Medical Design & Manufacturing, WestPack, and more



The co-located 2008 Medical Device & Manufacturing West and WestPack conventions, held January 29–31 in Anaheim, CA, will showcase the latest industry trends and technology.

MD&M West and WestPack offer attendees the chance to build contacts with leading suppliers and to uncover the latest advances in pharmaceutical and medical packaging and processing, such as breakthroughs in machinery and machinery components, containers, materials, custom automation technology, contract services, software, and robotics. The shows also unite technical experts from a variety of fields ready to discuss product specifications and requirements to help match needs to capabilities.

New to the convention this year is WestPack’s Green Packaging Pavilion, which focuses on environmentally conscious initiatives, as well as another new co-location, Green Manufacturing Expo. The pavilion will host exhibits on sustainable tools and technologies, including ways to incorporate biodegradable, compostable, recyclable, reusable, and biopolymer packaging, recycled materials, nontoxic glues, natural inks, and environmentally friendly coatings. Green Manufacturing Expo will feature a two-day conference with speakers from a number of industries.

WestPack will also feature the Pharmaceutical and Nutraceutical Packaging Pavilion, which will showcase source specialty equipment, medical grade materials and supplies, disposables packaging, trays and kits, blister packs, tamper-resistant and tamper-evident containers, labeling and bar-coding equipment, QA/QC, and testing, inspection, and sterilization services.

The show will also host the Medical Device Packaging Track, an industry-education conference taught by pro­fessionals from major industry companies. The two-part session, held on January 28, will focus on compliance, regulation, case studies, and real-world applications.

Part I, titled “Compliance/Regulation,” features the IoPP Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee, led by Randall Troutman of Oliver Medical. Speakers include Karen K. Greene, DDL West technical director; Curt Larsen, a principal of the Spartan Design Group who also serves as an editorial advisory board member for PMP News; Mark Escobedo, Chief Technologist, Westpak Inc.

Part II, titled “Case Study/Real World Applications,” begins with a discussion led by Karl Hemmerich, Steris Isomedix Services’ plant manager of its gamma irradiation facility. Other speakers include Lora Keena, Oliver Medical’s director of QA/RA; Jason Crosby, medical business manager of Plastic Ingenuity Inc.; and Doug Stockdale of Stockdale and Associates.

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