Amcor Flexibles won a Gold Award in Technical Innovation as part of the Flexible Packaging Association’s (FPA) Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards for its Fortis breather bags for medical sterilization. Amcor was honored with 18 other packages at the annual awards banquet, held March 1 as part of the FPA Annual Meeting in Boca Raton, Florida.
“We are honored to be recognized for our innovative packaging solutions that help save lives” says Jehanzeb Noor, VP and general manager, Amcor Flexibles Medical North America. “Our customers continuously challenge us to develop packaging solutions that take cost out while enhancing performance, and we are proud to meet that challenge and grow together.”
Fortis results from the innovative use of both the packaging materials and the package design (both part of the patent application). Amcor produces the co-extruded bag material, as its in-house, multi-layer blown film equipment enables the cost-effective use of thin layers of several resins to produce a highly-engineered film. This film has both the strength, abuse-resistance and the tear-resistance necessary to protect medical instruments through gas sterilization and the distribution process. This same abuse and tear resistant bag film is engineered to be peelable using Amcor’s patented Core-Peel technology. The innovation of peelability in the bag itself eliminates the need for a peelable header strip.
“The design of Fortis’ intuitive-use header opening makes aseptic removal of contents much easier and reduces the risk of contamination to the sterile field,” says Jesse Blake, director of product excellence and manufacturing strategy, Amcor Flexibles Medical North America.