Peel Test of Films Used in Medical Device Packaging

The medical device industry requires extensive testing on packaging used to seal medical devices. These requirements are in place to minimize foreign substances from entering into the packaging. With respects to quality control efforts, barrier properties such as seal strength and peel strength are indicators of how well a container is sealed. This confirms leak prevention and shelf life properties of that packaging. The specific manner in which the peel test is done to determine the sealant properties of your product package is dependent of standards that must be met. These standards might be internally based, industry based, or requirement based. Testing in accordance with international standards Common standards to follow for medical device package testing include ISO 11607-1, ASTM F88, and ASTM F88. ISO 11607-1 is specifically used for sterile packaging, and it also outlines how to determine the seal strength of the material being used. ASTM F88 is a general standard for seal strength of materials used in packaging. This standard is not used with sterile packaging. ASTM D903 is another general standard for determining the adhesive strength of materials. Equipment required TestResources universal material testing machines are effectively used for determining the peel strength, bonding strength, and sheer properties of adhesives. TestResources test machines meet the requirements specified in many standard test procedures for constant-rate-of-extension and constant-rate-of-load machines. This allows the machines to be programmed to perform many unique testing procedures.

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