BillerudKorsnäs has developed and launched a new polymer reinforced paper, SteriKraft® Protect AR.
The standardization, Packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices ISO 11607-1, 5.5 Storage & Transport, has led to more rigorous and realistic ship testing protocols, which have, in turn, shown the need for higher-performance medical device packaging systems.
SteriKraft Protect AR is designed as a heat-seal coating base but will also seal peel to selected advanced peelable films without needing a coating. More challenging applications such as large drape and gown packs, spinal needles, IV catheters etc. will benefit from the extra performance offered by SteriKraft Protect AR. As with all other papers inthe BillerudKorsnäs SteriKraft® range, Protect AR is fully approved under the relevant sections of EN868 and ISO 11607-1.
The key benefit of the polymeric addition is to provide some stretch to the paper, which results in improvedtensile energy absorption (TEA), which gives a good measure of the durability of the paper under shipping conditions.