SCHOTT Partners with Smart Skin Technologies to Improve Pharmaceutical Glass Packaging
Smart Skin has developed an online monitoring system for measuring line pressure and 3D orientation of glass packaging during the filling process of pharmaceutical drugs.
Smart Skin Technologies and SCHOTT recently announced plans to enter into a strategic cooperation. Smart Skin has developed an online monitoring system for measuring line pressure and 3D orientation of glass packaging during the filling process of pharmaceutical drugs. This helps pharma companies reduce packaging defects, such as scratches and bruises in the glass, as well as particle generation. As part of the exclusive collaboration, SCHOTT will contribute equity capital to the Canadian big data expert, and the companies plan to mutually benefit from their sales networks and expertise.
Glass defects and particles are a classic challenge in the pharmaceutical industry. On older or poorly adapted filling lines, glass vials and other types of packaging are not always handled with care. This can cause scratches and cracks in the surface. If these weakened spots experience too much mechanical load later on, the glass can break, causing the loss of the drug and production downtime. Smart Skin Technologies’ big data solution is reportedly used by leading pharma companies to examine weak points in the filling line, increasing the line performance, improving efficiency, reducing wastage and minimizing downtime.
“Thanks to its wealth of expertise in the area of pharma packaging and glass, SCHOTT is a natural choice for us as a strategic partner,” said Evan Justasson, CEO of Smart Skin Technologies. “We share the same quality-driven culture and inquisitive nature when it comes to the technical advancements of industrial processes in the digital age. We are excited to see where the mutual synergies of our strategic cooperation lead us.”
According to Fabian Stöcker, vice president of Global Strategy & Innovation for SCHOTT’s Pharmaceutical Systems business, “Smart Skin Technologies offers a straightforward approach to a significant problem, and is receiving more and more interest from pharma manufacturers. SCHOTT’s involvement as a packaging supplier and glass manufacturer with more than 130 years of experience should exploit this potential to an even greater degree. By combining Smart Skin’s insights on physical stress on the filling line with our know-how about the behavior of glass as a material, both sides will be able to further improve their offering. Ultimately, we can provide pharma companies with an even better basis to minimize the downtime in production and optimize the yield.”