the environmental aspects of packaging throughout the supply and recycle chain will already be taken into account in the packaging design process. At 14.20 hrs Seoul time on that day, the final texts of the ISO world standards on packaging and the environment were released for translation and publication in October later this year. The decision was taken unanimously and with great enthousiasm in the plenary meeting of ISO Committee TC122/SC4 Packaging and Environment, which took place at the COEX Conference Centre in the South Korean capital Seoul. Previous meetings were held in Atlanta, Tokyo, Beijing and Stockholm (where the work started in 2009).
The standards address Optimization of the packaging system, Reuse, Material recycling, Energy recovery and Composting, as well as the way these aspects of each package are related to each other before and after its use. Every responsible retailer, manufacturer and packaging supplier can implement the standards in their management system and thereby take responsibility for their specific part in the sustainable innovation of packages, packaged products, retail and recycling.


ISO standard takes the lid off accessible packaging design

Any of us can find some packages or packaged products tricky to open. Such difficulties can be worse for the elderly, or people with disabilities. ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is contributing to a solution in the form of a standard for designing packaging that is easier to use for the elderly, the people with disabilities – and the rest of us.

ISO 11156:2011, Packaging – Accessible design – General requirements, provides a framework for packaging design that takes into account the varying physical and sensory capabilities of users to ensure that it can be used not only by people with visual, hearing, motor or cognitive disabilities, but also by the elderly, the temporarily disabled – and by those with no disability at all.

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GEPACK with EN 15593:2008 certification

image GEPACK, PET packaging specialist, obtained the certification according to EN 15593:2008 standard. The Certificate issued by TÜV Rheinland, confirms that GEPACK fulfils the requisites of the standard Management of Hygiene in the Production of Packaging for Foodstuffs.
Based on the HACCP principles, the EN 15593:2008 standard differs from the general ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management standard. GEPACK implemented an integrated system for Quality and Hygiene Management, in order to fulfil both standards.
GEPACK works exclusively with PET packaging, with a production capacity over 150 million units per year, including design, moulds, production and delivery. The company is well known by its ability to develop standard and special shapes, mainly for foodstuffs and pharmaceutical products. The 6000m² production facility in Portugal includes a certified Clean Room (ISO 6, Class FDA1000). GEPACK have a registered Drug Master File Type III (DMF Nº 23 955) at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is the first Portuguese company to obtain the EN 15593:2008 certification.

Knowledge Auction during INTERPACK

The first HighTech Europe Knowledge Auction on food packaging innovations will take place at interpack in Düsseldorf on 17 May 2011. The idea behind this auction is to promote the transfer of scientific knowledge to marketable products. Submitted knowledge offers were evaluated by a highly qualified expert panel and the abstracts are presented on the Knowledge Auction website. All interested bidders are invited to register for the offer of their choice. During the auction the participants will bid with rather symbolic amounts for the right of first negotiation with the knowledge owner. This offers the opportunity to exclusively negotiate the transfer of rights or a possible cooperation with the knowledge owner. Participation guidelines as well as the registration form are available for download (just click).

The four sccheduled auctions are:
Auction 1 – Nanotechnology of metals in food packaging applications,
Auction 2 – Dispenser head,
Auction 3 – Functional synbiotic edible food coating,
Auction 4 – Whey as a surface treatment for paper and board to obtain water-repellent properties.


The new dispenser head, made out of polypropylene, is a new maketing idea for toothpaste or any kind of viscous products packed in squeezable tubes. As the tube is squeezes, or as the dispenser ears are pressed, the product is squeezed through the openings at the top, creating the illusion of growing hair.

The HighTech Europe Network of Excellence comprises 21 industrial and research partners from all over Europe as well as one research institute from Australia. One aspect of the project is the development of new knowledge transfer concepts aimed at enhancing the communication and the cooperation between research and industry. The overall intention of the project is the introduction of high-tech bio, nano and ICT technologies to food markets in order to strengthen the competitiveness of the European food industry, especially of SMEs. To harmonize excellence in food research available within Europe, the project’s aim is to establish a European Institute for Food Processing. Interested companies can access exclusive information already during the term of the project by signing up for the Associated Membership Platform (AMP).