Green Solutions Sustainable Packaging Materials are in Demand
The Marchesini Group has come up with three green solutions for the pharma packaging industry in the background of rising demand for sustainable solutions. The innovative products will be showcased at the upcoming pharma trade shows.
The Marchesini Group will be exhibiting three eco-friendly solutions for packaging pharmaceutical products at the upcoming trade shows. The MA80 cartoner is designed for cartoning products such as syringes, inhalers, vials and tubes at a speed of 120 cartons per minute. It is designed to place products in cardboard trays as an alternative to thermoformed trays.
Cardboard trays are an environmentally friendly alternative that are becoming increasingly popular among customers because they are as reliable as PVC trays. They can also protect fragile and expensive products such as syringes and ampoules, presenting them in a modern, attractive way. Finally, cardboard trays offer advantages in terms of storage and transport due to their compact size, states the company.
The company has set up a dedicated team to design customized cardboard trays for packaging products in the pharmaceutical and cosmetics market. Using prototypes and models, the trays are then fine-tuned so that customers can optimize the entire packaging line, from the process through to cartoning and palletization, adds the firm.
In this process, the use of robotics is essential to create custom in-feeds for handling, tray opening and subsequent product insertion. In most cases the shapes and sizes of plastics can be replicated through cardboard solutions for both standing and lying products.
Another innovation is the introduction of packaging technologies to gradually replace PVC with highly recyclable materials for thermoforming blisters and trays. The firm’s technicians have developed blisters and trays that can be easily disposed of in normal waste recycling channels. In particular, the use of plant-based and compostable materials such as PLA, which is recyclable together with the wet waste, and R-Pet, Pet recycled up to 80 %, allowed the creation of mono-material packs perfectly suited to the purpose, mentions the company.
The firm will also introduce a line consisting of a Schmucker MT1300 12-lane stick packaging machine, a stacking and counting system and an MA80 cartoner. Specifically, this line is designed to process PP-based packaging materials (with and without PE) such as 100 % recyclable plastic mono-materials like OPP or BOPP with a metallized intermediate layer. Due to its suitability for food contact, this material is a worthy polyolefin-based substitute for the classic Pet/ALU material to produce high-barrier flexible packaging, concludes the company.