PRIMARY PACKAGING LAB

Other Analytical Testing

There are multiple other pieces of equipment that are used to help with the analytical processes performed regularly in our Primary Packaging Materials lab. Below are a few more of them that regularly help us with our analytical testing.

Package materials testing, as well as package evaluation and testing, are important parts of the research and development process. Testing helps ensure that new primary packaging materials and package designs are created specifically to handle real-world situations.

Various Instruments:

Contact Angle Tester
ION Exchange Chromotography
Moisture Content Analyzer

Contact angle is a measurement used to determine a surfaces hydrophilic or hydrophobic properties. The ability of a liquid to spread over a surface with out forming droplets determines its  hydrophilic characteristics. In contrast to this, a surface that does not allow the water to spread and instead creates water droplets or beading is considered to be hydrophobic. The contact angles are precise measurements of the surface energy of the material itself vs. the cohesive forces associated with water or other liquids being tested.

Ion exchange chromatography involves the separation of ionizable molecules based on their total charge. This technique enables the separation of similar types of molecules that would be difficult to separate by other techniques. Ion exchange chromatography is commonly used to separate charged biological molecules such as proteins, peptides, amino acids, or nucleotides.

The Ohaus Halogen Moisture Analyzer MB45 combines state-of-the-art heating with highly accurate weighing technology to deliver a faster, more precise method of moisture analysis of practically any substance. The instrument operates on the thermogravimetric principle. At the start of the measurement, the MB45 determines the weight of the sample; the sample is then quickly heated by the integral halogen dryer unit and moisture vaporizes. During the drying operation, the instrument continuously determines the weight of the sample and displays the result.

Standards:

ASTM
ISO
ISTA

ASTM International

More than 30,000 people from 150 countries create and update standards through ASTM International, one of the world’s most respected standards development organizations. The high quality of ASTM International standards is driven by the expertise and judgment of members who represent industry, governments, academia, trade groups, consumers, and others. Their contributions are why ASTM International standards are known for high quality and market relevance across many industries. About 150 committees (with over 2,000 subcommittees) meet face-to-face and virtually, using tools like electronic balloting and online collaboration areas, to develop standards. ASTM International publishes those standards shortly thereafter

ISO – International Organization for Standardization

International Standards make things work. They give world-class specifications for products, services and systems, to ensure quality, safety and efficiency. They are instrumental in facilitating international trade. ISO has published 22204 International Standards and related documents, covering almost every industry, from technology, to food safety, to agriculture and healthcare. ISO International Standards impact everyone, everywhere. ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organization with a membership of 161 national standards bodies. Through its members, it brings together experts to share knowledge and develop voluntary, consensus-based, market relevant International Standards that support innovation and provide solutions to global challenges.

ISTA – International Safe Trade Association

The International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) is a global alliance of shippers, carriers, suppliers, testing laboratories, and educational and research institutions focused on the specific concerns of transport packaging. We help our members control costs, damage, and resources during the distribution of packaged-products by creating and publishing laboratory preshipment testing Procedures, certifying Packaging Laboratories, certifying Packaging Laboratory Professionals, certifying packaged-products and providing education, training, and support.
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Equipment:

Contact Angle Tester
Moisture Content Analyzer

OHaus MB45

ION Exchange Chromatography

Metrohm Swiss Made 
896 Professional Detector
850 Professional IC