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“Rickard Bindery is the prescription for your PI and medical product folding pain.” – Gary Junge

Pharmaceutical Insert and Medical Product Folding

Rickard Bindery has been converting pharmaceutical and medical product inserts for generations. Not only are we a supply chain company that delivered useful medical information to your grandparents, we have the latest bindery technology to continue doing so for the next generation and beyond.

Welcome to this month’s issue of our continuing Helpful Hints series. If you have any comments about today’s topic or suggestions for future ones, please let us know by e-mailing Kevin Rickard.

Pharmaceutical inserts (PIs) routinely use RTA (right turn angle) folds in which the final “clamshell” style fold ensures all panels are completely contained so one spot of glue can hold the entire piece shut. Rickard Bindery RTA fold designs can accommodate up to 90 panels, depending on stock and product size. We use an endless combination of accordion and right angle folds to contain all open panel edges before applying a spot of removable glue required for smooth downstream automation.

Medical product folding, a cousin of PI folding, is less reliant on RTA fold designs, although nothing prohibits these from being used. For medical folded products with “open” panels, or any small format folded product for that matter, one spot of glue will not completely hold the product together, but it might help. For these situations, we have other methods of ensuring downstream automation compatibility.

One last concept to consider today is “value on a skid.” At Rickard Bindery, we can automatically fold products with panels as small as 7/16”. Please note the smallest panel size we row or tray pack is 9/16”. Needless to say, we can pack many thousands of dollars of converted value on a skid, obsoleting distance as a barrier to doing business. For this reason, hundreds of companies from all over North America rely on Rickard Bindery for PI and medical product folding expertise and services.

The Latest Rickard Bindery Video

Here’s a 129-second video of Rickard Bindery’s estimating team leader, Gary Junge, showcasing some examples of PI and medical product folding.

The Big Five

  1. Basics. Subsets of the miniature folding category, PIs and folded medical instruction sheets often contain government mandated information. Readability and conversion accuracy are not optional.
  2. Benefits. Miniature folding techniques are usually used to get as much printed real estate into as small a space as possible. Rickard Bindery’s PI and medical product folding services comply with all government regulations.
  3. Variants. Most pharmaceutical folds are RTA clamshell style folds with no open edges and are glued to stay closed until the customer opens the piece.
  4. Max & mins. Most miniature products with final panel sizes of at least 9/16″ can be row packed or tray packed. Below this size, loose “popcorn” style packing is likely the only practical packing option.
  5. Shop talk. After PIs and medical folded products leave the bindery, frequently they are machine-fed into or onto something. Therefore it’s important that they lie flat for downstream automation compatibility.

The Rickard Bindery Pharmaceutical Insert and Medical Product Folding Advantage

If you have a challenging pharmaceutical or medical product folding application, Rickard Bindery has your solution. Our range of small format folding, gluing and attaching equipment and expertise qualifies us to be your single resource for any bindery product with a medical application. Trusted by tens of thousands of graphic arts professionals for 117 years and counting, Rickard Bindery serves North American companies with product engineering advice, super-fast turnarounds and consistent quality.