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Anke Geipel-Kern

Leitende Redakteurin PROCESS/Stellvertretende Chefredakteurin PharmaTEC
PROCESS - Chemie | Pharma | Verfahrenstechnik

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Even in times of Covid: Service technicians in action. (Glatt)
After-Sales Service

Service is More Than Just a Job

How good, agile service enhances a company’s reputation and becomes a gateway to the customer?Germany is not a service desert: For pharmaceutical machinery manufacturer Glatt, the after-sales service team is a source of pride. Martin Zemke’s technicians are available around the clock for customers worldwide. In an interview, Zemke reveals what makes the difference.

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The production of innovative new membrane filters laid the foundations for the advanced bioprocess technology of Sartorius. (Sartorius)
Milestone Bioprocess Technology

A Partner for the Biopharmaceutical Industry

Sartorius offers technologies for every phase of the biopharmaceutical value-added chain – having already recognized the potential of biopharmaceuticals at quite an early stage, the company has since carefully aligned its product and service portfolio with the requirements of the industry. Today, Sartorius presents its capabilities as an innovative solution provider for biopharmaceutical research and industry.

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Bettina Berendsen, Head of Sales & Services, Bioprocess Solutions Division, Sartorius (Sartorius)
Exclusive Interview: Milestone Bioprocess Technology

The Ideal Solution for Every Application

From filter supplier to full-service provider — Since taking the groundbreaking decision around 25 years ago to concentrate on the biopharmaceutical industry, Sartorius has seen a rapid rise in its fortunes. In conversation with us, Bettina Berendsen and Fritjof Linz explain the significance of single-use technology and report on the latest developments within the company and across the industry as a whole.

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Discharging of GC Smart  (Glatt)
Coating-Technology

Turbo-Charging the Coating Process

Featuring a range of finely tuned enhancements, a new drum coater speeds up the coating process by 30 percent — The proven GCC range now has an equal in terms of process technology: the GCSmart, which is designed to make the coating process significantly faster. An optimized nozzle arm and consistent air guidance with reduced turbulence promote reproducibility, even with minimal charging, while a WIP automatic system, integrated exhaust air chamber, and automatic discharging simplify handling for the user.

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 (Meckel Bettina)
Exclusive Interview

“We Will Continue to Sharpen Our Profile“

Diosna — the German machine and system manufacturer is known for its high quality of its pharma machines and customized concepts — Since May 2018, Henrik Oevermann has been in charge of Diosna’s business as CEO. One of his first challenges was the changing of existing structures. The pharmaceutical and food divisions are now working more closely together in order to create synergies, delivering flexibility in engineering and in production. Now he is thinking intensively about the next steps in Diosna’s progress.

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Uwe Vogt, Director of Aucotec, “Only real parallelization of the core tasks creates effective leaps in efficiency despite growing complexity.” (Aucotec)
Exclusive Interview Milestone Software

Engineering Base as Enabler of Digitalization

A lot of development work has gone into the expansion of Engineering Base — and now Aucotec is reaping the rewards. Having often been pioneers, the developers at software designer Aucotec have pulled off a masterstroke with the revamp of the EB platform. The team around Uwe Vogt is seeing something of a boom in orders at the moment, but the Hanover company is keeping its feet firmly on the ground.

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All planning phases and trades at a glance thanks to Engineering Base. (©krunja - stock.adobe.com)
Milestone Software

Consistency Redefined

From the Elcad CAD system to Engineering Base, the cooperative engineering tool, the German software designer Aucotec has often set trends in software development — and it wants to maintain this trailblazing position in the age of digitalization, too. The SME's recipe for success is based on constantly thinking outside the box, picking up on industry trends and a cooperative management structure and culture that put the emphasis on flexible, agile teams.

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Managing Partner Steffen Philipp: “We have a huge passion for what we do.”
 (Hima)
Exclusive Interview Milestone Safety Technology

“Smart Is a State of Mind”

Always in tune with the times and just that little bit better than the others — that has been the motto of Hima ever since the company was first founded. Many years of safety experience and a huge passion for the topic of safety have driven the family-run business, which is now already in its fourth generation. Since the strategic repositioning in 2017, Managing Partner Steffen Philipp and VP R&D and Product Management, Dr. Alexander Horch, believe that they are well set up for the digital future.

