Pack Expo International 2024 – November in Chicago – Come Visit Us!

Pack Expo International 2024 – November in Chicago – Come Visit Us!

Discover cutting-edge packaging solutions at Pack Expo 2024 in Chicago, Illinois! Join us at booth #5521 in the North Building, where our expert teams from CeraTek, Accu-Seal, and Urania will be ready to answer your questions and provide tailored solutions. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to connect and innovate!

Location

McCormick Place
2301 S. King Drive
Chicago, IL 60616

free registration
Pack Expo 2023
CeraTek logo
pouch sealer

CeraTek

The CeraTek product line includes hot-bar medical pouch sealers (with optional evacuation/gas flush), a Vacuum Chamber Hot Bar Pouch Sealer capable of a vacuum draw to 5 milli-bar, & shuttle-style medical tray sealers that are fully validatable, calibratable, CE & ISO-11607 compliant. Sample IQ/OQ protocol documents and 2-year warranties are available for most models.

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Accu-Seal heat sealer

Accu-Seal

Accu-Seal designs, manufactures and supports a complete line of heat sealing and vacuum sealing machinery. Our goal is to provide you with dependable heat sealing machines for “Sealing In Your Product Integrity”. Building heat sealing and vacuum sealing machines that help you build your business, supporting the medical, pharmaceutical, electronics, industrial, food, cosmetic, chemical, water filtration, and aerospace industries.

Learn more at: accu-seal.com

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Urania heat sealer

Urania

Urania has been the industry leader for medium and high volume packaging applications for many years. The 4000P and 5000P sealers are engineered to deliver the accuracy and repeatability required for medical device and pharmaceutical packaging. They are also well suited for food and dry bulk products.

Learn more at: Urania

Join us in Anaheim, CA, February 6-8, 2024 for MD&M West at the Anaheim Convention Center

Join us in Anaheim, CA, February 6-8, 2024 for MD&M West at the Anaheim Convention Center

Visit us at the booth!

Visit CeraTek and Accu-Seal at booth 2039 to learn about the latest technology and trends in constant heat and impulse heat medical pouch sealers, continuous rotary band sealers, and tray sealers.

CeraTek and Accu-Seal at Pack Expo 2022

Get to know us

SencorpWhite is a leading provider of unique end-to-end automated solutions for the packaging and management of our client’s products. Mindful organizations around the world count on us when precision and accuracy matter most.

CeraTek logo
pouch sealer

CeraTek

The CeraTek product line is a family of constant heat sealers for medical pouches and trays which are fully validatable and calibratable and are CE & ISO-11607 compliant. With a broad offering of options, including optional evacuation/gas flush capabilities and vacuum draw to 5 milli-bar, CeraTek provides superior solutions for the most challenging requirements. Sample IQ/OQ protocol documents and 2-year warranties are available for most models.

Accu-Seal logo
Accu-Seal heat sealer

Accu-Seal

Accu-Seal designs, manufactures and supports a complete line of impulse heat sealing equipment for seal only, vacuum and seal, or gas-vacuum-seal applications. We build quality machines that help build your business, supporting the medical, pharmaceutical, electronics, industrial, food, cosmetic, chemical, water filtration, and aerospace industries.

Learn more at: Accu-Seal.com

Urania logo
Urania heat sealer

Urania

Urania is an industry leader for medium and high volume packaging applications. The 4000P and 5000P rotary band sealers are engineered to deliver the accuracy and repeatability required for medical device and pharmaceutical packaging. Their efficiency and reliability also make them well-suited for food and dry bulk product packaging applications.

Learn more at: Urania.com

Seal Strength Testing: Ensuring Safety and Quality

Seal Strength Testing: Ensuring Safety and Quality

Packaging is not just a protective layer; it’s a critical component that can directly impact patient safety and product integrity.

A secure and reliable seal prevents contamination, maintains sterility, and preserves the efficacy of medical devices.

Seal strength testing is a crucial quality control step in the medical device packaging field, ensuring that seals meet the high standards necessary for the healthcare industry.

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What is the purpose of testing the seal?

The primary purpose of seal strength testing is to verify that the seals on medical device packaging are strong enough to withstand various stresses and conditions during transportation, storage, and handling, without compromising the sterility and quality of the enclosed medical devices.

Seal Strength Testing Methods

Several methods are used to test the strength of seals in medical device packaging, including:

  • Peel testing
  • Burst testing
  • Tensile testing

Peel Testing

Peel testing is a widely used method in the assessment of seal strength for various types of packaging, especially medical device packaging.

This method involves applying a controlled force to separate two sealed surfaces, typically at a 90-degree angle, simulating the process of opening the package.

Peel testing provides valuable insights into the integrity of the seal. It assesses whether the seal is uniform and consistent along its length, as an uneven seal can lead ttray sealero weak points that compromise package integrity.

A well-sealed package should require a consistent and adequate force to open, ensuring the contents remain protected until intentionally accessed.

Beyond assessing the seal’s strength, peel testing also helps evaluate its resistance to tampering or unauthorized access. Peel testing helps verify that such tamper-evident features function as intended.

Burst Testing

This method assesses the package’s ability to withstand internal pressure changes without rupturing.

