According to Practice Greenhealth, a nonprofit organization focused on environmental stewardship in health care, hospitals and medical facilities in the US produce more than 5.9 million tons of waste annually, with plastics representing a very large portion of this waste.
However, due to a variety of factors, very little of it is recycled.
Today’s medical packaging customers must meet a variety of unique and evolving demands from sterilization, regulatory requirements and sustainability - not to mention cost pressures. For this reason, it is essential for medical packaging manufacturers to continuously adapt their medical packaging and sterile packaging solutions to better meet these needs.
The evolution of TEQethylene™ to TEQconnex™ is an excellent example of such a transition.
With the recent downswing in the economy, as well as the current uncertainty about the affect of health care reform policy on the medical device and pharmaceutical industries, finding ways to improve efficiency and control costs has never been more important for manufacturers.
When it comes to packaging systems used for terminally sterilized medical devices, preserving sterility until use can literally be a matter of life and death. That’s why it’s so important for medical device manufacturers (MDMs) to ensure that the forming, sealing and assembly of sterile barrier systems (as well as the sterile barrier systems themselves) meet ISO 11607-2 requirements for IQ OQ PQ validation.
While we cannot deny the “cool” factor of such accomplishments, it is important to note that they do not necessarily capture the true potential of 3D printing for today’s manufacturers.
As a thermoform manufacturer, we see tremendous value in using 3D printing technology to produce low-cost objects for more “down-to-earth” purposes.