Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Packaging Solutions : Lightweight, Low Heat Transference, and Cost Effective
Did you know that at least nine different people handle the average package in distribution before arriving at its destination? With each “hand” is an opportunity for your temperature-sensitive shipment to be exposed to temperatures that can change the efficacy of your medications or spoil foods.
EPS Packaging is the ideal solutions for shipping vaccines, meat, poultry, fish, blood, or anything temperature-sensitive for several reasons. The following are some great reasons why EPS is ideal for cold chain shipments.
Storage conditions are essential for temperature-sensitive medications
Experts have carefully prescribed and set the storage conditions for a medical product to preserve its efficacy during the life cycle. If these settings are not correct, there may result in loss of assay; the presence of impurities within the solution which can lead to dissolution or reduction if layers upon liquid products (such as pills), the solid dosage will become powders due to tiny granules sinking at different rates than lighter molecules rise through them. This is known as “Floatation competence,”; discoloration because dark-colored substances like coffee might turn pale pink while bleach metabolizes into weaker forms that no longer absorb UV radiation, so it doesn’t damage cells but merely creates ugly stains on surfaces.
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Storage conditions are essential for temperature-sensitive foods
Packaging technologies have improved rapidly, allowing pre-packaged food to stay fresher for longer. This is a big reason consumers buy convenience foods like breakfast cereals and unprepared ingredients that they can easily cook at home with minimal washing up afterward! However, many temperature controlled (TCS) foods must be kept at a consistent temperature, either ambient (room temperature), refrigerated or frozen.
The list of TCS foods is extensive, but it’s important to remember that these items must be appropriately stored for them not only to stay fresh longer—but also to maintain their safety. Foods such as milk and dairy products; eggs (including dried); meat ( beef, pork & lamb), poultry fish shellfish crustaceans, soy protein sprouts, melons cut tomatoes, unprocessed garlic-and oil mixtures, cooked rice beans vegetables – all need controlled temperatures or they’ll spoil quickly after purchase.
Why Is EPS Ideal for Cold Chain Packaging?
EPS, specifically EPS coolers, are designed using a rigid cellular plastic, 90% of which is composed of air bubbles. This makes them extra lightweight resulting in lower shipping costs than denser solutions. However, the main reason the EPS is a crucial solution for temperature-sensitive shipping is its ability to retain temperatures over extended periods.
We are not just talking about the coolers you take to the beach to keep your beers cold. Today’s coolers, coupled with cold gel packs, can hold temperatures for 144 hours. That’s a whole week of temperature stability that can allow you to ship products clear across the country.
- Perfect for ambient, cold, or deep-freeze applications
- EPS offers high shock resistance for bumpy roads or turbulent flights
- Highly resistant to chemicals, moisture, and insects
TempAid Cold Chain Solutions
40 Years Experience
TempAid™, a division of Rapid Aid Corp., manufactures a complete line of cold chain solutions designed for optimal temperature stability in the food, pharmaceutical, and laboratory sectors. As part of the Rapid Aid brand, the company has been delivering solutions to the market since 1975. The company has the capacity and manufacturing capability to deliver hundreds of millions of units per year.
Cold Chain Packaging Options and Components
There are different cold chain packaging options and components to help maintain the integrity of the products.
A cost conscious choice for when a hardier gel pack may
Reusable, recyclable, drain-safe gel packs eliminate thousands of tons of waste each year.
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FLEXIBLE WATER BLANKETS
Temperature control for shipping sensitive products where scalability and uniform cold is needed.
HARD BOTTLE GEL PACKS & PCM
A durable choice for rough environments where reuse and tight pack outs are required.
We have a full line of lightweight & low cost insulated coolers for every application.
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Expanded Polystyrene Packing Products from TempAid
With over 25 container sizes ranging from 1 to 85 liters, our entire line of EPS coolers is also recyclable, biodegradable in certain landfills, and available in both high density and standard versions.
TempAid is an ISTA-certified thermal laboratory with almost 50 years of expertise in keeping global cold chains unbroken. We can also help you with design and testing questions, compliance issues, lane mapping for your shipping routes, and more.
We also offer custom packaging designs if you have unique shipping needs.
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