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Articles from 2016 In August

Vertical bagger now applies zippers to various 3-side sealed pouches

Vertical bagger now applies zippers to various 3-side sealed pouches
The XYRJ vertical form-fill-seal machine can apply a zipper to 3-side sealed pouches.

Pick a pouch, any pouch. It’s likely the Model XYRJ vertical form-fill-sealer can make it—and apply a zipper now, too, to produce consumer-preferred reclosable packaging.

The ability to add a lengthwise zipper is a new option on this less-than-a-year-old packaging machine. Introduced by Triangle Package Machinery late in 2015, the XYRJ bagger captured the attention of packaging machinery users because of its versatility in creating a variety of bag styles: pillow, gusseted, 3-side-seal and Doyen. It’s able to switch pouch formats—in 15 minutes or less—because its sealing jaw can be easily rotated, and without complicated tools.

Using a VFFS machine instead of a horizontal system to apply a zipper to 3-side sealed pouches saves on floor space, and increases speeds and, subsequently, output. The 3-side sealed pouches are filled and sealed sideways, in a 90-degree position. The zipper is added to what looks like the side of the bag but is actually the top of the finished package.

Bags can be sealed with heat or, optionally, with ultrasonics. The latter can create an airtight seal even with product in the seal zone. This can save packaging material by tightening up the headspace and creating narrower seals. Ultrasonic sealing also saves production time and energy because operators don’t need to wait for the jaws to heat up or cool down and because bagging speeds are always higher with smaller bags.

Intermittent- or continuous-motion systems are available, with top speeds reaching 120 bags per minute.

See demonstrations of the XYRJ bagger at Pack Expo 2016 (Nov. 6-9; Chicago) in the Triangle Package Machinery Booth S-2430.

Plastic packaging scores an environmental win

Plastic packaging scores an environmental win
The new 86-page Trucost report delves into the business and environmental value of plastic packaging.

What’s the net environmental cost of plastic packaging and how does it compare to other packaging? New research explores the material’s “natural capital” value and concludes that its eco-efficiencies make good business sense.

Natural capital is “the finite stock of natural assets (air, water, land) from which goods and services flow to benefit society and the economy. It is made up of ecosystems, and non-renewable deposits of fossil fuels and minerals.” It was coined by British economist E.F. Schumacher in his 1973 book “Small Is Beautiful: A Study of Economics As If People Mattered.”

Natural capital is used by the global economy to produce goods and services: Oil is extracted from the ground to power industry; trees are harvested for pulp and wood; cattle is bred and raised for human consumption. What are the social and environmental costs associated with natural capital consumption, like greenhouse gas emissions and waste management—and who is to pay the price?

The natural capital costs of almost every product and service our economy produces and consumes is not accounted for in corporate finance, nor is it factored into the market price for a consumer product good or service. Trucost—a company working to change that—applies natural capital valuation techniques to business operations to allow corporate entities measure environmental impacts in monetary terms. The intent is that these environmental costs can be factored into business decision-making and investment, policy setting and in weighing the tradeoffs between implied costs and benefits of economic activity.

Trucost developed a methodology for valuing the environmental cost of plastic used in the consumer goods sector for the United Nations Environment Program in 2014. Titled Valuing Plastic,Trucost identified $75 billion in annual natural capital costs associated with plastic use by the consumer goods sector.

Is $75 billion in natural capital costs associated with plastic use in the consumer goods sector a lot? Trucost’s 2016 report for the American Chemistry Council, Plastics and Sustainability, works to place this valuation within a larger context by analyzing the natural capital costs associated with the consumer goods sector if plastics were replaced with alternative materials.

Trucost finds—in accordance with recent studies by Franklin Associates and Denstatt—that a move away from plastics comes at an even higher net environmental cost, due primarily to the material efficiency of plastics versus the alternative materials intended to replace it.

Specifically, Trucost’s natural capital valuation of plastics versus its alternatives in the consumer goods sector demonstrates that substituting plastics with other materials that perform the same function comes at a net environmental cost of about 4 to 1. While plastics consume a lot of natural capital during production and transport to market compared to alternatives, the inherent material efficiency of plastic allows it to perform the same function with less mass. Trucost provides insight into the environmental hot spots of plastic use in the consumer goods sector, demonstrating that the largest return on investment for natural capital consumption occurs upstream during resin processing and transport.

Among the key questions the report explores are:

• What is the global environmental cost of plastic use in the consumer goods sector and how would this change if plastic were replaced with alternatives?

