Here’s a checklist of what we need to know in order to build the best package for your application.

 

The Product Itself

  • - Product form (solid, fluid, changes with temperature, etc)

  • - Weight of product

  • - Shape

  • - Strength/fragility

  • - Ability to self-support a portion of stacked load

  • - Subject to contamination or degradation or corrosion

  • - Potential to contaminate other articles nearby

  • - Easily scuffed or is itself abrasive

  • - Perishable

  • - Hygroscopic

  • - Easily corroded

  • - Sensitive to magnetic field or produces one itself

  • - Value

  • - Quantity per package

  • - Other protective issues

 

Set-Up and Packing

  • - Box set up method (manual, automatic, semi-automatic)

  • - Temperatures and humidity/moisture conditions during filling/packing

  • - Packaging equipment considerations (speeds, throughputs, product handling, etc.)

  • - Closure method (manual, automatic, semi-automatic)

  • - Closure materials (staples, tape, strapping, glue, film)

  • - Relative need for containment, puncture resistance, moisture resistance and stacking strength

  • - Clean room environment

 

Distribution and Storage

  • - Transportation mode (motor freight, rail, ship, air, inter-modal, overnight or single parcel shipment or some combination)

  • - The number of layers in the stack during transportation

  • - The stacking pattern and use of pallets, pallet style and pallet overhang

  • - The number of units high that the package is stacked in the warehouse

  • - Temperature, humidity and moisture conditions during transportation and storage

  • - Total transit and storage time

 

Marketing Considerations

  • - Graphics

  • - Budget

  • - Bar Coding

  • - Product display

  • - Ease of use (opening, closing, reuse, storage, dispensing and measuring)

  • - Recycling/recyclability markings

 

Regulatory and Other Issues

  • - Hazardous materials (solvents, flammable liquids, etc) that require special Dept. of Transportation certification and labeling

  • - Disposal and environmental issues (reuse, recycle, source reduction)

  • - Unique international requirements

  • - Regulatory markings