When shipping and storing sensitive materials such as chemicals, medications, and microorganisms, maintaining proper temperature is often critical. Glass bottles, even during use in field or in laboratory settings, are usually placed in or on hot/cool packs, in a container of crushed ice, or inside a temperature-preserving chamber. These approaches may be neither efficient nor user-friendly, and can add to shipping costs and storage space requirements. Since effective temperature control is highly dependent on how completely the heating or cooling elements surround the bottles, inadequate coverage often seen with current techniques can jeopardize material preservation. Furthermore, risk of bottle breakage exists as bottles are transferred to and from temperature-controlled environments.
Research at Arizona State University has resulted in a new glass bottle design for storing temperature-sensitive substances. The unified assembly consists of a glass bottle with a flexible hot or cool pack integrated as an outer protective layer. This outer layer not only ensures complete coverage of temperature-regulating packs but also provides a physical shield from light and damage. By circumventing the common logistical processes involved with secure storage, handling, and shipment of bottles, use of the design reduces related expenses.
• Storage and shipping of temperature-sensitive materials
Benefits and Advantages
• Effective – Complete bottle coverage by hot or cool pack improves temperature regulation
• Protective – Non-rigid outer layer dampens shocks and prevents bottle breakage
• Adaptable – