Packaging Particulars Part 2: Medical Packaging

Posted by Rob Helmke | Tuesday, March 19, 2013 0 Comments

Medical products are some of the most sensitive items that a plastic manufacturer can package, so they have to be experts at what they do.  Life-saving instruments require sterility and security when they're packaged, otherwise they run the risk of being compromised. At PI, we address the need for sensitivity and care in medical packaging design and manufacturing by implementing industry best practices.  By doing so, we're able to create packages of all types that the medical industry trusts and relies on—here's what makes them special.

plastic medical packagingSuperior Sterility in Medical Packaging Production

Medical products have to be packaged to the highest standards of sterility, because when a patient's health is on the line, doctors can't afford to take risks. That's why plastic manufacturers should always implement special safety measures just for medical packaging. At PI, we do it by manufacturing all of our medical packaging in a special clean room environment, complete with air filtration and purification, pressurization and other control measures that ensure total sterility.

Choosing the Right Material

Plastic manufacturers rely on different types of plastic for creating medical packaging, though not every type is perfect. One popular substrate for this industry is polyethylene terephthalate -- glycol modified (PETG). PETG is transparent, so you can see what's inside the package, and it also resists impact and chemicals. Largely because of these factors, it's often used for products in the medical industry.

Different Types of Medical Packaging

The type of plastic packaging created for a medical product depends entirely on the product itself, because they all have different needs. For example, many medical products need to be sealed in a sterile container that can be opened easily and quickly, since time is of the essence in most medical environments. In other cases, the product may need to be held firmly in place because it is delicate or breakable. For example, a plastic tray that holds medical syringes or glass vials has to be formed to hold them tightly, because if they fall out of the packaging, they'll break.  All of these factors need to be taken into consideration when designing medical packaging.

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Topics: Custom Packaging, Medical packaging