As Taken from Packaging World
By Pat Reynolds, VP Editor
Trade shows like PACK EXPO East are always great places to hear stories about new ways of doing things. One of today’s stories was told at the Garvey booth, where a vial-drying system for pharmaceutical manufacturers was on display. The glass vials in need of drying are those that are stored in either frozen or refrigerated conditions prior to labeling. Until recently, drug makers would put these vials in a batch drying room so that when condensation formed, the wet vials would have a chance to dry off before labels had to be applied. Sometimes this might take up to 24 hours—hardly an efficient approach. Not to mention that it likely shortens shelf life because it means time out of refrigeration for the drug product. What Garvey showed at PACK EXPO East was essentially a large accumulation conveyor that channels ambient air down through the massed vials so that they can dry off quickly—as in 15 minutes or less. Soon to be applied commercially in a number of pharmaceutical plants, the vial drying system appears to be an idea whose time has come.
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