The Munich-based start-up iuvas has developed the sippa drinking aid, making it easier for elderly and physically disabled people to drink.The company iuvas relies on the competent support of Faller for the packaging of the system, which consists of numerous components.
The average age of the world’s population is increasing as a result of ongoing demographic change – and this of course means that more and more people are going to be restricted in their movements. The start-up company iuvas recognised this trend and developed a solution for a problem that nursing staff encounter on a daily basis: sippa, a system that enables patients to drink without having to put their heads back.
The Munich-based iuvas medical GmbH was founded in 2017 with the goal of optimising processes and materials in everyday clinical practice. The cornerstones of this sustainable business model were a combination of direct idea scouting carried out by experts from the industry, professional product development and a strong partner network in the industry. The sippa drinking aid is the first product from iuvas. Launched in October 2019, it provides comfortable and safe help for those who need assistance when drinking.
Numerous components integrated in packaging
The product sippa consisted of many different components that had to be combined and inserted into one package. This process proved to be extremely complex – among other criteria, the user instruction booklet had to fit perfectly into each folding carton and inlays had to be designed to achieve the best possible product positioning. The safety of the drinking system during transport was also an important factor that had to be addressed. Yet another challenge was time pressure due to the upcoming product launch, so delivery times and supply chains for all the packaging components had to be closely coordinated.
Faller Packaging produced the complete packaging for this project and accompanied iuvas throughout the entire process, from sippa’s design and artwork to the production and packaging of all the components. The Faller development department first obtained an overview of all the individual parts that had to be packaged. The experts then worked out possible solutions and optimised the entire packaging piece by piece.
Joint success of the group of companies
The practical implementation was a real joint success for Faller Packaging. The large folding carton with its automatic base was produced in the company headquarters in Waldkirch – and since only small quantities were required for the project, the subsidiary PackEx in Worms manufactured the two small internal folding boxes, plus the integrated insert as a special design. The factory in Binzen contributed the package leaflets, which are placed as outserts in the small folding cartons.
All the artwork for the sippa packaging was carried out by the Global Centre of Packaging Excellence, which Faller Packaging set up together with the Irish company Perigord Premedia Ltd. Faller was also fully responsible for the coordination and implementation of the assembly and packaging process. The product launch deadline was imminent, so everything had to run like clockwork. Twenty different sales items had to be precisely coordinated in the individual packaging steps.
Everything from one source
In its role as a full-service provider, Faller Packaging supported iuvas with a perfectly coordinated process and succeeded in minimising packaging time, effort and costs. The start-up not only received all the packaging components from one source, it also benefited from reliable and punctual delivery and the high quality of Faller products. “Faller Packaging helped and advised us in all areas,” reports Jonas Zimmermann, Managing Director of Marketing & Sales at iuvas. “Thanks to its comprehensive expertise, Faller was able to implement all the processes relating to packages and the packaging system itself. Communication with the main contact persons was also extremely structured for us – we always knew to whom we could turn.”