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Hima has specialized in the development of smart safety solutions for 50 years. (©DifferR - stock.adobe.com)
Milestone Safety Technology

Smart Safety — Then Chemistry Is Right

Hima keeps redefining the benchmark for safety technology with its safety solutions — ever since the company developed its first safety controller in 1970, “Safety without compromise” has been the motto that Hima from Brühl/Germany has always followed. Since then, the company has defined Smart Safety as its core competence and has helped shape the industry with pioneering innovations. Despite now having a global presence, Hima has preserved its status as a medium-size company and is still family-run, now in the fourth generation.

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The experts at Hima spend over 70 percent of production time testing and certifying the systems. (Hima)
Milestones in Safety Technology

Uncompromising Safety with Technology from Hima

The specialists from Hima Paul Hildebrandt understand from decades of experience that there can be no compromises when it comes to safety. Since 1970, the company from Brühl near Mannheim/Germany has dedicated itself entirely to plant safety, an area in which it has constantly set new standards. Today, from its global presence of 50 locations around the world, the leading specialist in safety automation solutions provides safety solutions to its customers in the process industry to safeguard safety and productivity.

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Engineering Base unites all core disciplines in one universal data model in a single database. (Aucotec)
Milestones in the History of Software

How a Cooperative Engineering Platform Redefines Integration

Software developer Aucotec is only around 30 years old, but in the company's young history it has already achieved a number of milestones. Earlier than anyone else, the Hanover-based company backed database technology and object-oriented programming and developed Engineering Base, one of the most state-of-the-art engineering tools currently available. In time for Achema 2018, Aucotec brought EB up to speed for Industry 4.0 and thus catapulted itself to the forefront of this development.

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Discover the pioneers and trendsetters in the process industry with PROCESS. (©stockphoto mania, ©pomah - stock.adobe.com)
Set the Stage!

It is Time to Join Us in a Celebration of the Top Innovators in Your Industry

PROCESS celebrates its 25th anniversary — and we look forward to taking you on a journey through time to the high points in the process industry. We hope to present technology that will excite and companies that have impressed us as pioneers and trendsetters. In the period up until the summer of 2020, we are going to show off a glittering range of innovations that will thrill and inspire in equal measure. We promise!

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Aus Daten Mehrwert schaffen – eines der Ziele des Digital Basecamps (Geipel-Kern)
Digital Base Camp

Linde's Digital Strategy Gathers Momentum

Lots of companies are talking about the digital transformation. But how do you turn theory into practice? Gas specialist Linde shows how it can be done with its Digital Base Camp which combines the look and feel of a start-up with the know-how of the company's core business. The entrepreneurial spirit brings urgency, while experts from the different business units offer a reality check. PROCESS was offered insight into the work and its first projects.

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Inside the Excellence United Cube (Excellence United)
Excellence United

Pharma 4.0: Excellence United Setting New Standards

Pharmaceutical production is becoming more digital and connected. Players who can deliver coherent, logical concepts will be part of the next major Industry 4.0 project. The five members of Excellence United have made great progress with their IoT Hub and have shown what it is already capable of. But this is just the beginning. In the interview, the five executive directors explained why. The strategic corporate alliance Excellence United presents its new Industry 4.0 concept, which sets new standards.

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Industry event for fine and specialty chemicals: Chemspec Europe will be held in Cologne this year. (Mack Brooks)
Chemspec Europe

The Go-To Fine Chemicals Industry Event

Chemspec Europe will take place on June 20th and 21st in Cologne — The annual event is a major attraction for professionals in the fine and specialty chemicals industry worldwide. This year, a new partnering program will take communications to the next level. The platform gives visitors and exhibitors the opportunity to build networks with potential partners and arrange meetings.

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The Prexima 300 from Ima Active is a compact, flexible and fast tablet press. (IMA)
Tableting Machine

Tableting at Its Best

Three production plants, more than 170 employees, and a turnover of over 22 million Euros characterize Vitabalans Oy. This Finnish company develops, manufactures and markets prescription medicines, OTC medicines, food supplements and veterinary products. Now the company expands and builds up a new factory in Finland.

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Nearly 200 participants meet at the 11.Kolloquium Prozessanalytic in Vienna.  (11. Kolloquium Prozessanalytik)
Process Analysis Technology

Why PAT Must Come Out of the Silo

The 11th colloquium on Process Analytics was held in the historical dome hall of TU Vienna under this motto. The nearly 200 participants were unanimous: process analytics must come out of the ivory tower and finally shed the perception of complexity. How is this to happen? How will the much admired trialogue between device manufacturers, science and industrial users be wrapped up finally?

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Modcos stands for Modular Continuous System. (Picture: Andreas Suetterlin)
Continuous Production

The complete process at a glance

Continuous production is steadily gaining momentum as a practical strategic option for pharmaceutical manufacture —  The market is actively looking for technical solutions and equipment manufacturer Glatt presented a new continuously operated process system at Achema which addressed the topic of Traceability and showed a solution which guarantees the operator a high level of pharmaceutical safety.

