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PACKAGING INTEGRATED PARTICULATE TRAP

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000249032D
Publication Date: 2017-Jan-27
Document File: 1 page(s) / 102K

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Abstract

It is common during the manufacture and assembly of medical devices for particulate form within a device. Sources of particulate include but are not limited to small pieces of plastic and metal shavings, dried sodium sterate flakes, and dried flakes of lubricating grease. This particulate will often "fall out of" the device during handling and transit, after final packaging and sterilization, and become permanently contained within the sealed package. This can be considered a product quality issue by the customer resulting in product rejection and ultimately scrap. By placing a trap within the package, it is possible any particulate that comes loose from the device will be contained from customer view eliminating expensive product scrap and rejection at the customer site.

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PACKAGING INTEGRATED PARTICULATE TRAP SUMMARY It is common during the manufacture and assembly of medical devices for particulate form within a device. Sources of particulate include but are not limited to small pieces of plastic and metal shavings, dried sodium sterate flakes, and dried flakes of lubricating grease. This particulate will often “fall out of” the device during handling and transit, after final packaging and sterilization, and become permanently contained within the sealed package. This can be considered a product quality issue by the customer resulting in product rejection and ultimately scrap. By placing a trap within the package, it is possible any particulate that comes loose from the device will be contained from customer view eliminating expensive product scrap and rejection at the customer site. DESCRIPTION By placing a sticky and or porous material within the sealed package (particulate trap), prior to sterilization, it is possible any particulate that comes loose from the device will be contained from customer view. It may also be beneficial and preferential to make the trap of a dark material to better conceal the presence of particulate from customer view. The trap could be either permanently fixed to the inside of the package next to and within proximity of the device, or floating so long it does not alter or damage the device. During surgery when the sterile package is opened and after the device is removed, it is intended the particulate trap s...