Stick pack Technology

Enflex enhances its Pharma & Healthcare solutions portfolio with stick pack technology.

Enflex brand is launching a new machine series for the pharmaceutical and healthcare market: Enflex PHS Series meets the specific requirements of an industry that is increasingly interested in flexible packaging, especially in the stick-pack format.

Flexibility for an ever-growing market

The Pharma flexible packaging industry is currently worth almost 16 billion dollars, with a projected compound annual growth rate of 6.5% by 2028*, which makes it one of the most dynamic markets in a generally expanding industry. In fact, for the whole of the packaging industry, the expected growth rate in the next five years is 4.5%. This means a higher demand for packaging solutions for a wide range of drugs, especially in single-use and single-dose formats. All of this revolves around the “quality by design” concept, one of the main trends in the Pharma industry, which aims at making drug consumption safer and better protected from external contaminants. Flexible packaging is the ideal solution to this pressing need, for several reasons.

Stick-pack is the ideal solution

The Stick-Pack solution is especially popular in this scenario, as it addresses all the needs we’ve just above mentioned. The stick-pack is a unit dosage form that can be used to contain and deliver liquid health products for oral and topical use. The packaging protects the contents from moisture, oxygen, and light. Thanks to its small size and compactness, the unit dose is user-friendly and very practical for everyday life. 

Volpak and Enflex’s offer

Volpak, through its Enflex brand, offers the Pharma & Healthcare industry a portfolio of cutting-edge machines. The addition of the Enfex PHS series is part of a strategy aimed at widening and improving the range of available systems, with solutions that are increasingly targeted to the market needs. This is the reason this machine focuses on the production and packaging of single-dose stick-packs to be used within a medical and family environment. The Enflex PHS Series can not only offer superior production performance (depending on its configuration, it can reach 1800 stick-packs per minute), but it also meets sustainability needs, with a reduction of 42% in wrapping material usage compared to units that are currently on the market. It is also equipped with a servomotor-based energy recovery system, which saves the company money on energy costs.

PHS-65 for stick pack sachets

Tailored to the customer’s needs

The Enflex PHS Series is available in multiple-lane setups and can be configured to meet the customer’s specific production needs. Regardless of the type, all Enflex PHS Series has a small footprint, which means they can be effectively deployed even in small production areas. The format change operations are also easy on all of the machines: the operation can be completed quickly and with no special tools, which makes the Enflex PHS machine ideal for third-party suppliers and contractors as well as pharmaceutical companies. Overall, the Enflex PHS has an OEE (Overall Equipment Efficiency) index of over 95%, which makes the machine perfectly suitable for modern lean production needs and consistent with the Industry 4.0 framework.

Digital technologies

In this respect, the Enflex PHS Series, just like every other Volpak machine, is equipped with Optimate, the latest version of the HMI developed by Coesia, a control panel that combines ease of use with advanced control functions. Optimate accompanies and guides the operator in tasks such as format change or machine maintenance, while also letting them take complete control of the different functions. The smart interface eases the navigation of the different menus and simplifies procedures such as ordering spare parts, accessing technical documentation, and generating production reports.


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