The pharmaceutical and medicine business is a booming, billion dollar industry that relies on cutting edge science, high technology machinery, and research from some of the sharpest minds around the globe. Many times, the final link to successful execution relies on the shipping industry and, in some instances, cold chain shipping solutions and temperature controlled packaging, to ensure that products arrive on time and in good condition.
Cold Chain Shipping and Pharmaceuticals
Cold chain shipping is vital for the pharmaceutical and biochemical industry. Without it, many medications that are temperature-sensitive would not reach their destination unspoiled and in good health. Patients would need to turn to other alternative (if they existed) for their medicine needs and some medical advances would not even be possible.
Take a medication such as insulin for example. Diabetics rely on it to help control their blood sugars. Many forms of insulin require refrigeration before - and after - delivery. Changes in temperature can spoil the product or lessen its effectiveness. Without proper packaging, this medication would not arrive in usable condition to the pharmacy, much less the patient’s home.
Temperature controlled packaging is important to the research side of the pharmaceutical industry as well. Ingredients and biomaterials, used for the testing and creation of new medicines, often have temperature requirements as well, and so rely on cold chain shipping just as much as the consumer side does.
We have all seen episodes of shows such as E.R. and Grey's Anatomy, where, inevitably, a patient will need an organ transplant and doctors frantically rush to deliver an organ to a needy patient without the temperature falling below or above a certain amount. This is an all too real (if not less dramatic) situation that calls on a specialized form of temperature controlled packaging to keep organs at a constant temperature.
Finally, an often overlooked area of pharmaceuticals that rely on cold chain shipping is the veterinarian world. Medication made specifically for animals has the same concerns as their human counterparts and, again, shipping coolers, gel refrigerants, and insulated coolers all have their place in the packaging needs for veterinarian supplies.
At the end of the day, cold chain shipping means one thing to Big Pharma: getting medical goods from one location to the next without being spoiled, damaged, or ruined. And for that, you need temperature controlled packages!
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Smart business owners are always on the look out for the best packaging and shipping options when it comes to presenting - and delivering - their products. In addition to protection and cushioning. aesthetics and how lightweight a material is, are also important factors. But how about eco-friendliness? What are the advantages of "green packaging?"
Benefits of Green Packaging
In a previous blog post, we discussed some different types of green packaging and looked at what constituted eco-friendly packaging- you can find that blog here: http://cellofoam.com/whatsnew/the-future-of-packaging, Some green packaging materials include recycled content, and expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam packs, wine shippers, etc.
Today we are going to pick up where we left off and chat about the benefits of going green and how using environmentally-friendly packaging can help not just the world, but your company as well.
Part of the principal behind green packaging is eliminating excess material. In doing so, a company can actually reduce costs associated with packaging (and shipping) over other traditional shipping options. Using custom packaging options, such as custom EPS foam, you can create packs that fit your products without sacrificing on protection or cushioning - in fact, you would be enhancing it, all while saving money.
Brand and Marketing
Another byproduct of eco-friendly packaging is the fact that it is good for your company's image. Consumers and investors alike prefer businesses that practice environmentally friendly techniques, such as energy and green packaging. It shows that a company cares about the world around them and looks at the innovative ways to cut costs - a win-win to the marketplace and Wall Street as well.
Many Options to Choose From
Sustainable packaging comes in a vast array of types, sizes, and materials. Everything from void filler, foam end caps, wine shippers, and cold chain supplies such as temperature controlled packaging for food goods and pharmaceuticals. If there is a shipping product, you can be certain there is an environmentally friendly option for it.
If you choose an option such as expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam packaging. you have the benefit of being eco-friendly, yet highly durable and extremely lightweight, without losing any cushioning or protection. In fact, you will be gaining a higher degree of damage resistance with the addition of this material.
Good for the Environment
This list would not be complete without noting that, above all else, green packaging is good for the environment and the future of our planet. That reason alone makes eco-friendly shipping the right choice - the other benefits are just icing on the proverbial cake!
