Shall we talk about medical device packaging?

This blog page is a place where we chat about medical device packaging, manufacturing as well as a host of other eclectic topics. We will be adding new post soon that will speak to innovations in both medical and general packaging, feel free to join the conversation.

Time to Upgrade Machinery?

First of all, let me say that it does not escape me that a medical device packaging machine provider telling their clients to upgrade their machinery is akin to a barber telling you that you need a haircut. But I assure you my motivations on this topic are more than...

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Starters vs Finishers

It has been said that you can categorize entrepreneurs, engineers, and inventors as either starters or finishers. And although this may be a tad of an oversimplification, I do feel that this broad category seems to encapsulate the core of many personality types and...

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Can’t See It from My House

One of my first jobs was working in new home construction as an apprentice finish carpenter. I'll never forget one of the carpenters making a mistake, and then announcing with great pride, “Oh well, can't see it from my house.” The declaration was clear, once I leave...

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Customer Deaf

Entering, not too long ago, in to the enterprise lexicon came the acronym VOC (voice of the customer) this to me is effectively a reskin of the old chestnut “Listening to your customer”. Wikipedia describes it as “the in-depth process of capturing customer's...

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Dye Penetration testing

Sometimes it is the most simple test methods that give us the most value. Although Dye Penetration does have its limits, it can be a fast way to evaluate seal value on a busy day during processing. The feedback gained can give quality managers a quick glance at a...

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The value of deburring

The Deburring Process In manufacturing, we usually think of a “burr” as an unwanted piece of material from machining operations, such as grinding, cutting, drilling, milling, or turning. But in my quality vernacular, a “Burr” is any byproduct of an operation that is...

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Sterile Packaging PM’s

Sterile Packaging: Validation Powered By PM's To ensure sterile packaging, quality and performance of the machinery are vital. Medical device makers, as well as pharmaceutical companies,  require packaging machinery that has the mechanisms that can create a seal that...

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The ABC’s of Device Packaging

Those of us that work in medical device manufacturing and medical device packaging stumble across acronyms daily. If anyone from outside of our Industry would encounter our chatter it may indeed seem like a foreign language. Our esoteric alphabet flows freely IQ, OQ,...

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Chrome Don’t Get You Home.

As a lifelong motorcyclist, I'm very familiar with the biker slang, “Chrome don't get you home.” This mild insult comes out when you are a tad jealous of the guy with the $35,000 Harley Davison sporting every possible shiny accessory bolted to his bike. But is there...

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The problems with creep

According to Wikipedia "In materials science, creep (sometimes called cold flow) is the tendency of a solid material to move slowly or deform permanently under the influence of mechanical stresses." With our medical device pouches/bags, we try to understand the...

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About Our Blog

Our blog topics are typically focused on medical device package and manufacturing quality control. We do however go outside these categories for an occasional rant to give our readers a peek into our point of view. If you have a topic that you would like us to touch on drop us a note in the contact us form, thank you for visiting our blog.

Blog Contributor

Van Der Stahl Medical Device Packaging Team member Charlie Webb

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Meet our Sig Sigma master black belt, patented inventor and medical device packaging guru, contact Charlie for validation support.

Guest Bloggers Wanted

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Join the conversation! We are seeking medical device packaging experts to chime in on our blog.

Share your knowledge with our sterile device packaging community. If you are working in our industry and have insight to better ways to package medical devices, we would love to hear from you.


Make our blog better, tell us about the topics you would like us to cover this coming year. This blog is about much more than just medical device packaging, our aim is to cover all issues surrounding medical device packaging and manufacturing. Ahead we will be covering the broader issues for the MDM’s such as the challenges of marketing medical devices in a highly regulated and cost sensitive marketplace. We will also speak on medical device packaging challenges for the engineers that develop the validation plan. To build a better community here we invite you to consider participating in our guest blogger program. You need not be an SME to chime in, just speak your mind with relevant input, drops us a line, we welcome your feedback.


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Skip the salesman and speak with a certified packaging engineer like our support team leader Charlie A. Webb CPP, CKF. Charlie is a certified packaging engineer, a patented innovator and a six sigma master black belt with more than 20 years of sterile packaging experience. Fill out the form below and request a quote or give us a call, we would love to chat...