When it comes to heat sealing, process consistency is the medical device manufacturer’s friend. Any deviation from validated sealing temperatures, dwell times, pressures, and even positioning and feeding could spell trouble.
Operator training and control are essential to maintaining such consistency. But when juggling different packages and products, as is common in low-volume medical device packaging runs, following established parameters after change over can be tricky.
Belco Packaging Systems has equipped its medical shuttle-style tray sealers with embedded industrial controllers that can connect to user servers and networks.
“Because these controllers are networkable, medical device manufacturers can download data to machines to process orders and then report data back to central computers,” explains Tom Misik, Belco’s vice president of sales. “Commands and data can transfer back and forth from machine to server, even machine to machine.”
|PMP News, March 1999|
Thanks to ISO 11607 and other milestones, medical device packaging has gained definite stature over the last two decades.