TEQ Thermoform Engineered Quality Announces New High Density Polyethylene Sterile Barrier System Solution at HealthPack Conference March 6-8

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Hospitals produce over 5.9M tons of waste each year – with very little being recycled. One reason – the staff have no time to separate plastic lids and trays for recycling. In response to this issue, recently highlighted by the Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC), TEQ Thermoform Engineered Quality is announcing the development of a single polymer sterile barrier system solution, called TEQethylene™, designed to overcome this obstacle.

TEQethylene Single Polymer HDPE Solution
“Our TEQethylene solution helps to overcome one of the biggest obstacles to recycling SBS materials..."
- Randy Loga, President

TEQ Thermoform Engineered Quality is excited to announce the development of their TEQethylene™ sterile barrier system (SBS) – a medical packaging solution that utilizes a new, proprietary blend of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) in combination with adhesive coated TYVEK®, a breathable HDPE thermoplastic lidding material developed by DuPont™.

TEQ’s new HDPE blend has less environmental impact than other materials, while also offering many additional benefits over conventional HDPE such as better clarity for improved visibility and seal inspection, better durability to hold up to the sterilization process, and better processing and dimensional control. Additionally, when used with Tyvek lidding, the result is a monopolymer package that is more easily recycled.

“Our TEQethylene solution helps to overcome one of the biggest obstacles to recycling SBS materials, which is the fact that sterile barrier systems most often consist of more than one material – and hospital staff simply don’t have the time or interest in separating lids and trays for recycling,” said Randy Loga, President of TEQ.

“But, we didn’t stop at creating a recyclable monopolymer package,” added Loga. “Knowing that changing SBS materials often necessitates the execution of a costly and time consuming stability study to meet the requirements of Clause 6.4 of ISO 11607-1:2006; we decided to be proactive and enlist the support of our partners Belco Packaging Systems, Inc. and Spartan Design Group to help provide our customers with the stability data they need to meet these requirements.

“Having Belco’s sealing equipment on site as a reseller of their systems, and having direct access to the expertise of Spartan Design, we are able to offer our medical customers a complete SBS solution – and play an instrumental role in the effort to help improve the recyclability of plastic products within healthcare.”

Darrel Blocksom, Director of Operations for TEQ will discuss the TEQethylene solution in detail at a presentation during the HealthPack Medical Device Packaging Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico on March 8, 2012.

Founded nearly thirty years ago as TekPackaging, TEQ is dedicated to being the leader of quality manufacturing in the thermoforming industry. TEQ’s commitment to continuous improvement, design capability and process control gives the company the ability to serve customers better than anyone else. From design and engineering, through to state of the art technology, and attentive and informed customer service, TEQ ensures that every aspect of every project is completed with the kind of precision that has made us the preferred choice of many clients. TEQ is a subsidiary of ESCO Technologies, a leading supplier of filtration products to the Process, Health Care, and Transportation markets worldwide.

Spartan Design Group offers packaging engineering consulting with specialized expertise in medical products packaging. Serving clients around the world, Spartan Design Group's principals Curt Larsen and John Spitzley are leaders in the medical packaging community, lending their extensive industry experience to help develop international standards for sterile medical device packaging. Mr. Larsen and Mr. Spitzley's work and dedication to the profession caused them each to be recognized as one of the 100 Notable People in the Medical Device Industry (MD&DI - 2004). They are co-authors of ISO 11607, Parts1 and 2, Packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices and are active in ASTM Committee F02, Flexible Barrier Packaging. With a combined experience of more than 70 years in the packaging field, Mr. Larsen and Mr. Spitzley continue to guide clients in the design, development, procurement, manufacturing and testing of their medical device packaging systems.

Founded in 1959 as a precision machine shop, Belco Packaging Systems, Inc. has grown to become the largest manufacturer of shrink packaging and blister sealing systems on the West Coast of the U.S.A. Designed to the highest standards of machine performance, all Belco machines are backed by one of the most comprehensive warranties in the industry. As part of the continuing commitment to customer service, Belco can design and install packaging systems that involve modified machinery and added options. Belco delivers, installs, services, and sells parts for all equipment it manufactures and has earned a reputation for consistent performance and engineering quality.

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