Product impairment through moisture vapor ingress is one of the greatest problems facing the pharmaceutical and specialty chemicals industry, and presents a constant challenge. Scrupulous quality control at the manufacturing, preparation and handling stages can be completely ineffectual if the way in which products are stored does not properly protect them from elements that contribute to their deterioration, shorten their shelf life and render them unfit for sale or consumption.
Certain pharmaceuticals are moisture-sensitive, making them particularly prone to damage. Caking of powdered products, softening of flakes and moistening of hydroscopic goods are all areas where the focus on attaining the highest possible means of protection needs to be particularly acute. This is especially so given moisture control extends not only to keeping it out but to keeping it in, because too much loss may result in desiccation.
Manufacturers use a variety of methods to control moisture including desiccants, poly bags or liners. Although these solutions are effective, they result in additional handling, higher risk of contamination and greater cost. Using packaging with a water vapor tight closure is the easiest and most cost effective solution.
CurTec’s specialized range of packaging options includes drums with screw top closure and integrated gasket that provide a watertight and water vapor tight closure, and pails and jars with screw lids and integrated gaskets that provide a barrier against moisture as well. All products are tested according to rigorous ASTM standards by a certified laboratory, with moisture vapor transmission fully measured and registered.
Moisture vapor transmission rate (MVTR) measurement procedures range from gravimetric techniques that quantify the gain or loss of moisture by mass, to highly sophisticated instrumental techniques capable of measuring extremely low transmission levels.
The claims we make on behalf of the quality, effectiveness and integrity of our range are fully supported by solid and scientific proof. Feel free to contact us and we will readily supply MVTR reports that demonstrate how our drums and containers can protect valuable contents from moisture to prevent damaging and costly product loss. Or challenge us with your moisture problem.