• What is the impact on oceans for plastics and its alternatives?

• Which sectors have the greatest environmental cost?

• What are the most important environmental costs and where are they concentrated in the value chain?

Consult the free report for a full analysis.

Chandler Slavin is the sustainability coordinator and marketing manager at custom thermoforming company Dordan Manufacturing. Privately held and family owned and operated since 1962, Dordan is an engineering-based designer and manufacturer of plastic clamshells, blisters, trays and thermoformed components. Follow Slavin on Twitter @DordanMfg.


Sustainable packaging requires yin and yang thinking

Sustainable packaging requires yin and yang thinking
Sustainable Materials Management or The Circular Economy? Choose wisely, sustainability manager.

There are two big picture catch phrases competing for the attention of the packaging industry: Sustainable Materials Management and The Circular Economy. Which is better for the environment? Which is better for your bottom line?

Wait, grasshopper. The answer isn’t one or the other. It’s both.

Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) is a framework for minimizing the environmental impacts related to the consumption of products and services. It is based on the concept of lifecycle thinking, whereby the cradle-to-grave chain of inputs, throughputs and outputs of a specific product or service is measured, analyzed, compared and evaluated.

There are two primary aspects to SMM. The first relates to source reduction, in which the goal is to minimize the amount of materials and energy needed to deliver 100% of the value expected from purchased products and services. According to the Second Law of Thermodynamics, all processes create waste of some sort. Thus, it is always better to conserve resources by not using materials and energy than to figure out how to mitigate the effects of The Second Law.

After source reduction techniques are applied, the key to successful SMM implementation is to:

• Use only the most effective, efficient material and energy resources when creating products and services, and

• Keep those resources operating indefinitely within the economic system.

Doing so requires Circular Economy (CE) thinking, which minimizes disposability and waste while maximizing conservation, reuse and recovery.

When working within both SMM and CE frameworks, it is important to keep a couple of points in mind:

1. Looking at the “big picture” from a lifecycle perspective can produce counter-intuitive, but more effective, actions and results. (This type of holistic thinking is critical to achieving optimal results.)

Example: Mandated recycled content requirements to support recycling efforts can create unintended outcomes. Packaging manufacturers are careful to balance the use of recycled substrates (25% PCR, 50% PCR, 100% PCR, etc.) with packaging weight and product protection.  A good case in point is the effective use of recycled fibers in transport packaging to ensure sufficient protection during shipment; think appliances and electronics. Mandating the amount of recycled content inhibits the flexibility of the manufacturer to create this effective balance with the needs of the product in mind.  

2. Because we haven’t yet invented a perpetual-motion machine, achieving SMM and CE is a journey, not a destination. Over time, innovation and its long-term effects can create the need to augment or modify strategies and tactics.

Example: Flexible pouches have significant source reduction benefits over rigid containers, even when the former are not being recycled. However, as the amount of flexible packaging increases, so does the solid waste and public concern it creates. Through innovation, materials are now being introduced that increase the likelihood of flexible packaging being recycled, both physically and thermally. Such innovation adds to the original source reduction benefits and optimizes the use of resources over the lifecycle.


With its emphasis on science-based decision making and material neutrality, AMERIPEN strongly believes in the yin-and-yang approach of combined lifecycle thinking, sustainable materials management and the circular economy. To ensure a more sustainable packaging supply chain, the organization is working with policymakers, government agencies, and industry to put these concepts to work.

Robert (Bob) Lilienfeld, a marketing and communications consultant to AMERIPEN, has been involved with sustainable packaging for more than 20 years.

Photos courtesy Robert Lilienfeld.

Spiral conveyors carry small packs at high speeds

Spiral conveyors carry small packs at high speeds
Space-saving vertical conveyors reliably transport small packages.

More smaller U.S. households, in combination with the trend of single-serve packaging to ensure freshness and help encourage healthy eating, means container size is shrinking too. Conveying small loads on a packaging line can be problematic because there’s not much surface to keep them stable. Two new versions of the Narrow Trak spiral conveyor from Ryson Intl. address this challenge by reliably transporting small packages (cartons or containers) in a single file or in a continuous mass flow at speeds in excess of 200 feet per minute.

These new vertical conveyors come with 6- and 9-inch wide nesting slats, which provide a flat conveying surface without gaps to ensure smooth end- or side-transfers. And unlike other conveyors that use side grippers to transport packages at high speeds, the Narrow Trak systems don’t require time-consuming adjustments to run different sizes. Additionally, the company’s proprietary low-friction chain slat design helps reduce maintenance needs, keeping uptime high for high-throughput packaging lines in the food, beverage, personal care and pharmaceutical/nutraceutical markets.

