Reliable, safe, and functional thermoform medical packaging
Prent is the world’s leading manufacturer of thermoform medical and pharmaceutical packaging. Since 1967, the world’s leading Fortune 50 medical companies have relied on Prent to design and produce cost-effective rigid plastic packaging that meets specific needs for pharmaceuticals, medical devices, vaccines, diagnostic kits, medical procedure tools, and implant components.
These semi-rigid plastic (sterile and non-sterile) packages may include clamshells, blister packs, trays, retainers, and totes, among others. Headquartered in Janesville, Wis., Prent manufactures in certified clean rooms located in six countries that serve healthcare companies all around the world. Prent’s capabilities include thermoforming parts up to 6” (152.4 mm) deep and up to 72” (1828.8 mm) in length.
Creative, functional design for medical packaging
With its deep experience in the unique requirements for sterile and non-sterile medical packaging, Prent provides an “Art-to-Part” experience. This includes concurrent package design, free of cost samples, in-house tool manufacturing, and precision parts manufactured with a repeatable process on Prent-built thermoformers.
Prent has worked with companies in many disciplines of the medical industry, including general surgery, orthopedics, ophthalmology, neuromodulation, rhythm management, interventional surgery, endoscopy, ears/nose/throat (ENT), OB/GYN, diabetes management and pharmaceuticals.
Sustainable medical packaging
Prent has had a long-term commitment to the environment through its focus on the reduce-reuse-recycle philosophy. Reducing the company’s carbon footprint and helping customers meet their sustainability and environmental objectives are always top of mind.
To “do more with less,” Prent works with medical companies to minimize material usage, optimize functionality, meet standards, and reduce transportation costs and lead time by producing parts locally. Products are shipped in returnable or one-way containers to enhance product protection, minimize paper packaging dunnage, and improve freight efficiencies by double stacking skids in a trailer.
Of the plastic entering Prent’s facilities worldwide, 99.9% of the plastic leaves as either finished goods or recycled plastic. Alongside sister Company GOEX Extrusion, Prent has developed two sustainable programs. First, a closed loop, traceable recycled material program that meets customer’s sustainability goals and cost savings initiatives.
This program is available today with all common medical grade plastics. Second, a high performance PET material, MedPET 90®, that is recycle stream friendly, and offers cost savings over other polyesters currently established in the marketplace.
Innovative medical package development
Prent’s award-winning International Design Teams, located in Wisconsin, U.S.A., Denmark, China, and Malaysia, work with the latest technology to transform package visions into reality.
Three-dimensional electronic drawings are a critical collaboration tool to conceptualize, communicate, and convert customer ideas into innovative package designs. Prent’s virtual design process offers shorter lead times due to concurrently developed package designs.
With a global design staff over 50, Prent matches designers with customers to build a relationship and align with customer branding needs. Also, 24-hour design services are provided on mission critical projects by leveraging global design teams located on three continents.
Accurate modeling and prototyping
In Prent’s high-tech model/sample department, 3D solid models are made by experienced technicians to create an accurate mold representation. Free of charge sample parts are molded off a RenShape tool so tooling can quickly be revised to meet adjusted packaging requirements.
The vacuum formed samples aid in proving out the general size, fit, and function of the part before investing in full production tooling. In addition, 3D printing capabilities are available to rapid prototype products, ensuring that samples align with the package’s design intent.
Medical packaging made globally
Once sample parts are approved, Prent tool design engineers fabricate the aluminum tool in tool building centers located on three continents. Prent’s machining centers work continuously for rapid tool development.
In addition, Prent designs and builds all their thermoform equipment to be identical so they can leverage the validated Machine Control Plan to produce a repeatable part at any of their global manufacturing locations. This unmatched business model allows for short lead times, seamless tool transfers, flexible production, and a unique risk mitigation plan.
Identical thermoformers in all eight of Prent’s turnkey Global Thermoforming Centers allow the company to a preferred, strategic, single-source supplier that can ensure global thermoform medical package delivery on a regular basis.
Prent’s manufacturing locations are in Wisconsin, Arizona, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Mexico, Denmark, Malaysia, and China. Production parts are produced in an ISO certified Class 7 or Cass 8 manufacturing cleanroom.
Forming the Future
For over 50 years, Prent Corporation has been the leading thermoforming company, focused on serving healthcare OEM and contract manufacturers worldwide. Prent manufactures a wide range of thermoformed packaging products for medical devices and pharmaceuticals.
Prent’s award winning Development staff designs functional medical trays, blisters, clamshells and handling totes to meet customer rigid demands for automated and manual use.
Prent’s vertical integration is unmatched in the industry. Services include extrusion, concurrent in-house design and prototyping, tool build, vendor managed inventory programs, ISO 13485 global certified facilities and in-house thermoformer machine build facility so all thermoformers are the same worldwide.
Prent has design and tooling services in Wisconsin, China, Malaysia and Denmark. Manufacturing facilities are located in Janesville, WI; Flagstaff, AZ; Rosarito, MX; Yauco, Puerto Rico; Heredia, Costa Rica; Holbaek, Denmark; Johor, Malaysia; and Shanghai, China.