Many companies spend millions of dollars every year developing, manufacturing and approving their products. Some companies will turn to aerosol packagings to house their healthcare products. But have you ever wondered what is used to drive the product out of the can?
Traditional aerosol cans are designed to mix the propellant with the product. Therefore, what cost your company a lot to develop, manufacture and approve, must then be mixed with a propellant to dispense your healthcare product.
Bag on Valve, is used as an alternative method to package pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Unlike traditional aerosol packaging, Bag on Valve (BoV) keeps the product separate from the propellant, housing it in a film laminate bag, which is welded to an aerosol valve. Therefore, your precious product maintains its integrity and remains separate from propellants at all times.
Standard BoV packaging covers a broad range from 30 to 500 ml containers. BoV typically uses standard aerosol aluminium cans with 1 inch can openings, together with foil-based packaging bags of four-layer film laminates (for instance PET/ALU/OPA/PE). The film laminate bag is welded to the aerosol valve, which is crimped to the aerosol can in the filling process.
Due to the low permeability rate, BoV is also compatible with commercially available liquefied propellants. These propellants make good choices for products that call for a steady dispensing rate over the life of the can, such as post-foaming gels and creams.
Almost all fluids and more viscous products can be filled into a BoV system, as long as the product’s viscosity is low enough to get it through the valve stem. However, the system does not work well with products that need to be shaken before use, since the bag is filled and doesn’t improve mixing when shaken.
To many consumers that enter a supermarket on a daily bases, the quality of an aerosol can may just be another concern that goes overlooked. However, to the industry buyers and manufacturers, an aerosol can can be the difference between an average product and a premium product.
The superior Bag on Valve (BoV) system is developed to not only produce a superior spray dispensing system, but to reduce our ecological footprint through a sustainable packaging process. Compared to traditional aerosol spray technology, BoV aerosols have several benefits for manufacturers, consumers and the environment.
The following are more reasons you should trust BoV as your first choice for aerosols and airless packaging.
Unlike traditional aerosols, BoV keeps product separate from propellants at all times thanks to an FDA-approved laminated bag installed inside the aluminum can. Because the product is in a flexible pouch, the propellant (compressed air or nitrogen) is able to squeeze the bag until almost 100% of the product is dispensed. Unlike traditional aerosols, which may run out of propellant before all of the product is dispensed.
As opposed to flammable propellants used in traditional aerosol systems, BoV uses compressed air or nitrogen to push the product out of the Bag on Valve system. This is possible because unlike traditional aerosols, BoV propellants will not mix with the product.
In the medical sector Bag on Valve products are able to dispense as either; liquid, gel, ointment or cream. In some cases, companies can turn their pharmaceutical cream into a spray by using the BoV system. The versatility of BoV even allows products to have several other benefits;
Sprayed evenly at all angles
No pumping motion required
Reduced spray noise
Longer shelf life for oxygen-sensitive products
Suitable for both liquid and viscous products
Can be used with standard actuators and aerosol cans
Bag on Valve technology is suitable for clean room production and medical products. Companies, such as Aurena Laboratories, incorporate the clean room manufacturing process into their BoV packaging, so they can produce safe and sterile products for customers.
Are you ready to switch from traditional aerosol to Bag on Valve? Contact Aurena Laboratories for more information.
Studies have shown that exposure to a hazardous substance, in particular a corrosive substance, should be treated within the first ten to fifteen seconds. Even bydelaying treatment by a few seconds could be the difference between a serious injury and a close call.
This is why emergency eye wash stations are becoming more and more mandatory in most workplaces. With the new Eye Wash Sprays in Bag on Valve packaging the high pressure from the aerosol can quickly flushes the hazardous substance out of the eye and reduces the potential for long term damage.
Bag on Valve technology is a modern aerosol spray packaging that allows companies to keep their eye wash product
separate from the aerosol propellant at all times, keeping the product that enters their eyes pure.
The following are reasons why Bag on Valve is the number one choice for occupational safety aerosol eye wash sprays:
In the world of over the counter (OTC) medical devices and pharmaceutical aerosols it’s rather difficult to stand out on the shelf of a drugstore or super market – row upon row of aerosol cans will hide a companies product, much like a brick on a wall.
However, Bag on Valve has a solution. Have you considered using Bag on Valve’s custom labelling to catch and hold consumer interest?
Want to learn more about Bag on Valve custom labelling and packaging? Read our blog; Decoration Opportunities with BoV Products.
