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Feb 2022

Package Integrity Testing using VeriPac 310 Series

Package-Integrity-Testing-using-VeriPac 310

Finding the appropriate packaging for perishable foods can be quite challenging for manufacturers. Apart from considering factors such as vulnerability and freshness, a food package must ensure safety throughout its shelf life or until it reaches the end-user. To ensure that the contents are not exposed to any foreign contamination, manufacturers should conduct regular tests that can evaluate the ability of the packaging in maintaining seal integrity. Package integrity testing can pinpoint the exact location of leaks which helps operators identify the problematic area and make necessary adjustments. As a result, manufacturers can be sure of the packaging quality and ensure that the customers enjoy their products in the freshest possible state.

For inspecting package integrity of food products, PTI has developed VeriPac 310 series, a non-destructive, non-invasive Container Closure Integrity Testing (CCIT) system for highly effective leak detection. It is an ASTM approved patented vacuum decay leak test method F2338-09 recognized by the FDA as a consensus standard for package integrity testing. The VeriPac 310 provides quantitative measurements for identifying package defects before critical process issues get out of control. The tests can be performed in any sequence with real-time results.

VeriPac 310 series was developed using VeriPac leak test instruments. The next generation of VeriPac systems combines both technological innovation and practical adjustments to current technology to make it the most sensitive and versatile vacuum-based leak detection technology to date. Through the introduction of unique test cycles, pneumatic controls and processing algorithms, the VeriPac technology is establishing itself as the foremost vacuum-based leak detection technology. VeriPac systems reduce waste and provide operators with a clear understanding of package quality.

Technology Overview

Under this method, VeriPac leak testers are connected to the test chamber designed to hold the sample packages. Vacuum is then applied to the package being tested. The absolute transducer technology is used to monitor the test chamber for both the level of vacuum as well as the change in vacuum over a predetermined test time. VeriPac 310 test systems are suitable for manual or automatic operation and are designed for laboratory offline testing and production applications for QA/QC statistical process control. Testing is more reliable, sensitive and efficient than destructive methods such as the water bath or burst test.

Benefits of VeriPac 310 Series

  • Non-destructive, non-subjective, no sample preparation
  • Deterministic, quantitative test method
  • Repeatable, rapid and reliable testing
  • Cost effective and economical
  • Simplifies the inspection and validation process
  • ASTM test method and FDA standard
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15
Feb 2022

How to Ensure Package Integrity of Medical Devices

How to Ensure Package Integrity of Medical Devices

Medical devices play a key role in the diagnosis and treatment of many conditions and life saving treatments. To insure patient safety, the effectiveness of such medical devices should be carefully evaluated. Package integrity testing of medical devices is a crucial part of the manufacturing process.

Medical device package testing methods offered by PTI

1. Airborne Ultrasound technology

PTI’s Airborne Ultrasound technology (ABUS) is a seal quality inspection test method, capable of non-destructively examining packaging seal quality for defects, primarily flexible packaging seals. Under this method, ultrasound waves are passed through the pouch seal, creating a reflection of sound waves. The signal strength variations are analyzed to identify the presence of seal defects. Airborne Ultrasound technology creates a quick analysis of the seal area without tampering with the packaging to identify many common seal defects, such as incomplete or missing seals, wrinkles, and channel defects. The technology is in high demand due to its applicability across several industries, specifically the medical device industry. “Ultrasound is the only technology capable of identifying what the quality of that physical bonded nature of the seal materials are,” comments Tyler Harris, applications engineer at PTI- Packaging Technologies & Inspection. Medical device packaging including TYVEK® pouches is a very common application for ABUS technology.

PTI's Seal Scan (Offline) and Seal-Sensor (Inline) technology have further redefined pouch seal integrity testing. Both these technologies utilize non-contact airborne ultrasonic testing technology. With these advancements, Airborne Ultrasound technology has positioned itself to be the most sensitive method for non-destructive seal quality testing, in both the laboratory and in automated 100% inline testing production lines. ABUS is an ASTM Test Method F3004, recognized by the FDA as a standard for seal quality inspection and also referenced in the USP 1207 chapter guidelines.

