Delta Industrial, a designer and manufacturer of web converting and packaging equipment, will unveil its new web converting system at ATX West 2010. Demonstration of the Delta Mod-Tech in Booth 4325 will include in-line rotary die-cutting and the recently patented, island placement module (PAT. 7,293,593, patent pending). Features may be added to create a custom packaging system. Available are process modules for web steering, laminating, ultrasonic sealing, flexographic printing, slitting, sheeting, stacking, conveying, heat-seal packaging, and more.
Dhuanne Dodrill, president of Rollprint Packaging Products (Addison, IL), says that the decision to move from using premade bags and pouches to running a FFS machine “really comes down to economics.” Dodrill says that the point where it makes sense to make the change will be dependent upon a number of factors:
Flow wrapping is often being used as secondary packaging for pharmaceuticals and combination drug-device products. “Flow wrapping has been around forever in food packaging,” says Georgia Mohr, market development director–pharmaceutical segment, Perfecseal. “But metallized films with high oxygen barrier can now be engineered for flow wrapping. The materials need to have the ability to meet high-speed packaging demands of up to 300 units per minute. The sealant has to function in a high-speed sealing environment.”
PDC International Corp. (Norwalk, CT) is offering a shrink sleeve and labeling system that applies both full-height bodysleeves and tamper-evident banding. In the new 60 Series Evolution Shrinksealer, system flexibility and low capital expense are promoted by the use of two servos for product handling and sleeve registration.
|Formost Fuji is testing a chevron-type seal for four-side-seal packaging.|
Medical device manufacturers (MDMs) continue to seek cost reductions. Viable solutions involve reducing material and labor costs.
Glenroy Inc. has promoted Geoff Van Eimeren to western regional manager and Kimberly Weiss to the position of account manager within Glenroy’s service team. Van Eimeren will be primarily responsible for servicing customers on the West Coast, while Weiss will maintain and develop strong customer relationships.
Sealed Air’s Medical Applications business announced that its Galway site now offers rental of Class 8 cleanrooms from 1000 sq ft to more than 3000 sq ft. The facilities are appropriate for both start-up companies and larger corporations. Nelipak staff in Galway can provide guidance and real-life case studies showing the benefits to device manufacturers.
Packagers and medical device manufacturers look for ways to cope with cost increases while maintaining barrier protection and product quality.
In part two of a two-part series, the Sterilization Packaging Manufacturers Council offers guidance on designing and evaluating a packaging system for a medical device, keeping ISO 11607 and the AAMI TIR 22 close at hand.
Jackie Daly Johnson, President
Beacon Converters Inc.
Cochair AAMI WG 7 Packaging
Dhuanne Dodrill, President
Rollprint Packaging Products Inc.
Chairperson, ASTM F02.50 Package Design and Development
Geoff Pavey, Principal Engineer,
Senior Research Associate