Visit us at PACK Expo 2021 in Las Vegas

The annual PACK expo is making a triumphant return to Las Vegas live and in person September 27th to the 29th at the Las Vegas Convention Center and Lenox Laser could not be more excited to attend this event. There are so many amazing highlights this year including a dedicated packaging robot which is the first of its kind by Schubert Group, industry first early 1900s liquid filling machines, and the innovative gluing machine that was sold to Abbott Labs in 1937. A variety of manufacturers will be on hand from all areas of the packaging industry. From Coca-Cola, to pharmaceutical, to candy companies, they will all be there showing those in attendance the latest and greatest innovations in packaging and product innovation. Learn about maximizing profits to get the best out of the product and audience that they sell to. In person workshops and live demonstrations will be happening to give a first-hand account of what goes on behind the scenes to give consumers the products they hold tried-and-true in their everyday lives. While there, you can learn about cost-effective digital printing solutions for any packaging business.  

For our part of the expo, Lenox Laser will be excited to show guests our Container Closure Integrity Testing (CCIT) methods in a live talk and demonstration session taking you through the various stages of packaging testing that we do on a weekly basis. Our CCIT methods allow us to laser drill calibrated microleaks to test the durability of critical packaging and containers. We drill a wide variety of metals, alloys, plastics, glass, and composites. We test under many different conditions, whether open or closed, sealed or not. The utmost care and safety standards are delivered to our customers every time. 

 Look for us at booth number 6817 as we proudly show you just one of our company’s many services held in high esteem for over 40 years now. We are excited to be a part of this massively popular show within the packaging industry and we sincerely thank all involved at PACK for having us as a guest speaker, we will be thrilled to see you there. ]

Click here to visit the PACK Expo site for more information.

To join Lenox Laser at the event, register to attend, here.

Perseverance Faces Setback Following Initial Collection Attempt

In an unfortunate turn of events, the Mars Perseverance rover has hit a snag while attempting to collect its first sample of Martian rock for analysis. Data sent to Earth indicated that the sample collection tube was empty after the collection process concluded. The team at NASA responsible for overseeing the mission are currently investigating the issue to determine the best course of action moving forward with future sample collection. They plan to utilize the WATSON (Wide Angle Topographic Sensor for Operations and eNgineering) camera located on the rover’s arm to collect initial data about the bore site in the hopes of drawing conclusions as to why the sample was not collected. The team remains optimistic that they will find a solution and be able to move forward with the mission. 

NASA has run into similar issues attempting to sample extraterrestrial matter in the past. The Phoenix mission sampled “sticky” soil that made collection and transport difficult, requiring multiple attempts before being successful. Curiosity encountered problems with Martian rock being harder and more brittle than expected. Most recently, the heat probe of the InSight lander failed to penetrate Mars’s surface as planned. 

Efforts are ongoing to formulate procedures moving forward with future sampling attempts. Success will provide scientists with immeasurable information about Mars and the possibility of, not just past microbial life, but also the viability of human colonization. The entire team at Lenox Laser wishes the folks working on the Perseverance mission the best, and we are excited to learn what Mars has in store for humanity. 

To read more about this latest update from NASA, click here

If you are interested in last week’s blog covering the Perseverance Rover, click here

To read about Lenox Laser’s past involvement with space exploration efforts, click here

Join Lenox Laser at 2021 PACK EXPO

The 2021 PACK EXPO will be one of the first major in-person healthcare product events since the COVID-19 lockdown last year. The expo will encompass many different companies and experts in the healthcare field discussing various packaging and processing methods. It is estimated that over 20,000 experts will be in attendance when the event takes place this September 27-29 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. PACK is expected to have an estimated 1,500 exhibitors showing off their products. Topics covered will include cost-effective digital printing solutions in pharmaceuticals, recyclable, and bio-based packaging. The expo will also have an exhibit that will take visitors through the evolution of processing and packaging in the pharmaceutical industry and more. The expo sponsors and hosts include the Reusable Packaging Association, the National Confectioners Association, and many more.

Lenox Laser will be in attendance at booth #6817, showcasing our Container Closure Integrity Testing (CCIT) methods and services, which we have continued to evolve in our excellent 40 years in business. We are privileged and very honored to be a part of the expo and cannot wait for you all to see what we have in store. Given the immense challenge 2020 presented, an event like this will prove significant. To all those attending and showcasing, we hope you enjoy the expo and send our best wishes. See you in September. 

For more information and registration on PACK EXPO, please click here. You can join Lenox Laser at PACK EXPO using our comp code here.

