Tyvek® 2FS™ for Form-Fill-Seal
Tyvek® 2FS™, a high puncture-resistant substrate, outperforms paper in terms of toughness and microbial barrier. The lightest form of Tyvek®, it is well-suited for form-fill-seal, as well as cost-sensitive applications requiring strength.
Recognized as a standard of excellence for form-fill-seal and less demanding packaging applications, Tyvek® 2FS™, the lightest form of medical and pharmaceutical packaging styles of Tyvek®, offers outstanding resistance to microbial penetration, significantly reduced risk of package failure, compatibility with a broad range of sterilization methods, a low risk of device contamination and the ability to withstand transportation challenges.
Outstanding Resistance to Microbial Penetration
Even under the most rigorous conditions in highly contaminated environments, Tyvek® 2FS™ is highly resistant to bacterial spores and other contaminating microorganisms. Microbial barrier test data consistently prove that all styles of Tyvek® for sterile medical packaging—Tyvek® 1073B, Tyvek® 1059B and Tyvek® 2FS™— hold out bacterial spores and test particles better than other commercially available porous medical packaging materials, including medical-grade papers. In addition, an accelerated aging study proved conclusively that Tyvek® 2FS™ shows no change in microbial barrier properties after withstanding extreme conditions.
Significantly Reduced Risk of Package Failure
The tough, continuous filaments of Tyvek® 2FS™ help protect package integrity from both product breakthrough inside and rough handling outside. Compared to medical-grade papers, Tyvek® 2FS™ has superior tear strength and puncture resistance.
Compatibility with a Broad Range of Sterilization Methods
Unlike medical-grade papers and films, Tyvek® 2FS™ is compatible with all of the most commonly used sterilization methods. So no matter which process you use for sterilizing your form-fill-seal package—ethylene oxide (EO), gamma, electron-beam, steam (under controlled conditions) or newer methods (such as low-temperature oxidative sterilization)—Tyvek® 2FS™ will retain its protective properties, color and flexibility.
Low Risk of Device Contamination
The unique structure of Tyvek® 2FS™— tough, continuous filaments—creates a tortuous path that results in microbial barrier and strength properties superior to those of medical-grade papers. It also means that Tyvek® 2FS™ generates very few airborne particles when sterile form-fill-seal packaging is opened or handled. This clean peel minimizes the risk of introducing particulates into a clean environment.
Ability to Withstand Transportation Challenges
Another distinct advantage that Tyvek® 2FS™ has over medical-grade papers and films is its ability to withstand the significant temperature and pressure changes commonly encountered during shipping. Because it is breathable, Tyvek® 2FS™ minimizes the formation of condensation due to temperature extremes that can occur during transportation. This breathability also allows medical packages made with Tyvek® 2FS™ to equilibrate rapidly from the pressure changes that occur not only during shipping but also in storage environments.
INFORMATION & IDEAS
- Guidelines for Printing on Tyvek®
- Tyvek® vs. Medical-Grade Papers
Tyvek® Retains Sterility after Aging
After terminal sterilization, Tyvek® can maintain the sterility of medical devices for at least five years, enhancing the sustainability of a medical product because it can be stored for long periods with no need to re-sterilize or re-package.
- Proven Microbial Barrier Protection
Lab Chosen for Package Testing
DuPont Medical and Pharmaceutical Protection selected Nelson Laboratories as the independent testing lab that will perform the medical package testing for the DuPont™ Tyvek® Medical Packaging Transition Project (MPTP).
- Advancing the Science of Protection