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Advancements in Pharmaceutical Packaging Testing Help Drug Makers Improve Shelf Life

Posted by John Bogart on Fri, Aug 21, 2015

Though virtually unchanged since 1970, the familiar amber vials used by pharmacists for decades have recently fallen under scrutiny. In 2013, an industry-driven initiative to expand US Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) packaging classification systems sparked dialogue between regulators, manufacturers, and contract packagers and repackagers about improving packaging integrity regulations for determining the level of barrier protection provided by packaging systems. These new changes were implemented to maximize the shelf life of liquid and solid oral dosage forms by eliminating moisture vapor permeation in the packaging. At the time, USP specified the categories of “well-closed” and “tight” in its classification, with the latter used much more frequently. However, certain medications require packaging beyond “tight”—requiring no moisture permeation. Now, two years later, drug makers are using modern testing instruments and special testing techniques to improve product stability and shelf life under the new standards.

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Topics: Moisture Meter, NIR Moisture Analyzer

Moisture Measurement Advancements in the Food Packaging Industry

Posted by John Bogart on Tue, Aug 4, 2015

Moisture is often referred to as the food industry’s biggest adversary, with food manufacturers citing moisture regulation as one of their top challenges. From the manufacturing line all the way down to the grocery store shelves, a fine balance of moisture must be maintained to ensure critical components remain stable during a food product’s journey. If moisture content is too high, certain foodstuffs can develop mold; if moisture content is too low, the product might get stale or crust.

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How Friction Analysis Helps Textile Manufacturers Create Better Products and Coatings

Posted by John Bogart on Wed, Jul 29, 2015

Today’s consumers are demanding longer-lasting, lightweight textiles and better textile treatment coatings. In order to obtain the increased market share and the economic rewards that accompany it, textile and coating manufacturers are pushing the envelope and looking for answers. Friction analysis tools offer a number of far-reaching solutions for these companies, as advancements in the ability to accurately analyze friction in both laboratory, near-line and field environments give textile and treatment manufacturers the ability to meet the demand for higher-performing textiles, and reap the economic and environmental benefits these innovations provide.

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Slips, Trips, and Falls: Best Practices + Preventative Procedures from the Ground Up

Posted by John Bogart on Wed, Jul 22, 2015

When it comes to keeping your employees safe on the job, research suggests you should start with your floors and work your way up. According to Staples’ third-annual workplace safety survey, one in five workers report slipping, tripping, and falling at work as their biggest concern, with accidents involving slips, trips, and falls ranking as the leading cause of worker’s compensation claims.

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Futuristic Formulations: Friction Analysis and Its Impact on Cosmetics and Skincare

Posted by John Bogart on Thu, Jul 9, 2015

When you apply skincare products, what sensory properties do you tend to notice or expect the product to deliver? A study by the International Journal of Cosmetic Science notes, “perceived skin feel during and after application of skin care products is highly important to the consumer and therefore to cosmetic formulators.” Cosmetic powders are often added to formulations in order to further improve their sensory perception and appeal.

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Topics: Friction Tester

The Importance of Controlling Moisture in Today’s “Better-For-You” Low-Fat and Low-Sugar Products

Posted by John Bogart on Fri, Apr 24, 2015

The consumer push for healthier versions of our favorite foods today is forcing manufacturers to replace ingredients like fat – without compromising the flavor or texture we love. Often, though, replacements negatively affect taste and texture due in part to the way these replacements interact with, and affect moisture in the product. One way to help ensure that “better-for-you” foods provide the experience consumers are looking for is to measure and optimize moisture content.

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Topics: Moisture Analyzer, Moisture Balance, Moisture Measurement, NIR Moisture Analyzer

8 Potential Risks of Inaccurate Moisture Measurement

Posted by John Bogart on Wed, Apr 15, 2015
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Topics: Moisture Meter, Moisture Measurement, Measurement Instrumentation

Moisture Meter Best Practices

Posted by John Bogart on Wed, Mar 18, 2015

The importance of moisture measurement is well-known; it’s a step in the manufacturing process that helps ensure product quality and performance, and can help reduce costs of shipping and handling. We’ve recently talked a lot about the different methods of measuring, most recently when used for wood products. In this post we’ll continue using wood products as our example to talk about the two most common secondary types of wood moisture meters: pin-style and pinless, and the best practices that help optimize the usefulness of these meters.

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Topics: Moisture Measurement, Measurement Instrumentation, Electrical Moisture Method

Relative Humidity vs. Real Moisture: Measuring To Maximize Product Performance

Posted by John Bogart on Wed, Mar 11, 2015

The most effective way to ensure the long-term performance of hygroscopic materials like wood (organic materials that naturally contain water) is to carefully measure and adjust moisture content to achieve an equilibrium moisture content (or EMC) before using the material in production.

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Topics: Measurement Instrumentation, Moisture Measurement Methods, Electrical Moisture Method

How To Avoid Moisture Measurement Pitfalls That Can Affect Results

Posted by John Bogart on Mon, Mar 2, 2015
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Topics: Moisture Measurement Methods

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