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5 Considerations When Choosing a Liquid Packaging Container

Posted by Hedwin on December 17, 2018

choosing liquid packaging container

Liquid packaging containers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and with a multitude of accessories to fit particular applications. Choosing the right container can increase efficiency, drive cost savings in your supply chain, and improve safety for your end products. There are several factors to consider when selecting the appropriate container for liquids.

First, it is essential to understand all of the available options to match the liquid to the appropriate container.

  • Bottle Adapters

Typically used in pharmaceutical applications, bottle adapters allow liquids to be packaged in small bottles or prescription bottles and dispensed using an oral syringe.

  • Oral Syringes and Dispensers

Individual dosing dispensers for liquid medicines.

  • Steri-Dropper Sterile Ophthalmic Dropper Bottles

Designed for sterile eye medications and treatments.

  • Prescription Ware

Includes a wide variety of bottles, vials, and jars with or without child-resistant caps.

  • Tamper Evident Bottles

Contain an inner seal to reveal any possible tampering or contamination.

  • Unit-Dose and Dispensing Containers

Small plastic containers often used for dispensing liquid medications, such as cough syrups.

  • Bulk Containers

Bulk liquid packaging containers, like Hedwin’s Cubitainer, are used for larger volumes of liquids throughout commercial and industrial applications.

While many of the liquid packaging containers shown above work for specific applications, bulk liquid packaging containers come with a broad range of benefits, such as:

  • Bulk liquid containers offer safer transportation and storage for common liquids in many industries, as these containers are made from high-quality materials for maximum durability and functionality.

  • Competitive costs with other packaging solutions, and reduced overall cost when considering a broader view of the end-to-end supply chain, such as transportation, storage, and disposal.

  • Bulk liquid containers are also easy to use and store.

5 Factors to Consider

With a fuller understanding of the types of liquid containers available, let’s review a few of the most important factors to keep in mind when choosing the appropriate container.

Quality and Durability

To withstand the rigorous conditions associated with distribution and transportation, quality and durability of a liquid container is vital.

Security

Keeping liquids safe, sterile, and free from contaminants is critically important in many industries, such as medical, pharmaceutical, and food and beverages.

Convenience

Regardless of the industry or the application, liquid containers must be easy and convenient to use.

Customer Service

Responding to your needs and supplying top-notch customer service is also an integral part of choosing a liquid container supplier. If a problem arises, are they prepared to respond appropriately?

Reduced Waste

Bulk liquid containers use less materials during the manufacturing process and may be reusable for many applications, meaning they have less waste and a smaller carbon footprint overall compared to many other packaging solutions. A solution that is lightweight and collapsible can have a noticeable impact on transportation and storage costs as well, further supporting an organization’s sustainability initiatives.

Questions to Ask When Vetting Suppliers

Depending on the application and type of liquid, there may be a few other considerations to evaluate. When choosing a packaging solution for your liquid product, ask the following questions:

  • Does the container provide acceptable barrier properties to gases, air, etc.?

  • Are the containers and materials compatible with my liquid product?

  • Does the container have the ability to be quickly molded or produced to scale with demand?

Meanwhile, packaging suppliers may need to know the following from you:

  • Is the liquid being manually poured or is a machine performing a controlled dispense?

  • Does the container require any particular resistances? What conditions will the product be exposed to?

  • What type of cap and liner materials are necessary?

  • What is the viscosity of the liquid? Are there any particulates?

CUBITAINER®

Patented by Hedwin in 1956, the CUBITAINER® is a semi-rigid plastic CUBE®, or bladder, explicitly designed for a myriad of liquid packaging requirements. Custom formed and fitted to meet the needs of multiple industries, the CUBITAINER® offers better performance over other alternatives for the storage, transport, and handling of liquid, viscous, and granular materials.

CUBITAINER® Features

Hedwin’s CUBITAINER® provides a range of features which make it a superior liquid container option:

  • Collapsible

Reduces storage, handling, and transportation costs.

  • Stackable

Using vertical storage space decreases floor space requirements. CUBITAINER® cartons easily stack to help you save room.

  • Lightweight Material

Reduces material use and transportation expenses.

  • Easy to Fill

Adaptable and scalable, the CUBITAINER® can be retrofitted into most in-line filling machines.

  • No Glugging

The CUBE® collapses as it dispenses, so there’s no glugging.

  • No venting

Maximizes fill space, increases integrity, and reduces leaks with no vent necessary.

  • Complete evacuation

Less stored product waste, ranging from 97-to-100% efficiency based on liquid.

Packaging Professionals

Forming a solid plan for liquid packaging starts with understanding all of the available options and weighing which products are appropriate. Look for a high-quality, efficient, and convenient container which provides the safety and security required for your project. Then, choose a supplier that goes above and beyond with excellent customer service.

Reach out to Hedwin today to learn how the CUBITAINER® could be the ultimate solution for your bulk liquid packaging requirements.

Topics: Cubitainer, Packaging Solutions, eco-friendly packaging