"Improvements in packaging machinery and materials will likely be made as packagers and suppliers communicate their respective needs. To that end, John J. White, Jr., engineering project manager at Smith & Nephew Orthopedics, offers praise to suppliers.
"The sealing technology for medical device sterile trays and pouches has greatly improved in recent years," he notes. "Things like PLC controls, password protection of set points, better alarm systems, validation ports, and bar-code checks to match packaging components with machinery parameters has greatly enhanced quality in our sector of packaging. I think packaging equipment manufacturers have listened to our requirements and made great strides in these areas. I'm very encouraged by that."
--By Jim Butschli, Editor