Medical device manufacturers spend a lot of time ensuring their packaging can survive the worst case scenario. But what if that worst case is the battlefield?
At this year’s Healthcare Packaging Immersion Experience, organized by Michigan State University’s School of Packaging, featured speaker Kevin D. Smith will explore in “Beans, Band Aids, Bullets” the extremes of delivering supplies to combat zones.
Technipaq Inc., a manufacturer of flexible sterilizable packaging materials for the medical device, diagnostic, healthcare, food, and pharmaceutical industries, is opening a new facility for warehousing, distribution, and raw material storage. Thanks to the additional 45,000-sq-ft facility in Cary, IL, Technipaq now has 100,000 square feet of manufacturing, warehouse, and office space, as well as increased production capabilities in its Crystal Lake, IL, manufacturing facility.
Perfecseal, a manufacturer of packaging materials used for sterile barrier systems for medical devices, has joined the Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC). HPRC seeks to encourage plastics recycling in healthcare delivery environments.
SteriPack USA, which opened its first U.S. medical packaging converting facility in Lakeland, FL, last year, has received the “Governor’s Business Ambassador Award” from Florida Governor Rick Scott.
SteriPack USA was recognized for "exceeding commitments in job creation," the company reported in a press release, and it "will seek further employment in the near future."
In a special global packaging online community, PMP News and DuPont Medical Packaging presented two Web events: “An Introduction to DuPont Tyvek” and “Fundamentals of Medical Package Engineering and Design.” Speaking were Jose R. Arevalo, business development manager, MDM accounts and Latin America, DuPont Medical and Pharmaceutical Protection; and Karen Polkinghorne, Packaging Engineer & MDM Specialist, for DuPont Medical & Pharmaceutical Packaging.
In a special global packaging online community, PMP News and DuPont Medical Packaging presented “DuPont Medical Packaging Transition Project (MPTP)—Progress Report,” in September 2012. Roseann C. Salasin, global marketing director; Mike Scholla, global regulatory director; and Bruce Yost, global technical director, of DuPont Medical and Pharmaceutical Protection, spoke about progress in the transitioning of Tyvek 1073B and Tyvek 1059B to manufacturing lines that use its latest flash-spinning technology.
In a special global packaging online community, PMP News and DuPont Medical Packaging presented “Current Events in Healthcare Packaging,” and “Microbial Barrier Properties of Porous Sterile Barrier Systems: Does Selection of the Packaging Material Matter?” John Bamberger of DuPont Medical and Pharmaceutical Protection received several questions during the events. He provides written responses below.
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Thanks to ISO 11607 and other milestones, medical device packaging has gained definite stature over the last two decades.
One package is making quite an impact, for lessening its environmental impact. The CardioFocus HeartLight Cardiac Ablation System Balloon Catheter Die-Cut Tray manufactured by Beacon Converters Inc. has been honored with two awards from the Flexible Packaging Association during its annual meeting and awards ceremony held in Naples, FL, on February 26, 2013. The die-cut tray has received FPA's Gold Award for Environmental and Sustainability Achievement and its Gold Award for Technical Innovation.