Read on
The production of innovative new membrane filters laid the foundations for the advanced bioprocess technology of Sartorius. (Sartorius)
Milestone Bioprocess Technology

A Partner for the Biopharmaceutical Industry

Sartorius offers technologies for every phase of the biopharmaceutical value-added chain – having already recognized the potential of biopharmaceuticals at quite an early stage, the company has since carefully aligned its product and service portfolio with the requirements of the industry. Today, Sartorius presents its capabilities as an innovative solution provider for biopharmaceutical research and industry.

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Figure 1: First second of acquired signal. (Ima)
Expert Study

Results of PM Algorithms on a Tablet Press Production Machine

Maintenance in automatic machines is usually addressed on a time basis. This means that parts are checked or substituted at regular time intervals or at a predetermined amount of working hours. This approach is called ‘pre-emptive maintenance’. An alternative approach, called ‘predictive maintenance’, suggests performing maintenance only when necessary.

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Ammonia/Urea complex (QAFCO 4) in Mesaieed, Qatar (Bild: ThyssenKrupp Uhde)
Ammonia Production

How to increase Ammonia Plant Capacity

This paper investigates the technical and economical feasibility of several concepts for a 30 % capacity increase of an old ammonia plant. It shows an interesting way to overcome the limitations in the two most critical plant units: Reforming capacity is increased by a newly added autothermal reformer, while capacity is added to the ammonia synthesis by the Uhde Dual Pressure Process.

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Bettina Berendsen, Head of Sales & Services, Bioprocess Solutions Division, Sartorius (Sartorius)
Exclusive Interview: Milestone Bioprocess Technology

The Ideal Solution for Every Application

From filter supplier to full-service provider — Since taking the groundbreaking decision around 25 years ago to concentrate on the biopharmaceutical industry, Sartorius has seen a rapid rise in its fortunes. In conversation with us, Bettina Berendsen and Fritjof Linz explain the significance of single-use technology and report on the latest developments within the company and across the industry as a whole.

Read on
Diosna Granulator P1250 with connected vessels for the granulating fluids and the buffer container for the wet granulate: on the left you can see the transition from the operating level of the granulator to the working platform for pellet production. (Losan)
Pellet Production

Customized Granulation Line: Precision Work in Pellet Production

Losan Pharma adds a new granulation line for pellet manufacturing to an existing production: The process of upgrading existing inventory means an intervention into existing production facilities, so it requires surgical precision. The combination of existing machinery with new equipment, which can only be allowed to take up an extremely limited amount of space, is a real challenge for everyone involved in the project. The practice report describes the concept design and installation of a mixer/granulator for pellet production.

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Frank Wolpers, Global Sales Director Process Analytics at Hamilton Bonaduz  (Hamilton)
Challenge Corona

Webinars Instead of Live Training - Making a Virtue of Necessity

Even though the corona virus has turned private and professional life upside down, many things are now running smoothly again despite home offices, video conferences and trade fair cancellations. How does the Process Analytics business unit of Hamilton Bonaduz AG deal with travel restrictions and where are the challenges in approaching new customers? Frank Wolpers, Global Sales Director Process Analytics, focuses on webinars and the new corona vaccines.

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Aus Daten Mehrwert schaffen – eines der Ziele des Digital Basecamps (Geipel-Kern)
Digital Base Camp

Linde's Digital Strategy Gathers Momentum

Lots of companies are talking about the digital transformation. But how do you turn theory into practice? Gas specialist Linde shows how it can be done with its Digital Base Camp which combines the look and feel of a start-up with the know-how of the company's core business. The entrepreneurial spirit brings urgency, while experts from the different business units offer a reality check. PROCESS was offered insight into the work and its first projects.

Read on
Discharging of GC Smart  (Glatt)
Coating-Technology

Turbo-Charging the Coating Process

Featuring a range of finely tuned enhancements, a new drum coater speeds up the coating process by 30 percent — The proven GCC range now has an equal in terms of process technology: the GCSmart, which is designed to make the coating process significantly faster. An optimized nozzle arm and consistent air guidance with reduced turbulence promote reproducibility, even with minimal charging, while a WIP automatic system, integrated exhaust air chamber, and automatic discharging simplify handling for the user.

