- Laser marking produces clean, readable, permanent marking
- Enables product and warning labeling without paper, ink or glue
- Reduces risk of contamination of packaged pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals
Airnov Healthcare Packaging, a global leader in controlled atmosphere packaging, is introducing a new line of laser-marked sorbent and desiccant canisters without direct printing or labeling. Laser marking produces clean, readable product and warning information with reduced risk of contamination of packaged pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals. It also contributes to a smaller carbon footprint.
Laser marking utilizes the energy of a highly focused laser beam to
produce a combined thermal and photochemical effect that results in permanent
marking. Airnov has integrated the lasers on its 1-gram canister lines, with
the ability to mark on both sides and without sacrificing the high-speed
throughput it is known for. Today’s lasers are high-speed and capable of
rendering highly detailed, precise imagery and text, and by marking both sides it
can include all industry-required symbols and information such as “DO NOT EAT”
in multiple languages.
“The pharmaceutical packaging and nutraceutical packaging markets
continue to demand a higher level of safety,” says Nicolas Martinez, global
product line manager. “We have responded by eliminating extraneous materials
like inks, paper and adhesives from the packaging system and offering a much
The 1-gram drop-in-style canisters are the same size as standard printed
and labeled canisters and provide the same protection against chemical or
physical drug degradation due to moisture. The canisters are molded in white to
facilitate laser marking. The colorant used is the same, GRAS material used in
bottles throughout the pharmaceutical industry.
By eliminating the external supply chain required for inks and labels,
laser marking reduces the environmental impact by eliminating the associated
transportation, packaging, and waste streams. It also reduces time-to-market
for non-standard, custom markings.
Dr. Matthias Brommer, Managing Director & CEO, adds, “Laser-marking
of canisters represents one of the first innovations launched under our new
Airnov brand, and exemplifies our commitment to technology development targeted
at satisfying evolving customer demands.”
Ideal for insertion into pharmaceutical and nutraceutical product packaging, canisters can be filled with silica gel for moisture adsorption, activated carbon canisters for odor control, and 2-in-1 canisters deliver moisture and odor control in one unit. Airnov canisters are fully compliant with US FDA and EU regulations for use in pharmaceutical applications and comply with US Pharmacopeia USP <670> standard for pharmaceutical desiccants. A popular and cost-efficient alternative to desiccant packets, which are supplied on reels and must be cut apart before insertion, the rigid canister construction facilitates continuous hopper feeding and high-speed automatic insertion on standard insertion equipment.