Super-compact, the spirals save valuable floor space. For example, units with 6-inch wide slats measure just 4-feet 3-inches in their outside diameter.

See the Narrow Trak spiral conveyor at Pack Expo 2016 (Nov. 6-9; Chicago) in the Ryson Intl. Booth N-5528.

Single-serve Deli Snackers put grab-and-go protein in the hands of mobile Millennials

Single-serve Deli Snackers put grab-and-go protein in the hands of mobile Millennials
The new Deli Snackers debut in single-serve packs for quick and easy snacking, even when on the go.

Could fresh meat snacks capture a piece of the lucrative dried meat snacks (aka jerky) market? Land O’Frost is betting on it. In July, it introduced a new product line called Deli Snackers—baked meat snacks made from high-quality, oven-roasted meats—in single-serve packaging designed for grab-and-go snacking.

Even a sliver of the jerky pie could represent sizable sales. In 2015, Americans bought $2.8 billion worth of beef jerky, according to Chicago-based market research firm IRI. And the market is still growing, thanks to health and wellness attitudes. More than three-quarters (78%) of consumers say they feel that protein contributes to a healthy diet and more than half say they want more of it in their diets, according to Protein Perceptions and Needs, a December 2013 survey by The NPD Group, among a nationally representative sample of 2,122 U.S. primary grocery shoppers.

“At Land O’Frost, we’re always keeping a pulse on consumer trends and looking for ways to introduce new offerings to meet the desires and needs of our customers,” said Keith Hill, director of brand management for Land O’Frost, in a press release announcing the product launch. “We know consumers are looking to snack more throughout the day while also finding ways to get more protein in their diets. Our new line of Deli Snackers provides a healthy, tasty and versatile meat snack option that we know will excite shoppers.”

Deli Snackers are currently available in six varieties—Black Forest Ham, Hot & Smokey Ham, Vermont Maple Ham, Rotisserie Seasoned Chicken Breast, Sweet & Spicy Chicken Breast and Buffalo Chicken Breast—in color-coded packaging to make it easy for consumers to find their favorites the next time they buy.

Each package holds about 12 to 14 pieces per package, which was determined as an “ideal” snack portion. At about 80 calories, each single-serve pack provides 10 grams of protein with no more than 3 grams of fat and less than 400mg of sodium, helping consumers meet their healthy eating and snacking goals.

According to Land O’Frost, the fresh meats can safely survive for several hours outside a refrigerator, however, maintaining their status as a portable snack.

Land O’Frost’s innovation/R&D team answered our specific questions about the packaging (in alpha order by last name): Carl Abbott, vp, procurement; Rich Carlson, director of innovation; Keith Hill, director of brand management; Craig Irsch, senior manufacturing engineer; and Boyd Lee, senior product developer.

From the image, it looks like the package is a bottom formed web of film, sealed with a top lid. Is this correct? Or is it a pouch?

Land O’Frost innovation/R&D team: Deli Snackers are packed in a bottom film that is flexible forming and a top film that is non-flexible forming.

Is the product image on the front printed on or is that a window so consumers can see the actual product inside? 

Land O’Frost innovation/R&D team: The Deli Snackers front panel has a window where the product is visible. Based on consumer research, consumers expressed interest to see the product through packaging, especially on something new and different such as this launch.

How are the packages filled on the production line? Using whose equipment? 

Land O’Frost innovation/R&D team: West Liberty Foods, a co-manufacturer, produces the product to strict specifications on a high-speed automated packaging line.

It looks like the pieces of meat are about the size that would fit on a cracker. Is that correct? Are these cut that way or formed? 

Land O’Frost innovation/R&D team: Yes, that is correct. The meat snacks fit perfectly on a cracker or are used as a salad topper—although consumers did tell us that, more often than not, they use Deli Snackers for an on-the-go high protein snack.

Who did the packaging graphics? Did the company work with an outside package design firm? 

Land O’Frost innovation/R&D team: All of Land O’Frost’s packaging is designed by our internal graphics team.

What is the point of the circles in the graphics? 

Land O’Frost innovation/R&D team: Deli Snackers are meant to be an on-the-go protein snack, so the design is meant to be fun and conveying a sense of movement.

Is the back of the package clear or printed? 

Land O’Frost innovation/R&D team: The back of the package is a printed clear film.

