Medical device packagers received firsthand insights on the preferences and concerns of healthcare personnel at the Healthcare Packaging Immersion Experience (HcPIE) event held in October at Michigan State University.
As doctors, nurses, and a paramedic performed simulations in fast-paced care environments, packaging as often as not presented obstacles, as packages were not opened as designed and labels went unread.
Areas to improve packaging for easier use and to enable better o
Healthcare executives view compliance with regulations as top concern.
As companies forge into new markets, IT investment and cost management strategies are leading priorities, the UPS Pain in the (Supply) Chain survey finds.
Healthcare executives for the third year in a row cite regulatory compliance as their leading supply chain concern, trumping supply chain issues of cost and product security, according to the sixth annual UPS “Pain in the (Supply) Chain” survey.
And for the first time product security surpasses cost management as th
Over the years, PMP News has been tracking the need for product coding at item levels. In “Cutting Edge Coders” from the October 1995 issue, for instance, then features editor Jennifer Reid Holman wrote that “the latest computer-operated printers—including new models of thermal-transfer coders, ink jets, and laser coders—offer more variability.
Growth of temperature-sensitive product, extended shipping lanes, and regulation have driven transport packaging innovation.
Whether product is shipped directly to patients’ door steps or to distribution warehouses halfway across the globe, packaging has to be designed and tested to withstand the transportation stresses of handling and climate. Transportation packaging has evolved to protect longer-duration shipments as pharmaceutical and medical device companies have expanded to new markets.
Packagers improve quality assurance, productivity with automated inspection.
In life science packaging, quality is the first priority, outweighing even economic considerations. For ensuring defect-free product is delivered to the market, companies have invested heavily in automated inspection technology.
Packagers have extensively deployed camera vision inspection, checkweighing, metal detection, and other solutions across primary and secondary packaging lines, and often at redundant levels.
Machines feature advanced systems for forming and sealing with integrated vision toward ensuring product quality and production output goals.
Implementing thermoform-fill-seal (FFS) machinery as an alternative to manual filling and sealing is a complex undertaking. Medical device companies planning automation with FFS must at the outset establish their current and future capacity requirements.
The suitability of new primary package and secondary packaging for devices will be evaluated.