Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Industry Sterilization Packaging
Beacon is a sterilization-packaging manufacturer for the medical device and pharmaceutical industry, creating specialized sterilizable packaging systems from hundreds of possible material combinations.
Terminally sterilized medical device flexible packaging
Beacon has been an active participant in the evolution of the sterilization packaging industry, and is a founding member of the Sterilization Packaging Manufacturers Council (SPMC).
Products for preformed sterile barrier systems include:
- Peelable pouches and non-peelable pouches
- Header bags
- Die cut insert cards
Peelable pouches and non-peelable pouches
Pouches, primarily used for terminally-sterilized medical devices, can be designed for all conventional sterilization methods. They are available as peelable pouches or non-peelable pouches, with several types of opening features.
Beacon’s pouches employ clear or opaque medical-grade packaging materials that include Dupont™ Tyvek®, aluminum foil, PET, nylon, paper, polyethylene films, and specialized barrier materials. Pouches are available in a wide range of shapes and sizes and can be custom printed with up to four colors, and fabricated up to 36in wide and 100in long.
Header bags are commonly used for packaging and sterilizing bulky devices or as a second barrier layer for trays. Beacon header bags are custom made of a polymer film with the required degree of toughness, and a coated Dupont Tyvek header strip for breathability.
The films include coextrusions designed for strength and clarity, as well as cost-effective light gauge polyethylene for less demanding applications. Custom sizes from 2in to 99in in width, and 3in to 34in in length, are available.
Lidding materials, heat sealed to a thermoformed tray containing a sterilizable medical device, provided an aseptic opening feature while facilitating sterilization. Beacon lidding materials are sold in a variety of forms, depending on the application, including rollstock and lidstock in rectangular or custom die cut shapes. They can be manufactured from materials including coated Dupont Tyvek and foil laminations.
Die-cut insert cards
Custom die cut insert cards are a cost-effective alternative to ridged tray packaging. Formed from medical-grade plastic, custom die-cut insert cards can hold one or many medical devices securely in place, eliminating the need for bulkier, more expensive packaging options.
Rollstock, typically used on automatic pouch-making machines is available in Dupont Tyvek, paper, film, metalized film and foil combinations. Provided in master rolls, the rollstock can be coated, printed, perforated and or slit down to smaller rolls.
Protective packaging is available for all preformed sterile barrier systems.
Package properties for sterile barrier system optimization
- High breathability
- UV-light protection
- Enhanced durability
- Moisture / oxygen sensitivity
- High temperature sensitivity
- Conflicting barrier / sterilization requirements
Beacon understands the critical attributes of the sterile barrier system that affect the device and sterile packaging system. Our technology team works directly with the customer to understand the specific requirements of their product, including safety and protection, barrier, durability, package and seal integrity, visibility and appearance, processing and printing.
We offer the most advanced packaging materials, creating specialized sterilization packaging systems for the most demanding applications. Medical grade materials include Dupont Tyvek, single and multilayer films, medical grade paper, and laminations containing foil, paper and film. Other barrier materials are available.
Beacon guides their customers through the process of selecting the right materials and package type to best meet their unique set of needs.
Founded in 1947, third generation family-owned, FDA registered and small business certified, Beacon creates specialized sterile barrier systems for the most demanding applications.
We have the following certifications and affiliations:
- Authorized supplier of DuPont Tyvek
- Member of FPA
- Member of SPMC
- Member of ASQ
- Member of AAMI
- Member of ASTM
- Certified Women Owned Business (by the New Jersey Commerce and Economic Growth Commissional Office of Small Business and Women and Minority Businesses)
Tyvek is a registered trademark of DuPont for its brand of protective material.