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05.12.2018, Mainz, Germany

SCHOTT Ampoules easyOPC ensure more safety, reliability and efficiency

The technology group SCHOTT has introduced new easy-to-open ampoules with a tightened breakforce range.
“Same look, different feel” – An improved manufacturing process ensures an ideal breakpoint of the new Ampoules easyOPC. Picture: SCHOTT
“Same look, different feel” – An improved manufacturing process ensures an ideal breakpoint of the new Ampoules easyOPC. Picture: SCHOTT
Opening an ampoule can be very challenging. Sharp and uneven break lines might injure nurses, and glass particles can potentially make the drug unusable due to the presence of particles in it. Sometimes, ampoules cannot be opened at all. This is a no-go, especially in emergency situations. In addition, studies showed that unusable ampoules generate 1 bn EUR industry costs every year. Hence, despite their many advantages, the ‘how-to-open-an-ampoule’ problem has caused pharma manufacturers headaches for almost a century and is a constant source of customer complaints.  
A new technology from SCHOTT now provides a solution. “An improved manufacturing process with an innovative cutting technology enables us to deliver an ampoule with a consistently equal opening behavior that keeps nurses and patients safe,” explains Neus Ferré, Global Product Manager for ampoules at SCHOTT. The new ampoules were recognized by the industry and named a Finalist of the CPhI Pharma Awards 2018.
To achieve an ideal breakpoint, a profound understanding of the breaking behavior of glass is necessary. The corresponding ISO norm defines a break force between 25 and 65 Newton for ampoules. However, SCHOTT’s tests have shown that 1-3 ml OPC (One Point Cut) ampoules which respond to a break force of not more than 45 Newton show the desired opening behavior. By controlling the manufacturing process much more tightly, SCHOTT manages to produce ampoules within the ‘perfect breakforce’ range and eliminates outliers.
The company is convinced that this solution will give new impetus to a well-established packaging solution and bring its other advantages to bear. “After all, ampoules still play a key role when it comes to ensuring basic medical care with pain killers, anti-inflammatories, or anesthetics, especially in emerging markets,” states Neus Ferré.

For further information and facts and figures on the new Ampoules easyOPC, please visit Breaking Moments.  

SCHOTT is a leading international technology group in the areas of specialty glass and glass-ceramics. The company has more than 130 years of outstanding development, materials and technology expertise and offers a broad portfolio of high-quality products and intelligent solutions. SCHOTT is an innovative enabler for many industries, including the home appliance, pharma, electronics, optics, life sciences, automotive and aviation industries. SCHOTT strives to play an important part of everyone’s life and is committed to innovation and sustainable success. With more than 15,500 employees at production sites and sales offices in 33 countries, the group has a global presence. In the 2016/2017 fiscal year, SCHOTT generated sales of 2.05 billion euros. The parent company, SCHOTT AG, has its headquarters in Mainz (Germany) and is solely owned by the Carl Zeiss Foundation. As a foundation company, SCHOTT assumes special responsibility for its employees, society and the environment.
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