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Fundamentals of Medica Device Packaging
Syllabus/Agenda

Registrations must be for the entire curriculum only. Single-day registrations are not available. The classroom will be at McCormick Place during PACK EXPO International; exaction location will be communicated prior to the class.

DAY ONE: Designing Packaging for Sterile Medical Devices
Objectives: Students will learn the basics of sterile packaging material selection, sterile barrier system design and sustainability considerations relating to medical device packaging.

7 - 7:30 AM: Light breakfast

7:30 - 8 AM: Keynote/Introduction: What Do Medical Device Packaging Engineers Do?
Instructor: Jen Benolken
The course will kick off with an inspirational call to students in medical device packaging, giving them an idea of the dynamic opportunities available to medical device packaging engineers.
  
8 - 9:45 AM: Materials Used for Sterile Barrier Packaging—Hands-On Workshop
Instructor: Dhuanne Dodrill; Collaborators: Rishabh Jain, Anna Thomas
The myriad of material choices and packaging forms available to packaging professionals when designing a medical device package can be overwhelming. This section will focus on considerations that drive the selection of packaging materials and format to deliver the best user value. Flexible, semi-rigid and rigid packaging forms will be discussed, with attention given to key materials and design criteria for each form type, whether a flexible pouch, formed tray, or molded tube or case. Examples of specific packaging forms will be shared, along with pragmatic suggestions. Attendees will gain a broader understanding of the materials and forms of packaging.

9:45 - 10 AM: Break

10 - 11:30 AM: Designing Sterile Barrier Systems
Instructor: Art Castronovo; Collaborator: Jan Gates
Design inputs and subsequent outputs form the basis for developing designs in medical device packaging. They are essential requirements and building blocks to ensure the sterile barrier system design maintains its integrity through the end-to-end life cycle while ensuring customer requirements and usability are met.

Students will gain an overall understanding of critical inputs and what goes into developing them, taking into account such factors as the device weight, geometric features, light and moisture sensitivity, sterilization method and customer requirements.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM: Sustainability and Medical Device Packaging
Instructor: Zach Muscato; Collaborators: Anna Thomas, Gio Zanotelli, Deepa Rampura, Pieter van Gool, Dan Gorsky
The need for sustainable medical device packaging solutions is more important than ever. This session will provide a foundational understanding of sustainability principles, including the drivers of change; guidance on how packaging designs can be optimized to reduce material, increase the likelihood of recovery or reuse; and how to maximize the use of recycled materials. The session will include a deep dive into mechanical and advanced recycling techniques with an emphasis on the challenges faced in medical device packaging. Students will learn what tools are available, including Life Cycle Assessments and design guides, to engrain sustainability principles into their future packaging development efforts.

DAY TWO: Manufacturing Packaging for Sterile Medical Devices
Objectives: Students will be exposed to hands-on training on using sealing equipment, along with education on practical skills relating to medical device packaging and manufacturing processes.

7 - 7:30 AM: Light breakfast

7:30 - 8 AM: Introduction
Explain exhibitor booth rotations on PACK EXPO show floor, divide into groups, travel to rotation areas.

8-10:15 AM: Rotation Stations on Show Floor

  • 8 - 8:15 AM: Travel time to Rotation Stations

  • 8:15 - 9:15 AM: Rotation 1

  • 9:15 - 10 AM: Rotation 2      

Rotation A

Processes for Converting and Sealing Pouches
Exhibitor host: Sencorp White – North Hall
Instructors: Kent Henvor, Brandon Hoser

This session will explain how pouches are made and discussion the qualities of different materials. It also will cover the different sealing technologies, including constant heat sealers, impulse heat sealers, rotary band sealers and form/fill/seal sealers, and explain the advantages and disadvantages of each technology.

Rotation B

Processes for Forming and Sealing Trays
Exhibitor host: Sencorp White – North Hall
Instructors: Lynne Barton-sealing, Kiley Djupstrom-forming

This session will explain how trays are made and describe the benefits of certain tray features such as interior tack seals. It also will cover diverse types of tray sealers, with discussion best practices for tray designs to optimize the tray sealing process, such as rolled flanges.

