Safe use of a blister packing machine

The blister packing machine can be used in the medical, pharmaceutical, and diagnostics market. It is used to unit-dose tablets, and other pill-shaped products. Vacuum packaging is one of the most important characteristics your blister packing machine should be able to do. Especially in the pharmaceutical industry it is necessary to uphold quality standards. Vacuum packaging ensures the quality of the medication or pharmaceutical product as external factors have no influence on it. Do you need a blister packing machine for your production line? Make sure to trust an experienced engineering in this area, like GTE-engineering!

The best engineering partner for pharmaceutical machinery

The experts of GTE-engineering have decades of experience with the development of machinery like the blister packing machine. They create a bespoke solution whether you need a machine for assembly, packaging, production, handling, or inspection. Nothing is impossible when it comes to meeting your demands. The starting point of the entire development program is your process – what do you need exactly? How can a blister packing machine complement your production line? And how can it improve production in an efficient manner so the return on investment is as high as possible? GTE-engineering offers a solution to every question! Make sure to discuss your business case with one of the engineers. Would you like to know what is possible? Some of the most challenging projects are highlighted on the Project-page on GTE-engineering’s website.

Contact the experts for a bespoke solution

If you want to improve your production line with an efficient blister packing machine, do not wait any longer! The experts of GTE-engineering are more than happy to provide you with a tailor-made solution for every production line. Feel free to contact them and discuss your own business case. The contact information can be found on their website.

3 simple approaches that will significantly increase your productivity

Productivity, or productive work, is a topic that has occupied mankind time and again at least since industrialization. Overtime or a high number of results are not synonymous with productivity. They stand for diligence and motivation. Productivity in the actual sense, on the other hand, describes the achievement of concrete results and values in a certain amount of time that are actually needed in their form. So what is the key to productivity? And why should each of us have the goal of increasing our productivity?

Reasons to increase your productivity

There are many reasons to want to increase your own productivity. Because people who work productively feel less stressed, achieve faster and better results, are more successful professionally and have a better work-life balance. The problem is that more and more people find it difficult to set priorities. This is not only the case at work, but often affects their entire lives. They then pay far too much attention to unimportant activities and lose sight of the really important aspects. Not infrequently, this ends in excessive time pressure, stress and possibly even burnout. Then there is the other type of person. The one we always ask ourselves how he “actually gets it all together“. Quite simply, he lives and works extremely productively. But what is actually the secret of productivity?

The key to productivity

The answer is paradoxical: less is more. Productive people have learned to say “no” and to concentrate on the really important tasks. As a result, they have more energy and more time for them and can get to work with more concentration. It’s actually a very simple strategy. The problem is that many people do not dare to say “no”, especially not to their boss or colleagues. And if they do, they often lack an eye for the essentials. How do you recognize which tasks are really important and which are not? The large mass of different working methods, systems, software, technical equipment and the noise in open-plan offices contribute more and more to the unproductivity of the German workforce. It is perfectly normal to lose track of things in this modern chaos. For more productivity, the workforce must be concentrated on fewer basic pillars. In everyday work, of course, this is usually easier said than done. We have therefore summarized concrete tips and various approaches to increasing productivity for you in the last chapter. If you want to finally be productive instead of just being busy all the time, be sure to check out FlowStateProductivity Coaching by Kristian Meier and Mischa Janiec.

What does productivity depend on?

First of all, however, we want to clarify which other factors influence productivity in the workplace. After all, it’s not just a person’s character or way of working that has a positive or negative effect on individual productivity. On the contrary, many environmental factors play into our everyday lives and we are helplessly at their mercy. After all, fighting against our natural biorhythms would more likely lead to illness than to higher productivity. It is better to become aware of the influencing factors and learn how to use them optimally:

  • We are most productive in the morning, have the most energy and can concentrate best. Therefore, complete particularly important tasks in the morning or schedule important meetings only before the lunch break.
  • Breaks are essential for productive work. Especially sleep breaks for five to ten minutes – yes at the workplace – are said to increase productivity in the long term and are beneficial to health and well-being.
  • Energy does not come by chance. You must therefore eat enough food. This includes a hearty lunch, for example. This may make you tired in the short term, but it increases energy and concentration in the long term. The advantage: You also force yourself to take a lunch break, which is so important for body and mind.
  • You can then overcome the midday slump with a coffee. This should be used strategically. If you drink a lot of coffee, your body quickly gets used to the caffeine and the desired effect does not occur. If you learn to drink coffee infrequently but in a targeted manner, you will be able to overcome productivity lulls more quickly in the future.

Of course, productive work has its ups and downs. There are also no precise statements about how long a person can work productively at a stretch. The various techniques for increasing productivity pursue very different concepts here. It is estimated that everyone is unproductive at work for at least two hours a day. Critics talk about much higher figures. No wonder, after all, there are numerous productivity killers that pose a real challenge in everyday work.

