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Pharma Expo Conference Program Announced

Chicago conference in November, co-located with Pack Expo International, will include Manufacturing Operations, Compliance Trends and Pharmaceutical Packaging tracks.
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Omron: Machine Automation Controller

The Sysmac NJ Machine Automation Controller now provides direct connectivity to SQL databases, including Microsoft SQL, Oracle, IBM DB2, MySQL and Firebird.
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Serialization system
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Serialization system

Just 1.95 m in length, this Mettler Toledo serialization system for the pharmaceutical industry prints unique carton codes, verifies codes, does TE labeling, and checkweighs at up to 400 pieces/min.
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Serialization solution
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Serialization solution

Developed by OCS, the most compact aggregation and serialization solution in the world measures just 1.8 m in length. TE label application is part of the package.
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Robotic system for filling and stoppering of vials
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Robotic system for filling and stoppering of vials

Bausch & Stroebel's flexible two-robot system is designed for filling, stoppering, and crimp-capping of vials in the pharmaceutical industry. Handles syringes and cartridges, too.
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Teledyne DALSA: CMOS Line Scan Cameras

The Linea series offer high speed and flexibility in an affordable package.
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Endress+Hauser: Radar Level Transmitters

The Micropilot FMR5X series of free space radar level transmitters can be used for level measurement of liquids and bulk solids products.
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Source:  Implementing Quality by Design, Helen Winkle, Director FDA, FDA/PDA Joint Regulatory Conference 2007, via Jim Cahill
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Can a Quality Focus Shift Pharma Industry Attention?

The U.S. FDA wants pharmaceutical companies to move from a focus on compliance to with GMPs to a focus on product and process quality.
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Keith Campbell ( Keith@CampbellManagementServices.net has been a shaper of opinion on manufacturing automation for 40 years. He worked for 28 years with The Hershey Company, and has served the broader industry in numerous roles including as Director of ISA's Food and Pharmaceutical Industries Div., and as the founding Director and later Executive Director of the OMAC Packaging Workgroup, originally called the OMAC Motion for Packaging Workgroup. Since retiring from Hershey as Director of Automation & Integr
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The Future of Automation for Healthcare Manufacturers

If healthcare manufacturers are a bit behind others, it is probably for valid and explainable reasons to which valid and explainable solutions exist.
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The 10 Principles of Sanitary Machine Design

Suppliers have also played a role in the past, and can continue to assist food companies in evaluating compliance with various standards that are consistent with the FSMA...
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