Packaging Resource Center: The Latest in Bags and Pouches

Preformed Pouches

Preformed pouches for medical and pharmaceutical applications are designed to provide moisture and gas barrier as well as puncture protection. They are available in a variety of laminate foil structures and sizes. Some versions of the pouches can be sterilized via radiation, autoclave, and EtO. Pouches with easy-tear-open, zipper, stand-up, or peel features are also available. Pouches or rollstock are available in small or large runs and unprinted or printed with up to eight colors. Technipaq Inc., Crystal Lake, IL; 815/477-1800;

Header Bags

A packaging manufacturer offers header bags made of polyethylene with coated Tyvek. They are available in 3- and 4-ml sizes. The company also offers a line of sterilization peel pouches made of Tyvek, poly-polyester, poly-polypropylene, metallized polyester, poly-nylon, and all-film for radiation sterilization. Nonpeelable pouches and rollstock materials are also available. PeelMaster, Niles, IL; 847/966-6161;

Film Bag

A film bag features puncture resistance for packaging medical devices with sharp corners or edges. It also is designed to provide high impact strength if the bag is dropped. The bag provides resistance to abrasion if the bags are stacked on top of each other or if it is rubbed against other surfaces. It has a user-friendly tear-open feature. The bag can withstand radiation and EO sterilization with vents. Amcor Flexibles, Mundelein, IL; 800/447-0049;

Custom Bags

A company manufactures custom-made specialty and retail bags. SidePouch bags are preformed bags customized to meet customers’ specifications and are designed for use with the company’s SPrint bagger. The SidePouch line includes standard, zipper, reinforced-header, flap, and tape bags. They can be printed with up to five colors in-line, using screen, process print, or Autographix processes. Optional features include hanger holes, air-relief holes, vertical perforations, and header sizes. The bags are manufactured in a variety of materials, including Duraclear 2000, a linear, low-density material for applications that require clarity, durability, and strength. Automated Packaging Systems, Streetsboro, OH; 330/342-2000;

Insulated Kit Pouch

A company offers compact, reusable cases and pouches for temperature-sensitive materials. The insulated patient care kits are available in various materials, including nylon, nonwoven polypropylene, and foil-laminated materials. The cases and pouches are designed for carrying medications that may require temporary refrigeration, such as medications for diabetes and human hormone growth. The diabetes kit case is 3.5 × 8 × 1.75 in. and can contain one 8-oz gel pack at refrigerated temperatures for four to 10 hours. They can also be used to carry medications packaged separately that may require reconstitution. Standard sizes include 4 × 8 in. and 6 × 9 in. Custom sizes are available. PharMedlogix LLC, Fall River, MA; 508/677-3683;

Sterile-Grade Pouch

A sterile-grade pouch is made from a strong, breathable, synthetic-fiber substrate. The material, Ovantex, is designed to provide puncture and tear resistance as well as bacterial barrier properties. It is also available with the manufacturer’s proprietary DotCoat hot-melt adhesive application process. The proprietary adhesive technology is designed to enhance material value and function by providing seal-strength verification, humidity-condensation resistance, and resistance to yellowing from being exposed to UV light over time. Oliver Medical, Grand Rapids, MI; 616/456-7711;


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