Fastraqq, Inc. President Dan Balan says that the pharmaceutical industry is “characterized by multiple, interlocking supply chains.” In Wednesday’s Keynote Session, he will lay out the “terrain” (drug makers, medical device manufacturers and supporting entities) and the “tertiary tributaries” (hospitals, insurance companies, care providers) of the supply chain and who are stakeholders in this scenario. “In this power-packed presentation, attendees will learn about the issues and challenges and conflicts and objectives of the stakeholders and how and why the “chain” breaks,” he says.

As keynote speaker, Balan also will tell attendees how to win the “New Innovation Game” by driving the “next innovation paradigm” past “straight line models” of innovation. “Medical innovation is under siege,” says Balan. “That’s why we have to look to other industries for solutions.”

Product packaging is just one area that may need the kind of innovation Balan describes. In “Package Development Process under Consent Decree,” Kelley Frank, Director of Packaging Quality Assurance at McNeil Consumer Healthcare, will discuss how the “Package Development Process is Under Constant Decree.” Kelley will describe how a recent FDA-driven Constant Decree for over-the-counter pharmaceuticals is aimed at elevating quality and compliance requirements for packaging. “To better-position a company to be competitive in this environment, a comprehensive end-to-end package development, through validations process and associated documentation, must be developed, implemented and institutionalized into everyday work,” says Frank. She will tell attendees how to move their organization toward flawless, sustainable introductions of new or changed packaging systems.

New technologies will grab the spotlight when 2D barcode technology is discussed in “Identification Using 2D Barcode Technology” and when thermal imaging inspection and detection on high-speed production lines are discussed in “Thermal Imaging Inspection and Detection on High-Speed Production Lines.”

Attendees in the session entitled, “Package Prototyping and Implementing 3D Printing” also will gain a sharper focus when Stratasys Application Engineer Jay Beversdorf and Beckatt Solutions Managing Partners Michael Storey and Matt Pray offer their experience with 3D printing. The session provides practical examples for applying 3D printing technology.

When Complete Inspection Systems, Inc. President Gary Parish discusses “Identification Using 2D Barcode Technology” for incorporating text and images in what is called an “HD barcode,” attendees will find out how the code can be read without by a Smart Phone, shelf scanners or CIS custom camera-based readers. BTS International, LLC Co-Founder Robert Hartwig’s presentation on thermal imaging and detection in high-speed production lines will cover the beneficial aspects of a 100 percent, real-time inspection system that is noninvasive and not limited by line speed for continuous serialized control of individual packages.

Three presentations promise to offer a complete picture of the “Evolution of Visual and Automated Inspection.”  The first presentation, by Wes Maharas, Consultant Engineer at Eli Lilly & Co., will look at inspection history with an appreciation of what is possible when users and suppliers work in partnership to provide solutions for the future. The second presentation “High Voltage Leak Detection,” by Christian Scherer, Area Sales Manager at Seidenader Maschinenbau GMBH, will look at why injectible container integrity problems have led to so many recalls in the US and he reviews and compares different leak detection technologies. AstraZeneca Process Maintenance Manager Alex Dow will present a case study on the design and implementation of an automated inspection system for a dual chamber cartridge product is the third presentation in the session.

The session, “Maximizing Your Productivity and Protecting Vial Integrity,” includes two presentations. Vice President and Senior Advisor at Genesis Packaging Technologies, Roger Asselta, will talk on parenteral vial sealing and integrity, while Michael Earling, Vice President of Sales at Garvey Corp, will discuss using “pressureless loop accumulation” for maximizing productivity. “Pressureless loop accumulation systems not only protect the constraint, but also protect glass vials from damage,” says Earling.

Information about the Flexible-Isolator-Filling-Line will be offered by Boehringer-Ingelheim Senior Associate Director Brian Greven, who will cover the design, construction and implementation of a new filling facility containing a clinical scale filling line that is installed in an isolator. “The filling line has been designed to use one isolator, allowing for the syringe and vial filler to be interchanged utilizing a unique modular design that reduces change over time and increased flexibility,” says Greven.

Simulation can improve packing line efficiency, say Director of Process Simulation at CRB Consulting, Philip Lyman, and Packaging Engineer at CRB Consulting, David Burgos, who will present relevant information in “Improving Packaging Line Efficiency with Simulation” to describe how a process model can be used to improve efficiency and increase throughput and simulation used as a driver of the process and lowering costs.

The session on “Single-use Final Fill Assembly Implementation” will include two presentations on filling systems. The first presentation, by Sue Walker, Final Fill Product Manager at EMD Millipore, will discuss reducing risk by using a single use assembly. The second presentation, by Dena Flamm, Product Manager at Bosch Packaging Technology and Florian Kauder, Project Engineer at Bosch Packaging Technology, will cover trends in asceptic filling and challenges in meeting those trends and how single use systems can be used to address today’s challenges.

“Predictive Condition Monitoring Using Machine Learning,” presented by Mtell President and COO Mike Brooks, will explore technology solutions that can provide breakthroughs in reliability and maintenance improvement. Attendees will be able to see how the future of smart machines is unfolding and how machine learning technology can perform “predictive” condition monitoring.