The 8 nastiest productivity killers:

  • Constant accessibility
  • Noise
  • Distraction by emails or phone
  • Unstructuredness
  • too high workload
  • private stress
  • lack of breaks
  • saying “yes” and not being able to delegate
  • and much more

The list of productivity killers is long and also always depends on the person, the profession, the industry and the private situation. General “stress” is definitely at the top of the list. According to a study published by Statista, 58 percent of respondents stated that stress manifests itself in the form of concentration problems. Productive work is then no longer possible.

According to the DAK Health Report, around 20 percent of working people feel stressed, from blue-collar workers to civil servants. Added to this is the high increase in mental illnesses as a result of too much stress. Increasing productivity would be a good approach here as a preventive measure. For those affected at the latest, however, it is an indispensable factor for recovery.

3 approaches to increase productivity

  1. the Pomodoro technique

The Pomodoro technique divides the individual work steps into five-minute blocks. Simply take five minutes in which you can concentrate undisturbed on just one task. No phone, no e-mails! Then there’s a short break, maybe a quick chat with a colleague, and then you start the next five-minute block. Don’t think that will work? Then give it a try. You can get a lot more done in five minutes than you might think. And you certainly won’t stop in the middle of your work. So the five minutes can turn into ten, 20 or even 25 minutes. And the task is already done!

  1. “Getting Things Done” – The GTD System

The GTD system was invented by David Allen and is simply intended to reduce the mass of tasks. It is based on seven different pillars:

  • The To-Do List: As a classic among the tools, the to-do list brings order to the tasks and helps you first of all not to lose the overview. Because only if you know what you have to do, you can organize it sensibly.
  • The Not-To-Do-List: In the GTD system, however, the classic to-do list is opposed by another one, the so-called “Not-To-Do List“. Record here all those tasks that you do not want to do today and in the future under any circumstances. This includes, for example, the tasks that your annoying colleague always shoves at you, or everything that you can delegate. Of course, you should not simply pass on all your work to others. It is about using your mind. What can the colleague do himself, where does he really need my help and what can the trainee do for me? You have to learn to say “no” once in a while, too!
  • Project list: List all current projects and record the status of each. Here you can monitor the progress, divide the project into small sub-steps and put the tasks in the optimal order or distribute them among different employees. The smaller the tasks, the better the combination with the Pomodoro technique.
  • A list of ideas: To increase productivity, you should always be interested in optimizing your current work process. Collect all your ideas and thoughts on an extra list. These can also be future projects or a simple thought. It is up to you to decide whether you really want to tackle these ideas later on or whether you want to discard them.
  • The notebook: You should always have the notebook at hand. It can contain the lists mentioned or be kept separately. Because it is always available, it is ideal for documenting sudden questions, ideas or tasks. So you never have to worry about forgetting something important. Once you get used to the notebook, you will soon not want to work without it.
  • The calendar: Also integrated in the notebook or nowadays more and more often digitally in the cell phone, you always have to carry your calendar with you. Since you already have all your tasks, ideas and lists sorted into lists in writing, you only need the calendar for your appointments. This way you can keep track of everything.
  • Filing: Speaking of overview. Filing is an essential part of organization and its impact on productivity should not be underestimated. If you file your documents carefully, you will have them quickly at hand later and can work with them more productively. Have you already completed a task? Then quickly retrieve it from the filing cabinet instead of starting from scratch. After all, organization is the be-all and end-all of productive work.
  1. the two-minute rule

The two-minute rule is also part of David Allen’s GTD system and is intended to illustrate another principle of productive work: Measure every task by whether or not you can complete it in two minutes. Yes? Then do it immediately. No? Then you have three different courses of action. The first is to simply throw it away. The second would be to delegate them to an employee. If that doesn’t work either, enter the task in the appropriate list.

Conclusion on productivity

The concepts for increasing productivity are good pointers for the future. In the end, however, you have to find the right system for yourself. For this you can combine different possibilities or find completely new ones for yourself. Some people rely on meditation, others on sports during their lunch break, and others on switching off their cell phones. But increasing productivity should be a permanent goal for all of us. After all, it makes everyday life easier, reduces stress and ensures a more balanced work-life balance. Become aware of where your productivity killers lie and learn to avoid them in the long term.

