Six Sigma Deployment For Complete Package Quality Control Upcoming Presentation During HealthPack 2012
Oliver Stauffer of PTI Inspection Systems will give a presentation on "Six Sigma Deployment for Complete Package Quality Control" during the HealthPack Conference for Medical Device Packaging in Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 6-8, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency. This presentation is scheduled for Thursday, March 8, 1:45pm – 2:30pm.
Stauffer, vice president of inspection technologies for PTI, will breakdown the Six Sigma DMAIC framework and how it directly applies to developing a strategy and test methodology for package integrity. He will navigate through a variety of destructive and non-destructive test methods to show how they may be best deployed and how they can provide feedback throughout the packaging process. PTI Inspection Systems will also have a tabletop exhibit which is open during the welcome reception and all breaks.
Stauffer commented, "Six Sigma Complete Package Quality Control is defined by assuring package integrity by deploying quantifiable, non-subjective and reliable test methods and using verifiable data, rather than subjective measures, to assure the final package quality. The current medical device packaging environment uses a variety of test methods to ensure package integrity, but not all methods provide the quality of information to control and improve the packaging process. "
This presentation will review multiple test methods currently available:
- Dye (ASTM F1929-98)
- Burst (ASTM F2054-07, F1140-07, F2392-04)
- Peel (ASTM F88)
- Water/Bubble Leak Test (ASTM F2096-04)
- Visual (ASTM F1886, F1886M-09)
- Vacuum/Pressure Decay (ASTM F2338-09, F2095)
- Trace Gas/Head Space Analysis Analysis (ASTM F2227-02, F2714-08)
Stauffer adds, "The various test methods currently used in the packaging industry are deployed with varying scope and purpose. Often, a method is used to supplement the purpose of another method that may be better suited to provide appropriate package quality measurements. By understanding the fundamental physical aspects of the different methods, manufacturing sites can implement more dynamic and comprehensive quality systems. The methods will be applied in case format, describing the test method application to Tyvek® Header Pouch, Tyvek® Lidded Tray, Non-Porous Peelable/Non-Peelable."
HealthPack is dedicated to issues and new technologies in the area of medical device packaging. This annual conference helps medical device packaging professionals generate ideas and solutions to create efficient, innovative packaging. HealthPack includes a full conference agenda combined with table-top exhibits providing opportunities for attendees to focus on key industry issues while addressing individual needs with leading suppliers and service vendors. Welcome reception, breakfasts, luncheons, meetings and breaks encourage ongoing networking among attendees, speakers and exhibitors. To register, visit:
About Oliver Stauffer
Oliver Stauffer received his Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Michigan and completed his MBA at Georgetown University – The McDonough School of Business. He worked for several years in analytical and R & D laboratories. His expertise and focus has primarily been new technologies and test method development specific to package testing. Stauffer joined PTI in 2005 as a member of the research and development team working on non-destructive testing of blister packaging. In 2006, he joined the sales team as sales/applications engineer for PTI Inspection Systems. He held the position of International Business Development Manager for PTI, focusing on global quality solutions for package inspection that are robust, faster, cleaner, cheaper to maintain, and that reduce manufacturing waste. In 2011, he was appointed vice president of Inspection Technologies.
About PTI Inspection Systems
PTI Inspection Systems is the leading manufacturer of non-destructive package inspection technologies for the pharmaceutical, medical device, food and container industries. We offer inspection systems for package integrity testing, seal integrity, leak testing and container closure integrity testing (CCIT). Our technologies exclude subjectivity from package testing, and use test methods that conform to ASTM standards. PTI Inspection systems provide repeatable, reliable results and can be used at any point in the manufacturing process as they are non-destructive, non-invasive and require no sample preparation. For more information, visit www.ptiusa.com.
SOURCE: PTI Packaging and Inspection Systems