Transportation Packaging

20 Years of Transport Packaging

Growth of temperature-sensitive product, extended shipping lanes, and regulation have driven transport packaging innovation.
By David Vaczek, Senior Editor
Whether product is shipped directly to patients’ door steps or to distribution warehouses halfway across the globe, packaging has to be designed and tested to withstand the transportation stresses of handling and climate. Transportation packaging has evolved to protect longer-duration shipments as pharmaceutical and medical device companies have expanded to new markets.
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Sealed for Protection

An air- and water-tight covering for pallet loads and other shippers conforms to its contents for stability and tamper evidence.

Concerned about environmental changes during shipping, P&G sought a new system for protecting paperboard during transport to its testing facility. The global products manufacturer had considered conditioned trailers, but the expense was very high, said a company spokesperson.

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Preparing Medical Devices for the Extremes in Transport and Use

Medical device manufacturers spend a lot of time ensuring their packaging can survive the worst case scenario. But what if that worst case is the battlefield?

At this year’s Healthcare Packaging Immersion Experience, organized by Michigan State University’s School of Packaging, featured speaker Kevin D. Smith will explore in “Beans, Band Aids, Bullets” the extremes of delivering supplies to combat zones.

Plan Now for TransPack Forum

This March 25-28, 2013, International Safe Transit Association’s TransPack Forum will be held at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts in Orlando, FL. ISTA’s annual event will offer attendees the chance to learn the latest advancements in responsible transport packaging and the physical distribution of products. TransPack will feature presenations on practical applications, case studies, and technical information.

Keep an Eye on Standards

When it comes to sustainability, Pat Nolan, president of DDL (www.testedandproven.com), stresses package optimization, rather than simply source reduction. Quoting pending ISO standards from ISO TC122 SC 4, Nolan points out that “packaging plays a critical role,” and when appropriate, “is essential to prevent loss of goods.”

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Weighing All the Options

Returning and reusing transport containers can help supply-chain partners minimize waste, but is it always the most sustainable approach?

“Any time a company uses fewer natural resources, it is a good thing,” says Daniel Littlefield, a principal of Modality Solutions, a provider of cold chain management consulting for the biopharmaceutical, health, nutrition, and other industries. “Reusable packaging can be a good option, but companies need to do the math to ensure that it makes sense in all scenarios.”

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Considering Reusable Packaging for Transport

Novation is asking manufacturers and distributors supplying items to hospitals to work together to implement reusable transport packaging.

Novation is working to replace “limited-life” transport packaging materials such as corrugated boxes, wood pallets, and plastic film with durable, reusable alternatives. Serving the members of VHA Inc., UHC, Children’s Hospital Association, and Provista LLC, the supply chain contracting company is working with Practice Greenhealth and the “Use Reusables” campaign, a joint project of public agency StopWaste.Org and the Reusable Packaging Association, with financial support from U.S. EPA’s Climate Showcase Community program.

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Considering Reusable Packaging for Transport

Novation is asking manufacturers and distributors supplying items to hospitals to work together to implement reusable transport packaging.

Novation is working to replace “limited-life” transport packaging materials such as corrugated boxes, wood pallets, and plastic film with durable, reusable alternatives. Serving the members of VHA Inc., UHC, Children’s Hospital Association, and Provista LLC, the supply chain contracting company is working with Practice Greenhealth and the “Use Reusables” campaign, a joint project of public agency StopWaste.Org and the Reusable Packaging Association, with financial support from U.S. EPA’s Climate Showcase Community program.

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FedEx Explores "Borderless Healthcare"

At FedEx Corp.'s healthcare industry summit held this past week in New York City, FedEx leaders and external experts spoke about the changing healthcare industry and the potential for "borderless healthcare." Developing markets like China and India present significant opportunities for healthcare product manufacturers, so reaching these markets efficiently will give them competitive advantage, speakers suggested. 

Vacuum Insulation Panel Packaging Significantly Reduces Landfill Expansion

Environmentally friendly vacuum panels offer insulation characteristics that can significantly increase the thermal protection of pharma products.

By John V. W. Howe, COO/CTO, Intelligent Thermal Solutions LLC
and Dwight Musgrave, President, Thermal Visions Inc.

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