James Webb Telescope Mirror Packing Update

               The James Webb Space Telescope has taken many years to get to where it is today. It survived complete cancellation in November 2011, infrared systems installation, and other instrument installs in 2012 through 2014. Despite a delay last year due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the project is still managing to gain momentum toward the finish line. The James Webb Space Telescope is continuing towards its Halloween 2021 launch by hitting the milestone of having its massive protective sunshield folded and packed up to journey into space.

               The telescopes mammoth sunshield will protect the telescopes many optics from the immense heat and light of the sun. Folding the mirrors took one month to complete; they fold up on two sides of the telescope when not in use. The sunshield is about the size of a tennis court when fully deployed and is made up of 18 individual mirrors composed of five layers. Its entire span measures an estimated 70′ x 47′ with a cost of almost $10 billion. Since this telescope has infrared to detect and read heat signatures, the mirrors must be kept extremely cold. Once in space, one side of the mirror will reflect the heat and light from the Earth, Sun, and the Moon, which studies show to be approximately 230°F on the outermost layers. NASA worked with Northrop Grumman to build James Webb into a reality.

               We, at Lenox Laser, designed and provided alignment targets for the infrared systems on James Webb, for which we are most grateful for the opportunity. If you would like to know more about Lenox Laser’s work for the James Webb telescope, click here. If you would like to read more about the latest development on the telescope, click here for an article by phys.org.

NASA and SpaceX International Space Station Agreement

The International Space Station (ISS) has a storied history. It took over 30 missions and thousands of person-hours to complete. It was clear that The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) would need a space station to study the vastness of space in minute detail in the space age. The ISS began its construction in 1998 when the first segment launching in a Russian proton rocket on November 20 of that year. NASA engineers completed the massive station’s main parts in 2011, and the station has been occupied by astronauts and scientists since 2000. The ISS now enters its Golden age with a new agreement between SpaceX and NASA. 

The agreement allows SpaceX and NASA to work on any project together for the space station. The Starlink program by SpaceX, which is now the largest existing on the orbiting spacecraft group, is also part of the agreement. SpaceX recently launched 60 additional satellites for their internet network on March 24. This agreement is important as it allows both parties to work smoothly and in unison.

NASA’s taxi ride program, which is still in development with SpaceX, will allow quick and easy transport to and from the ISS on shorter missions. If all goes to plan, this taxi ride program could launch sometime in 2022 with NASA’s approval. Should the taxi ride program be successful, companies would plan additional missions, up to two per year, lasting a month each. Boeing is also interested in partnering on this venture.

This agreement is a huge step forward in the history of space exploration. It will be exciting to see what can be achieved in the future of the ISS. It will also help strengthen and speed up communication between the two parties. SpaceX is an upcoming launch on April 22 for the Falcon 9 Crew 2 mission. We at Lenox Laser wish them all the best.

If you wish to read more, click here for an article by TechCrunch and here for an article by phys.org.

Hubble Space Telescope Discovers New Planet with Second Atmosphere

               The Hubble Space Telescope was created in the 1970s, funding started in 1977, it has made over 1.4 million observations since its creation. It is appeared in over 18,000 publications of literature. It is named after the famed astronomer Edwin Powell Hubble whose claim to fame was discovering the expansion of the universe in the 1920s. Hubble’s discovery in May 2015, a new red dwarf exoplanet codenamed GJ 1132 B, crossed Hubble’s path. An exoplanet is defined as a planet that orbits the star outside the solar system. The first detection of an exoplanet occurred in 1917, with the first official recognition until 1992. The unique thing about the newly discovered planet is that this one has two fully formed separate atmospheres, unlike a traditional planet. Studies showed that it once had a gaseous atmosphere made up of hydrogen and helium. The secondary atmosphere had formed over the first 100 billion years of its existence.

               As far as environmental properties, the helium and hydrogen-rich planet gradually evolved into a poisonous mixture of methane, aerosols, and hydrogen cyanide gases. On the planet’s ground, it formed heavy volcanic activity in several rocky formations. Unlike Earth, GJ 1132 B is so frighteningly close to the sun that it completes one full orbit every one and a half days. The question on scientists’ minds is whether the planet remains hot enough for fresh volcanic activity to occur and, if it does, to be able to continue. This could be made possible by a phenomenon known as tidal heating, which occurs when friction from and planets orbit and rotation stores of energy disperses heat into and around the planet.

               The planet’s statistics show that it is 1.4 million miles from its star, approximately 41 light-years from Earth. The temperature measures 278°F with a radius of 1.2 times that of Earth. Currently, it is thought that the James Webb telescope, once launched, will be able to study the planet in further detail.

If you would like to read more about the new planet discovered by the Hubble Space Telescope, please click here.

