On Monday our team attended the PACK EXPO Conference in Chicago, Illinois. For a few of our team members, it was their first time attending the international packaging industry trade show.   During the event, the team met with equipment and material suppliers to discuss future and current opportunities for PCL and our customers.  We are always looking for ways to further assist our customers from napkin sketch to market launch, by harnessing contacts within the industry to support packaging design, development, and validation activities.

As the transit testing section of our laboratory expands, it was especially interesting to speak with individuals at the ISTA booth.  We gained insight on industry best practices for ISTA Testing, specifically regarding top loading for ISTA 3A, a common test that comes through our lab. 

With a continuous focus on improvement, our team met with suppliers of Quality Management and safety systems.  Our team was able to collaborate on some of the best ways to coordinate and direct activities to meet customer and regulatory requirements and improve effectiveness and efficiency on a continuous basis.

Finally, our very own Ryan Erickson gave a talk on the best practices of buying a form fill seal machine.  This speech gave insight into user requirement specifications, the proper pre-purchase activities and the importance and key details of factory acceptance testing.  Ryan finished his speech by stressing the importance of feasibility testing for packaging system design.  The FAT is a great opportunity to build simulated packaging systems with different material combinations to see how they work. While the machine is being shipped, those same concepts can be challenged to drop and vibration testing in the lab to help make a final decision on the materials of construction to be used going forward.  After this is complete it is important to prepare your shop floor and write superior IQ/OQ/PQ protocols.

Our team enjoyed getting out of our typical medical focus to see innovations in other industries and how those trends could influence medical and pharmaceutical products.  We look forward to returning to PACK EXPO in 2017!

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