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Articles from 2004 In March


Valve Suppliers Put Safety First

Originally Published MPMN March 2004

PRODUCT UPDATE

Valve Suppliers Put Safety First

Exhibitors at the recent MD&M West trade show displayed the latest in needleless valves

Susan Wallace

The Ultrasite positive displacement IV system from B. Braun OEM/Industrial features a needle-free design suitable for the intermittent injection, aspiration, or infusion of fluids.

The Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act requires healthcare employers to evaluate and put in place safety-engineered sharps devices and needleless systems in order to reduce their employees' occupational exposure to HIV, hepatitis C, and other bloodborne diseases. The act also requires that companies review and update their exposure control plans at least annually to reflect changes in sharps safety technology.

Conforming with the act will be easier with new needleless valves that the following medical device companies exhibited at the recent MD&M West 2004 trade show. For more information on these and other types of valves, as well as pumps, please see MPMN's Buyers Guide on page 46. 


A Passive System Automatically Prevents Backflow

Primary prevention techniques eliminate the need to introduce sharps into the workplace, thereby reducing the number of injuries caused by needlesticks. The Ultrasite positive-displacement IV system from B. Braun OEM/Industrial features a needle-free design suitable for the intermittent injection, aspiration, or infusion of fluids.

The product is a normally closed valve with female and male luer lock connections. When accessed with any male luer lock fitting, such as a syringe or IV adapter, the valve opens and enables bidirectional flow. It automatically closes when the male luer is removed, preventing fluid backflow. An alcohol swab cleans the valve connection before each procedure.

As a passive system, the Ultrasite valve cannot use needles, nor does it require additional components or steps to engage the safety feature. 
The valve is available in a variety of configurations, including in-line, y-site, extension set, or dispensing pin assemblies, in either sterile or nonsterile packaging. The latex-free and DEHP-free valve is also offered as a stand-alone unit.

Luer Valves Aspirate or Inject Fluids on Demand

Swabbable luer valves from Halkey-Roberts were developed as needleless injection ports for intravenous applications. The valve stem and body will mate securely with all standard luer syringes and luer connectors. This provides a hermetic seal between the syringe luer tip and the valve.
All raw materials are USP Class VI, and contain no latex or DEHP. Valve bodies are available in polycarbonate or copolyester for ease of bonding. Stems are made of silicone.

Series 2452040xx is a three-piece valve using a female luer lock connector and a male luer lock adapter. Series 2456240xx is a three-piece valve with a swabbable luer lock connected to an in-line y-adapter. It is available in a 4.1- or 3.7-mm inner diameter version. Both sizes have outer diameters of 6.4 mm.

The high-flow design one-way check valve from Halkey-Roberts can be used in IV and infusion applications.

The company also offers a one-way check valve that provides high flow rates across a wide range of pressures. The valve is made of DEHP with a latex-free polycarbonate housing and a silicone seal disk.

Preslit Systems Accept Cannulae Instead of Needles

A preslit needlefree system from Industrie Borla SpA was introduced this year at MD&M West. It is nonlatex and is siliconized for ease of insertion. The unit is compatible with many blunt cannula systems and has a life cycle of more than 200 insertions. 

The company offers preslit y-connectors and preslit injection site components. The connectors come in clear or green ABS and feature septa made of polyisoprene. The preslit injection site devices come in see-through red and clear ABS and also have polyisoprene septa. 

Swabbable luer valves from Halkey-Roberts have a stem and body that mate securely with all standard luer syringes and luer connectors.

The company also offers two styles of cannulae that are compatible with these components. Blunt plastic cannulae are lipid resistant. They can be sterilized with either EtO or gamma methods.

Vial access cannulae provide needlefree access to single-dose vials. These cannulae are also lipid resistant and EtO and gamma sterilizable.

