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Nelipak Healthcare Packaging receives ISCC PLUS Certification

ISCC PLUS certification reflects Nelipak’s Commitment toDelivering Sustainable Packaging

Cranston, RI — September 7, 2022 — Nelipak Corporation (“Nelipak”), a leading global manufacturer of rigid and flexible packaging solutions for medical device, pharmaceutical and other demanding applications, today announced it has received International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) PLUS certificates at two of its North American facilities (Phoenix, AZ and Whitehall, PA). 

ISCC PLUS is a globally recognized third-party certification system for tracking recycled and bio-based materials through the supply chain. Achieving ISCC PLUS certification recognizes Nelipak’s commitment to helping customers achieve their sustainability goals by enabling a circular supply chain.

“Increasing the use of sustainable packaging solutions is a top priority for many of our customers. Working with our supply chain partners, Nelipak has collaborated to increase the use of recycled content,” said Nic Hunt, senior director and head of global sustainability at Nelipak. “Nelipak has created a mass-balance model for sustainable packaging at two of our North American sites, which have obtained ISCC PLUS certification. In the future, we expect to expand this model to our other sites across North America and Europe to meet the needs of customers serving the healthcare market who are seeking sustainable packaging solutions.”

“This third-party validation is a critical step to developing circular solutions,” said Pat Chambliss, CEO at Nelipak. “Nelipak works with our customers to help them reach their circularity targets by developing products which include recycled content. Achieving ISCC PLUS certification demonstrates clearly that Nelipak is a strong partner for developing and delivering sustainable packaging solutions for the healthcare sector.”

About Nelipak®

Nelipak® is a leading global manufacturer of rigid and flexible packaging solutions for medical device, pharmaceutical and other demanding applications. To support the development of innovative sustainable packaging solutions, Nelipak offers in-house design, prototyping, tooling, simulation, validation, laboratory, and other value-added services as well as a line of tray sealing equipment.  With 1,400 employees and 10 sites globally, including 5 sites in North America (US, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico) and 5 sites in Europe (Ireland, Netherlands, UK), Nelipak is committed to delivering superior quality, service, and customer experience through world-class cleanroom manufacturing. For more information, visit www.nelipak.com.

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Accelerated and Real-Time Aging Testing for Sterile Barrier Packaging

Accelerated and real-time aging testing to determine the shelf life of products is a major part of medical device manufacturers’ product development process. We recently sat down with Dylan Keane, laboratory lead for Nelipak Laboratory Services, to learn more about this testing service.

Why are aging tests important?

Aging trials are performed to ensure the sterile barrier system is still intact during the shelf life of the product. Real-time aging takes much longer, but it is the ultimate test for shelf stability and is required by the Notified Bodies in the long run. Accelerated aging reduces time to market with a good estimate of shelf life recognized by the Notified Bodies such as the FDA until your real-time aging testing is complete.

What is accelerated aging?

Accelerated aging is a theoretical calculation of how a sterile packaging system will degrade over time. Accelerated aging testing provides data that allows medical device manufacturers to go to market with their desired shelf-life claim without waiting the entire period of the real-time shelf-life testing, which can stretch into several years.

How is accelerated aging performed?

Nelipak performs the testing based on the ASTM standard F1980. This testing allows a product to be stored under a set temperature over a set period. This extra stress, which is more severe than normal environmental conditions, causes an accelerated variation in the packaging properties over time. Using the Arrhenius equation, a temperature can be selected to calculate a period for accelerated aging. For example, a product normally stored at 23°C undergoing accelerated aging at 50°C would be equivalent to a year of aging after only 57 days or five years after 281 days.

How is real-time aging tested?

For customers looking to perform real-time aging, Nelipak can store your product in ambient conditions, which are constantly monitored by our system to ensure traceability as long as the product remains in real-time storage.

How can the testing be customized?

Nelipak has several aging chambers set to various temperatures, allowing customers to select a temperature suitable to their product and aging timeframe. Nelipak also offers different humidity setpoints if a customer is looking to age a product that may be sensitive to humidity in the environment. In addition, our chambers are continuously monitored to ensure the aging process of our customers’ products is uninterrupted.

What aging-related defects do you look for?

