As our industry move towards 4.0 machine enterprise integration, Van der Stähl Scientific has begun imagining the next generation of upgrades to our medical device packaging machines. With our new SPOT™ system’s (sterile packaging on track) we will introduce multiple services and products designed to assure that your medical device reaches the point of care with your devices sterility intact. In our era of so-called “Smart Systems,” we expect more from everything we purchase both in our personal lives as well as industrial systems we purchase. Recently I was surprised when I replaced a furnace filter in my home and discovered that the disposable filter was Bluetooth enabled. I downloaded the app from Filtrete’s™ website, I can now log on to see the current status of the filters life-cycle from my iPhone, brilliant!! The system will even e-mail me when the filter is due for replacement. This is definitely not a bell or whistle feature but a technology that delivers on the promise of value to the customer.

Why then would we not expect that an advanced medical device packaging system should also feedback with important machine failure alerts? This is especially true with critical packaging systems such as a medical device packaging machine. Our impulse sealer will utilize the systems onboard WI-Fi connectivity to send alert messages when non-compliant events occur such as dual thermocouple temperature discrepancies or general system errors. Now members of the quality and manufacturing teams can respond in real-time with medical pouch sealer issues to thwart the possibility of non-conforming pouches reaching distribution to hospitals and clinics. This new system will be another part of our SPOT™ program (sterile packaging on track) that includes monthly medical pouch testing services. We have a few more amazing products up on the dry erase board that will soon to be released to production. These new devices and upgraded will cover the breadth of our sealing machines including vacuum sealers, rotary sealers and our full line of impulse sealers as well, stay tuned…