Packaging Resource Center: The Latest in Bags and Pouches
Chevron Pouch Filler
Two chevron pouches can be opened, filled, and sealed simultaneously side-by-side on a machine. The machine also offers printing and labeling options. It can handle pouch sizes up to 10-in. wide × 24-in. long. The machine’s footprint is 2.5 × 3.5 ft. Validation ports for seal temperature, dwell, and pressure are included. PurePouch, Minneapolis; 763/444-4747; www.purepouch.com.
Pouch and lidding flexible packaging material can be used to package medical devices and diagnostics. They can also contain capsules, pills, and tablets. The high-barrier material can accommodate liquids and unit-dose applications as well. Laminated and coated webs can be enhanced with flexographic printing. Glenroy, Menomonee Falls, WI; 800/824-1482; www.glenroy.com.
Bags are designed to protect light-sensitive products from UV rays. Amber Nultraviolet bags are designed to filter out 96.7% of the rays in the ultraviolet spectrum to prevent oxidation, hydrolysis, and loss of potency in sensitive solutions. The polyethylene bags are available in four sizes: 5 × 7.5, 8 × 14, 11 × 18, and 2.5 × 8.5 in. They come in cases of 1000. A variety of ties and clamps may be used with the bags. Qosina, Edgewood, NY; 631/242-3000; www.qosina.com.
Prefolded, self-sealing pouches are designed to require no heat sealer for closure. The prefold feature ensures a seal without perforation holes. The Medi-Plus pouches are constructed from high-grade film and paper. The prefold ensures accurate sealing placement. Process indicators for steam or gas are printed on both the back and front of the pouches for ease in separating processed instruments from unprocessed ones. A range of sizes, from 3.5 × 5.25 in. to 8 × 24 in., is available. Perfecseal, Oshkosh, WI; 920/303-7000; www.medi-plus.com.
A company specializes in flexible film for pouches. The company offers low minimum-run requirements of 1000 pieces for labels and 5000 impressions for pouches and flexible films. It also offers hot stamping and cold foil. Sample-size pouches are available. Custom-printed film is also offered. Overnight Labels Inc., Deer Park, NY; 631/242-4240; www.overnightlabels.com.
A supplier of custom medical packaging offers header bags that are engineered with materials like coated Dupont Tyvek 1059B and 1073B. The bags are available in 3- and 4-ml linear low-density polyethylene. Sizes up to 24 × 34 in. are available. Four-color printing and wicket packaging is also offered. Peelmaster Packaging Corp., Niles, IL; 847/966-6161; www.peelmaster.com.
Bag in Bottle
A multilayer bag is housed in a plastic bottle designed to protect the bag and its contents from contamination and oxidation. The Sof’Bag also features a pump and cap. The package design enables the user to dispense the contents from any position. The metering pump dosing from 0.75 to 1.5 ml is designed for pharmaceutical uses. Rexam Pharma, Suresnes, France; +33 41 389817; www.rexam.com.