Needleless Luer Access Sites Fill, Hold, and Release Fluids and Gases 

Needleless access components, also from Industrie Borla SpA, can be used as replacements for needle access ports for drug delivery or intravenous administration applications. They can also be used on endotracheal and tracheostomy tubes and urethral catheters.
 
The valve stem and body will mate securely with all standard luer syringes. Some bodies are available in polycarbonate, polypropylene, or polyvinyl chloride. Stems are made of silicone. 

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Aliens, Bigfoot, and Nostradamus Contribute to Manufacturer’s Web Site

Originally Published MPMN March 2004

E-News

Aliens, Bigfoot, and Nostradamus Contribute to Manufacturer's Web Site

Melody Lee

www.carriocabling.com

Aliens in a hot dog-shaped spaceship, Bigfoot's phone skills, and a famed seer's prophecy all make for far-fetched stories on Carrio Cabling's (Colorado Springs, CO) Web site. The cable assembly manufacturer's main Web page offers a link to a no-nonsense, standard site, or a second page with a little humor. Facts are scattered among the fiction, citing customer service contacts, testimonials, case studies, and capabilities. 

"We looked at the company's previous site and at others [in the industry], and after a while, you can't distinguish one site from another," says general manager Mike Wiater. "We began throwing around ideas and using our imagination, and decided to do something way out that people will remember us by. But maybe not everyone would appreciate it, so there's a parallel site. The information is the same either way; it's just a different way of getting to it." 

An artist who designed pictures for Carrio Cabling's office walls also contributed to the Web site. As a result, molded cable assemblies are photographed as a lunar probe vehicle, as fireworks, and as plants growing beside a stream. Standard head shots of the management team are replaced by caricatures. 

"Our goal is to get people to call us," says Wiater. "We're possibly getting more inquiries from people who think we'd be a fun company to work with. We take projects seriously, but we also enjoy working with customers and want them to enjoy
working with us."

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My Favorite Bookmarks

Originally Published MPMN March 2004

E-News

My Favorite Bookmarks

The Engineering Staff of Alaris Medical Systems Inc.

The Engineering Staff of Alaris Medical Systems Inc.

Mathworld (www.mathworld.wolfram.com) is helpful for double checking equations and for explaining to others how you reached your end result. This site contains subjects ranging from geometry to statistics.

Amedeo (www.amedeo.com) has been created to serve the needs of healthcare professionals including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, administrators, and other members of the health professions, patients, and their friends. Users can easily access timely, relevant information within their respective fields. We use this site to obtain general medical knowledge.

3D Content Central (www.3dcon tentcentral.com/3dcontentcentral/) is a free resource to locate 3-D components that can be added to your designs. The site is a cooperative relationship between the 3D PartStream group of SolidWorks Corp. and industrial suppliers. We use this site so we don't waste time creating components from scratch for our assembly drawings.

University of Alberta ANSYS Tutorials (www.mece.ualberta.ca/tutorials/ansys/index.html) provides tutorials for ANSYS engineering technology and design analysis software for those just beginning to utilize the power of finite element analysis. 

GE Plastics (www.geplastics.com/resins/index.jsp) offers on-demand e-seminars and engineering calculators. We have taken several of the courses and thought they were quite helpful. Basic materials research functions are also available.

Engineers Edge (www.engin eersedge.com) has basic information for engineering design. To name just a few of its features, it contains guidelines for plastic-part design, design for manufacturing, hardware information, a drill-size chart, and surface finish information. 

SpecialChem4polymers (www.specialchem4polymers.com) has expertise in additives and colors for polymers. The site is a good resource for us during the material selection phase of a new design. 

MatWeb (www.matweb.com) is a searchable database of material data sheets, including property information on thermoplastic and thermoset polymers, metals, and ceramics, plus a growing list of semiconductors, fibers, and other engineering materials. There are multiple ways to search, depending on what property you are looking for. This site is a very helpful tool for preliminary material selections.

IHS Global (www.global.ihs.com) is a good source to search for and purchase ISO standards.

The FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health (www.fda.gov/cdrh/index.html) provides a searchable 510(k) database on its site, plus general information on submissions and regulatory guidelines, including draft guidelines. 

Altavista's Babel Fish Translation Service (www.babelfish.altavista.com) is a good site that lets you type in your text and then translate into English or into the foreign language of your choice.

At least eight different languages are listed. 

Alaris Medical Systems Inc. (San Diego, CA; www.alarismed.com) supplies IV disposable components that facilitate needle-free access and compliance. 

Melody Lee

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IN BRIEF

Originally Published MPMN March 2004

INDUSTRY NEWS

IN BRIEF

COVA Products (Swedesboro, NJ; www.solvaydraka.com) is now doing business as Solvay Draka Inc..

The MedTech Group (South Plainfield, NJ; www.medtech-grp.com) expanded its Class 100,000 cleanroom to provide additional assembly 
and packaging capabilities.

Bunzl Extrusion (Phoenix; www.bunzlextrusion.com) has added a Class 100,00 cleanroom to house medical tubing extrusion lines.

Cognex Corp. (Natick, MA; www.cognex.com) will host a series of free machine vision seminars.

Steris Corp. (Mentor, OH; www.steris.com) has expanded its Isomedix Services processing operations in the Midwest.

Plastics Engineering and Development Inc. (Carlsbad, CA; www.pediplastics.com) received a device manufacturing license from FDA and has begun supplying medical devices on an OEM basis.

EI Microcircuits (Mankato, MN; www.eimicro.com) broke ground on a 15,000-sq-ft addition to its existing facility.

Charles River Laboratories (Wilmington, MA; www.criver.com) has acquired River Valley Farms, a privately held medical device contract research business near Minneapolis. 


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Micromolding Technique PumpsNew Life into Cardiovascular Device

Originally Published MPMN March 2004

INDUSTRY NEWS

Micromolding Technique Pumps New Life into Cardiovascular Device 

Norbert Sparrow

By replacing a machined stainless-steel part in a cardiovascular device with a component molded from a polyamide-imide, a contract molder was able to substantially reduce materials and labor costs.

A polyamide-imide material developed by Solvay Advanced Polymers LLC (Alpharetta, GA; www.solvayadvancedpolymers-us.com) has many desirable properties for device OEMs. Sold under the Torlon name, the polymer combines high strength at temperatures up to 260°C with creep and wear resistance. 

Nevertheless, many manufacturers have shied away from using it to mold parts. "Without the proper equipment and process controls, it can be difficult to work with," explains Scott Herbert, general manager at RapidWerks LLC (Chicago, IL; www.rapidwerks.com). The company has found a way to sidestep potential problems by using a Microsystem 50 molding machine from Battenfeld along with some proprietary processes. (Herbert says that more than $700,000 worth of quality inspection systems support the MS 50.) To illustrate its capabilities, the firm displayed a micromolded part used in a cardiovascular device at the recent MD&M West show in Anaheim, CA.

"Our customers are always asking us to make it smaller, faster, and cheaper," says Herbert. Replacing a machined stainless-steel part with a molded plastic component "would cause materials and labor costs to plummet. But we needed to source a material that could achieve metal-like performance," adds Herbert. Enter Torlon 4203L.

"The component operates at several thousand rpm under a load. So we needed a low-friction material with exceptional strength and wear resistance." In addition, the part is subjected to substantial heat, so the material had to be stable at high temperatures. "Torlon 4203L is the only high-performance plastic we found that met all of these requirements. It allowed us to produce a complex molded part weighing only 4.2 mg that has performance characteristics similar to metal," says Herbert.

Rapidwerks offers medical device OEMs an array of services from parts design and engineering to contract molding and assembly. The company has a Class 10,000 cleanroom. "The Microsystem 50 molding cell is itself a Class 10 cleanroom," adds Herbert, "so it functions as a cleanroom 
within a cleanroom."

