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.
DuPont Medical Packaging has announced plans to modernize the manufacturing technology behind its longest-standing and most-popular styles of Tyvek. The global manufacturer will transition the manufacturing of Tyvek 1073B and Tyvek 1059B to its latest flash-spinning technology and production lines at its Richmond, VA, and Luxembourg facilities. DuPont Tyvek 2FS and Tyvek Asuron are already produced with the new flash-spinning technology on one of the lines.
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).
At HealthPack 2010, nurses participating in a live panel spoke of the handling challenges they encounter with items such as tubing or other long medical devices. Experts from Beacon Converters Inc. (Saddle Brook, NJ), in attendance at the show, believed they might have a solution.