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New Packaging System Can Shift Gears at the Push of the Button

A new medical band sealer from OK International Corp.'s OKSealer division can accommodate up to 15 recipes for any heat sealable material.   
 
OKSealer Supersealer MBS
The Supersealer MBS (Image courtesy of OK International Corp.'s OKSealer division)
Brian Buntz
 
Packaging specialist OKSealer (Marlborough, MA) is launching novel packaging technology at MD&M East (Booth #1750) designed to enable medical device companies to change packaging materials quickly and easily. At the push of a button, a user of the machine can change the recipe for a specific packaging material such as heat, speed, air pressure, and height, making it possible to run a pouch in a matter of minutes.
 
Known as the Supersealer MBS, the system can be used with a UDI thermal ink jet coder to help medical device companies meet UDI requirements, says marketing associate Eva Rydholt. OK Sealer uses Code Tech's iJET technology, a self-contained print module that requires no additional control box or operator interface. The system also uses an Ethernet port to power both the printer and the system's vision system, allowing seamless data communication between the sealer, the vision system, and the printer. According to the company, this reduces the cost of integration and allows the Supersealers' HMI/GUI to control both the printer and the camera from a single interface.
 
A Keyence reader is also available. These features are controllable via a single human machine interface.
 
The Supersealer MBS rotary band sealer can handle an array of packaging materials including plastic, Tyvek, Mylar, PET, coated Tyvek, paper and plastic, laminated foil, and metalized bags.
 
The system runs continuously, unlike intermittent motion sealers. "We make it so that every component is monitored," says product manager and vice president Ann Marie Kellett.
 
The system monitors heaters and coolers with an electronic pressure regulator with analog input. Sensors are available for detecting wrinkles and band breaks, and monitoring whether a bag is straight or crooked. A reject station at the end of the sealer can collect failed bags.   
 
The sealer is constructed out of stainless steel and its interior parts of made of stainless steel or anodized aluminum. 
 
The sealer meets ISO 11607-2, ISO 13485, ISO 9001, and EN 868 specifications. 
 
(OK International Corp.'s OKSealer division will be showing off the novel packaging technology at MD&M East (Booth #1750), in New York City)

Brian Buntz is the editor-in-chief of MPMN and Qmed. Follow him on Twitter at @brian_buntz. 

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