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Elastomeric Materials ReceiveUSP Certification

Originally Published MPMN March 2004

INDUSTRY NEWS

Elastomeric Materials Receive USP Certification 

Rita Emmanouilidou

The black and white perfluoroelastomers and red compound have passed toxicity certification requirements.

The industrial sealing division of Freudenberg-NOK, Simrit (Plymouth, MI; www.simrit.com) recently received USP Class VI certification on three materials for pharmaceutical, medical, and biotech applications. The company's perfluoroelastomers, Simriz 484 and Simriz 486, and the compound Genuine Viton V178 have passed the stringent toxicity certification requirements. 

Simriz 484, a black material, and Simriz 486, white in color, are 75-durometer formulations. They offer chemical and heat resistance at temperatures from -5 to 230oC. The products are suited for clean process applications. 

"We are extremely proud to have earned USP Class VI certification for three of our materials, which allows us to further expand our product offerings," says vice president of business development Vinay Nilkanth. "This certification positions Simrit as a strong player in the medical industry." 

The Simrit division is based at Freudenberg-NOK's headquarters in Plymouth. Freudenberg NOK is part of the Freudenberg and NOK Group companies that supply precision-molded products to the medical sector and other industries.

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Materials Supplier Enters Braided Catheter Market

Originally Published MPMN March 2004

INDUSTRY NEWS

Materials Supplier Enters Braided Catheter Market

Rita Emmanouilidou

A recent investment in improved manufacturing processes has enabled Kanthal Palm Coast (Palm Coast, FL; www.smt.sandvik.com/bioline), a Sandvik Materials Technology company, to begin supplying stainless-steel catheter braiding wire and ribbon wire. 

The new production processes have added significant capacity to the company's facility. The custom manufacturing firm can provide fine-diameter specialty wire, and gears its production to supplying products that demand high quality, or have unique characteristics. Wire is available in dimensions 0.001 in. thick 3 0.003 in. wide in stainless-steel grade Sandvik Bioline Type 304V. Thicknesses down to 0.00075 in. can be produced. 

By integrating production from steel melt to the finished wire product, the company is able to ensure complete quality control and product consistency. The newly incorporated braiding process offers OEMs benefits such as control and maximization of torque, kink and pressure resistance, stiffness, and pushability.

Sandvik Materials Technology products include wire, strip, tube, profile shapes, and cannulated bar for the manufacture of catheter guidewire systems, orthopedic and dental implants, fracture fixation devices, suture needles and staples, surgical blades and saw cutting tools, dental burrs and reamers, and wire for diagnostic and sensor electrical leads.


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Multicomponent Molding Services Key to Company’s Growth

Originally Published MPMN March 2004

INDUSTRY NEWS

Multicomponent Molding Services Key to Company's Growth

Susan Wallace

The Tech Group has acquired the Powerline all-electric injection molding machine from Ferromatik Milacron North America

The Tech Group (Phoenix; www.techgroup.com), an injection molder, is targeting its business efforts toward multicomponent molding. The company will soon take delivery of Ferromatik Milacron North America's first two-component, all-electric injection molding machine. The 330-tn Powerline will use standard and stack multicomponent, servodriven molds, built by The Tech Group, to provide an accurate, repeatable, hydraulics-free method to produce complex medical parts. 

According to the company, multicomponent molding offers a wide range of opportunities for molders looking to gain competitive advantage. It can eliminate assembly or postmolding operations, shorten processing time, increase functionality, reduce costs, and enable greater automation efficiencies.
 
"We've been quite successful building our microcomponent tooling business, and the molding side has grown steadily for us, even through the last couple of lean years," says Bill Gerard, vice president of engineering for The Tech Group. "We now have a business plan to go after in-mold assembly and multicomponent jobs, and the two-component Powerline is a key part of our 
technology platform."

