What is Aclar?

The Clear Choice for Pharmaceutical Packaging

Aclar is a clear, poly-chloro-tri-fluoro-ethylene (PCTFE) film that has been the trusted choice for pharmaceutical packaging for over 40 years. It meets the increasing barrier and shelf-life requirements of even the most demanding drug formulations, for all climate zones.

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What Is AclarAclar films enable you to utilize a flexible, efficient thermoformable packaging platform. And with the breadth of thermoformable moisture barrier products available in the Aclar films product line, you have options for matching the right Aclar product.

Whether you require mid, high, or ultra-high moisture barrier, there is an Aclar product available to provide you with the optimum balance of performance and economics for your application. For applications requiring oxygen and/or light barrier protection, Aclar film can easily be laminated to a wide range of substrates including white or amber PVC, EVOH, or others.

Aclar film properties:

  • Highest moisture barrier of any clear thermoplastic film
  • Bio-chemically inert
  • Chemical-resistant
  • Non-flammable
  • Plasticizer and stabilizer free
  • Processes within the same range as other thermoforming films

For assistance in selecting the right Aclar product to meet your needs, please contact our experienced technical team.

blister-package-solutionsAclar – The Clear Choice for Pharmaceutical Packaging.

Packaging requirements and packaging solutions vary by region. Whether or not your current packaging platform is Alu/Alu blisters, pillow packs, bottles, or blisters with a foil over-wrap, you can realize cost savings and/or operational efficiencies or create differentiated, brand-enhancing packaging with Aclar Films.

With Aclar films, you get an efficient and flexible thermoforming platform that makes it possible to reduce pack size by up to 55% providing:

Cost savings – directly reduce:

  • Raw material usage and scrap production
  • Warehousing expense and transportation costs

Operational efficiencies

  • Increase packaging line speed and efficiency
  • Increase operational flexibility
  • Visual inspections reduce production errors from improperly filled cavities

Shelf-life optimization and supply chain benefits

  • Achieve a longer product shelf-life
  • Reduce warehousing, transportation, and shelf space requirements with smaller packs

Standardization throughout all climate zones by adopting a global package

  • Standardize packaging and packaging operations across all climatic zones, including Zone 4b

Brand enhancement and package design flexibility

  • Differentiate your package design
  • Smaller packages for increased patient portability, compliance and adherence
  • Aclar’s clarity displays your brand’s distinct shape and color

Let us help you calculate the benefits of using Aclar for your packaging

pharmaceutical-originator-supportWorld-Class Support from Concept to Launch

Honeywell supports you with a range of services – from barrier prediction and stability support to packaging line optimization and economic analysis. Our global team of experts will be with you every step of the way with the support you want when you need it:

Economic Modeling – for individual drugs and across entire drug portfolios at multiple sites

  • Determine the true cost of packaging
  • Identify opportunities to reduce packaging costs

Blister Package and Tooling Optimization: Honeywell’s technical team uses the latest software to:

  • Develop blister pack drawings that maximize tablet density
  • Review drawings to assure your tooling is optimized

Barrier Prediction and Stability Support: Our barrier packaging analytical labs are ready to work with you on:

  • Material screenings under ICH conditions
  • Barrier material selection and theoretical barrier calculations
  • Weight gain testing to highlight probable package performance failures
  • Performing customized barrier studies (moisture and oxygen)

Operational Support: From package design and initial line trials through product launch and optimizing your packaging lines

  • Thermoforming workshops
  • Line and process optimization
  • Tailored training programs (your site or ours)

Download the Technical Support Guide, Overview Brochure or Contact Us

Honeywell tools address a range of common technical and business challenges.

Aclar Films Thermoforming Guideline
Although the thermoforming properties of the Aclar laminate are essentially defined by the substrate material to which it is laminated, there are recommended guidelines to follow to produce a high quality Aclar blister.

Tooling Design Best Practices for Aclar Films
This guide allows you to optimize the barrier performance of you blister and increase the shelf life of your finished package. Aclar laminates do not require special tooling; however by following these best practices, you can maximize the performance of the Aclar film laminates you are considering.

Aclar Films UltRx 6000 Technical Guide
Learn how to successfully design and thermoform an ultra-high barrier blister using a laminate made with the newest Honeywell product – Aclar UltRx 6000 Film.

Instructions for Using Polarized Film
These instructions explain how to use polarized film for a simple, quick, non-destructive, qualitative test of blister cards. The test can be performed immediately after thermoforming and sealing to reveal any stress-forming in your blisters.

Thermoforming Packaging Economic Analysis
This quick and easy proprietary costing tool will help you determine the cost of your packaging versus alternative Cold Form Foil (CFF or Alu/Alu) packaging.

Strategic Implications of Packaging Choice in the Generic Sector
The generic drug industry faces different profit pressures than traditional pharmaceutical companies. This whitepaper explores how re-examining basic assumptions around the selection of blister packaging materials can result in smaller pack sizes, lower material costs, decreased capital expenditures and increased overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). The paper includes a detailed total cost assessment of aluminum cold-forming technology vs. high-barrier clear thermoforming films.

Blister Packaging of Oral Solids – Challenges for the Pharma Industry and Patient Implications.
Blister packaging has become a more important factor in addressing challenges for the pharmaceutical industry. Thermoforming films are enablers for optimizing blister pack designs that meet all stakeholders’ requirements. Decisions can be based on understanding and meeting patient needs while simultaneously offering opportunities for significant productivity gains in packaging operations.

Addressing Complex Needs of Pharmaceutical Stakeholders via Ultra-High-Barrier Thermoformed Packaging
A successful drug launch requires you to balance a wide range of differing needs. Globalization itself brings with it the need for better shelf life, simplified supply chains, and greater productivity.

Avoid Delays – How to Ensure Your Blister Passes Stability
Package integrity is integral to a successful drug launch. This white paper covers three guiding principles relevant to barrier films that you can employ to reduce the risk of failure, understand the barrier required to pass stability and avoid over-packaging and potential delay.

Aclar FAQs

Q: What services and support do Honeywell offer?

A: Honeywell offers a wide range of services; our goal is to support you from concept to launch. We provide support for tooling design and stability trial testing, barrier and economic calculators, packaging design support and more. Please contact us to help us solve your packaging challenges.

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