In aging studies, Nelipak looks for time-related defects. Some examples of this are:

  • Over time, seals can soften and loosen up
  • There might be tension in a package
  • The material can delaminate
  • The packaging could change in color

Nelipak Laboratory Services Provides FTIR Material Analysis

Raw materials are one of the first steps in most manufacturing processes and form the basis of all production. As a result, material choice is one of the most important aspects of the manufacturing process. Nelipak Laboratory Services leverages a material analysis method FTIR called Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), a technique with a wide range of manufacturing applications in the pharmaceutical, medical device and petroleum industries.

FTIR is commonly used to identify contaminants in healthcare packaging materials, determine the makeup of questionable raw materials or check the composition of inks used for package printing. This method is non-destructive so that the same sample can be used again for other purposes.

FTIR is an analytical technique used to obtain an absorption infrared spectrum characteristic of the materials under analysis. The technique works by shining a beam of infrared light made of multiple wavelengths on the sample. Then, the machine analyses which light is absorbed, creating a spectrum. This spectrum is characteristic of the material sample makeup due to the properties of the chemical bonds between different elements, which absorb light at different frequencies. A spectrum of a tested sample can be compared to a library of spectra to match up the sample spectrum with that of an identical sample from the collection to identify what material is present.

The first step is to analyse a background spectrum to remove any possible interferences from the local environment. Next, the sample is placed in the FTIR analyser. The sample is bombarded with radiation from an IR source (most commonly an interferometer) with the sample absorbing certain wavelengths of the radiation. A detector, which scans the incoming radiation that has passed through the material without being absorbed (known as transmitted radiation), gathers this information as raw data. The detector then takes this data and runs it through a computer using a mathematical technique called the Fourier transformation to create a characteristic spectrum for the material. The technique can also be performed by detecting the radiation that is reflected off the surface of the material rather than what is transmitted through it.

For further information regarding FTIR analysis or other material analysis and services, contact the Nelipak Laboratory Services team at cla-labservices@nelipak.com or go to our website.

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Nelipak Laboratory Services Performs Package Integrity Testing to Ensure Sterility and Integrity of Products

Burst Testing and Porosity Testing Help Determine Suitability of Packaging Materials

Clara, Ireland September 20, 2021Nelipak® Laboratory Services (“Nelipak”), a leading provider of healthcare packaging testing for the medical device and pharmaceutical sectors, provides further details on the company’s package integrity testing process.

Previously, the team detailed burst bubble leak and seal strength. Package Integrity is a major concern for all manufacturers particularly ones in the medical device industry where the sterility and integrity of products can have a major impact on patients’ health.

In the third part of this series, we will examine two common tests often used to determine the suitability of packaging materials – burst testing and porosity testing. Nelipak Laboratory Services, a fully ISO 17025 accredited lab, provides these testing services to companies across multiple industry sectors.

Burst testing is a commonly performed test to determine a non-porous package’s ability to withstand internal pressurization. It can also be used to determine if a particular area of a package is more prone to pressure-related failures than the rest of the package. This method, performed to ASTM F1140/F1140M at our labs, involves pressurizing the packaging by continually raising the pressure until the package fails. There are different test methods for both open and closed packaging types such as pouches or blisters. This method can be performed in several ways including a “creep” test, where pressure is maintained inside the packaging for a period of time or until the packaging fails.

Nelipak Laboratory Services perform porosity testing utilising the Bendtsen method (ISO Standard 5636-3). This method determines the air permeance of porous packaging materials such as paper or Tyvek, which is the amount of air that can pass through the material. This information can be useful in determining attributes such as a package’s resistance to moisture. This method works by taking several samples of the material and analysing the airflow through both the top and bottom of the material (to take into consideration the coating or layering of the material) before calculating an average value for the whole material.

For further information regarding package integrity testing and other services, contact the Nelipak Laboratory Services team at cla-labservices@nelipak.com  or go to our website.

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About Nelipak® Corporation

With facilities in Cranston, RI; Whitehall, PA; Phoenix, AZ; Venray, the Netherlands; Galway, Ireland; Clara, Ireland; Derry, Northern Ireland; Elsham, United Kingdom; Humacao, Puerto Rico; and San Jose, Costa Rica, Nelipak® Healthcare Packaging designs, develops and manufactures custom packaging products that provide superior protection for medical devices and pharmaceuticals.   Nelipak® Healthcare Packaging customers consist of some of the largest and most reputable medical device and pharmaceutical companies in the world.  With over 1,400 employees worldwide, Nelipak® is focused on delivering superior quality and customer experience through world class manufacturing at each of its locations.

