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3 COVID-Driven Changes for Medical Device Packaging

Jan 27, 2021 5:36:24 PM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Automation, Flowwrapping, medical packaging, thermoforming, covid-19, packaging design, syringe

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2020 will go down in the books as the year COVID-19 changed everything. Virtually no industry was untouched. Some benefited, but many did not.

As a packaging OEM with a medical device practice that includes syringe, test kit and PPE packaging, we've had a front row seat to Operation WARP Speed. Medical device producers, scrambling to deliver equipment to front-line workers under previously unheard-of time pressure, have had to press the envelope of traditional packaging approaches. Little can be done in that time frame to accelerate the production of new packaging machines. Instead, producers have looked to work arounds and embraced changing customer requirements to meet that demand.

We’ll focus our discussion in three areas that have made a difference in the short run: alternative packaging methods employed, automation, and individual versus bulk product packaging.  

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How automating your syringe packaging line can increase your output and save you money

Dec 18, 2020 10:20:27 AM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Automation, investment, packaging automation, medical packaging, covid-19, syringe

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There are many approaches to increasing the speed and output capacity of your packaging line to meet the extremely high demand generated by the COVID pandemic. As vaccine production and distribution roll out globally in the upcoming months, the ability to ramp up production and packaging of syringes may require a combination of tactics. Automation may be one of your best strategies.
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What is the Difference Between Washdown Design and Sanitary Design?

Dec 1, 2020 12:37:09 PM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Packaging Machines, Food Packaging, sanitation, medical packaging, hygienic

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Washdown machine design and sanitary machine design are not the same.

And the design you need depends on what type of product you are packaging and its accompanying health and safety requirements.

Understanding the difference between the two designs will not only help guarantee your line passes inspection and the delivery of a safe product to consumers, but also can save you money on your machine purchase.

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What you need to know to quickly start syringe packaging

May 27, 2020 4:01:39 PM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Packaging Machines, cobots, packaging automation, medical packaging, thermoforming, covid-19

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COVID-19 has created an increase in demand for medical equipment including syringes. Hospitals are increasing orders for syringes because of the influx of more patients requiring care and the inevitable mass immunization of COVID-19 once a vaccine is created and approved. Early estimates suggest that at least 70% of the population will need the vaccine including more than 300 million people in the United States.

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Which packaging method is best for your medical devices. Thermoforming or Flow Wrapping?

Apr 20, 2020 10:29:01 AM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Packaging, sanitation, flow wrapping, medical packaging, thermoforming, sterilization

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Deciding on the correct packaging method for medical devices is important for package integrity.

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What does COVID-19 mean for medical packaging?

Mar 30, 2020 3:14:38 PM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in flow wrapping, medical packaging, thermoforming

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The pressure is on for the government to supply hospitals around the country with enough medical equipment to fight Coronavirus.

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