If you are in the market for packaging products, give Cellofoam a call and see how our line of wine shippers, EPS foam packaging, custom EPS packaging, and rotational molding can help your business "go green" and "save green" (ie: money) at the same time!
There is a lot of news clogging the airwaves these days with regards to the shipping and delivery industry. While a lot of it centers around "neat" ways your pizza will be delivered in the coming years, if you sniff around enough, you will find some more realistic bits of information about just where things may be headed. Robots and drones, you say? But how about for the packaging industry? What does the future of packages look like?
The Future of Packaging
As time passes by, new technology seems to proliferate for any given field; some of these exciting new discoveries stick, while others become a passing fad, casualties of poor marketing, high cost, or too much competition. The packaging industry is not immune to this tumultuous sea of ever-shifting technologies, but there are always mainstays we can rely on and some future packaging options that stand clearly above the rest as contenders for the next generation of innovators.
One trend we see growing year by year is sustainable packaging. Also known as "green packaging" or "eco-friendly packaging", the idea behind sustainable packaging is that the materials you use to ship with meet some - if not all - of the following criteria:
Made from recyclable materials
Are manufactured in an energy efficient manner
Use less natural resources during the manufacturing process
There are many products on the market today that fit the “eco-friendly packaging” billing. Everything from traditional corrugated (cardboard) packaging, to more innovative approaches, such as expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam shippers and recycled tape. Weeding out the best "green" option can sometimes be difficult, but we will leave that for another topic!
An area of growth we see in the packaging industry is the growth of expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam as a packaging material. Made out of plastic beads, EPS offers many advantages over other packaging options: it is lightweight, extremely durable, recyclable, machine moldable (meaning you can create custom packaging), and contains no ozone-depleting chemicals - a win all around the board.
From the food side of the packing business, researchers are pulling out all of the stops as they try to eliminate every piece of wasted material that they can. Some manufacturers have begun to create potato chips bags made entirely of edible material. The idea behind this type of package is that when you are finished with the chips, you can eat the bag - no mess or waste! How you keep the bags clean enough to eat while being stored on a grocery shelf, we are not certain, but it certainly is an interesting concept! Weeding out the best "green" option can sometimes be difficult. We believe, however, the products Cellofoam manufactures satisfy any "eco-friendly" strategy.
WHITE WOVEN SHEATHED INSULATION – POLE BARN CONSTRUCTION
Cellofoam’s WHITE WOVEN SHEATHED INSULATION comes with a white woven polypropylene membrane on Type I EPS core panels providing a superior insulating option for buildings utilizing pole construction design.There are a number of good reasons for the current interest in pole construction.
In pole construction the poles actually have an inherent ability to resist wind uplift – highly desirable in areas where hurricanes or tornadoes are expected.
A limited amount of grading is required, and no excavation is necessary beyond digging the pole holes. Thus it can be accomplished with a minimal disturbance of the natural surroundings such as tree roots and top soil.
Pole construction offers a way to lower building costs by utilizing, if desired, step hillside locations which present many problems for more conventional construction.
No delays in waiting for cement foundations to cure.
Benefits of White woven sheathed insulation include:
Specifically engineered hybrid mesh design.
High tensile strength.
Enhanced flexibility and conforming properties - even on difficult designs.
Reliable self-adhesion to eliminate de-bonding.
Completely mold and mildew resistant unlike traditional fiberglass insulation.
Protects against summer heat gain and winter heat loss!
Real savings in construction cost and later in operational efficiency.
Equal or better performance in 1/6th or less the thickness.
The use of EPS as the insulating material can save up to 150 times the amount of oil and energy used in its manufacture..
Cellofoam’sWHITE WOVEN SHEATHED INSULATION comes with a reflective metalized membrane on one side and a durable white finished woven polypropylene laminated membrane on the other side. It is easy to wash at high pressure and to maintain. Acid tested, it has a tensile strength of 170 pounds per square inch assuring you a lifetime of use.
Use where you want a clean, washable and durable bright white finish.Installed on the inside of a large warehouse or agricultural building, the white face may be left as a clean and bright interior finish.Renovators recognize its advantages and many architects are specifying the material in their designs.