When you utilize plastic packaging for your product, knowing how to store the bottles before filling them will protect you, your product, and your customers.
Bottle storage conditions such as time, temperature, and humidity can have an effect on HDPE containers. The exposure and age of a sample can also affect the shrinkage, impact properties, and stress crack resistance of the container.
Here are a few storage considerations for your HDPE bottles:
The storage time of unfilled bottles should be minimal. A strict first-in-first-out inventory should be maintained. Many end users will re-approve bottles after two or three years of storage.
Elevated storage temperatures allow HDPE containers to further shrink and harsh conditions can actually cause severe distortion. The degree of distortion and shrinkage depends on the bottle design and storage conditions. Higher storage temperatures also accelerate the aging process of the container.
Moderate storage temperature should be provided to ensure consistent bottle dimensions and properties. It is routinely reported that HDPE bottles can withstand temperatures of 110°F for brief periods.
Although humidity itself will not degrade the HDPE container, a humid environment can have a direct impact on the secondary packaging, such as cardboard cartons. Use of stretch wrap and/or controlling warehouse conditions will help alleviate secondary packaging problems.
An HDPE bottle should be kept as clean as possible; best to leave in original sealed cartons. Storage area should be kept clean, dry, and dust, odor, insect, and rodent-free.
If you have any questions on storage of HDPE bottles, or plastic packaging in general, please contact us today. A member of our expert team will be happy to answer any question that you have.
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