Read on
Even in times of Covid: Service technicians in action. (Glatt)
After-Sales Service

Service is More Than Just a Job

How good, agile service enhances a company’s reputation and becomes a gateway to the customer?Germany is not a service desert: For pharmaceutical machinery manufacturer Glatt, the after-sales service team is a source of pride. Martin Zemke’s technicians are available around the clock for customers worldwide. In an interview, Zemke reveals what makes the difference.

Read on
Discover the pioneers and trendsetters in the process industry with PROCESS. (©stockphoto mania, ©pomah - stock.adobe.com)
Set the Stage!

It is Time to Join Us in a Celebration of the Top Innovators in Your Industry

PROCESS celebrates its 25th anniversary — and we look forward to taking you on a journey through time to the high points in the process industry. We hope to present technology that will excite and companies that have impressed us as pioneers and trendsetters. In the period up until the summer of 2020, we are going to show off a glittering range of innovations that will thrill and inspire in equal measure. We promise!

Read on
Hima has specialized in the development of smart safety solutions for 50 years. (©DifferR - stock.adobe.com)
Milestone Safety Technology

Smart Safety — Then Chemistry Is Right

Hima keeps redefining the benchmark for safety technology with its safety solutions — ever since the company developed its first safety controller in 1970, “Safety without compromise” has been the motto that Hima from Brühl/Germany has always followed. Since then, the company has defined Smart Safety as its core competence and has helped shape the industry with pioneering innovations. Despite now having a global presence, Hima has preserved its status as a medium-size company and is still family-run, now in the fourth generation.

Read on
 Cause-and-Effect-Check:  no transmission errors, consistent data at any time (Aucotec)
Fully Integrated

Cause & Effect in Engineering Base's Plant Solution

Anyone designing, building, operating or further developing plants today must at the same time depict state-of-the-art process technology, anticipate the paths of digitisation, take into account accelerated innovation cycles and be meaningful to all disciplines involved at all times. The advantages of the universal data model of Aucotec's cooperative engineering platform EB 2019 become clear in demanding engineering phases such as FEED or during the cause-and-effect check.

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All planning phases and trades at a glance thanks to Engineering Base. (©krunja - stock.adobe.com)
Milestone Software

Consistency Redefined

From the Elcad CAD system to Engineering Base, the cooperative engineering tool, the German software designer Aucotec has often set trends in software development — and it wants to maintain this trailblazing position in the age of digitalization, too. The SME's recipe for success is based on constantly thinking outside the box, picking up on industry trends and a cooperative management structure and culture that put the emphasis on flexible, agile teams.

Read on
Integration of Modcos and Driaconti-T (Glatt/Driam)
Continuous Tablet Coating

Coating Goes Conti

Continuous tablet coating is now part of the Modcos continuous production line — Following the introduction of the continuous Glatt Modcos system, Glatt is working together with partner Driam to close a gap in the production process by incorporating continuous tablet coating. Like Modcos, the continuous Driaconti-T system enables complete traceability of every tablet as well as precise and reproducible setting of the retention time in the process.

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Softing FG-200 in a field enclosure connected to local FF H1 field devices and providing an AMS Device Manager user access remotely to manage field devices. (Softing)
Plant Asset Management

Gateway Makes Plant Asset Management More Effective

Softing joins Emerson’s Delta V Alliance Product Program and extends intelligent device management across the field to islands of devices and out to the enterprise to remote subject matter experts. To meet the increasing requirements for energy efficiency and flexibility in modern process manufacturing, information about processes and plant statuses is required which can be exchanged across systems. To achieve this, sensors, devices, control systems and production plants have to be networked horizontally and vertically.

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Uwe Vogt, Director of Aucotec, “Only real parallelization of the core tasks creates effective leaps in efficiency despite growing complexity.” (Aucotec)
Exclusive Interview Milestone Software

Engineering Base as Enabler of Digitalization

A lot of development work has gone into the expansion of Engineering Base — and now Aucotec is reaping the rewards. Having often been pioneers, the developers at software designer Aucotec have pulled off a masterstroke with the revamp of the EB platform. The team around Uwe Vogt is seeing something of a boom in orders at the moment, but the Hanover company is keeping its feet firmly on the ground.

Read on
Cathays biomanufactural plant.  (Siemens)
Digitization

Unlocking the Potential of Bio-Manufacturing

A new biomanufacturing plant uses a comprehensive digital enterprise solution based on the concept “from integrated engineering to integrated operation”. Cathay’s new Wusu plant adopts Siemens’ complete digital factory solution, covering the entire lifecycle of the plant in design, construction, operation and maintenance, enabling Cathay to fully upscale every step of its process from R&D to production.