Avorter à l’étranger

La clinique d’avortement Bloemenhove se trouve aux Pays-Bas. Aux Pays-Bas, l’avortement est autorisé jusqu’à 22 semaines de grossesse. C’est pourquoi nous recevons de nombreuses femmes venant de l’extérieur des Pays-Bas. Si vous venez de l’étranger, ce peut être une bonne idée de réserver un hôtel dans les environs pour une ou deux nuits. Ainsi, vous serez plus détendue avant l’intervention. D’ailleurs, la clinique est facilement accessible par les transports publics. L’aéroport de Schiphol se trouve également à proximité. Par la suite, nous vous recommandons de rester au calme. Si vous subissez un curetage aspiratif avec anesthésie ou un avortement au second trimestre, vous ne pouvez pas participer activement à la circulation dans les 24 heures suivant l’intervention. Sur le site Web de Bloemenhove, vous trouverez une liste d’auberges de jeunesse et d’hôtels, entre autres à Haarlem. Vous y trouverez également des itinéraires pour accéder à la clinique Bloemenhove si vous venez en bus, en train, en voiture ou en avion.


Si vous êtes tombée enceinte sans l’avoir désiré et si vous avez subi l’intervention, nous apprécierions que vous remplissiez le formulaire d’évaluation en ligne. Vous pouvez y faire part de vos suggestions et/ou réclamations concernant la clinique et l’intervention. Nous attachons beaucoup de valeur à votre opinion. Non seulement nous-mêmes, les collaboratrices de la clinique Bloemenhove mais aussi les jeunes filles et les femmes qui vont suivre le même parcours. Vos droits au respect de la vie privée sont totalement respectés. Si vous envoyez des informations, elles sont conservées sur un serveur sécurisé. Les données ne sont pas conservées plus longtemps que nécessaire. La combinaison de certaines informations sans concertation avec nos patientes est totalement exclue.


Y a-t-il un risque de complications ? C’est une question fréquemment posée. La réponse : ce risque est extrêmement faible. Par ailleurs, aucune intervention médicale n’est sans risque à 100%. Les situations suivantes peuvent survenir pendant ou après l’intervention : perte de sang excessive et endommagement de l’utérus. Dans ces cas rares (moins de 0,2 pour cent), la jeune fille ou la femme bénéficie d’un traitement complémentaire dans un hôpital général. Il peut également arriver que du tissu résiduel subsiste dans l’utérus. Selon les circonstances, nous optons pour des médicaments supplémentaires ou pour un curetage complémentaire. Un avortement n’a aucune influence sur d’éventuelles grosses ultérieures. Vous avez des questions ou vous voulez de plus amples informations ? N’hésitez pas à nous contacter.

Starting with squash

Despite all the good intentions that we have, especially at the beginning of a new year, moving is sometimes difficult to maintain. Now that spring is abundant, the sun is shining more often, temperatures are getting more pleasant and summer is in sight, a lot of people are looking forward to taking up sports again. Many people just don’t know exactly which sport they want to practice. More exercise doesn’t necessarily mean that you do the same round of exercises in the gym a couple of times a week. Try another sport! Something you really like and/or something you can do together with someone else. Have you ever thought about the fun and competitive sport of squash? If you like it, it’s also easier to keep it up. In this blog I’ll give you a few reasons why you should try squash.

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Squash for fun
We are busy and serious all day long: work, school, shopping, housework. Then it can be wonderful to really play and concentrate on something completely different. It’s definitely worth trying a new sport. What about squash? This is a very suitable sport that you can do together with friends or your partner and offers both effort and relaxation at the same time. And there are other reasons why squash can be the perfect sport for you.

It is suitable for everyone
Squash is a fun, simple and intensive game for both beginners and advanced players. The threshold to start playing squash is very low. Your gender, age or skills don’t matter. It is one of the few sports where you can easily adjust the level with the right equipment. In addition, you can also easily reduce the distances on the track if you are just starting out. For each level of play, the options are endless.

The first time you can’t keep up with the ball and the wall turns out to be closer than you think. Don’t panic, with some practice you will understand the logic of this sport and you can play more seriously, while it really remains a game. Because it’s such an intense exercise, squash is considered an ideal cardio work-out. No matter how old you are, you can quickly benefit from good results when you play squash.

Playing squash together
It’s a fun game
Squash is not only a healthy, but also a fun sport that gives you a lot of fun. What you do in your free time should be fun. Otherwise you give up the hobby sooner or later. You probably know someone who started running or working out with a lot of ambition, but also stopped in no time. This is usually because you don’t really enjoy what you’re doing and then it gets boring. Squash, on the other hand, is more than just moving: it involves fitness, tactics and technique. It’s a demanding and fast sport, where you have to use your brain and it’s pretty sure that when you’re on the track, you’ll forget your endless to-do list for a while.

The great thing about sports squash is that everyone can play a fun game. For this you only need the right materials, such as the right balls, rackets and clothes. With good material that suits you, it’s even more fun to play!

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It’s fun
Squash is healthy, fun and sociable. Perhaps not necessary to emphasize again, but doing something fun together with others, drastically reduces the stress level and makes you happy. The social side is one of the advantages of squash. It is a wonderful sport in which you have a good workout at every level and can work out together. While playing tournaments you also meet all kinds of nice people. Because squash is still a relatively unknown sport in some countries, players can easily form a close-knit group that resembles a family.