I see the “easy peel” arrow in the upper right corner. Whose packaging technology are you using to ensure the package is easy open? 

Land O’Frost innovation/R&D team: Land O’Frost uses Bemis, a global manufacturer of flexible packaging products and pressure-sensitive materials.

No need for a reseal feature, though, because this is a single-serve package, right? 

Land O’Frost innovation/R&D team: Yes, the Deli Snackers are a single serving, because we did not want to give consumers the extra cost that would come with making it resealable.

Is the 2-oz size considered one serving? 

Land O’Frost innovation/R&D team: Yes, 2 ounces is one serving. We tested it and found that the bell curve fit around the 2-ounce size. It wasn’t too much and it wasn’t too little. It was just the right size.

Where are these packages positioned in the store? I don’t see any peg holes. 

Land O’Frost innovation/R&D team: Our customers received several merchandising options. The packages can be stacked on shelf and it has a punch out hole (not visible in the image) for pegs, but the most common display method is in the seven-count display tray that it comes packed in.

Who is the target customer and why them? 

Land O’Frost innovation/R&D team: This product has a pretty broad appeal, but specifically, males and Millennials are the target consumers. This audience is always on-the-go and looking for healthier alternatives to include in their snacks.

Are these also sold at convenience stores? 

Land O’Frost innovation/R&D team: For Deli Snackers, our two biggest customers are Walmart and Meijer, and any mass merchandise stores alike.


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Double-duty labeler also multipacks

Double-duty labeler also multipacks
One system switches between two packaging operations: shrink-sleeve labeling and multipacking.

It’s a shrink-sleeve labeler for single containers but it’s also a multipacker. The updated R-300 system quickly and easily changes between the two operations, depending on product need at the time. This gives packaging engineers the flexibility to add multipacking capabilities to their packaging line at a minimum cost—and serve club-store customers in-house or develop and fulfill promotional campaigns for regular or online retailers.

From PDC Intl, the versatile system handles rigid packages—bottles, cans, cartons—in various shapes and in sizes from 2 ounces up to 1 gallon. No-tool changeover and splice-on-the-fly capability maximize uptime. The mandrel-style shrink-sleeve labeler can also open and form sleeves into different shapes, such as oval, square and rectangular. Packagers of foods, beverages, personal care products, over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, household products and more can create unique packs for the best shelf impact.

Output consistently reaches 400 containers per minute, even with films as thin as 1.25 to 2 mil (30 to 50 microns). The machine can handle a range of materials, from standard films like polyethylene terephthalate gly (PETG), polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and oriented polystyrene (OPS) to newer sustainable materials like polylactic acid (PLA).

Modules can add horizontal or vertical perforations, making it easy for consumers to remove the multipack wrap or the section of the label providing tamper evidence on single containers.

See the R-300 labeler/multipacker at Pack Expo 2016 (Nov. 6-9; Chicago) in the PDC Intl Booth N-5136.

How will packaging evolve to meet Gen Z’s idea of retail?

How will packaging evolve to meet Gen Z’s idea of retail?
Each generation influences packaging design. What will Gen Z's impact be?

Millennials and their packaging preferences deserve attention because they command a sizable share of today’s market, especially for consumer packaged goods, and will dominate for some time to come. But what shifts in packaging design and production might we see once the next generation—Generation Z—grows up and wields more economic capital?

Stephan Ango, co-founder and head of product for Lumi—a packaging service based in Los Angeles that supplies many of the emerging direct-to-consumer brands that are disrupting retail like MeUndies and Primary—shares some ideas in his blog “Vertical commerce and how the next generation of retail will be built.”

Stephan Ango

Ango talks about vertical commerce brands (VCBs)—companies that originate online—and how they meet the expectations of Gen Z consumers, who were born between 1995 and 2015. He asks and then examines, “What will Gen Z’s idea of retail look like?”

Good question, so let’s start there…

What will Gen Z’s idea of retail look like and how will packaging need to evolve to meet those needs?

Ango: Gen Z will be looking to have an even more personal relationship with the products they buy than any other generation that has come before. They are a mobile-first generation that interacts directly with the creators and brands they follow. They want to personally relate to the people who made, designed or curated what they buy.

The democratization of media through new platforms such as YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram (and whatever comes next), has led to a flourishing of niche brands that have smaller but much more dedicated audiences. We already see the beginnings of this with brands such as Ipsy, which emerged from the YouTube star Michelle Phan.