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 (Meckel Bettina)
Exclusive Interview

“We Will Continue to Sharpen Our Profile“

Diosna — the German machine and system manufacturer is known for its high quality of its pharma machines and customized concepts — Since May 2018, Henrik Oevermann has been in charge of Diosna’s business as CEO. One of his first challenges was the changing of existing structures. The pharmaceutical and food divisions are now working more closely together in order to create synergies, delivering flexibility in engineering and in production. Now he is thinking intensively about the next steps in Diosna’s progress.

Read on
Modcos stands for Modular Continuous System. (Picture: Andreas Suetterlin)
Continuous Production

The complete process at a glance

Continuous production is steadily gaining momentum as a practical strategic option for pharmaceutical manufacture —  The market is actively looking for technical solutions and equipment manufacturer Glatt presented a new continuously operated process system at Achema which addressed the topic of Traceability and showed a solution which guarantees the operator a high level of pharmaceutical safety.

Read on
Inside the Excellence United Cube (Excellence United)
Excellence United

Pharma 4.0: Excellence United Setting New Standards

Pharmaceutical production is becoming more digital and connected. Players who can deliver coherent, logical concepts will be part of the next major Industry 4.0 project. The five members of Excellence United have made great progress with their IoT Hub and have shown what it is already capable of. But this is just the beginning. In the interview, the five executive directors explained why. The strategic corporate alliance Excellence United presents its new Industry 4.0 concept, which sets new standards.

Read on
Technology would continue to reduce oil production costs and increase supply. (Picture: John R Perry, CC0;)
Market Report

Impact of Oil Price Volatility on Petrochemicals

An extended recovery period for crude oil prices, exceeding five years, would have dramatic implications for the global petrochemical industry and could mean a “Back to the Future” experience for some companies and regions -- creating a more competitive environment for naphtha producers, according to a new IHS report.

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Industrial history (in the meantime): the Ingolstadt refinery (Dietmar Strauß / Besigheim)
A Systematic Exit

A Mammoth Task: The Complete Dismantling of a Refinery

Against the backdrop of the restructuring of its refining capacities, mineral oil companies are often anticipating a mammoth task: the complete dismantling of a production site. The fact that a sustainable and economically viable concept for a site conversion can be successfully implemented is exemplified by the dismantling of the Ingolstadt Refinery — a pioneering project

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The experts at Hima spend over 70 percent of production time testing and certifying the systems. (Hima)
Milestones in Safety Technology

Uncompromising Safety with Technology from Hima

The specialists from Hima Paul Hildebrandt understand from decades of experience that there can be no compromises when it comes to safety. Since 1970, the company from Brühl near Mannheim/Germany has dedicated itself entirely to plant safety, an area in which it has constantly set new standards. Today, from its global presence of 50 locations around the world, the leading specialist in safety automation solutions provides safety solutions to its customers in the process industry to safeguard safety and productivity.

Read on
Engineering Base unites all core disciplines in one universal data model in a single database. (Aucotec)
Milestones in the History of Software

How a Cooperative Engineering Platform Redefines Integration

Software developer Aucotec is only around 30 years old, but in the company's young history it has already achieved a number of milestones. Earlier than anyone else, the Hanover-based company backed database technology and object-oriented programming and developed Engineering Base, one of the most state-of-the-art engineering tools currently available. In time for Achema 2018, Aucotec brought EB up to speed for Industry 4.0 and thus catapulted itself to the forefront of this development.

Read on
Safety experts always need to keep up to date with the latest developments. (©supakitmod - stock.adobe.com)
Safety Technology

Know-How Creates Safety: From Mobile Solutions to Ex-Zone Harmonization

The R. Stahl Expert Forum welcomed its participants with a vast wealth of information about guidelines and standards, as well as offering plenty of hands-on knowledge as well — So which sets of technical rules are used as the basis for a hazard assessment? How do you assess the risk posed by a cellphone or by a smart watch with integrated heart rate monitor? And which rules apply in North America? As all-rounders, safety experts need to have the answers to many different questions at their fingertips. We have summarized all their answers for you in this article.

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Edelmann develops packaging geared precisely to product, user, production operations and distribution processes, such as patient-friendly wallet packs, in next to no time. (Bild: Edelmann)
Packaging

How Packaging Companies Play Their Part in the Supply Chain

Market watchers are guessing whether competitive pressure will prompt manufacturers and suppliers to work more closely together and so substantially increase their efficiency. This is already happening to some extent in packaging production, as demonstrated by the international Edelmann Group. It will be presenting its framework “concepts” for pharmaceutical services at this year’s Interpack trade fair.

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