Perfecseal, a division of Bemis Company and global supplier to the medical device, pharmaceutical and diagnostic packaging markets, is pleased to announce it was awarded the DuPont Packaging Innovation Award for the design of the Wire Coil Clamshell for Arthrex Inc. The company's “Wire Coil Clamshell” innovatively overcomes the challenges the medical field faces in assembling suture passing wire.
Switching from rigid to flexible is not a new trend in medical device packaging, but companies have struggled to find flexible formats that can secure several different components in place. A flexible package from Beacon Converters Inc. (www.beaconconverters.com), however, provided one company such an alternative, folding up to eight heavy and sharp components within a wallet packaged in a chevron pouch. The package has been honored in awards programs for its design and sustainability by the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) and by the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP).
A single pouch has replaced a double-pouch system for packaging a drug-eluting stent, reducing materials, labor, and storage needs. The new package represents a 50% reduction in waste and a 46% reduction in storage space. Such accomplishments have earned stent maker Medtronic a 2011 Ameristar award in the Medical Device category from the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP).
According to research by the American Plastics Council, hospitals generate 12 million pounds of waste each day. About 15−20% of this waste is plastic, and surprisingly, most of that waste is free of contamination, reports Roseann Salasin, global marketing director, DuPont Medical and Pharmaceutical Protection. “The potential for recycling, therefore, is significant,” she says. “Not only do hospitals have an opportunity to lower their environmental impact and their costs, but they also have an opportunity to enable healthy communities.”
At this year’s FCE Pharma in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the Romaco Group will show highlights from its packaging and processing sectors. The compact Noack DPN 760 blister packaging machine unites high system availability with excellent value for money. MZ toothed colloid mills from FrymaKoruma offer efficient processes for highest product quality. The tablet and capsule counting machine Bosspak RTC 15 is equipped with the unique Quad-Count optical matrix counting system.
Known for their distinct shape, stick packs offer end-users convenience and portability. Popular for food and nutritional supplements, the format is now being considered for a range of pharmaceuticals. At the pharma event Interphex 2011, Constantia Flexibles showcased a new feature intended to improve stick pack opening.