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Medical Device Packaging – What is the right Packaging for you?

The paper used to make folding carton packaging is an important part of medical device manufacturing.  Packaging material and design are chosen based on the needs of Medical Device ManufacturingMedical Device PackagingMedical Package Testing, and Medical Device Distribution.

Typically there are two types of packaging used: paperboard and small flute corrugate. Paperboard is a heavier-weight paper made from wood fibers. It is a common material used in packaging and shipping. Some of the factors that affect the characteristics of paperboard include whether or not it is recycled material, the pulping process used, the wood type used, bleaching, and grain direction.

Small flute corrugate is made up of a wavy layer of paper, as well as thin layers of paperboard. It is smaller than what is found in corrugated shipping boxes, which gives it more flexibilitySmall flute corrugate is made up of a wavy layer of paper, as well as thin layers of paperboard. It is smaller than what is found in corrugated shipping boxes, which gives it more flexibility. It also has more strength than paperboard. Small flute corrugate is also more expensive, so it is generally used for high-end packaging. The factors affecting the characteristics of small flute corrugate include the flute profile and whether it is single-face or single-wall construction.

The four main types of substrates used in folding cartons are: unbleached kraft paperboard; bleached kraft paperboard; recycled paperboard; and small flute corrugate. Of these:

  • Unbleached kraft paperboard is the most common material used for folding cartons.
  • Bleached kraft, also called solid bleached sulfate, is the highest quality and most expensive paperboard substrate.
  • Recycled paperboard is made from recovered paper, and represents the single largest market for recovered paper in the United States.
  • Small flute corrugate has added strength and rigidity due to its construction, but this also adds cost to the converting process. It is usually used in high-end packaging where strength and stiffness are important.

As can be seen, there is more to Medical Device ManufacturingMedical Device PackagingMedical Package Testing, and Medical Device Distribution than simply creating a flashy package that gets consumers’ attention. The materials used in packaging devices play as important a role as the colors and design, protecting the device as much as providing quality packaging.

For information on Package Design, Primary packaging and Secondary packaging for medical devices visit the following link: http://lso-inc.com/medical-package-testing/package-design.html

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