Speaker Profile

Jan Gates

Owner and Founder, PackWise Consulting

Jan Gates is the owner and founder of PackWise Consulting. She has over 30 years’experience in package engineering with foods, pharmaceuticals, detergent, and medical devices, most recently with Abbott Vascular and now PackWise Consulting. Her work includes individual contributions and leading teams for packaging material and systems design/development to meet regulatory, product protection, and customer use requirements with production optimization, validation, and minimal packaging. Jan was a task group leader for the AAMI TIR 22 document — a U.S. guidance document on compliance with the ISO/EN 11607-1 & -2, Terminally Sterilized Medical Device Packaging. She is a member of the ASTM D10 and F2 (rigid and flexible packaging) groups developing industry standard test methods and guidance, and the IoPP Southern California Chapter Co-President.

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Impulse Sealing: Trials and Tribulations

Manual and semi-manual impulse sealing is inherently safe on the production line without continuous heat on the jaws. The sealing can be difficult to validate when factors, beside humans, are not understood and controlled properly. Jan takes you through various factors she has found to effect impulse sealers and to the newer technology that reduces the issues.

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