Packaging will need to accommodate the needs of these brands looking for custom, personal touches at small quantities. At the same time, I believe Gen Z will enter the workforce with a much more informed perspective of the global environmental crisis we face. They will not only expect the products they buy to be personal, but to also respect the planet. Packaging has to follow suit.

In your blog, you say, “VCBs sell physical things, atoms. But when it comes to making and moving them, VCBs want these physical things to behave more digitally, like bits.” Can packaging help in this regard? If so, how?

Ango: VCBs see the products they sell in the same way they see data on their servers. They want the flexibility to quickly move their inventory, ramp it up, ramp it down—all without having to physically interact with it themselves. This means they need manufacturing, warehousing and fulfillment that responds quickly to their needs. They are thinking less about cases of product going to retailers, and more about individual units that will ship to consumers.

As we shift from physical retail to online retail, the role of packaging is changing. In a world where people make their buying decision online, the packaging does not need to sell the customer. In the past, packaging was about selling the product to the customer in the store. Today, packaging is about shipping the product to the customer at home.

Because the customer doesn’t benefit from a physical retail experience, packaging can become more experiential. Its job is to not only to deliver the product in good condition, but to also become the first physical touchpoint a consumer has with a brand.

We know from Amazon’s efforts with “frustration-free packaging” that consumers are looking for simpler, less wasteful packaging. Branding must therefore move outwards to the shipping box. Packaging needs to be a shippable “unit of experience” for the customer. For example, what would a bottle of laundry detergent look like if it were designed to be shipped, rather than sit on a shelf?

All-in-one resource for select material handling equipment

All-in-one resource for select material handling equipment
The vendor specializes in conveyors, flow racks, case lifters and related equipment.

FlexMation distributes products for a few hand-picked vendors and products for container and material flow/handling for packaging, assembly, production, shipping and warehouse operations.

Customers don’t have to make big changes at once. Moving toward better material flow doesn’t have to be complex, and even small changes to an existing system can have a big impact. The company provides a range of easily-implementable products that can be mixed, matched, and combined seamlessly into a system that can grow over time.

Products include:

•             Lean dollies & pallet adapters;

•             Gravity conveyors;

•             Flow racks, pallet storage and picking solutions;

•             Andon light kits with inventory level sensors;

•             FIFO lanes;

•             Powered push-pull assists;

•             Case lifters.

Specifically, FlexMation has pre-vetted quality selections that include the following brands and products: Bosch Rexroth Varioflow powered conveyors, XLean manual/gravity conveyors and custom-designed manual conveyors  in a variety of roller types available; UNEX gravity-flow racks and warehouse storage (standard or custom); K.Hartwall lean dollies; Bosch Rexroth and Syskomp case lifters, Orgatex FIFO lanes and visual tools and Movexx Tuggers.

FlexMation also provides consultation to help customers optimize their operations.

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Digital printing creates colorful custom closures

Digital printing creates colorful custom closures
The incredible fidelity of the 4-color CMYK digital printing process is exemplified by this sampling.

Photo-quality CMYK digital printing of plastic caps opens up more colorful choices for brand owners wanting packaging that makes a stronger impression with consumers.

Digital printing is revolutionizing packaging by offering custom, even personalized variations that give products on-shelf distinction. Labels, cartons, corrugated and other packaging substrates have provided the eye-catching billboard for this kind of impactful draw for consumers. Now Omega Packaging has pioneered what owner Jack Oh believes is a breakthrough new kind of decorating option for packaging: Custom digital printing of plastic caps and closures. Some highlights:
* CMYK digital process, printing directly onto polypropylene caps;

* No screens or plates required, so changing artwork or colors is simple;

* Low-migration UV-cured ink is suitable for food packaging;

* Can print very small text, barcodes, and photographic images;

* Variable data is possible;

* 1-color print or 1,000 color print costs the same;

* Low minimums on orders.

How rare is this capability? "There are many closure manufacturers who offer one- or two-color offset or pad printing onto caps,” says Oh, “but I don't know of any other closure manufacturer who offers this new technology. Not only does it offer full color, but it makes shorter runs and quicker turnarounds possible.”

Oh answers the rest of Packaging Digest’s questions in this Q&A.

Packaging Digest’s custom-printed samples printed from submitted JPG graphics files were turned around in a surprisingly short timeframe.

What sparked the idea?

Oh: Our customers have been requesting that we offer decorating services for some time. We were initially looking at screen and pad printing, but came across digital inkjet printing at a trade show in Europe. It was clear that this was the future of printing. After some research, it turned out that building our own equipment was the best solution for us.

