Award-Winning Formula: Reducing Materials while Keeping Desiccants in Place

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).

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Nurses Provide Feedback on Packaging Use

HealthPack 2011 packed attendees in again this past March, with more input from nurses on medical device packaging preferences. This year, Jennifer Neid Benolken and Jennifer Blocher expanded their annual nurses survey to include mainly international professionals, and Benolken moderated another live nurses panel for evaluating actual packages. Feedback was frank and eye-opening, just as in past years. Benolken serves as senior packaging engineer for St.

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Technipaq Achieves ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 Certifications

Technipaq Inc., a manufacturer of flexible sterilizable packaging materials for the medical device, diagnostic, pharmaceutical, and other industries, announces its ISO 9001 certification of compliance with the International Organization for Standardization for quality management and quality assurance and ISO 13485 medical device certification for production in its Crystal Lake, IL, facility. 

Automated Packaging Systems Acquires Buildings to Meet Growth Needs

Automated Packaging Systems Inc. is expanding its operations in Streetsboro, Ohio, by acquiring two commercial buildings. The larger building is 173,000 square feet of combined manufacturing, office and warehouse space located on 32 acres at 600 Mondial Parkway, just three miles from the company’s corporate headquarters on Philipp Parkway. This building was originally constructed in 1995 and will be used to support future expansion plans for multiple product lines, including manufacturing of bag packaging systems and bag materials.

New Force in Contract Packaging

Four contract packaging and repackaging companies in the pharmaceutical industry have joined forces to create a new, single-source service provider, Aphena Pharma Solutions (www.aphenapharma.com).

Aphena is a new corporation based on a strategic alliance among Celeste Contract Packaging, PrePak Systems, TestPak, and Integrated Pharmaceutical Packaging.

Reduce Costs Smartly

Pressured to reduce costs, medical device manufacturers should fully understand ISO 11607 requirements and move forward with an educated approach to cost cutting.

Medical device manufacturers are often pressed to take costs out of a product over its lifetime, but they cannot risk any threats to quality.

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Amcor Pouch Offers Single-Bag Desiccating Solution

The High Barrier Dual Chamber Pouch from Amcor Flexibles Global Medical eliminates the need to produce two separate pouches in packaging of products sensitive to moisture and oxygen.
The pouch system features an uncoated Tyvek-vented center divider that creates a separate pouch for a drop-in the desiccant. The Tyvek is integrated into the package in a circular patch placed to the center of the co-extruded structure.

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Multisorb Technologies Expands Canadian Presence

As part of Multisorb Technologies’ ongoing emphasis on providing solutions-based active packaging technology to the global market, the company announced today it will be providing direct sales, service, and support in Canada effective Feb. 1, 2011. This expansion is part of the companies’ business objective of growing its presence in the important Canadian market.

Almac Adds Sachet Filling and Packaging Capacity in Ireland

Spurred by a client request for additional sachet capacity, Almac Pharma Services has completed a £2 million investment program at the company’s headquarters in Craigavon, Northern Ireland. A new facility with approximately 5500 sq ft features dispensing and blending suites to accommodate 2.5 ton batches along with a sachet filling and packaging line. The facility is expected to produce more than 120 million sachets, split across various packed formats.

High-Speed Laminate Films Roll Out

Ampac Flexibles (Cincinnati), the flexible packaging division of Ampac Packaging LLC, has launched its Flexi-Free High-Speed (HS) Laminate Films for high-speed form-fill-seal applications. Sealing at temperatures 40 degrees lower than standard laminate materials, the films enable FFS operators to shorten dwell times and increase machine speed. The films also offer a low-temperature option for products that are heat sensitive.

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