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Where do the tablets go? - blister packing machines pharmaceutical products!
One of the most often attainted packaging types in the pharmaceutical industry is blister packing. This type of packaging is often for unit-dose packaging for pharmaceutical tablets, capsules, or lozenges. Through packing tablets in the blister pack, you can expect barrier protection for shelf life and tamper resistance.
You can use two different methods for this type of packaging – Thermoforming and cold forming. For thermoforming, a plastic film or sheet is softened and becomes pliable through a warm temperature which is then formed with a large pressure. This mold is cooled. On the other hand, cold-forming uses an aluminum-based laminate film. This film is simply pressed into a mold without any temperature change. This type of packaging is called cold form foil (CFF) blisters. Depending on your desired cavity size and shape, speed of production, and the transparency of the packaging, you can choose your blister packaging methods between these two options.
Stick pack machine is perfect for single serve products!
When you are at the grocery stores, you will see many different types and sizes of packets or pouches on the shelves. These are packed with a stick pack machine, a machine that turns a single roll of film into multiple shelf-ready packages. First, the machine cuts a roll of film transported and unwinded and this film is cut into desired size. The stick packs are formed from the cut films, as the cut films are folded and make tube forms. These multiple stick packs or bags are filled with product and then sealed, in a vertical fashion.
Stick packs can contain from powder to liquid products, specifically designed for single-serve products. This type of packaging is known for its portability, convenience, and ease of use. Often for products like coffee, milk powder, and snacks utilize stickpack packaging.
What to consider when you are choosing your industrial packaging equipment
As mentioned above, considering your product’s industry – food, pharmaceutical, chemical, cosmetic, minerals, and many other industries – is helpful when selecting industrial packaging equipment, as you can choose based on the approved knowledge within the industry. There are several questions you should ask yourself before choosing your packaging equipment.
Firstly, you need to ask, how much does your product weigh, and how delicate is your product? This question may decide the sturdiness or possibly thickness of the packaging – both primary and secondary packaging. If your packaging is fragile, you should use a durable case and an additional shockproof element that can cushion any external damage. Secondly, you may ask if your product is powder, solid, liquid, gas, or somewhere in between. Depending on the state of matter, the packaging material, form, and technology will change drastically – from bagging to bottling or cartoning.
Also, is your product corrosive or hazardous? Then labeling is essential for this type of product. For pharmaceutical or chemical packaging, you may need special equipment – such as a compact blister machine or capsule fillers. Another question you need to ask is – what is the transportation of your product? Whether your product is moved by land, sea, or air, it is crucial to consider how it will be protected during transport. And this factor should be considered from the beginning step of the packaging design. Finally, consider the product’s shelf life when designing the packaging. If your packaging is too intricate and fragile, it might be unattractive to consumers.
Do you know there are three levels of packaging? – primary and secondary, and tertiary packaging
First and foremost, there is primary packaging – as known as retail packaging. Primary packaging is the materials that directly have a physical touch with the products. This level of packaging has two important functions – protecting the product from moisture, air, or physical impact and providing information about the product to the consumers. For instance, there are beverage cans, pharmaceutical blister packs, and stick-pack packaging.
The second level of packaging is often known as secondary packaging. This second layer of packaging protects the items already contained in the primary packaging. In this case, a number of primary packaging can be gathered in one secondary packing – such as beer bottle crates. Secondary packaging not only protects the products but also unites the items into one entity. Additionally, this packaging can act as a marketing tool. The end-users or clients are often exposed to secondary packaging, so you can add your company image or logo on the secondary packaging. Cartons of beverages or poly bags can be part of secondary packaging.
Lastly, there is tertiary packaging. This final level of packaging, which involves packaging machinery such as conveyors and dispensers, provides protection during transportation and storage. Tertiary packaging includes layers of large cases, boxes, pallets, or stretch wraps. It is essential to pack as tightly as possible and provide maximum protection for the shipping process using advanced packaging systems.