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Between strict regulations, product integrity, and the user’s experience, packaging for medical devices demands focused attention. With safety being of grave concern, packaging for these products are almost as important as the contents within. Neglecting to follow certain steps in the planning process can cost a company money and customers.
The basics of such a packaging system include maintaining the sterile barrier system, protecting the device during transit, and printed communication. Here are the four things you need to do to ensure your package is a success.
“For example, if the backer card is too large, constant pressure will be placed on the pouch seals. If it is too small, excessive motion within the pouch will create friction and abrasive forces. A pouch or tray lid within a shelf box that is too large will need to be folded or creased; one that is too small will be subject to repeated contact against the inner box, all of which cause stress and fatigue leading to pinholes and pouch failure.”
Particularly sensitive medical devices might need customized packaging similar to that of certain electronic components. This may require working with a packaging company that specializes in custom systems for fragile components. Here is an example of a solution that Packnet designed for this situation.
Consideration of large packaging needs to be made for small packages, too. With the care and caution poured into the packaging system, you also want to ensure that bulk contents fit snugly into its container, and that the container itself is the appropriate material, strength, and size for the trip. Again, you may want to contact a professional packaging company with any concerns to make sure you cover your bases.
With careful planning and execution, you can avoid mistakes and extra costs associated with medical device shipping. If you need advice or consultation on any special packaging needs, reach out to Packnet by phone (952.944.9124) or request a free assessment.