Product Update: Protective Bags & Pouches
Various materials make bags and pouches resistant to tears and punctures.
A company has introduced a cost- effective package for deep-draw, irradiation-sterilizable applications. The Overture 3D Peel Pack is a combination of the company’s FlexForm B2 forming web and its Allegro T peelable top web. FlexForm B2 offers exceptional forming characteristics coupled with clarity and puncture resistance. It is a high-value, thermoformable, blown film produced with a proprietary polyolefin blend. Allegro T offers exceptional lay-flat characteristics. This is a key benefit in a sterile-field environment where the presence of curling materials can potentially pose contamination problems. The company’s cohesive peelable technology helps ensure a consistent, tamper-evident peel. The material is easily printable in-line, providing additional value and flexibility. Rollprint Packaging Products Inc., Addison, IL; 630/628-1700; www.rollprint.com
Pouches on a Roll
Pouches can be made with a variety of materials and shipped on a roll, which can then be fed into a thermal-transfer printer. Pouches on a roll reduce costs when variable information must be printed on each package or when several items can fit in a one-size pouch. According to the company, they save the cost of labels and the labor for their application. Sterilization date, expiration date, lot numbers, etc., can be printed directly on each pouch. Customers use the same size pouch for different devices. Pouches on a roll allow them to order large quantities of plain or generic pouches printed with their logo, address, and phone number. Later, they can print necessary item information with their thermal-transfer printer. Beacon Converters Inc., Saddle Brook, NJ; 201/797-2600; www.beaconconverters.com.
Initially developed for horizontal form-fill-seal applications, specifications 30652 and 30655 can reportedly be used together to form one of the strongest pouching films on the market today. These seven-layer coextruded nylon and polyethylene films provide a solution to pinhole and puncture problems. In addition, the improvement in abrasion resistance provides greater protection of the product during shipping and handling. These films are available in ranges of 3- to 10-mil thicknesses and can be used for peelable and nonpeelable pouches and bags, depending on the film combination used. Perfecseal, Oshkosh, WI; 920/303-7129; www.perfecseal.com.
Barrier pouches designed with a porous vent provide a cost-effective solution for products requiring barrier packaging and EtO sterilization. Dispos-A-Vent pouches feature foil laminations with resistance to puncture, light, and oxygen for protection of sensitive product. They also feature a Tyvek or paper vent for maximum airflow during sterilization. Tolas Health Care Packaging, Feasterville, PA; 215/322-7900; www.tolas.com.
A pouch constructed of uncoated Tyvek 2FS is sealed to polyester coextrusion coated with Core-Peel technology. According to the company, the separate seal and peel layers of Core-Peel produce a clean peel, unlike traditional pouches made of uncoated Tyvek. A visible seal transfer confirms seal integrity. By using Tyvek 2FS, which is the lowest-cost Tyvek option, this pouch offers cost savings compared with other Tyvek pouches. Amcor Flexibles Healthcare, Mundelein, IL; 800/447-0049; www.amcor.com/flexibles-healthcare.