Doyen Medipharm, a specialist supplier of converting and packaging machines for the medical and pharmaceutical industries with sites in the UK, USA and Malaysia, has set up a dedicated converting process development area at its manufacturing site in Wymondham, UK.
The new development area has been set up to assist transdermal and wound care manufacturers in establishing the best converting process for their product. Re-evaluating the existing manufacturing process of a marketed product when considering a dedicated system for up-scaling to high volume production can improve efficiency, while development of a custom process before product launch can increase speed to market and improve long-term product profitability.
Although accommodating a wide scope of services, the development area is commonly home to material trials and proof-of-principle testing, which form an important part of Doyen’s development of customized machine solutions. Proprietary processes developed by Doyen engineers are put to the test and documented to provide evidence of their function. Set apart from the main machine assembly area and guarded from the eyes of visitors, the development area is suited to maintain customer confidentiality when sensitive products and processes are concerned.
Doyen’s custom test rig can be used to evaluate folding, laminating and die-cutting capabilities of delicate, stretchy, adhesive or non-adhesive materials. Subjecting a material sample to heat and stretch tests can provide the engineers with a good indication of how the material is going to perform and if particular handling and tension control techniques will be required to ensure efficient processing.
“Our experience helps customers to optimise product features and material handling for a more efficient manufacturing process,” explains Alastair Fleming, Doyen’s VP Manufacturing Operations. “Four side seal packaging material trials in cooperation with film, foil and paper suppliers have always been good practice for Doyen and our process development support is a natural extension of this popular and proven service.”
Doyen supplies OEMs and contract manufacturers of transdermal patches and wound dressings worldwide with high performance custom converting and packaging solutions. Its US-based sister company J-Pac LLC complements Doyen’s converting expertise with more than 20 years of experience in contract tray design, forming and sealing, as well as thermoform and pouch packaging.