US-based contract packaging company Praxis Packaging Solutions has acquired a TF2 Blister Pack Machine in an effort to bolster its operations.

The TF2 is a new medium to high-output blister machine suitable for a wide range of applications, including standard HUD blister packs and BINGO-style blister packs.

The advanced machine features a deeper forming depth useful for packaging medical devices and tray packaging applications.

In addition, the system has configurations such as multiple blister outfeed, cold form and plug assist blister forming, servo-driven stations, indexing and product-feeding equipment.

The TF2 Blister Pack Machine can be used for solid-dose, capsules, tablets, lozenges, chewables, liquids, powders and other applications.

According to Praxis Packaging Solutions, the blister machine will help customers launching pharmaceutical, medical, animal health and consumer products reduce the time taken to bring their products to market.

The company’s TF2 will be available for commissions in the first quarter of next year.

Praxis Packaging Solutions senior vice-president Scott Hanmer said: “This substantial investment affirms Praxis Packaging’s commitment to our customers to continually provide the solutions they need to outpace their competition and succeed.”

Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Praxis Packaging specialises in primary tablet filling of over-the-counter and secondary packaging, Rx packaging and serialisation, as well as food and beverage and personal care items.

The company operates facilities at its head office and in Columbus, Ohio, in addition to an FDA-registered facility through its Unette subsidiary in New Jersey.

Earlier this year, healthcare private equity firm BPOC made a strategic investment in Praxis Packaging to strengthen the company’s sales and marketing team and expand its service offering.

As part of this, John Lowry, the former CEO of Amerigen Pharmaceuticals and Catalent Pharma Solutions, was appointed as Praxis’ executive chairman.

The investment also granted a minority ownership interest to Huizenga Group, which acquired Praxis in 2008.