Product Update: Protective Lidding & Trays
Packaging materials can help protect and extend the shelf life of pharmaceutical and medical products.
Die- and Square-Cut Lids
A company’s medical lid stock for thermoform-fill-seal equipment includes die- and square-cut lids in a variety of materials for the sterile packaging of medical devices. Its die-cut and square-cut lid line includes the CT1073B general-purpose coated Tyvek, which provides required peel characteristics and is suitable for sealing a variety of polymer materials. The company reportedly offers consistent lead times and rush delivery so that tight production and development schedules can be met. PeelMaster Packaging Corp., Niles, IL; 847/966-6161; www.peelmaster.com.
A company specializing in thermoforming, lidding conversion, and corrugated packaging and displays offers an environmentally friendly thermoform alternative to foam and vinyl protective packaging. BargerGard can be formed, cut, and welded into various shapes to protect medical devices. The material is nonabrasive, flexible, and formable. Barger Packaging Inc., Elkhart, IN; 888/525-2845; www.bargerpackaging.com.
Peelable Lid Stock
A peelable lid stock for thermoformed PET trays features heat-seal coated polyester coupled with metallized, white-oriented polypropylene. The Flexi 6818 lid stock also features the company’s two-sided printing. The front side can be used for high-end consumer graphics, while the back can contain print held in register with the front-side artwork. In addition, the lid stock can be sealed around the face of the tray, leaving a corner exposed to grab and pull for easy product access. It also features good strength characteristics that eliminate film tear upon opening, as well as good puncture resistance to minimize retailer rejection due to packaging failure. According to the company, the material works well with either an opaque or transparent PET tray that has been designed as a stand-up shelf item or has a hanging profile. Flexicon, Cary, IL; 847/639-3530; www.flexiconinc.net.
Custom Lid Stock
A company offers a wide range of peelable and weld-seal lid stock, from child-resistant aluminum/paper lidding foils to custom peelable foils for any blister application. This capability delivers matched top and bottom web films and foils for predictable performance and superior quality. The company also offers unsupported aluminum lidding foils from soft to hard temper and features in-house rotogravure printing capabilities of up to four colors. Tekni-Films, a Tekni-Plex company, Somerville, NJ; 908/722-4800; www.tekni-films.com.
Blister Lidding Foil
A converter of foils and films offers peelable and peel/push versions of blister lidding foil for pharmaceutical products requiring child-resistant packaging. The peelable foil requires a two-step action to access the product, while the peel/push format calls for three steps. In the peelable version, one blister cavity is separated from the package by tearing it at the perforation and then peeling off the paper/PET aluminum- laminate at the tab. For the peel/push version, the paper/PET laminate is peeled off at the tab, with the aluminum remaining on the blister. In addition, the foils are FDA compliant and can be customized according to individual requirements with assistance from the company’s technical management staff. Hueck Foils, Wall, NJ; 732/974-4100; www.hueckfoils.com.
A company offers heat-seal coated- paper lidding designed to provide a smooth surface for printing. The lidding is accepted as a bacterial barrier when storage conditions are controlled, and is EtO and radiation sterilizable. Options include TPP-0031A, a heat-seal coated 52-lb reinforced paper lidding with high porosity; TPP-0032, a heat-seal coated 50-lb reinforced paper lidding; and TPP-0036A, a heat-seal coated 42-lb surgical paper. Tolas Health Care Packaging, Feasterville, PA; 215/322-7900; www.tolas.com.