Thursday, December 19, 2013

“ONE” Stop for Packaging Protection

Pharmaceutical and scientifically directed companies are fighting an on-going battle regarding cold chain shipments. Many require a format temperature range that must be met to protect the life and quality of the product being shipped. Medicine, organs, bodily tissues, and bodily fluids are all examples of temperature sensitive items; most requiring a 2-8°C temperature.

The management of temperature during shipping pharmaceutical products is undergoing a quiet revolution today. In recent years, the handling of “cold chain” products (those that require refrigeration) has become much more tightly regulated across the entire pharma supply chain.”1  With the combination of this and other tight regulations set for operation, daily tasks for these companies increasingly become more complex. This is where Polar Tech Industries comes in.

Introducing the ONE® Series Prevalidated Kits

Polar Tech strives to make life easier for its customers and that is exactly what our ONE series shipping kits are, pre-validated shippers. Specifically designed for a 2-8°C temperature profile, the ONE series entails a variety of separate size kits for its users to choose from based on their specific needs. All are laboratory tested and certified to meet ISTA requirements. kit comes with everything needed to ensure the safest and most reliable transit; 2 mil. Poly bag, twist tie, payload carton, EPS insulated container, corrugated box, foam refrigerants, and a pack-out instruction sheet. The certified profile is designed for 48 hours and meets summer and winter standards!

In addition to designing and stocking pre-validated shippers; Polar-Tech offers laboratory testing for any temperature profile or specific need. Polar Tech’s testing lab utilizes industry standards such as ISTA and ASTM to service conditions for any company’s particular temperature range.
“Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.” 2   Switch to the company who makes your business the most efficient and effective. Polar Tech Industries is committed to keeping packaging simple and being your ONE stop for packaging protection.

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Organ Procurement Packaging Guidelines

Organ Procurement Packaging“Organ procurement organizations (OPOs) represent a unique component of health care. By federal law, they are the only organizations that can perform the life-saving mission of recovering organs from deceased donors for transplantation” – Association of organ procurement organizations.

There are 58 organ procurement organizations throughout the United States. They are all overseen by multiple government agencies and must obey the highest medical and ethical standards. OPO’s help give a gift more precious than anything: life to a person in need. With this being said, packaging for these organizations must be taken very seriously in order to properly deliver donated organs and tissues. The following are guidelines to adhere to while shipping commercially.

  • When shipping commercially, a disposable shipping box must be used.
  • The disposable shipping box must be labeled with the standardized label distributed by the OPTN contractor.

  • Disposable boxes are not allowed to be re-used.

  • The outer box must be a corrugated plastic or corrugated cardboard that is coated with a water resistant substance with at least 200 pound burst strength.
  • The inner container must be 1.5 inches thick, insulated container OR have an equivalent “R” value.
  •   A closed colored opaque plastic bag must be placed between the outer container and the insulated container. Closed is defined as being secured in a manner to prevent leakage (i.e. watertight).
  •   A second closed plastic liner must also be placed inside the insulated container to encase the ice. Closed is defined as being secured in a manner to prevent leakage (i.e. water tight). [1] 

Polar Tech would like to recognize these outstanding organizations, not only for the lives that they change; but also for their great cooperation with healthcare organizations and federal agencies.

It is an honor to work with such organizations and we are proud to be able to offer packaging solutions for them. We will continue to innovate and improve our line of products, so that we may always meet such guidelines for our current and future customers.

“The heart and soul of the company is creativity and innovation” – Robert Iger

For more information on Organ Procurement policies, including packaging specifications click here: 

[1] Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, (OPTN). Policy Management: Standardized Packaging, Labeling and Transporting of Organs, Vessels, and Tissue Typing Materials. 2/1/2013.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Tis the Season to Make Dry Ice Snow

Tis the Season to Make Dry Ice Snow

With temperatures already increasing and summer waiting just around the corner, Polar Tech Industries wants to remind everyone about the importance of keeping their temperature sensitive products safe. Wanting to provide the best options and solutions for customers, Polar Tech is proud to introduce the new Absolute Zero dry ice snow maker. The AZ4 HIGH YIELD Dry Ice Snow Maker is ideal for small to high production as it produces 17 lbs. per 2 minutes, providing up to 47% yield.  Just another easier way for companies to keep their products as cold as ice during these hot summer months!

Some reminders why you might want to use dry ice snow during the upcoming summer and throughout the year:
  • Dry ice temperature is -109⁰F/79⁰C.
  • Dry ice will sublimate. Sublimate is the properties of going from a solid to a gas without becoming a liquid. 
  • Unlike water ice which causes an inconvenient wet mess, dry ice does not melt.
  • Dry ice is simple to use and easy to handle; the Absolute Zero dry ice snow maker is convenient for all users.
  • Dry ice gives more than twice the cooling energy per pound of weight and three times the cooling energy per volume than regular water ice.
  • Dry ice can be used in conjunction with cold packs or mixed with regular ice to save on shipping weight and extend the cooling energy of the refrigerant.
  • Dry ice can readily be packed and molded to fit easily around your product. Make sure to use insulated gloves!
  • Contrary to what is believed, dry ice snow making is now affordable and saves money in the long haul.

This summer season, don’t be intimidated by the heat. Remember to incorporate dry ice snow into your packaging and shipping. Keep things simple to make protecting your valuable product easy and fun! TIS THE SEASON TO MAKE DRY ICE. Stay Cool!

Watch the Absolute Zero Dry Ice Snow Maker in action:

* All models of dry ice snow makers require liquid CO2, bottom siphon tube, either low or high pressure supply tank. 

* For dry ice warnings from Polar Tech, please click here

For more information on dry ice visit our dry ice info section here or visit our website at