The distribution process for any type of manufactured product can be rough. There are some methods of transport that are worse than others. Testing for distribution tolerance is an important part of determining if your medical packaging is durable enough to get your product to the consumer effectively. Changes and improvements in the design can be made in accordance with all test results.
Will the packaging stand up to transportation?
Whether medical products are placed on pallets and shrink-wrapped or shoved into boxes, there can be a tough journey ahead that the current packaging may or may not survive. Products can be transported to market using airplanes, trucks, vans, or ships. There could be a second bumpy ride waiting for them at the other end of the line. There are testing methods that can simulate this process with reasonable accuracy.
Is the package impervious to moisture?
There should never be a time that your packaged products are left out in the rain or snow, but going in and out of air conditioning, or heat can cause moisture to build on, or in the package. It needs to be determined if this happens in excessive amounts and whether it compromises the quality of the products.
Is the package sensitive to temperature?
There are some warehouses that are completely temperature controlled. Testing the resistance to heat and cold is a necessary part of determining overall packaging quality. Is the package compromised in any way from temperature fluctuations?
Do the packages stay sealed?
Increased movement and handling will eventually show whether the packaging seals are strong enough to take the rigorous motion. Changes and adaptations can be made based on the desired form of transport. A one-time trip in a cargo van will require far less intensive packaging as it would for a multiple-hour plane ride and truck journey.
Will the package keep the product for stated shelf life?
Simulated aging tests can be performed to determine if the product will still be good after the stated shelf life has passed. This is more important for products that are sold as sterile or ingested.
Contact medical packaging specialists like Ten-e and find out more about distribution testing today!