Nelipak® Laboratory Services is a trade name of Nelipak Corporation

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Nelipak Laboratory Services Offers Package Material Testing

Clara, Ireland August 24, 2021 – Material testing is an important aspect of the design of various packaging types. Nelipak® Laboratory Services (“Nelipak”), a leading provider of healthcare packaging testing for the medical device and pharmaceutical sectors, offers a variety of material test methods to evaluate several different attributes of packaging materials to determine if a specific material is suitable for use in a customer project.

This piece examines three material testing methods that the lab performs: Gelbo flex testing, Tensile testing and Coefficient of Friction. Nelipak Laboratory Services is a fully accredited testing laboratory for these methods and many others.

Gelbo Flex testing, which is performed to ASTM standard F392, is a test to determine the flexural resistance of flexible barrier materials. The material is strained by a combination of twists and compressions for a certain period. After the material has been strained in this way, a colored dye is placed on it to see the number of pinholes that have been created by the straining of the material. The fewer the number of holes the stronger the material is.

Coefficient of Friction, also known as a slip test, is commonly performed for materials that will be involved in automated processes in the factory or stacking of completed products. The test performed at Nelipak to ASTM D1894 involves preparing a specimen of the film and wrapping it in a sled to measure the force required to pull it along a surface.

Tensile testing from ASTM Standard D882 determines the mechanical properties of films such as tensile yield, strength, elongation and modulus. The sample is subjected to a known and controlled tension until failure of the material using a testing frame machine.

For further information regarding material testing and other services, contact the Nelipak Laboratory Services team at cla-labservices@nelipak.com  or go to our website.

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About Nelipak® Corporation

With facilities in Cranston, RI; Whitehall, PA; Phoenix, AZ; Venray, the Netherlands; Galway, Ireland; Clara, Ireland; Derry, Northern Ireland; Elsham, United Kingdom; Humacao, Puerto Rico; and San Jose, Costa Rica, Nelipak® Healthcare Packaging designs, develops and manufactures custom packaging products that provide superior protection for medical devices and pharmaceuticals.   Nelipak® Healthcare Packaging customers consist of some of the largest and most reputable medical device and pharmaceutical companies in the world.  With over 1,400 employees worldwide, Nelipak® is focused on delivering superior quality and customer experience through world class manufacturing at each of its locations.

Nelipak® Laboratory Services is a trade name of Nelipak Corporation

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Nelipak Healthcare Packaging Honored with a 2021 AmeriStar Award

Company’s Miltenyi CliniMACS Prodigy® Tubing Set Recognized in Medical Device Category

Cranston, RI – August 4, 2021 – Nelipak® Corporation (“Nelipak”), a global leader in rigid and flexible packaging for the medical device and pharmaceutical sectors, has been recognized with a 2021 AmeriStar Award in the medical device category for the company’s work on the Militenyi CliniMACS Prodigy® tubing set.

The AmeriStar Awards, presented by the Institute of Packaging Professionals, are one of the industry’s oldest and most prestigious design competitions honoring the best packages of the year. Judges evaluated submissions based on performance in the following categories: innovation, product protection, economics, package performance, marketing and environmental impact.

Nelipak Healthcare Packaging has created an innovative package for a blood management tubing set for its customer Miltenyi Biotec. The thermoformed carrier allows the product to be shipped with all the components assembled in the correct order, in the correct place, making it possible for a single person to load the complex set. The package folds into itself to be in the right position, so the technician can place the pack onto the machine, and everything is presented correctly. The packaging provides clear, error-free application of the tubing set to the CliniMACS Prodigy® Instrument speeding up preparation time between batches.

The packaging properly protects and secures the product, so items are not damaged during transit. The package’s sustainable ergonomic design reduces the materials used while retaining the CliniMACS Prodigy® tubing set in place. As an alternative to printing, the instructions that indicate how the tubing must be connected are engraved to ensure that the material is recyclable. The volume is utilized, and the seal width is reduced to a minimum in order to reduce plastics, save plastic weight and decrease the footprint of the packaging.

“The Nelipak Healthcare Packaging team is grateful to be acknowledged in the AmeriStar Awards for our innovative design,” said Bob Jacobs, Team Leader Product Design, Nelipak. “As a global leader in designing custom healthcare packaging to meet medical device manufacturers’ most stringent requirements, we are fortunate to collaborate with companies such as Miltenyi Biotec to create cutting-edge solutions.”

