Rigid Packaging

Opening a Thermoformed Package with Just One Hand

What if users could open your medical device package with one hand?

At Pack Expo International, Neil Kozarsky, CEO and President of Technical Help in Engineering and Marketing (T.H.E.M.), will explore the possibilities with a new packaging format that could accommodate a variety of pharmaceutical and medical devices. Kozarsky will be speaking Tuesday, November 4, at 11:30 am, at Bemis Co.'s South Hall Booth #3705.

Called Snapsil, the semi-rigid container features a snap-opening function integrated into the lower thermoformed web.

Packaging for Boston Scientific’s Lead Delivery System Wins AmeriStar Award

In this year’s AmeriStar Awards program, Boston Scientific was recognized in the Medical Device category for its ACUITY Pro Lead Delivery System packaging. Used for the next-generation ACUITY Pro product, the new rigid thermoformed tray and lid assembly represents a 50% volume reduction and a reduction in sterilization costs of 50%.

PMP News spoke to Chad Betlach, Senior Packaging Engineer at Boston Scientific and the project’s lead packaging engineer, about the package redesign process, which utilized “voice of the customer” input.

Thinking Outside the Box (or Rigid Tray, or Pouch) with Porous Material

By Maureen Kingsley

A developer and manufacturer of sintered porous polymers has medical and pharmaceutical packaging in its sights

Seeking Universal Savings

The use of universal packaging has become more prevalent in the last five years, reports Mike Nielsen, national sales manager at Barger (www.bargerpackaging.com/). “The goal is to get as many components as possible into one tray.”

The savings can be tremendous. “Savings can be seen in terms of capital investment, warehousing space, and internal resources,” Nielsen says. For instance, medical packaging engineers can limit the number of validations required for both designs and processes, he says. “Design validation can focus on the worst case,” he says. In addition, there will be “fewer sealing tools as well as fewer lid and carton dies.”

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Seeking Universal Savings

The use of universal packaging has become more prevalent in the last five years, reports Mike Nielsen, national sales manager at Barger (www.bargerpackaging.com/). “The goal is to get as many components as possible into one tray.”

The savings can be tremendous. “Savings can be seen in terms of capital investment, warehousing space, and internal resources,” Nielsen says. For instance, medical packaging engineers can limit the number of validations required for both designs and processes, he says. “Design validation can focus on the worst case,” he says. In addition, there will be “fewer sealing tools as well as fewer lid and carton dies.”

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Prent Wins WorldStar Award for Tray Design

Prent Corporation has won a 2013 WorldStar award for a package that helps physicians cut the time needed to deliver life saving procedures.

Compression Blow-forming System Said to Produce Defect-free Pharma Bottles

Amcor Rigid Plastics has partnered with Sacmi Imola on a machine for producing rigid HDPE pharmaceutical bottles.

Amcor Rigid Plastics, a producer of rigid plastic packaging, and Italy's

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Using One Polymer for a Sterile Barrier System

TEQ Thermoform Engineered Quality has developed a sterile barrier system (SBS) employing a new, proprietary blend of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) in combination with adhesive-coated Tyvek from DuPont. The company is currently working with partners Belco Packaging Systems Inc. and Spartan Design Group to arm medical device manufacturers with the data they need to switch to the new sterile barrier system.

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Meeting End-User Needs

Human factors considerations are playing increasing important roles during medical product development, including package design. Ed Haedt, VP, marketing of Perfecseal, reports that human factors engineering is incorporated into its design process for custom thermoformed trays used to contain surgical instruments, kits, and implantable devices.

“We work very closely with our customers’ engineering and marketing staffs to ensure that the package provides the most efficient and safe delivery of the product to the sterile field,” he says.

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Consolidating, in More Ways than One

Employing universal packaging for one medical device manufacturer resulted in a savings of at least 30%, claims one thermoformer.

While trends toward cost cutting are nothing new in the medical device packaging industry, prolonged economic recovery may be prompting more aggressive approaches. Traditionally, MDMs have sought to reduce costs through downgauging the materials used for thermoforming trays. But given performance requirements and remaining inventory volumes, downgauging may only get MDMs part of the way.

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