SpaceX Crew Dragon Launch Update

With storms raging across Florida’s “Space Coast,” the SpaceX decided against the launch of its Crew Dragon shuttle on Wednesday, May 27th, 2020. SpaceX has stated that there will be another chance to launch the spacecraft on Saturday, May 30th, 2020, if the weather permits it. However, this seems to also be in doubt with weather forecasts – until the time of writing – predict more stormy weather to hang over the site of the launch on Saturday. Should Saturday also turn out to be not an optimal day for the launch, SpaceX will push it to the next day – Sunday, May 31st, 2020. This news has hit the two astronauts of the Crew Dragon space shuttle the hardest.

Astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken have been training for the past four years in anticipation of the world’s first privately funded spaceship. As if it were routine, they put on their suits and went to the launch pad. After talking with their respective families and buckling in for the launch, they awaited the go-ahead from command to begin the launch sequence. Meanwhile, SpaceX leaders were anticipating the final call from the forecasters, who had remained optimistic all day, despite the bad weather. Ten minutes before launch, however, the mission managers overseeing the launch received word that weather conditions would not improve and, therefore, had to cancel the launch. Both NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and SpaceX founder Elon Musk both stated that mission safety was of higher priority than the historical significance of the mission.

We at Lenox Laser support the safety of the mission’s crew, and we are looking forward to the rescheduled launch on Saturday. We are excited by the possibility of the world’s first privately owned and operated spaceship and wish the best for both the crew and the supporters of the mission.

PDA Europe 2020: In-Review

Lenox Laser would like to thank all the parties involved in putting together the 2020 PDA event in Basel, Switzerland on February 25–28. We are so grateful for again being invited to take part in such a tremendous and informative gathering of great minds. Along with Tom and Rachel Hoffman, Greg Solyar represented Lenox Laser with an enthralling lecture.

Lenox Laser meeting with DDL
Lenox Laser meeting with Lighthouse

The event was filled with a rich variety of talks and lectures all about Parenteral Packaging. Representatives and speakers covered various sub-topics such as biopharmaceutical challenges with gene therapy, container closure integrity testing, and pharmaceutical safety measures. Greg had the opportunity to talk about a sub–field of the pharmaceutical industry: With his talk “Producing a Calibrated Leak Standard With Laser Assisted Technology”, he details how lasers can complement Container Closure Integrity Testing (CCIT). Talents were shown, knowledge were grown, and even lives have been saved because of the interest and the passion of these people.

It was truly an honor and privilege to be among all of the talent of on display at PDA 2020. We at Lenox Laser would like thank everyone involved for their time and interest.

Next from Lenox Laser, we will be attending the Interphex 2020 technical conference at the Javits Center in New York City on April 28-30. The conference will feature a keynote speaker series entitled “Pharmaceutical Technology”. The series will cover such topics as the commercialization challenges for selling gene therapy, GMP’s and creating a quality culture, and standardizing tech transfer and opportunities in accelerating drug development lifecycle. We would love to see you all there!

Reminder: PDA Europe 2020

As a final reminder, Lenox Laser will be in attendance for the 2020 PDA parental packaging conference and events on February 25th, represented by Lenox Laser’s Tom Hoffman and Greg Solyar. The conference itself will take place on February 25th through the 28th in beautiful Basel, Switzerland. Both of our representatives could not be more pleased to be there and answer any questions one may have.

Both Tom Hoffman and Greg Solyar will be on hand for the lectures and be attending the conference. Lectures at this conference will focus on container closure development, container closure integrity testing (CCIT), and parenteral packaging. The parenteral packaging conference will take place on February 25th and 26th. It will talk about ensuring safety and efficiency to the patient’s, case studies with the latest techniques, and packaging implementations for things like biopharmaceuticals and the challenges of gene therapy with CCIT.

We, at Lenox Laser, cannot wait to see the new insights from this fantastic event and hope those attending will enjoy it.

PDA Europe Stockholm, Sweden

Lenox Laser would like to take a moment to thank all those involved in putting together and hosting PDA Europe held in Stockholm, Sweden this past week. This opportunity was a great chance for many talented individuals and innovative companies to learn and prosper in their specific fields of business. Mr. Tom Hoffman and Mr. Greg Solyar extend their gratitude in being able to proudly represent Lenox Laser at the event. To those that were in attendance, all of us at Lenox Laser hope that you enjoyed our portion of the workshop.

PDA Europe Workshop for Container Closure Integrity Testing
Greg Solyar, Head Scientist at Lenox Laser, Speaking at PDA Europe Workshop 2019

Lenox Laser is beyond excited to see what new paths and innovations the future holds for our company and the pharmaceutical industry. We would like to return to this event if given the chance and once again thank all those who made it happen.

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