He continues, "Rather than waiting for applications to come to us, which is what custom molders typically do, we're gathering the right technologies now to take our capability to a new level. We believe the combination of servodriven molds and machine will give us an important technology edge."

The 330-tn Powerline machine uses two reciprocating injection units and direct-connected, rack-and-pinion clamp drive for clean, quiet, and responsive operation. The injection units, which are arranged in an L shape, are rated at 8 oz maximum shot, and 34,800 psi maximum pressure for the primary, and 1.0 oz and 35,000 psi for the secondary. Initially, The Tech Group will use the machine for development. It will also be used for production work as manufacturing needs dictate.

The Tech Group has nine multicomponent machines in North America and 11 machines in Europe. The company's multicomponent business has grown 10% per year, and is up significantly in 2003, according to Gerard. He says, "We intend to push the multicomponent technology envelope in the United States with in-mold assembly and decorating."

The 330-tn Powerline uses two reciprocating injection units.

"We believe all-electric molding will be an even more valuable asset in multicomponent molding than it is in traditional single-shot molding," he notes.

The company makes about 25% of its molds and outsources the rest. They build the most complex tooling in-house, including multicomponent tools with capabilities licensed from Gram Technology. "Our in-house tool making strategy is to take on the molds that would be too risky or expensive for shops that rely on tooling as their sole source of income," says Gerard. The company's multicomponent molds typically use servomotors for mold action, rather than hydraulics, providing an all-electric process. 

"Few North American molders would invest in a machine like this to leapfrog the rest of the market and offer customers this kind of developmental platform," says Dale Werle, president of Ferromatik Milacron North America. "Fewer still can internally supply the tooling for those operations. It is especially encouraging to find a molder building its own servo-powered multicomponent tools, and we're now able to serve this market with new all-electric multicomponent machines, as well as retrofit secondary all-electric injection units."

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Surface Treatment

Originally Published MPMN March 2004

Outsourcing Outlook

Surface Treatment

Electrical Surface Treatment Optimizes Coating Adhesion

Processing up to 1000 parts per minute, an electrical surface treatment system is used to optimize the adhesion of printing inks and coatings onto polymer materials such as polyethylene, polypropylene, and polytetrafluoroethylene. Suitable for disposable syringes, the 360° noncontact process system features an integrated watt-density control to ensure uniform treatment at changing line speeds. Tantec Inc., Schaumburg, IL www.tantecusa.com 




Plasma Technology Treats Contaminants at the Nanometer Level


When noncompatible materials create difficulties in the assembly process, plasma treatment can remove contaminants at the nanometer level. The FlexTrak automated plasma system also enables microetching, promotes cross-linking, and activates and changes surfaces from hydrophobic to hydrophilic. Modifying surface energies, the system's three-axis symmetrical chamber and proprietary process control provide treatment uniformity and short cycle times. The company's software offers a graphical interface for touch screen programming. March Plasma Systems, Concord, CA 
www.marchplasma.com  








Performance Coatings Add Specific Surface Properties

Performance coatings enhance chemical or corrosion resistance, and provide electrical insulation, nonwetting characteristics, and dry lubrication. Designed to add specific surface properties to parts, the coatings include Teflon for high lubricity, and nonstick and nonwetting qualities up to 550°F, and Halar for electrical insulation. Additional options are Kynar, which exhibits strength and toughness, and impact-, corrosion-,and abrasion-resistant nylon. Suitable for parts ranging from less than an ounce to 2000 lb, the coatings can be applied from 0.0002 to 0.020 in. thick, depending on the coating and substrate. Products such as hypotubes, surgical instruments, probes, mandrels, core wires, valve components and housings, solenoids, and process equipment can be coated. Applied Plastics Company, Inc., Norwood, MA www.appliedplastics.com 