What market trend does this tap?

Oh: Customers increasingly want shorter lead-times, smaller batches, higher quality, and more customization. Digital printing taps into all of these trends and is why, as Packaging Digest has reported, the label-making industry itself is shifting towards digital print.

What’s the benefits vs. applying a printed label to a closure?

Oh: This is basically the same technology, but the ink is applied directly to the part, rather than the label. Compared to using a printed label, this process eliminates the label material and adhesive, as well as the need to apply the label. The elimination of the label substrate is also considered by some to be a more sustainable approach to packaging.

Please describe the setup and printing speeds.

Oh: We built our own inkjet printing machine, using industry components (print heads). It unexpectedly ended up this way because I couldn't find a machine to buy that was suitable for us. The field is so new, that there aren't many standard machines available to buy.

I hesitate to share the details of the setup, due to our proprietary equipment. But there are no screens, plates or other tooling required. Also, the process is as fast or faster than screen, pad or offset printing.

What are the specifications of the results?

Oh: We currently use 4 ink colors (CMYK) and print at 360 dpi. In the future we'll add a white ink head, to allow us to print on dark color parts. We use a UV-curable ink designed for food and pharma packaging.

What artwork files can you accept?

Oh: PDF or TIF files at high resolution are preferred. But we can work with other formats like AI or JPG if necessary.

What range of caps can you print?

Oh: We're currently only printing on our own closures, which are polypropylene (PP) and range in size from 48mm up to 120mm. But we've done test prints on parts as small as 14mm diameter.

What are minimum/maximum order sizes?

Oh: Minimum order size is 1,000 pieces. No maximum order size! The printing service adds approximately 5 to 10 cents to the cost of each cap, depending on size of the cap and the quantity.

And with our digital CMYK process, the cost of printing 1 color or 1,000 colors is the same. Our typical lead-time is 1-2 weeks, assuming the unprinted caps are in stock.

What’s the status?

Oh: We're in the process of sampling and testing for a few customers, but there are not currently any products being sold on shelves yet. It's only been a few weeks since we finished the testing on our custom printing machine to ready it for production.

Anything else to mention?

Oh: Digital printing allows us to move away from the traditional practice of quoting a closure print job as one or two colors. With the ability to print simple logos and tiny text all the way up to photographic images, bar-codes, and variable data, this technology opens up possibilities never considered before.

For more information, visit or the company’s digital printing website page or email [email protected].

This editor was “capped” in a personalized example that demonstrates the inherent flexibility of digital printing now extended to closures.

Avoiding 'self-inflicted wounds' in medical packaging

Avoiding 'self-inflicted wounds' in medical packaging
Curt Larsen, consultant at Spartan Design Group

It’s important for medical packaging engineers to fully understand all medical packaging requirements and be aware of global medical packaging standards, says Curt Larsen, consultant at Spartan Design Group and a member of PMP News’s Editorial Advisory Board. Such advice may seem obvious, but Larsen says that “in the past, there’s been misinterpretations,” which have resulted in work that is either “not appropriate or not necessary.” Sometimes these “ideas are based on how things were done before,” he adds, but requirements have evolved.

To help medical packaging engineers avoid what Larsen calls “self-inflicted wounds,” he and John Spitzley, also a consultant at Spartan Design Group, will be speaking during a two-part webinar held by AAMI University entitled “Packaging for Terminally Sterilized Medical Devices: How to Find Your Way in This Globally Regulated Industry.” The series will be held August 24 and 25 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Eastern each day. 

The series will cover the purpose of sterile packages and packaging systems, packaging requirements sources, and shipping tests. Larsen and Spitzley will lead interactive discussions focusing on design considerations and customers, packaging tests, using accelerated and real-time stability studies, and packaging system qualification/validation.

Day-two of the presentation will include a discussion of “15 to 20 of the self-inflicted wounds and what the requirements actually are,” Larsen says. “For example, some professionals don’t fully understand seal-strength requirements, such as what they really mean and how to meet them. Also, some are using the same package samples for design performance qualification testing (i.e., distribution simulation testing) and stability and aging studies, and that is not advised.” 

John Spitzley, consultant at Spartan Design Group and also a PMP News EAB Member, will join Larsen during the Webcast

Click here for details on registration. Webinars are also recorded and made available for sale in AAMI University. 

"Packaging for Terminally Sterilized Medical Devices: How to Find Your Way in This Globally Regulated Industry" (Two-Part Series) will be held August 24 and 25, 2016 at 11:00 am Eastern.