Packaging and Sterilisation

  • Copolyester for Rigid Packaging Offers High Heat Resistance
    Optimised for rigid medical packaging, a copolyester offers high heat resistance, clarity and toughness. Impact and shatter resistant, the MP100 Tritan copolyester’s toughness and design flexibility ensure protection of sterilised devices against damage and breach of the sterile barrier. The...
    (July, 2010)
  • Rotary Heat-Sealing Machines Comply with Medical Directives
    Founded in 1946, Famos bv specialises in the production of rotary heat-sealing machines. The company’s line of heat sealers consists of 13 models, ranging from basic sealing machines to sophisticated heat sealers that can print data. The heat sealers comply with the medical directives and carr...
    (May, 2010)
  • Thermoforming Lines Can Be Used with a Variety of Packing Materials
    Packaging machine manufacturer AL.MA. develops thermoforming packing lines for a variety of disposable medical products including gauze, infusion sets, catheters and syringes. Different kinds of materials can be processed including rigid and soft, multilayer and monocomponent films. The company has ...
    (May, 2010)
  • Sustainability and Medical Device Packaging
    Sustainability is a growing ambition in the medical device industry. The changes outlined here that can be made to pack design to meet this goal will also bring other beneficial efficiencies. Options exist to increase product protection, enhance end-user convenience and improve manufacturing.
    (May, 2010)
  • Multilayer Films Withstand Sterilisation
    Wipak Medical Industrial offers a range of multilayer film structures and breathable packaging materials that can be sterilised for medical device packaging applications. The company’s packaging materials can be used to enclose products such as syringes and needles, catheters and tubing sets, ...
    (May, 2010)
  • A Few Words about Printing
    Inline labelling systems increase efficiency and safety
    (May, 2010)
  • Amcor Flexibles Awarded EAFA Trophies for Medical Packaging
    Amcor Flexibles (Paris; www.amcor.com) has received two awards from the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA) for its medical device and pharmaceutical packaging. In the product preservation category, the company was recognised for the role it played in the development of packaging for the Roch...
    (May, 2010)
  • Transitioning from Preformed Trays to In-Line HFFS Machinery
    When volume supports the investment and packaging design warrants it, significant cost savings can be gained by thermoforming, loading and sealing trays in-line rather than purchasing preformed trays, handling them individually and then sealing after loading on a tray sealer. The factors to consider...
    (May, 2010)
  • An Inconvenient Truth about Reprocessing Single Use Devices
    Sometimes, what may seem like the right thing to do is just plain wrong. A commentary titled “A Call to Go Green in Healthcare by Reprocessing Medical Equipment,” published in the March 2010 issue of Academic Medicine, argues that the reprocessing of medical equipment, including single-u...
    (April, 2010)
  • In Focus on Packaging and Printing
    Supplier of Packaging Services Designs and Builds Own Production Equipment In House Operating out of a 2500-sq-m facility with two Class 8 and five Class 7 cleanrooms, Riverside Medical Packaging Ltd offers an array of medical packaging services and products. In addition to manufacturing peel pouch...
    (February, 2010)
  • Sterilisation Industry News
    Some of the important issues facing the sterilisation of medical devices include the sterilisation of combination products, and improvements in the processes being employed. This article outlines recent developments in X-ray sterilisation and low- and medium-energy electron beam capabilities, and re...
    (February, 2010)
  • Peelable Materials for Flexible Packaging
    In response to the need for higher manufacturing output, packaging consistency and increased validation scrutiny, packaging material suppliers have introduced new packaging formulations. This article examines the benefits of using peelable materials for the fabrication of flexible packaging for medi...
    (January, 2010)
  • First Look
    Noteworthy new materials, components and equipment suited for medical technology applications
    (January, 2010)
  • Building a Recession-Proof Supply Chain
     A “pull system” can help ensure that supply-chain triggers are driven by customer demand in good times and bad
    (December, 2009)
  • Meeting the Challenges of Medical Device Packaging and Sterilisation
    Outsourcing your operations can bring logistical advantages and time savings
    (November, 2009)
  • New literature, cd-roms, videos and podcasts
    Motion control components   A general catalogue in two cross-referenced volumes presents the entire line of motion control components available from a specialist supplier. Available in English and German versions, the catalogue provides full information about linear guides, linear actuators...
    (November, 2009)
  • Leak Testing Medical Devices
    Products and packaging require leak detection for quality assurance. This article compares and contrasts the two commonly used methods of pressure decay and trace gas testing and provides examples of using these techniques on a catheter and a sealed, impermeable pack.
    (September, 2009)
  • Recent Developments in Packaging Equipment
    Initial outlay pays off handsomely in part quality, reduction in cycle time and extension of tooling life span, says contract moulder
    (September, 2009)
  • Five Facts About Packaging
    Medical packaging covers an array of products ranging from peel pouches to blister packs and lidding materials. Whether you are outsourcing packaging services or buying packaging materials to assemble in-house, partnering with a company with a solid background in medical packaging should be your fir...
    (July, 2009)
  • Cast Film Retains Clarity after Sterilisation
    NEWS FEED A cast-film grade from the Bormed polypropylene (PP) family is said to deliver best-in-class transparency for medical packaging applications. Bormed RE806CF, which is offered by Borealis (Vienna, Austria), produces cast films with superior optical properties even afte...
    (May, 2009)
  • Cast Film Retains Clarity after Sterilisation
      NEWS FEED A cast-film grade from the Bormed polypropylene (PP) family is said to deliver best-in-class transparency for medical packaging applications. Bormed RE806CF, which is offered by Borealis (Vienna, Austria), produces cast films with superior optical properties even after steam steri...
    (May, 2009)
  • Doyen Launches Thermoforming Range for Medical Applications
      NEWS FEED A global provider of converting and packaging machines has introduced a new line of thermoforming machines. Dedicated to the packaging of sterile medical products, the two machines, MT150 and MT250, allow for the efficient processing of flexible, semi-rigid and rigid films. Availa...
    (May, 2009)
  • SteriPack Introduces New Packaging
    NEWS FEED SteriPack (Clara, Co. Offaly, Ireland) has launched a new version of its SteriBag, which is similar to the conventional headerbag, but combines Tyvek and film in the headerstrip. As a result, the packaging can provide an excellent peel system and with high breathabili...
    (May, 2009)
  • Oliver Medical Receives Technical Innovation Award
      NEWS FEED Packaging specialist Oliver Medical (Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA) has received a 2009 Silver Award in Technical Innovation from the Flexible Packaging Association for its Osurance zone coated lids. Manufactured in a certified ISO 14644-1 Class 8 clean room, Osurance zone coated ...
    (May, 2009)
  • Styrenics: New Alternatives for Medical Packaging
    Styrene butadiene copolymers offer favourable economics over alternative transparent materials. New grades are being introduced for blister packaging and their features and properties are reported here.
    (May, 2009)