Treatment Increases Surface Energy for Printing

As an alternative to chemical priming and etching processes, a 3-D air-plasma surface treatment improves surface adhesion for printing, painting, coating, bonding, and labeling. The design of the Dyne-A-Mite HP treater generates a blown arc discharge suitable for high line speeds. Capable of treating 3-D objects and 2-D plastics, the process can be used with such materials as polyethylene, polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate, PVC, thermoplastic polyurethane, vinyl, polystyrene, polycarbonate, and types of thermoformed and thermoset plastics. It is suitable for extruded, pultruded, molded, and formed materials. The surface treatment enables high-quality printing on plastic parts, resulting in clear readable markings on polymer surfaces and good adhesion of labels and coatings.  Enercon Industries Corp., Menomonee Falls, WI www.enerconind.com 


Spray System Provides Touch-Up and Coating Options 

A cartridge-based dispensing system uses air pressure to apply reactive, fast-curing compounds. The HSS system features a spray nozzle designed for the company's Ratio-Pak dual cartridges, which come in ratios from 1:1 to 25:1 and capacities from 100 to 1500 ml. The nozzle can be used at various low pressures, for cold-spray meter-mix coating, and with liner application equipment. Suitable for lab testing and compound development, the equipment can also be used for in-field demonstrations, touch-ups, small-volume coating, and sealant, foam, and liner projects. The company's finishing machines perform tasks such as automated assembly, labeling, and hot stamping. Plas-Pak Industries Inc., Norwich, CT www.plaspakinc.com  




Laser System Enables Surface Ablation

Ablation of metals, ceramics, or polymers is performed using a laser treatment process. With the same technology, material surfaces can be furnished with structures in the micron range, for example, for optimizing ingrowth of implants. The ablation process is characterized by short, energetic laser pulses. The precise control of the system enables microstructures smaller than 15 µm as well as the ablation of entire surface layers. Carl Baasel Lasertech GmbH, Starnberg, Germany www.rofin.com  


Parylene Offers Biostability and Biocompatibility

A parylene variant offers lubricity, UV stability, dielectric strength, and critical component protection at higher temperatures than traditional parylenes C, N, and D. Parylene HT accommodates temperatures up to 450°F, and provides a barrier against chemicals and moisture. Used on stents, catheters, mandrels, tubing, and electronic components, the biocompatible and pinhole-free parylene is applied via gas phase deposition for a conformal coating. Specialty Coating Systems, Indianapolis, IN www.scscookson.com 

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Packaging

Originally Published MPMN March 2004

SPOTLIGHT

Packaging

Pouch opener

A pouch-opening unit acts as a third hand for the operator, automatically presenting an open package. The QuickPouch handles packages measuring 21¼2-8 in. wide and 4-12 in. tall. With an adjustable rate of up to 15 pouches per minute, the product accommodates materials such as foil, Tyvek, paper, and other laminates. Quickpouch, Ronkonkoma, NY; www.quickpouch.com

 


Top-sealing system

A packaging system is designed to seal uncoated top webs to a number of different forming films in horizontal form-fill-seal applications. The use of a universal top-sealing plate minimizes changeover time by eliminating the need for changing that element of the station. Tiromat Medical Packaging, Biedenkopf-Wallau, Germany; www.tiromatmedicalpackaging.com 

 


Multilayer packaging

A multilayer coextruded structure is engineered to contain iodine and other hard-to-hold liquid compounds. The IR300 packaging material is a paper, polyethylene, and aluminum foil composite, topped with a layer of the company's FortéG polyester sealant. Suitable for alcohol swabs, prep pads, and liquid medical applications, the material does not require a tear notch to gain entry. The material also offers stiffness and a coefficient of friction between the sealant and the swab material. Rollprint Packaging Products Inc., Addison, IL; www.rollprint.com 
 