During burst testing, the sealed package is subjected to an increase in internal pressure. This pressure is gradually applied until the package fails, i.e., the seal ruptures. The pressure at which this failure occurs is recorded.

Burst testing is a critical quality control measure for packages that must maintain their integrity under specific conditions.

Tensile Testing

Tensile testing evaluates the strength of the sealed edges of a package and measures the force required to pull them apart. This method is essential for packages that require a strong seal to prevent accidental tearing or opening.

Tensile testing provides a quantitative measure of the seal’s strength along the sealed edges. This is particularly important for packages that need to withstand rough handling during shipping and distribution.

Packages holding fragile devices that need seals that are resistant to tearing or damage during transit. Tensile testing helps ensure the packaging can withstand these challenges.

 

The Significance of Seal Strength

Patient Safety

The primary goal of medical device packaging is to safeguard patients from contamination and infection.

A weak seal can lead to breaches in sterility, potentially causing harm to patients who rely on these devices for their health and well-being. 

Preventing Contamination

Medical devices often come into contact with sensitive areas of the body or are used in sterile environments, such as surgical procedures.

A weak or compromised seal on the packaging of these devices could lead to contamination, which may result in infections or complications for patients. Ensuring the integrity of seals through testing helps prevent such issues and protects patient health.

Regulatory Compliance

Medical device packaging must adhere to strict regulations and standards set in the medical field. Seal strength testing is often a mandatory requirement to demonstrate compliance with these standards.

Compliance with these regulations helps ensure that only safe and effective medical devices are available to healthcare providers and patients.

Seal strength testing is the key patient safety and product integrity in the medical device packaging field.

It ensures that medical devices are delivered to healthcare providers and patients in a safe and reliable condition.

By doing so, they not only protect patients but also their own reputation and bottom line, contributing to the overall betterment of healthcare worldwide. Contact our team today to learn more!

Emerging Trends for Medical Device Pouches

Emerging Trends for Medical Device Pouches

In the evolving field of healthcare, innovation isn’t limited to medical devices alone. Packaging, particularly medical device pouches, is undergoing a technological revolution.

These pouches are no longer just protective coverings but are now integrating technologies to enhance patient safety, streamline inventory management, and improve overall healthcare processes.

Let’s explore the exciting world of emerging trends in medical device pouch technology.

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Standard Packaging for Medical Devices

Standard medical device pouches, also known as sterilization pouches, are specialized packaging materials designed to maintain the sterility of medical devices.

They are made from medical-grade materials, heat-sealable, transparent, and often feature indicator strips to confirm sterilization.

These pouches come in various sizes, are easy to open, and may include tamper-evident features. They adhere to industry standards and regulations, ensuring the safe and aseptic storage of medical devices until they are ready for use.

Medical device packaging plays a crucial role in healthcare by:

  • Maintaining sterility, protecting against environmental factors and physical damage
  • Ensuring product integrity
  • Facilitating sterilization
  • Aiding in identification and traceability
  • Providing tamper-evident features
  • Promoting regulatory compliance
  • Enabling efficient storage and transportation of medical devices.

Most importantly, medical device pouches contribute to patient safety and ensure that devices are in optimal condition when needed for clinical use.heat sealing machine being used by an operator with gloves on

“Smart Packaging” for Medical Devices

Smart packaging, often referred to as “intelligent packaging,” is gaining ground in the medical device industry. These pouches are equipped with sensors and data-processing capabilities, allowing them to monitor various aspects of the enclosed device.

Smart pouches can track the condition and status of the medical device inside. For example, they can monitor temperature, humidity, and sterilization levels to ensure the device remains safe for use.

By providing data on the device’s status, smart pouches assist in inventory management, helping healthcare facilities keep track of their supplies more efficiently.

RFID Tracking and Identification

Radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology has revolutionized inventory tracking and device management in the healthcare sector. RFID tags can be integrated into medical device pouches.

RFID-enabled pouches provide real-time visibility into inventory levels. This helps healthcare facilities optimize their stock, reducing waste and ensuring timely resupply.

Every tagged pouch can be tracked throughout its lifecycle. This traceability is particularly crucial for high-value or critical medical devices.

RFID technology minimizes manual data entry errors, ensuring the right device is used for the right patient.

Data Monitoring and Connectivity

Connectivity is a buzzword in modern healthcare, and medical device pouches are joining the IoT (Internet of Things) revolution. These pouches can incorporate data monitoring capabilities and connect to hospital systems through wireless networks.

Medical device pouches can transmit data about the device’s condition directly to healthcare information systems. This enables immediate decision-making and intervention when necessary.

Data monitoring can contribute to patient safety by ensuring that medical devices are in optimal condition before use, reducing the risk of complications.

Transforming Patient Safety

Ultimately, emerging trends in medical device pouch technology are transforming the way healthcare facilities manage their supplies and ensure patient safety.medical device pouches

Standard packaging, smart packaging, RFID tracking, and data monitoring are visible in a world of greater transparency, efficiency, and reliability in the healthcare sector.

As technology continues to advance, we can expect further integration of these innovations into medical device pouches, improving patient outcomes and the overall healthcare experience.

The future of medical device packaging is intelligent, connected, and committed to enhancing the quality of care delivered to patients worldwide.

Contact our team to learn more and choose a medical device packaging system that works best for your business.