The demands on medical device packaging experts have increased as new options have been made available to OEMs. Environmental and energy concerns have also contributed. This article looks at how one packaging specialist is offering solutions to the industry.
|Thermoform packaging being produced on machine|
|Examples of thermoformed trays, blister packaging with films, and form fill seal packaging|
Cyclic Olefin Copolymer (COC) is a resin that was introduced for packaging films in 2003. This resin has been used in the medical industry as a resin of choice for many years due to high water vapor barrier, high optical clarity, and low extractable properties. OraTech has co-developed films containing COC combined with other polymers, delivering a profound engineered barrier with excellent product/packaging results.
Further, the company has teamed up with key partners to offer as many as nine independent layers co-extruded into one film. Typically, each layer is bounded with a tie layer. This is different than the conventional lamination process that utilizes adhesives to bind each film layer together. These adhesives used in traditional lamination potentially can pose issues with product stability, migration, and biocompatibility. Eliminating the adhesive reduces variables, which is always welcome in the realm of medical packaging.
|Thermoformed packaging for tray of medical devices|
|A medical device package using various polymer layers for film structure|
Shem Fischer is the manager of medical contract manufacturing/packaging at OraTech. He is responsible for sales and marketing. Fischer can be reached at 801-619-0282 or firstname.lastname@example.org.