Prent Corp. has introduced a medical-grade rigid packaging material, Medex 641, to strengthen the company's position in thermoformed medical-device packaging.
It is going to allow us to give our customers an opportunity to reduce their costs, said Joseph Pregont, president and CEO of Prent in Janesville, Wis. The mechanical properties are similar to some of the products currently in use, and it is 20 percent lighter.
The clear material, also available with a blue tint, was unveiled at the Medical Design and Manufacturing West show, held Feb. 8-10 in Anaheim. But Pregont said it has been available for about three months.
The material is an alternative to acrylic, polycarbonate, PVC and polyester, he said at the show.
Medex 641 is significantly less dense than competing materials, which reduces the amount of material needed for each package, according to Prent. A silicone coating isn't needed to stack the packages together for shipping.
We had to have leverage to reduce our costs to meet the medical-device industry's interest in reducing packaging costs, while also reducing its environmental footprint, Pregont said.