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3 COVID-driven changes for medical device packaging

Jan 22, 2021 5:04:11 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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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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Time to Protect Your Produce, Peace of Mind and Bottom Line!

May 12, 2020 1:43:48 PM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Food Packaging, Sustainability, Flowwrapping, tray seal, MAP, packaging automation, thermoforming, covid-19, produce

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Our current situation has placed a strain on the fresh food supply chain. Issues like border restrictions and workforce shortages have caused increased delays in the fresh produce trade causing large shipment of fresh produce to sit for prolonged periods of time. From the time produce is picked on a farm to when it’s eaten there’s a race against time. The tried, tested, and accepted way of packaging produce in the U.S. is not to package it at all. Most fruits and vegetables make their way through the food chain in crates, totes, cartons or some sort of vessel for distribution. This method of transporting produce through the supply chain, from farm to table, can (and does) expose the produce to germs and spoilage, ultimately resulting in health risks and unnecessary waste. 

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What you need to know about cheese snack packs

Apr 29, 2020 11:48:52 AM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Flowwrapping, tray seal, thermoforming, trends, cheese, snack packaging

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Snacking today is as popular as ever. The fast moving, timed crunched society we live in demands packaging be convenient for eating on the go. While there are ways to eat a meal, such as sandwich, on the go, more consumers are opting to snack throughout the day to satisfy their hunger. Moreover, consumers are becoming more health conscious. Consumers want snacks that reflect their on-the-go lifestyle that offer convenience and are healthy.

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What are 6 points to consider when automating your cheese stick line?

Apr 29, 2020 9:54:25 AM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Automation, Packaged Food, investment, packaging automation, flow wrapping, thermoforming, cheese

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Automation affords several major benefits for CPG packaging manufacturers. It reduces operational costs by lowering labor costs and minimizing waste from human interaction, increases throughput and productivity, and creates a safer work environment by replacing repetitive and strenuous manual jobs. 

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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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