Bag-on-Valve (BoV) is a barrier packaging technology for companies with liquid or viscous products, looking to stand out from the competition.
Why not use traditional aerosols? In comparison to traditional aerosols, BoV separates your product from the propellant, keeping your product pure. BoV packaging is 100% recyclable, leaving a low ecological footprint. And most importantly, Bag-on-Valve is convenient and reliable for the end user.
Standard BoV packaging covers a broad range from 30 to 500ml containers. Typically, BoV uses standard and fully recyclable aerosol aluminium cans with 1 inch can openings, together with foil-based packaging bags of multi-layer film laminates (for instance PET/ALU/OPA/PP). The bag is welded to the aerosol valve, which is crimped to the aerosol can in the filling process.
When the valve is crimped to the can the propellant, compressed air or nitrogen, is filled into the area between the bag and the can, keeping product and propellant separate at all times. This pressurising process is called under the cup gassing (UTC). The product in the bag encompasses 60 per cent of the can’s brim capacity, while the remaining 40 per cent is occupied by the propellant.
Every day more and more consumers are switching from prescription to nonprescription health care products. Tax based health care services are increasing costs, government regulations are becoming more invasive, making it more difficult to release new products to the market. With this industry shift, the Over-the-counter product trend has grown rapidly as it offers convenient and affordable healthcare products for the consumers.
Over-the-counter, also known as “OTC” is medicine (drug) products or medical devices which can be purchased without a prescription. In many countries, OTC drugs are selected by a regulatory agency to ensure that they are ingredients that are safe and effective when used without aphysician’s care.
A segment in which has been especially successful on some markets in recent years, is Bag on Valve aerosol sprays with different kinds of saline solutions. This growth has been brought on by the wide range of saline based products available on the market, complemented by the benefits of Bag on Valve technology.
Saline solutions offer a number of benefits for the consumer:
Can be sold as OTC-products
In the pharma industry, there is an increased interest in giving old products new, more convenient applications, as well as finding niches for totally new products using Bag-on-Valve (BoV) technology for packaging and administration. Applications now cover a wide variety of drug delivery products and disinfectant sprays, among others. There is a slow but growing consumer awareness regarding BoV products. Global volumes increase from year to year, replacing typical pump and dispensing sprays as well as traditional aerosols.
With its many dispensing possibilities, BoV is suitable for direct dispensing, even in such sensitive areas as eyes or ears or with children. After an eye accident, for instance, it is very important to rinse the eye in the first seconds. BoV portable eyewash spray makes a good choice when a piped eye wash station is not available. With a 240ml can, equipped with a spray actuator giving a very soft spray, it is now possible to flush the eye constantly for more than 15 minutes. But it doesn’t stop at eye washes, Bag on Valve can be used for a wide range of pharmaceutical and over the counter (OTC) products, including: (more…)
Bag on Valve (BOV) products for the pharmaceutical and healthcare markets are often manufactured by contract manufacturing organisations (CMOs), such as Aurena. For sterile products, some CMOs of BOV can offer aseptic production while other products achieve sterility by use of terminal gamma irradiation. Other benefits include, decreased cost of development or increased marketing opportunities for the products. Whatever the reason, BOV contract manufacturing organizations are an efficient, environmentally friendly and cost effective solution to source new healthcare products.
As an alternative to contract manufacturing of customer specific products, Aurena Laboratories, offers already CE-marked medical device products, developed in-house, for companies to sell and distribute under their own brands. The brand name and artwork design of the new private label will be added to the technical file (dossier) of the registered product and become a part of the registered product.
The procedures will be different depending on the classification of the product. Depending on the type of contractual arrangement between the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and the brand owner (Own Brand Labeller) it can be either the OEM or the brand owner that is stated as the legal manufacturer. This can ensure total integrity of the brand, as the original production source is not disclosed on the packaging. (more…)
Apart from being one of the most interesting ways of packaging and dispensing pharma and medical device products, BOV is an innovative technology, lowering the environmental footprint during the packaging process and improving convenience through the application process.
The unique Bag-on-Valve system is developed to not only produce a superior spray dispensing system, but to reduce our ecological footprint through a sustainable packaging process. Bag-on-Valve accomplishes this through the reduction of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) compared with the traditional aerosols. VOC’s are organic chemicals with a high vapor pressure which contribute to air pollution outdoors and inside our homes. VOC’s are regulated by law, especially indoors, where concentrations are the highest.
The BOV system uses nitrogen or compressed air as propellant, leaving a smaller ecological footprint. The (more…)