Improve medical device packaging with human factors engineering

Human factors engineering for medical device packaging is increasingly important as more patients use devices at home. [Photo courtesy of Mockup Graphics via Unsplash]

Sean Hagen, BlackHägen Design

Human factors engineering (HFE) determines human behavior, abilities, limitations and other characteristics of medical device users and is utilized in the design of medical devices. It involves mechanical and software-driven user interfaces (UI), systems, tasks, instructional documentation, packaging, labeling and user training.

The movement to develop more innovative and advanced devices for in-home and the clinical environment makes device packaging more instrumental for improving the user experience and clinical outcomes. And you can expect more packaging innovations in the future, such as 2-D barcodes with unique numbering/serialization, UV identification codes, holograms and hidden text printed using secu…

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Nelipak Healthcare Packaging plans its first US flexible packaging facility

An aerial view of Nelipak’s plans for its first flexible packaging site in the U.S. [Illustration courtesy of Nelipak]

Nelipak plans to open a new flexible packaging production site in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Cranston, Rhode Island-based Nelipak makes rigid and flexible packaging for medical devices, pharmaceuticals and other demanding applications.

The 110,000-square-foot facility will be a brand-new Class A industrial building. It’s expected to open in late 2023. The property will be built out to Nelipak’s specifications for healthcare packaging production, including ISO 13485 certification and ISO-7 clean room space.

It’s the company’s first flexible packaging site in the Americas. Nelipak’s flexible packaging products currently come from three European production facilities.

“This site will allow us to provide the same high-quality healthcare flexibl…

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