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About Nelipak® Healthcare Packaging

Nelipak Healthcare Packaging is a leading global manufacturer of custom-designed rigid and flexible healthcare packaging used for Class II and Class III medical devices, and pharma drug delivery products. The company operates strategically located cleanroom facilities meeting customers’ most stringent packaging requirements. Nelipak’s experienced in-house design, development, prototyping, manufacturing and quality teams offer medical trays and blisters, surgical procedure trays, flexible sterile tray lidding and barrier pouches, pharmaceutical handling trays, custom built sealing machines and other value-added services. With a staff of over 1,400, the company operates from ten production facilities, five in the Americas (Cranston, RI.; Whitehall, PA; Phoenix, AZ.; Humacao, Puerto Rico; and San Jose, Costa Rica) and five in Europe (Venray, the Netherlands; Galway, Ireland; Clara, Ireland; Derry, Northern Ireland; and Elsham, England). For more information, please visit www.nelipak.com.

Nelipak® Healthcare Packaging is a trade name of Nelipak Corporation.

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Nelipak Laboratory Services Details Package Integrity Testing Process

Ensures Sterility and Integrity of Products, Which Can Have a Major Impact on Patients’ Health

Clara, Ireland – July 28, 2021 – Nelipak® Laboratory Services (“Nelipak”), a leading provider of healthcare packaging testing for the medical device and pharmaceutical sectors, provides further details on the company’s package integrity testing process.

Previously, the team detailed visual inspection and dye penetration tests. Package integrity is a major concern for all manufacturers particularly ones in the medical device industry where the sterility and integrity of products can have a major impact on patients’ health.

In the second part of this series, we will examine two common tests often used to determine package seal integrity – bubble leak and seal strength. Nelipak Laboratory Services, a fully ISO 17025 accredited lab, provides testing services to healthcare companies from all manufacturing sectors.

Bubble leak testing, which is carried out at Nelipak Laboratory Services to the ASTM Standard F2096, is one of the most common tests done to examine the integrity of packaging materials. While similar to dye penetration testing, bubble leak testing has a distinct advantage as it can detect the presence of holes not only in the product seal but also the main body of the packaging, which dye penetration testing may not detect. A destructive test by nature, bubble leak testing works by inflating the packaging underwater to a certain pressure and checking for the presence of streams of bubbles coming from the surfaces of the packaging. A continuous stream of bubbles is an indication of a breach in package barrier integrity in the packaging.

Seal strength testing (also referred to as a peel test) is a test performed to measure the strength of the seal of a package. The method at Nelipak (based on standard ASTM Standard F88/F88M) determines the peel force required to separate the seal. The results of this test have many helpful applications such as a review of a sealing process to ensure a consistent seal has been produced or checking that a seal produced is not too weak or too strong. There are several methods used to perform seal strength depending on the material and packaging type. However, the basic principle remains the same. A sample of the seal is cut from the package, often one from each seal of the package, and placed between two grips. The seal strength tester measures the forces as the two grips pull the seal apart and an average value is calculated. This seal strength value can then be used to determine if the sealing process is both consistent and strong enough for the customer’s needs.

For further information regarding package integrity testing and other services, contact the Nelipak Laboratory Services team at cla-labservices@nelipak.com  or go to our website.

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About Nelipak® Corporation

With facilities in Cranston, RI; Whitehall, PA; Phoenix, AZ; Venray, the Netherlands; Galway, Ireland; Clara, Ireland; Derry, Northern Ireland; Elsham, United Kingdom; Humacao, Puerto Rico; and San Jose, Costa Rica, Nelipak® Healthcare Packaging designs, develops and manufactures custom packaging products that provide superior protection for medical devices and pharmaceuticals.   Nelipak® Healthcare Packaging customers consist of some of the largest and most reputable medical device and pharmaceutical companies in the world.  With over 1,400 employees worldwide, Nelipak® is focused on delivering superior quality and customer experience through world class manufacturing at each of its locations.

