- Jill Colna
- Feb 15, 2021
Equipment Meets Increased Customer Demand for Condition Testing
Clara, Ireland – February 15, 2021 ― Nelipak® Laboratory Services (“Nelipak”), a leading provider of healthcare packaging testing for the medical device and pharmaceutical sectors, now offers a range of accelerated and real-time aging testing to determine the shelf life of products, which is a major part of medical device manufacturers’ product development process.
Sterile products, which must maintain a sterile barrier over long periods of time, are vital in the medical industry. It is rarely feasible to perform only real-time aging of a product in order to determine its suitability for use after several years. Therefore, other options must be considered. Due to the need to get a product to market as quickly as possible, accelerated aging is a common solution, and Nelipak’s accelerated aging testing enables quicker product development our customers.
Based on the ASTM standard F1980, this testing allows a product to be stored under a set temperature over a specified period of time. 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 time period for accelerated aging. For example, a product normally stored at 23°C which undergoes accelerated aging at 50°C would be equivalently aged one year after only 57 days or five years after 281 days.
Nelipak Laboratory Services offers a range of accelerated aging chambers set at a variety of controlled temperatures to suit our customers’ accelerated aging needs. The chambers are also set at controlled humidity, which gives customers the chance to perform additional studies of their product’s longevity during the aging process. These conditions are monitored 24/7 by our system, ensuring our customers’ products complete the aging process correctly.
Nelipak Laboratory Services also offers real-time aging testing. Products can be stored at ambient conditions, which are constantly monitored – providing customers with peace of mind that products can complete their aging without issues.
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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