By using the services offered from the prototype facility pharma companies will be able to asses how different materials will impact on the product when used commercially.
Doug Dodrill, vice president of technology at Rollprint, explained that this can be of use to pharma manufacturers that look “upstream to help support development efforts and help speed-to-market”.
Rollprint generates information by running a variety of material configurations on a commercial machine. These machines include a Multivac thermoforming unit, which, when coupled to the facility’s tray sealers, can test a wide variety of tray/lidding combinations.
An example of the possibilities was given by Dodrill, who explained that Rollprint can “mate a thermoformed bottom web to an uncoated or coated paper, coated or uncoated Tyvek, or a high-density polyethylene peelable lidstock”.
Furthermore Rollprint’s “bottom webs can be made from a wide range of materials including ones with barrier properties”, according to Dodrill.
The laboratory also has cold-form foil packaging and pouch making equipment. This allows Rollprint to test products that require a higher barrier level, such as moisture sensitive products.
Included in this category are liquids with properties that change when exposed to oxygen. Many cold formed foil packages are accompanied by peelable or weld-seal foil.
Seal-lidding can also be added to preformed rigid tray prototypes with vacuum and/or gas flushing. In addition the laboratory houses a retort/autoclave unit and equipment to test container abuse.