Nelipak® Laboratory Services is a trade name of Nelipak Corporation

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Nelipak Laboratory Services Provides Package Integrity Testing

Ensures Sterility and Integrity of Products, Which Can Have a Major Impact on Patients’ Health

Clara, Ireland June 18, 2021 Nelipak® Laboratory Services (“Nelipak”), a leading provider of healthcare packaging testing for the medical device and pharmaceutical sectors, provides package integrity testing services at our Clara, Ireland and Venray, the Netherlands locations for healthcare companies from all manufacturing sectors.

Package integrity is a major concern for manufacturers, particularly those in the medical device and pharmaceutical industries where the sterility and integrity of products can have a major impact on patients’ health. Two of the most common package integrity tests that our team performs for customers are visual inspection and dye penetration.

The visual inspection of products (performed at Nelipak Labs to the ASTM F1886/F1886M standards) is the most common way to check for package integrity across multiple industries. Visual inspection, though a simple test, provides very useful information for a manufacturer to uncover potential failures in their packaging process. ASTM F1886/F1886M focuses mainly on identifying visual characteristics of package seals, which can indicate a possible problem with the integrity of the package sealing process.

A full inspection of the seal and package involves the identification of abnormal characteristics in the package such as unsealed areas, narrow seals, over-sealed areas, channels in seals, cracks, wrinkles, tears, holes or contaminates. Customers often provide additional internal criteria for their inspection such as label legibility, device damage, specific seal widths, etc.

Dye penetration testing (carried out at Nelipak Labs to the ASTM F1929 standard for porous materials and ASTM F3039 standard for non-porous materials) is frequently performed to ensure the seals of a pouch or blister pack are uniform and whole. This test helps manufacturers determine if their sealing process or a package supplier’s sealing process is fit for purpose.

This test works to identify channels indicating an integrity issue in the package seal using a coloured dye solution. The procedure involves a variety of methods to test different types of packaging such as injection method, edge dip, and roller method. All the methods look for the same criteria to see if the dye solution passes through the seal of the package at any point. The passing of the dye solution through the seal indicates the presence of a channel, which means the seal of the package is not whole across the package.

For further information on package integrity testing services, contact the Nelipak Laboratory Services team at cla-labservices@nelipak.com  or visit our website.

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About Nelipak® Corporation

With facilities in Cranston, RI; Whitehall, PA; Phoenix, AZ; Venray, the Netherlands; Galway, Ireland; Clara, Ireland; Derry, Northern Ireland; Elsham, United Kingdom; Humacao, Puerto Rico; and San Jose, Costa Rica, Nelipak® Healthcare Packaging designs, develops and manufactures custom packaging products that provide superior protection for medical devices and pharmaceuticals.   Nelipak® Healthcare Packaging customers consist of some of the largest and most reputable medical device and pharmaceutical companies in the world.  With over 1,400 employees worldwide, Nelipak® is focused on delivering superior quality and customer experience through world class manufacturing at each of its locations.

Nelipak® Laboratory Services is a trade name of Nelipak Corporation

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Nelipak Laboratory Services Successfully Completes ISO 17205 Accreditation Maintenance Audit for 2021

Clara, Ireland May 24, 2021 Nelipak® Laboratory Services (“Nelipak”), a leading provider of healthcare packaging testing for the medical device and pharmaceutical sectors, recently successfully completed its annual ISO 17025 maintenance audit continuing its accreditation to the ISO 17025 standard.

This mark’s Nelipaks’ 12th consecutive year of successful accreditation to the ISO standard, which details the requirements (both technical and quality) that testing and calibration laboratories must adhere to. For an organization to be accredited in ISO 17025, its laboratory must be able to consistently produce precise, repeatable and accurate tests and have implemented a rigorous quality management system.

The successful completion of this audit demonstrates that Nelipak Laboratory Services holds both technical and quality aspects of its laboratory and testing to the highest level. Continued accreditation to the ISO 17205 standard also gives our customers the assurance that testing is performed to the highest standards and they can have full confidence in our results.

Nelipak Laboratory Services offers ISO 17205 accredited testing to all commercial customers. We offer a range of testing activities including accelerated aging, transport simulation testing, material analysis and package integrity Ttsting.

Nelipak Laboratory Services offers a comprehensive range of tests, including aging, package and material testing, transportation and analytical testing for the medical device, pharmaceutical, packaging and life science industries. In addition to providing high quality testing and analysis, our team of experts have considerable experience in advising, problem solving and consulting on all aspects of packaging regulation and standards. We are committed to achieving and maintaining a high standard of quality and service in all aspects of our laboratory testing. This commitment is underpinned by the support of our management team to provide a highly professional and confidential service in our secure facility to all our customers.

