Archive: Mar 2012

SBS Partitioning and its Use for Pharmaceutical Packaging

One of the steady workhorses for our company in recent years is our partition work on behalf of the pharmaceutical industry. With the minute number of bottles, boxes, pillboxes, and various containers that pharmaceuticals require when being shipped, and given the fact that profit margins from major US and European drug companies continues to soar, it’s small wonder that so much of our business comes from medicine and OEM medical device packaging.
Pharmaceutical PackagingOne of the main reasons companies trust us to provide partitions for their products is our mastery of SBS partition building.

SBS, otherwise known as solid bleached sulfate, is the ideal partition material for pharmaceutical shipping. Comprised of premium paperboard, coated with a thin layer of kaolin clay to better its printing surface legibility, and oftentimes additionally coated with polyethylene resin in order to protect against costly spillage and product spoilage damages; SBS partitioning keeps medical bottles and containers protected, neatly organized, and well-labeled throughout the rigors of transport and handling.

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Our Work with Poly-Coated Partitioning Material

At M & M Box Partitions, we have extensive experience in all kinds of partition materials. Oftentimes, we get customers who aren’t fully sure of what they’re looking for in terms of the right kind of partition for their packaging. They know all the necessary dimensions, and have a good grasp of the pricing, but they aren’t always up on the exact kind of partitioning material that best suits their products. On that note, we thought it might be helpful to write a series of blogs that detail some of the types of partitioning materials we carry, and their best common uses.

For today’s entry we wanted to focus mainly on poly-coated partitioning material. Poly-coated material is prized for a number of properties, primarily its resistance to scuffing, water, and grease. These qualities not only make poly-coating material good for long-distance transportation of small containers of liquids and oils, but also make it ideal for use in delivering industrial components that inevitably have a certain amount of residual grease on their just-fabricated surfaces; components such as bolts, ball bearings, and screws are all perfect for this kind of partitioning.

We stock poly-coated partitioning at our facility here in Chicago in a number of sizes, ranging anywhere from .016” – .125” thickness. For more information about our partitioning products, feel free to contact us at 800-992-3557, or continue browsing our website.

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Partitioning: an Overview of the Process

What are the best procedures to follow when providing box partitioning for a particular client? Since our founding in 1968, we’ve done our fair share of business with all different kinds of boxing and packaging companies. We’re familiar with a wide range of particularities and protocols when it comes to supplying individual clients with the partitioning they need. But 40+ years in the business have taught us a thing or two about how best to streamline the process, and that’s the subject of this week’s blog.

Whether a box-maker or product specialist simply gives us the total dimensions of the shipping container, along with the total number of products they desire to be shipped in each container, or whether they send us the actual box itself, our procedure happens generally as follows:  when making the partitioning, we follow the same guidelines as a box-maker would when designing a box. We ask all the same questions: what is the size and shape of the customer’s product? How resilient and/or fragile is the material from which the product is constructed? If it’s corrugated partitioning that a client is requesting, then what particular corrugated flute dimensions are required?

The fact that we specialize in partitioning allows us the considerable advantage of having consistent familiarity not only with the sum total volume inside a container, but also of the possible sub-divisions that comprise it. Generally, after receiving an order, we follow a procedure where we cut, slot, and assemble the partitioning that the customer has in mind. As can be found on our website, we apply a rule of thumb in determining cell-size by measuring outwards from the cell’s center. Then, if it’s fiberboard partitioning we’re assembling, we allow for 1/16” in leeway per cell-space. Otherwise, if it’s corrugated board we’re using, we generally allow for 3/16” in leeway.

As long as our customers have an established track-record, we’re comfortable doing business with both packaging/shipping companies and with manufacturers alike. The fact that we specialize in what we do lets us focus minutely on the exact procedures of what we do. We’re not a one-stop-shop shipping company; we’re experts in a particular field of a vast industry. We tend to think not merely in terms of bulk space alone; we bear in mind the spaces in between.

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