Playing squash together
Even if you don’t play competition or tournaments, the social nature of this sport is decisive for many people to start playing squash. You can have a nice chat before training, talk to your playing partner when you take a break and you can enjoy a drink after training. The social side of squash is very important, it’s not just about the sport!

It offers relaxation
Squash is above all good for your body and mind. It is a sport in which you can relax for a while, despite the fact that you are exercising. Moving reduces the stress level in your body. That’s why after a busy (working) day it’s great to take all your worries away from you on the track for a while. You will notice that after a few weeks you will feel fitter than ever.

It is the healthiest sport
Healthy eating and regular exercise are the perfect combination for a fit body. By exercising regularly (intensively) your muscle power and condition will improve by leaps and bounds. Squash is one of the most intensive sports with which you can build up a very strong condition. It also has the reputation of being one of the

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Last season was a special season for me. Before the start of the competition I was asked if I was interested in playing Eredivisie. Quite an honor!

If I had told me a few years ago that I would ever be in action again in the Eredivisie, I would have thought you were crazy. Don’t you have to train very hard for that? I haven’t been as active on the track for a long time as I used to be. I have known times that I was on the track every day or at least I was active in sports. At the moment maybe three times a week. Still more than stop, but to start playing Eredivisie. Best from the comfort zone. Good, never say never. After all, I have 25 years of squash experience! Stay positive Clau and a little self-confidence!

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Now that the regular league season is over, there are pictures on my Victoria ladies 1 mobile phone with the championship scale, champagne and confetti. And, I insist.
Let it affect you for a moment… So I’m on those pictures where the national champion, the champion of the Eredivisie, is posed with the scale.
I’m almost 33 years old, in the eyes of the top athlete. Isn’t it special that I can and may still experience that?! Just fill in if you see it as something positive or negative. I don’t judge about that for a moment.
Although I did have some doubts. Does it say more about squash in our country or about my talent? Anyway.

After the match we got a glass of champagne to celebrate the championship. Deserved or not, a good glass of bubbly I don’t turn down! While I was wondering whether, despite a win for the team, I had really contributed to the championship, I was told that I was helping the team out in difficult moments and was therefore a valuable addition to the team. That’s true. My first race was in Zwolle, it took three hours from Roosendaal to get there, while recovering from a big flu (bad luck, isn’t it) I went on the track because otherwise there wouldn’t be a complete team on the track. Realizing that gave me enough reassurance to be able to take a sip of my champagne and to celebrate the party! Even though I fell in with my nose in the butter.

The annoying treatment of my leg did make for a less pleasant period, but it was necessary to literally keep my elderly body going, as seen by the top sports eyes. Luckily it all went well and recovered and I can go back to work for a few years!

I don’t owe this special experience, national champion, just to myself. Also to the rest of the team. To Victoria Rotterdam, Stephen Cooke and Ronald Permentier. Thank you for the hospitality, conviviality and for the support and coaching!
Parents of children in the Dutch squash world; what answer do you give to someone who asks to tell something about yourself? “Well, I have a partner (or not), one or more children. They are in school and one of them is a (top) athlete.” Is it true that such a conversation has an impact on your child’s squash career? It often does, doesn’t it? And it’s also fun to tell. But the interviewer asked about you. I would like to ask you to think about the impact of your child’s hobby on your life and that of your family.

Imagine a random situation at home. What are the conversations about? Are they always about squash? No, no, also about other topics? E.g.; “What does the week look like?” Read: what needs to be arranged in terms of food and transportation in connection with squash training. “Let’s see what’s on the agenda this weekend”. Read: can we all go to that birthday, or do we go separately because of the tournament………………………………….. And then there are all kinds of conversations about physio, sports equipment, the importance of good food and sleep (because preparation for the tournament), holidays (or there are training camps), etc…

After all, school is the most important thing of all, right? But that’s also what squash is all about; When is the test week? Doesn’t that coincide with tournaments? Holiday training? Will they be at your school during the holidays? You have to get good grades, otherwise you won’t get permission for your tournaments abroad! What further education are you going to do? Are they flexible about training and tournaments?

I see parents who, in my opinion, are far too fanatical about their sporting child. It’s just a hobby, it’s about “the fun”. But why do I see parents who just get ugly when their child is about to lose? Or if an idiot screams when their child makes a point. Or, even worse, they grin when the opponent makes a mistake or even becomes sad. Or even worse, who don’t speak to their child if he/she misbehaves in a disgraceful way!

For us, the most important thing has always been that life experience is gained; learning to deal with winning and losing, being able to stay abroad alone, and socially with everyone about the world.