Protecting your products from temperature extremes

Britain has enjoyed its hottest day of the year this weekend surpassing the likes of Ibiza and Thailand’s temperatures! With this in mind, we thought that you’d appreciate some further information on how you can protect your temperature sensitive products from this beautiful weather.

In this article, we will explore how our manufactured range of laminates including our PPUV129 laminate is the perfect partner for your temperature sensitive products.

PPUV129’s combination of reflective metallised, polyester film and thermally insulating bubble polyethylene enables it to control your products temperature through various temperature extremes.

Our materials are suitable for the protection of all product formulation types, across a range of industries, including Pharmaceuticals, Food Ingredients and Speciality Chemicals. They can also be considered as a substitute to polystyrene in reducing the sublimation of dry ice!

Bespoke packaging formats including pallet hoods, carton in-liners, bags and pouches to suit each requirement to give protection against extremes are available.

Key Benefits:

Low Water Vapour Transmission Rates

Approved for Food Contact

Protect Product Integrity

Samples are available for your evaluation, please contact Customer Support on 0161 976 2006, Opt 2 for further information.

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Dean Byron-Davis on Supporting Customers

Having only started with PPL back in February this year I won’t lie, as someone who gets most of his shopping from an online, American retailer, my knowledge of the packaging industry mainly consisted of oversized cardboard boxes, bubble-wrap and endless amounts of brown packaging paper.

Luckily for me, I did my homework before my interview and managed to secure a role on the Customer Support team here at Protective Packaging.

My earlier blog in April was a quick Q&A with our Marketing Manager which gave a quick overview of my thoughts on the role during my very early days, but I felt that now I have successfully achieved my 3-month milestone, I wanted to give you an update on how far I have come.

Still quite new to the role, company and industry, I am still learning about the wonderful world of protective packaging particularly why it’s used and the importance of using it! It was clear very early on that Protective Packaging Ltd pride themselves on their customer support department.

As many of you know, all of our products are bespoke and made to order. In order for myself and team to give you tailored advice and recommendations in line with your requirements, it is extremely important that we have the technical knowledge behind us to help you. Which is why Protective Packaging provides us all with full training on our products and laminates right down to making a bag ourselves. Considering this, it is no surprise that we have customer relationships dating back to the full 30 years we have traded and we continue to receive a healthy amount of recommendations and new enquiries per month looking for advice.

Now that I have successfully completed my 3-month, extensive training plan, I am now confident with speaking to customers daily, processing their orders and providing quotes on our full range of products. The time has flown by and I’m enjoying being part of the team.

For any new enquiries please contact our wonderful Customer Support team on 0161 976 2006.

Author: Dean Byron-Davis, Customer Support Team.

 

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5 Essential Pharmaceutical Packaging Tips

The pharmaceutical industry today has many rules and regulations that you need to comply with, right down to what you package your pharmaceuticals in.
It is vital that the packaging selected adequately protects and preserves the integrity of the product and the selection process all boils down to the products physical and chemical characteristics, as well as its protective needs and marketing requirements.
The above can make the right packaging material complicated which is why we have compiled 5 essential pharmaceutical packaging points that you need to know.

Permeation

Permeation, the transmission of gases, vapour or liquids can have drastic effects on the shelf life of a drug. If your chosen packaging material allows a subsequent transmission of water vapour or oxygen, and your products dosage form is sensitive to hydrolysis or oxidation then it can present problems.
To ensure that your packaging is not a victim to permeation then you should ask for the Water Vapour Transmission rates when purchasing materials. Further to this, keep in mind that temperature and humidity can influence the permeability of oxygen and water through plastic packaging meaning that your product may not be protected from temperature extremes.

Leaching

This is the separation of chemicals from a solid which can cause drug contamination and the need to remove the product from the market resulting in a subsequent loss. Leaching is most common in plastic containers as they tend to have one or more ingredients added to stabilise or impart a specific property to the plastic.

Sorption

The removal of elements from the drug product, by the packaging material. Sorption can lead to serious consequences for drug preparation when important ingredients are in the solution. As drug substances tend to have high potency and are administered in small doses it can mean losses due to sorption can significantly affect the therapeutic efficiency of the preparation.
Loss through sorption can leave the product unprotected and vulnerable to microbial growth.

Chemical Reaction

Consideration of the reactivity of the drugs you are packaging need to be taken into account. Certain ingredients which are used in plastic formulations may react chemically with one or other components of a drug product, subsequently altering the appearance of the plastic or the drug.

Modification

A drug can sometimes change the physical and chemical formulations of the packaging material. This is known as a modification. This is often caused by permeation of gases and vapour from the environment or via loss of contents through the container wall, deformation in polyethylene containers is often due to this.

Key Takeaways:

The material selected must have the following characteristics:
– The material must protect the preparation from environmental conditions.
– Must not be reactive with the product.
– Must not impart odour or taste to the product.
– Must be non-toxic.
– Must be FDA approved.
– Must meet tamper-resistance requirements.

In summary, when purchasing packaging material for your drug products you need to take a look at the technical information of the specific material and ensure that it provides complete climatic protection to your product such as Aluminium Barrier Foil. Browse our Pharmaceutical product range.

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How do we protect your data?

Security and data protection are always in the mind of the IT Department at Protective Packaging Ltd and we have many different levels of security in place to protect your data. However, it is always better safe than sorry so we have added another security level to our systems to keep data extra secure.
Protective Packaging has installed RdpGuard on all of our remote desktop servers.

So what is RdpGuard and how does it add extra security to Protective Packaging?

RdpGuard is a host-based intrusion prevention system (HIPS) that protects our Servers from brute-force attacks; it monitors the logs on our server and detects failed login attempts.
If the number of failed login attempts from a single IP address reaches a set limit, the attacker’s IP address is blocked for a specified period or until released by our IT Department.
With Cyberattacks on the increase, it’s good to know that Protective Packaging Ltd is at the forefront in keeping our servers and data secure.

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