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Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News, November/December 2015

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7 November/December 2015 Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News • Editorial ® PMP News is on Follow Daphne username: @daphneallen Brand Director–Packaging Steve Everly 610/705-8705 E-mail: Co-Executive Editor Daphne Allen 310/445-4263 • Fax: 310/445-4269 E-mail: Co-Executive Editor Lisa McTigue Pierce 630/481-1422 E-mail: Technical Editor Rick Lingle 630/481-1426 E-mail: Associate Editor Matthew Sanderson 310/445-4278 E-mail: Account Director Doris Luftglass 310/740-9073 E-mail: Reprints Wright's Media 877/652-5295 List Rentals Statlistics • 203/778-8700 Postal lists Jennifer Felling, E-lists Turk Hassan, Circulation Management Knowledge Marketing Corey McMahon, UBM Canon 310/445-4200 • Fax: 310/445-4299 DEPARTMENTAL STAFF Creative Director Marco Aguilera Senior Art Director Oovaise Mohammed Publications Production Director Jeff Tade Production Manager Anbarasan Mannar Production Coordinator Nadheesh George Marketing Manager Steven Carlisle EXECUTIVE OFFICERS Chief Executive Offcer, UBM Tim Cobbold Chief Executive Offcer, UBM Americas Simon Foster Executive Vice President, Managing Director Josh Dome Senior Vice President/Portfolio Director Stephen Corrick Vice President, Strategic Operations Roger Burg Senior Vice President/Content & Strategy Pam Moore Senior Vice President/Integrated Media Amy Sklar 3 Types of Medical Packaging Missteps M edical device packaging engineers often face tight deadlines and budgets. So when the mem- bers of the Flexible Packaging Association's Ster- ilization Packaging Manufacturers Council (SPMC) were brainstorming on how to help package engineers, the group decided to focus on how they could help packag- ing engineers minimize cycle times, iterations, and costs during new package development. That's how the group came up with the topic of its recent Webcast, "Package Design Missteps: A Study of Common Medical Device Packaging Pitfalls," says Henk Blom, Director of Techni- cal Services at Rollprint Packaging Products, who also serves as chair of SPMC's Technical Committee. Here are the missteps the SPMC shared: Misstep 1: Missing Some Stakeholders. One of the first missteps dis- cussed is not taking into account stakeholders, explained Chris Osborn, Vice Pres- ident of Research & Development for Bemis Healthcare Packaging. "There's a growing emphasis on eliminating all defects in the packaging process, so the chal- lenge is designing a defect-free package that accommodates all Critical to Quality (CTQ) [attributes] while meeting design constraints such as cost and manufactur- ing," he said. "Avoiding missteps starts with making sure you include all your stakeholders in the design process. Stakeholders are both internal and external, and they all have their own CTQs that need to be considered." Misstep 2: Mismeasurements in Heat Sealing. Mistakes can also be made during heat-sealing processes. Geoff Pavey, Technology Manager and Technical Fellow for Oliver-Tolas Healthcare, discussed several misconceptions when it comes to parameter measurements and machine set up. One is assuming "that setting and actual sealing conditions are the same," he said. For instance, there can be diferences between the temperature of the gauge versus the actual temperature of the platen surface, he said. Also, there can be diferences in dwell- time measurements depending upon when the sealer activates the timer—is it when the platen begins to move or when it is closed and pressure begins? Misstep 3: Misunderstanding Distribution's Efects. And missteps can also occur when distribution's influence on package performance isn't consid- ered. One common misstep is to use a pouch that's too large for a folding carton, explained Russell Darley, R&D Manager for Sealed Air Medical Applications. "To fit the pouch in the carton, the pouch must be folded several times; we call this creating a compound fold," he said. "Multiple folds in a material can create material stress points, which during distribution events like vibration, impact, or free-fall drops can result in abrasion, flex cracking, pin holes, and material separa- tion." Using pouches and cartons that aren't appropriately matched can be the outcome of programs that use a one-size-fits-all approach to packaging, he said. For more details, please contact the SPMC at by Daphne Allen, Editor

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