Rollprint to Introduce Cleanroom Converting
Rollprint Packaging Products Inc. has announced the construction of a 6000-sq-ft cleanroom for converting pouches. With the cleanroom expected to be fully operational in the second quarter of 2012, Rollprint continues to be a leading pouch converter for the sterile medical market. The ISO Class 8 cleanroom will be using rollstock produced at the same facility in Addison, IL.
“We started preparing for this two years ago with investments in vision systems, web cleaners, and other equipment and procedures to minimize particulates in our film converting area. We wanted to properly address upstream criteria before taking the next step,” said Dwane Hahn, vice president of sales and marketing, Rollprint, in a press release.
The vertical integration, coupled with certified cleanroom capabilities, allow Rollprint “to provide best-in-class quality,” the company stated.
Customer demand for domestic supply produced in a cleanroom environment prompted Rollprint. “There is a big difference between ‘cleanroom environments’ that some manufacturers claim they have, and actual cleanroom certification. In a few months’ time, we expect to be able to announce to the industry that we have met the rigorous certification criteria and are producing pouches in our cleanroom,” Hahn added.
The cleanroom will house five production lines capable of producing header bags; pouches with chevron, vented, or three-side weld seals; or pouches with corner peels.
“Many of the packaging structures used today for pharma and medical device applications—such as film and foil header pouches, coextruded, peelable heat-seal films, and silicon oxide/aluminum oxide composites—were first introduced to the industry by Rollprint. The new cleanroom capability builds on that legacy,” said Hahn.
Editors' note: This story was updated on February 6, 2012.