Last updated: 10 Dec 2021 | 1010 Views |
You may not realise the complexity and detail that is required to make something as commonplace in our lives as a plastic tube. Tube packaging is extraordinarily important for containing items such as food and medication in a safe and secure fashion.
Because the products being contained in these plastic tubes are often meant to be ingested or used on our bodies, it is essential that the packaging is specifically designed to prevent contamination and maintain the purity and freshness of its contents. Pharmaceutical tube manufacturers undergo careful design processes and rigorous production testing to ensure that their packaging will fulfill its intended purpose.
This article will explore some of the factors that Victor Packaging considers when manufacturing high-quality plastic tubes for pharmaceutical use.
There are two varieties of plastic tube packaging that Victor Packaging specialises in: extruded tubes and PBL tubes. Both varieties of pharmaceutical tubes can be manufactured as packaging for household and cosmetic products or for food industry items. Below we will discuss some of the particular requirements for both uses.
Some key factors to consider when creating plastic packaging for pharmaceutical products include the materials, production, and labelling:
Plastic is a very desirable material for creating pharmaceutical packaging because it is lightweight, flexible, and can be made into a wide variety of shapes. The only drawback to plastic packaging for pharmaceuticals is that some plastics could potentially interact with the contents of the package and transfer undesirable chemicals called leachables into the product. This can sometimes be caused as a result of products being housed in a certain material over a long period of time, or from variations in pressure and temperature which affect the material properties of the container.
To make sure this doesn’t happen, pharmaceutical tube manufacturers are very conscious of the type of materials used to create their packaging. There are several varieties of plastic that are known to be safe for pharmaceutical packaging and don’t contribute to any problematic chemical reactions with products. These safe plastics, which are most widely used in manufacturing pharmaceutical tubes include polyethylene terephthalate (PET), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), and polypropylene (PP).
In addition to ensuring that products will be safe and uncontaminated after packaging, pharmaceutical tube manufacturers also need to ensure that packaging will be cleaned to specific standards before products are added, and that no dirt or contaminants will enter the product during the manufacturing process.
This means that the entire production process for pharmaceutical packaging needs to take place in a sterile cleanroom environment. A cleanroom is an area that is closed off and regularly tested to ensure there are not too many particles in the air that could contaminate the packaging. It provides a safe, clean environment where packaging can be manufactured without risk of contamination.
Not only does pharmaceutical packaging need to protect and store its contents, it also needs to be used to identify products. Clear instructions on pharmaceutical packaging mean that consumers get the correct information about the product they are looking at and instructions for proper usage. Victor Packaging creates highly customisable labelling for all our tubes to make sure that consumers get all the information they need on how to safely and effectively use their contents.
Many of the characteristics that make plastic a great packaging option for pharmaceuticals also make it an excellent choice for packing food items. Much like pharmaceutical packaging, food-grade packaging needs to keep contents safe from damage and moisture to maintain its freshness. It is also necessary for food packaging to not react chemically with the contents which could compromise the taste, colour, smell, or safety of the food items.
For these reasons pharmaceutical tube manufacturers are typically well-equipped to handle most food-grade plastic packaging projects as well.
Any pharmaceutical tube manufacturer providing high-quality packaging for food or cosmetic products needs to keep many factors in mind throughout their production process. In particular, we pay attention to using the best materials for the product, providing a cleanroom for safe and sanitary production, and clear labelling to give customers the information they need about their products.
Please take a look at our website if you are interested in finding out more information on our tube manufacturing solutions for your products.