For any queries regarding our testing options and to receive quote please contact us at cla-labservices@nelipak.com

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About Nelipak® Corporation

With facilities in Cranston, RI; Whitehall, PA; Phoenix, AZ; Venray, the Netherlands; Galway, Ireland; Clara, Ireland; Derry, Northern Ireland; Elsham, United Kingdom; Humacao, Puerto Rico; and San Jose, Costa Rica, Nelipak® Healthcare Packaging designs, develops and manufactures custom packaging products that provide superior protection for medical devices and pharmaceuticals.   Nelipak® Healthcare Packaging customers consist of some of the largest and most reputable medical device and pharmaceutical companies in the world.  With over 1,400 employees worldwide, Nelipak® is focused on delivering superior quality and customer experience through world class manufacturing at each of its locations.

Nelipak® Laboratory Services is a trade name of Nelipak Corporation

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Nelipak Laboratory Services Details Transportation Testing Process

Lab is Fully INAB Accredited for a Full Range of Transportation Simulation Tests

Clara, Ireland April 27, 2021 Nelipak® Laboratory Services (“Nelipak”), a leading provider of healthcare packaging testing for the medical device and pharmaceutical sectors, provides further details on the company’s transportation testing services.

Previously, the team detailed the first half of transport simulation testing for the ASTM Standard D4169, which focused on the DC13 cycle in particular as it is one of the most commonly selected cycles a company may choose when looking to perform transportation testing for their product.

Now, here is a closer look at DC13 Loose Load vibration Schedule F. This test involves the vibration of the shipper box to simulate the shocks a box undergoes during any form of transportation. Shipper boxes are vibrated on different box orientations to fully test the ability of the shippers to protect their contents during transport.

Following the vibration test, comes Schedule I Low pressure testing, also known as High-Altitude testing. The examines the effects of high-altitude transportation (such as air transport or along high mountain roads). The reduction in pressure under those conditions can cause packaging materials to inflate due to the pressure difference. Shippers are placed in a chamber under reduced atmospheric pressure for an hour to determine if the packaging can withstand the pressure change. This test is only required for non-porous packaging materials as porous (also known as breathable materials) can allow air to pass through them so changes in pressure do not affect them.

Next, another vibration test takes place. Vehicle Vibration Schedule E is similar to Loose Load vibration; however, this specifically simulates the vibrations known to occur during certain transport methods. The most common types are road, air and rail, and depending on the method a shipper may be transported in, different combinations can be selected. These vibration tests are run for several hours to determine if shippers can withstand the shocks and movement of a vehicle moving in transport.

The next to last test that may be performed is Concentrated Impact Schedule J. This test is only necessary for single-walled shippers (double or triple-walled shippers can be exempt from this test). The protocol involves a large cylinder rod being raised and dropped striking the faces of the shipper box to determine if the shipper can remain undamaged following a concentrated collision with another object. In cases when the rod pierces the inner shipper, it is considered to have failed the test.

The final step in transportation simulation for DC13 is another round of drop testing. These drops are very similar to the second step explained earlier but differ as a new set of sides and edges of the shipper boxes are tested during these drops to understand what damage is caused to the box after all other tests have been completed. The final drop of this sequence is the largest, at double the height of all the other drops.

This concludes the second half of a typical transportation simulation testing cycle. For further information regarding accelerated aging and other services, contact the Nelipak Laboratory Services team at info@nelipak.com or go to our website.

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About Nelipak® Corporation

With facilities in Cranston, RI; Whitehall, PA; Phoenix, AZ; Venray, the Netherlands; Galway, Ireland; Clara, Ireland; Derry, Northern Ireland; Elsham, United Kingdom; Humacao, Puerto Rico; and San Jose, Costa Rica, Nelipak® Healthcare Packaging designs, develops and manufactures custom packaging products that provide superior protection for medical devices and pharmaceuticals.   Nelipak® Healthcare Packaging customers consist of some of the largest and most reputable medical device and pharmaceutical companies in the world.  With over 1,400 employees worldwide, Nelipak® is focused on delivering superior quality and customer experience through world class manufacturing at each of its locations.

Nelipak® Laboratory Services is a trade name of Nelipak Corporation

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