10-10:15 AM: Travel time back to classroom

10:15-10:30 AM: Break

10:30 - 11:30 AM: Qualifying Equipment and Validating Processes Crash Course
Instructors: Sean Thompson, Sarah Rosenblum; Collaborator: Javier de la Fuente
Learn how to properly install and validate sealing equipment. From tray sealers to pouch sealers, this section will cover proper techniques for DOE, IQ, OQ and PQ, including developing sealing recipes tips and tricks, testing plans and common faults. The second half of this section will cover how to ensure that processes and machinery are operating properly over time, and include an introduction on in-process testing techniques, different strategies used and why, and how to ensure that equipment is set up for success.


11:30 - 12:30 PM: Sterilization of Medical Devices for Packaging Engineers
Instructor: Rishabh Jain; Collaborators: Anna Thomas, Dan Floyd
This session will focus on medical device sterilization fundamentals, providing an overview of prevalent sterilization modalities in the industry—ethylene oxide, radiation (X-ray, Gamma, E-beam), moist heat and dry heat. Packaging material selection, design and compatibility considerations will be discussed. Current and future trends in sterilization, and their impact on medical packaging, will be addressed. Come prepared with your questions!

DAY THREE: Quality/Regulatory Requirements for Medical Device Packaging
Objectives: Students learn about quality and regulatory requirements for medical device packaging.

The day begins with a workshop on testing methods for medical packaging and then proceeds through classroom instruction on regulations and quality systems. The day ends with a session on assessing root cause analysis, with advice and perspective on what to do when confronted with the unexpected.

7 - 7:30 AM: Light breakfast

7:30 - 8 AM: Introduction
Explanation of rotations, divide into groups, travel to rotation areas.
Instructor: Sarah Rosenblum

8 - 9:30 AM: Rotation Stations; all will be in the classroom

  • 8 - 8:30 AM: Rotation 1

  • 8:30 - 9 AM: Rotation 2

  • 9 - 9:30 AM: Rotation 3

Rotation Station A

Tensile Strength and/or Burst Testing
Instructors: Sarah Rosenblum, Sean Thompson
In this station, the instructors will demonstrate proper technique for performing tensile testing per ASTM F88 and burst strength per ASTM F2054. Tips and tricks will be shared for performing each method and their significance for packaging validation.

Rotation Station B

Whole Package Integrity Testing
Instructors: Sarah Rosenblum, Sean Thompson
Students will observe a demonstration of the proper technique for performing ASTM F2096 and learn when this method is most applicable.

Rotation Station C

Visual Inspection/Dye Testing
Instructors: Sarah Rosenblum, Sean Thompson
This station will demonstrate proper technique for performing visual inspection per ASTM F1886 and dye penetration per ASTM F1929. Discussion will explore common pitfalls and their significance.

9:30 - 11:15 AM: Regulations, Standards and Quality Systems for Medical Device Packaging
Instructors: Damian Rodriguez, Jan Gates
Regulations and standards are fun—keep telling yourself that. This session will show the essential regulations and standards to know and how to use them, with some interpretations provided. Remember that the primary concern is the product remains safe for use; next is to document the work that needs to be completed or was completed with a robust rationale—which could be repeated in five years (by someone else). This section will conclude with a discussion around the point that while practically no one reading the work will understand packaging like you, auditors and management usually can spot dubious information easily.

11:15 - 12:15 PM: CAPA, Risk Analysis, Troubleshooting and Remediation Strategies
Instructor: Elon Goldbaum, Collaborator: Jeff Schwartz
What is a CAPA? How are root cause analysis tools and DMAIC methodology used? How are the problem statement and scope properly defined? This section will provide insights on how to address packaging engineering failure modes through CAPA using real cases by applying DMAIC principles.

12:15 - 12:30 PM: Course Close-out and Evaluation Survey

 

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