On July 15, 1903, the Ford Motor Company made its first sale to Dr. E Pfenning, but the vehicle he received then looks quite peculiar today. It was an open-topped buggy with a two-cylinder engine that maxed out at 30 miles per hour. Since then, the Ford Motor Company has gone on to produce over three million vehicles of varying shapes and sizes, with huge improvements in horsepower, speed, and cylinders from the original model T, but their vision has always remained the same: to become the world's leading consumer company for automotive products and services.
Like the Ford Motor Company, the medical plastics industry is always innovating, and according to the recent Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News article, “Looking Back Over 20 Years of Sterile Medical Packaging,” that drive has created a competitive industry with definite stature that has evolved in the last two decades. The original intentions were to “maintain sterile product safety, reduce hospital and supply chain waste, and offer cost efficiencies to prepare for healthcare reform,” and while the means of production have changed, these goals are still incredibly relevant 20 years later.
However, the whole process itself “has become more scientific...validation is a way of life,” says Dhuanne Dodrill, president of Rollprint Packaging Products Inc. Quality has become the defining factor to meet the industry’s goals circa the 21st century, and packaging has become incredibly important to the supply chain, so much so that “the idea of packaging has to be factored in at the beginning of the programs.”
Similarly, ISO 11607, started in 1992, has revolutionized the industry and paved the way for the rise of engineering consultant firms specializing in medical products packaging. like Spartan Design Group to ensure the highest quality of medical devices by protecting patients through sterile barrier systems.
At TEQ, our goals and vision have also guided us throughout a long history. But, while it has always been our vision to be a leader in the design, manufacture, and supply of innovative healthcare, electronic, and consumer packaging and products by exceeding customer expectations in everything we do, our methods and process have changed with the industry and available technology. "To prepare for the next 20 years, medical device manufacturers will need to address globalization, patient safety concerns, and sustainability,” and we look forward to meeting these challenges head on - by keeping true to our vision and adapting technology to our goals. Quality is part of our name, and we’re never going to stop on delivering it.
In fact, we believe it is so important that all critical aspects of the medical package system design, development, procurement, and testing of our medical device packaging is of the highest quality for our clients that we partner with industry leaders and principals at Spartan Design Group, Curt Larsen and John Spitzley to ensure that happens for each and every medical packaging client.
We also were one of the first thermoform manufactures in North America to become ISO 13485 registered. While this is a voluntary quality management standard for companies that design, manufacture, and distribute medical device – it is key in helping us discover operational efficiencies, improve our risk managements, and improve the traceability of medical device products, and we view it as an essential set of standards for ensuring the safe and efficient manufacturing and packaging of medical devices.
What about you? How has your company innovated while staying true to its core vision?