Similar to the medical industry, the pharmaceutical industry can benefit greatly from the use of radio frequency welding.
Patients need to be able to rely on the safety of the products they come into contact with when at a doctor’s office or hospital—things like IV bags, blood transfusion bags, and other medical containment bags cannot cause a risk of infection, and thanks to the reliability of RFW, it’s a process that many suppliers trust.
Why Are RF Welded Seals So Effective?
Heat sealing and radio frequency welding are both effective processes because they fuse two pieces of material together without the use of foreign matter like adhesives or stitching.
The resulting seam is strong, durable and reliable—when products have heat sealed seams or RF welded seams, the user can trust the product will not break, leak, or be compromised. To uphold biosafe standards in sterilization, it’s essential for pharmaceutical products to be waterproof, airtight, and contaminant free.
Since welded seams cannot be compromised, it makes radio frequency welding the ideal choice for manufacturing pharmaceutical products.
Products the Pharmaceutical Industry Needs Sealed
In addition to IV bags and blood bags, other pharmaceutical products can be created using radio frequency welding or heat sealing processes.
To manufacture containment products such as saline and glucose bags, pressure cuffs for blood pressure checks, and other bags (colostomy, organ, nutrient, blood transfusion, or urine collection) the heat sealing process and/or radio frequency welding process ensures that the product inside remain sterile, and the packaging unbreakable.
For instance, inflatable calf bags and ankle bags have welded seams to hold air inflation and maintain pressure resistance when used inside a medical boot.
USDA Curtains and FDA Curtains Require Welded Seams
USDA curtains and FDA curtains are approved for use in facilities that manufacture, store and distribute goods used in the pharmaceutical industry. SealWerks pharmaceutical grade curtains are approved for food-grade and pharmaceutical-grade use to reduce contamination in the processing and packaging of products.
The reason the USDA and FDA insist on welded seams is the smooth surface it renders, which allows for effective cleaning of the curtains. Characteristics such as stitching and Velcro are not permissible because their rough, porous surfaces can harbor bacteria and hinder effective cleaning.
Welded seams eliminate the need for snaps, zippers or pockets for their configuration, and leave it as smooth and washable/dryable as possible.
If you are in the pharmaceutical industry and need products to effectively contain and separate manufacturing and packaging processes, you have choices that will meet government and medical guidelines for patient safely. If you are interested in learning more about heat sealing, radio frequency welding and the products that can be manufactured for the pharmaceutical industry, contact SealWerks today.