Transportation Packaging

American Airlines Cargo Constructing a Pharma Facility in Philadelphia

American Airlines Cargo is building a new 25,000-sq-ft facility that will be dedicted to pharmaceutical handling in Philadelphia, PA. The new location will be able to handle a full range of temperature-sensitive products being shipped in and out of the Northeast pharmaceutical corridor of the United States, it was reported in a news release.

Do You Know Where Your Medical Device Is?

At this very moment, there’s likely billions of dollars of medical device inventory in the supply chain that has left manufacturer facilities, yet hasn’t been paid for yet. “About 70% of orthopedic devices, for instance, are out of manufacturer control and on consignment in hospital inventory closets or distributor warehouses or in field sales representative custody,” explains John Menna, UPS vice president, global healthcare strategy.

Pharma Shipper Provider Advocates Recycling instead of EPS Bans

Multiple cities in California and around the United States have already banned expanded polystyrene (EPS) food containers, and some are now eyeing EPS packaging materials. Our sister publication Packaging Digest, for instance, published a detailed account of such efforts in “A few states set the stage for the future of EPS at retail” by Lauren Melucci, a project manager at Environmental Packaging International (EPI).

Freight Glove Designated Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology

Freight Glove, a reusable, tamper-evident covering that can be used for air- and water-tight pharmaceutical shipments, has been designated as ‘Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology’ under the Department of Homeland Security’s Safety Act, reports manufacturer Sentina Corp. 

EPS Recycling Climbs

A report on expanded polystyrene recycling shows an increase in overall recycling, but notes differences when comparing the amounts of postconsumer and postindustrial pounds recycled. According to a press release issued by ACH Foam Technologies, the EPS Industry Alliance’s 2012 bi-annual recycling report shows a modest decrease in the number of post-consumer pounds recycled and a substantial increase in the number of post-industrial pounds recycled based on data received from fifty-one EPS manufacturers and independent recyclers in the United States.

EPS Recycling Climbs

A report on expanded polystyrene recycling shows an increase in overall recycling, but notes differences when comparing the amounts of postconsumer and postindustrial pounds recycled. According to a press release issued by ACH Foam Technologies, the EPS Industry Alliance’s 2012 bi-annual recycling report shows a modest decrease in the number of post-consumer pounds recycled and a substantial increase in the number of post-industrial pounds recycled based on data received from fifty-one EPS manufacturers and independent recyclers in the United States.

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.

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