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MHI Introduces EAGLE-Omni Deep-Draw Blister Packaging Machine

Friday, January 11, 2019

Press release from the issuing company

Versatile module ideal for packaging development, rapid prototyping and small-scale production.

Norwell, Mass. – Maruho Hatsujyo Innovations (MHI) – the U.S. subsidiary of Maruho Co. Ltd, a Japanese healthcare company with subsidiaries in Europe and the U.S. with global sales of $800 million – has introduced the EAGLE-Omni blister machine. Ideal for packaging development, materials testing and production, the versatile unit performs forming, sealing and punching operations at sequential stations.

Measuring just over two meters in length and 1.6 meters tall, the reasonably compact EAGLE-Omni offers a format area of 150x95 mm, and a forming depth of 30mm (3cm) with an upgrade available to 40mm. The machine handles a wide range of forming materials – including PVC, PVDC, ACLAR, PP, PET and ALU – and all typical lidding substrates including ALU, paper, PVC, PET, and laminates. The EAGLE-Omni can produce up to 20 blisters per minute, and is suitable for packaging solids, powders, liquids or devices.

The cost-effective, deep-draw EAGLE-Omni is capable of everything from manual prototyping to fully automated operation. The option of a 40mm forming depth makes it ideal for nutritional products larger than traditional tablets or capsules, such as gummies, devices and other delivery formats. The machine allows seamless development and production combined with rapid, low-cost prototyping, and features recipe-driven format change, easy changeover, and various feeding solutions.

Additional machines in the EAGLE blister machine series include the EAGLE-Uni, ideal for lab work, packaging development and material testing; the EAGLE-Pro, an ideal first production level system; the EAGLE-Rx, capable of producing up to 200 blisters/min at a format area of 90x130mm; and other high speed machines for high volume applications such as the EAGLE-Max, which is capable of producing up to 600 blisters/minute.

“The EAGLE-Omni combined with MHK’s new prototype tooling available for a fraction of the cost of a traditional tool set, and turnaround time measured in mere days, the EAGLE-Omni allows new packages to be tested for barrier, stability, and durability while having approved packages available for consumer marketing evaluation,” said Tim Saarinen, Chief Operating Officer for MHI. “Previously, lead times were measured in weeks, and prototyping was often prohibitively expensive.”

 

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