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Channels in the Seal Area

Q.

Is there a rule of thumb for channels or voids in a seal area?

A.

The medical device industry generally classifies the presence of any channel that passes through the entire heat seal as a breach of sterility and is therefore unacceptable. The presence of voids in a heat seal is sometimes evaluated in a different manner. Some packaging engineers choose to perform a package validation with the worst-case scenario seal. For example, if a medical pouch has a ⅜-in. ±⅛-in. wide heat seal, a package validation on pouches with ¼-in. may be subjected to distribution testing. This will ensure pouches that possess the minimum seal width of ¼-in. will still pass a distribution test. This logic is then applied to a void in the seal area; if the void interrupts less than ⅛-in. of the seal, the pouch is accepted. If the void interrupts more than ⅛-in., the pouch is rejected as this represents a condition that has not been evaluated by the packaging engineer.

Last updated on 2011-04-18 16:04:59 UTC
Keywords: channel, distribution testing, minimum seal width, rule of thumb, breach of sterility, void, worse-case

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