2. Vacuum Decay technology

For several decades, Vacuum Decay has been proven to be the most practical and sensitive leak detection method for medical device and pharmaceutical packaging. It is a Container Closure Integrity Test (CCIT) capable of evaluating a wide range of packaging formats including filled and sealed rigid, semi-rigid and flexible packaging made of non-porous or porous materials. Vacuum Decay, being a non-destructive test method, does not cause any damage to the package being tested. This reduces significant waste and allows operators to have a thorough understanding of package integrity and package quality.

PTI’s VeriPac inspection technique is an ASTM approved (F2338), FDA recognized testing method capable of evaluating a wide range of high-risk package applications. To conduct this test, packages are first placed in a well-fitted evacuation test chamber, which has an internal or external vacuum source. The test operator continuously monitors the vacuum levels to identify variations from a pre-determined targeted vacuum level. In the presence of a defect, air escapes from the package into the test chamber. Packages without any defect retain the air, maintaining a constant chamber vacuum level. It is an ideal solution for medical device manufacturers to assure that the product meets regulatory standards. Based on the packaging materials used and the level of test sensitivity required, manufacturers can select the appropriate VeriPac model.

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08
Feb 2022

Snack Food Package Integrity Testing offered by PTI

Snack Food Package Integrity Testing offered by PTI

Ensuring the integrity of product packages is of utmost priority to snack food manufacturers. On-the-go snack products like wafers, chips, jerky,and coffee are vulnerable to deterioration by organic components such as moisture or air. Such foreign contaminants can enter the product through defective packages and accelerate the food decomposition process. In fact, mold, oxidation, flavor degradation, and spoilage are often the direct result of compromised package integrity. These factors can create a negative impact on consumers’ perceptions of a product and brand.

It is vital for manufacturers to ensure that packaged products are properly tested for integrity to insure that products remain fresh until they reach the consumer. Today, the market offers a wide range of leak testing that is both destructive and non-destructive. However, manufacturers should realize that a method applicable for one is not ideal for another. The leak testing method chosen should be based on the specific package specification and defect rate detection. Read on to know in detail about snack food packaging integrity testing method offered by PTI.

Package testing using PTI VeriPac Vacuum Decay Series

PTI's VeriPac inspection systems are ASTM approved vacuum decay leak test method (F2338) recognized by the FDA as a consensus standard for package integrity testing. This test method was developed using VeriPac leak test instruments. Vacuum Decay technology is a container closure integrity test (CCIT) method, referenced in the new USP <1207> Chapter Guidance as a deterministic test method for package integrity testing. This method is also listed in ISO 11607.

VerIPac test systems have a proven capability to non-destructively test a wide range of packaging formats without requiring any changeover when testing different size packages. Additionally, it is also possible to test multiple packages in a single test cycle. VeriPac provides a qualitative result (PASS or FAIL) as well as quantitative data that correlates to leak rate and leak size. Being a non-destructive method, the test allows non-defected packages to be returned to the production line, thereby reducing waste and improving testing capabilities. This makes it a practical alternative to destructive testing methods like water bath and dye ingress.

Technology Overview

The process begins by connecting VeriPac leak testers to a test chamber specifically designed to hold the sample package. Vacuum is applied to the package being tested. Using a single or dual vacuum transducer technology, vacuum levels, as well as changes in vacuum over a predetermined test time, are monitored. The changes in absolute and differential vacuum indicate the presence of leaks and defects within the package. VeriPac test systems are suitable for laboratory offline testing and can be designed for manual or fully automated operation. The test cycle takes only a few seconds, is non subjective, and non-destructive to both product and package.

VeriPac Inspection system:

  • Non-destructive test method that ensures quantitative test results
  • FDA recognized ASTM test method
  • Referenced in USP 1207 guideline
  • Cost-effective with rapid return on investment
  • Supports zero waste initiatives
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PTI offers inspection systems for package leak testing, seal integrity and container closure integrity testing (CCIT). Our technologies exclude subjectivity from package testing, and use test methods that conform to ASTM standards. PTI's inspection technologies are deterministic test methods that produce quantitative test result data. We specialize in offering the entire solution including test method development and equipment validation.

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