New Enflex brand series from Volpak

Enflex expands pharma, healthcare solutions with stick-pack tech

New Enflex brand series from Volpak
The Enflex PHS Series comes in different models depending on production needs.

Volpak, a Coesia company, is launching a new Enflex brand series for the pharmaceutical and healthcare market – the Enflex PHS Series that comes in different models depending on production needs. The machine range meets the specific requirements of an industry that is increasingly interested in flexible packaging, especially in the stick-pack format, the company said. PHS will be showcased at the Interpack trade fair, in Düsseldorf, from 4-10 May, in the Coesia booth, Hall 6 – D31 / E57.

The Pharma flexible packaging industry is worth almost US$16 billion, with a projected CAGR of 6.5% by 2028, which makes it one of the most dynamic markets in a generally expanding industry. In fact, for the whole flexible packaging industry, the expected growth rate in the next five years is 4.37%. This means a higher demand for flexible 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 drugs safer to consume and better protected from external contaminants. Flexible packaging is the ideal solution to this pressing need, for several reasons.

Easy to use

First, flexible packaging is extremely practical for consumers, as it allows the easy consumption of the specific medication dose prescribed. It is also a good solution for single-dose drugs, as it allows storage of the specific drug quantity needed for a single use. Some of the most common applications are ophthalmic or oral-use products. Flexible packaging can reduce waste, as the consumer can use the quantity of the drug they need while avoiding having to throw away excess products. Lighter and less bulky than a traditional bottle or blisters, this kind of packaging is also easier to dispose of.

Green packaging 

Flexible packaging can improve distribution efficiency, as smaller and lighter containers require less material and less storage space. This lowers transportation and storage costs, which are closely linked to sustainability, one of the main challenges for the packaging industry. For instance, many pharmaceutical companies already use low-impact mono-material pouches instead of (or in combination with) traditional PE materials. The use of fully recyclable materials is also widely spread and thanks to new studies and increasingly more advanced technologies, films are being developed with improved mechanical strength and product protection features. 

Stick-pack format

The stick-pack is a unit dosage format, perfect to contain and deliver liquid health products for oral and topical use.

The Stick-Pack solution is especially popular in this scenario, as it addresses all the needs above mentioned. The stick-pack is a unit dosage format, perfect to contain and deliver liquid health products for oral and topical use. Serving its purpose to protect 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 offers the Pharma & Healthcare industry a portfolio of cutting-edge and fully compliant solutions. 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 specific 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, allowing for savings on energy costs.

Customer 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, the whole Enflex PHS Series has a small footprint, with machines that can be effectively deployed even in small production areas. The format change operations are also easy on all machines: they 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. The OEE (Overall Equipment Efficiency) index of over 95% makes the Enflex PHS 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 Coesia Digital HMI: 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 facilitates the navigation of the different menus and simplifies procedures such as ordering spare parts, accessing technical documentation, and generating production reports.

Volpak, part of Coesia Group, specializes in horizontal form-fill-seal solutions for the pouch-type packaging industry. Enflex, a brand of Coesia, designs and produces a wide range of sachet machines to package pharmaceutical products, as well as alcohol wipes and medical swab sticks.


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