Orbital carton erector

Featuring a balcony design, a cartoner provides maximum access to the drive components from one side of the machine. The P100 orbital carton erector processes cartons at speeds of up to 350 pieces per minute. Suitable for three shifts per day, the system has digital gauges and scales with pointers that enable a no-tool changeover within 10 minutes. Serpa Packaging Solutions, Visalia, CA; www.serpapackaging.com 

 


Carrying case inserts

Custom-designed case inserts protect and organize products. Offering inventory control, security, and aesthetics, the products are available in a variety of materials, such as molded and fabricated foams, thermoformed plastics, laminated composites, and conductive materials. Inserts are CNC machined, with one-piece construction for durability and multiple cavity depths. UFP Technologies, Georgetown, MA; www.ufpt.com 
 

 


Electron-beam sterilization

E-beam irradiation sterilization is available for manufacturers and marketers of single-use medical disposables. Using high-energy electrons, E-beam sterilization eliminates the need for radioactive material sources, with no refueling, handling, or downtime required. Penetrating E-beam irradiation permits flexibility in working with mixed-density loads and any shipment size. Precision dosing leaves no residual radiation or chemical and moisture residue to degrade products or impact packaging. E-Beam Services Inc., Cranbury, NJ; www.ebeamservices.com


Band and sleeve applicators

Heat-shrink, tamper-evident, full-body sleeve applicators are available in water- and dust-resistant versions. The EZ-100SP model features an enclosed film roll compartment to minimize entry of dust or waterborne contaminant particles. Manufactured with an all-stainless-steel enclosure and frame, the product processes containers ranging from 1¼3 to 2 3¼4 in. in diameter, with a lay-flat film width of 15 to 112 mm. When processing films with thicknesses of 40-70 µm, tamper-evident bands can be applied at 150 containers per minute, and full-body sleeves at a rate of 80 per minute. The machine also includes a motorized film unwind system, product size changer, and front or rear access to the film supply. Axon Corp., Raleigh, NC; www.axoncorp.com 

 


Component packaging

An elastomer gel material provides a tacky, nonadhesive surface to hold small parts in place during transport without the need for pockets or custom-molded packaging. The Gel-Box carrier is an integrated box system suitable for handling medical components to be removed manually with tweezers, forceps, or by hand. The packaging is EtO and gamma compatible and can accommodate an array of device shapes and sizes. Gel-Pak, Hayward, CA; www.gelpak.com 


 


Pouch sealers

Designed to meet cleanroom packaging requirements, two precision medical pouch sealers are suitable for a number of premade packages. The PM EL 18 and PM PLC 18 are both constant heat-validatable jaw sealers featuring 18-in. seal bar lengths and 3¼8-in. seal widths. The machines also offer stainless-steel enclosures and process alarms for temperature. Four temperature validation ports enable profiling and monitoring across the entire seal bar. The PM PLC offers system alarms for temperature and pressure, which disable the machine when it is out of specified tolerances. Belco Packaging Systems Inc., Monrovia, CA; www.belcopackaging.com


Rollstock equipment

Contoured packaging and card placement are available options with two rollstock machines. Offering a form-fill-seal combination, the systems minimize scrap and help maximize production speed. The R530 thermoforming system uses roll-fed plastic to create blister and sheet-fed backings for high-volume operations. The R240 system is an option for small- and mid-sized processors. The machines are suitable for disposable products, such as syringes, vials, connecting sets, and catheters. Using a touch screen program, the packaging equipment saves user preferences, such as package depth or hole punches, in memory and enables quick changeover for the production of multiple designs. Multivac Inc., Kansas City, MO; www.multivac.com


Adhesive packaging

A variety of adhesive packaging is available in sizes from 1 to 1000 g. Suitable for holding reactive adhesives, sealants, or resins, package types include A-Pak flexible burst-seal and divider-clip pouches, dual cartridges, and Semkit packages. The company's services include blending and compounding of material according to the customer's specifications. Adhesive Packaging Specialties Inc., Peabody, MA; www.adhesivepackaging.com 

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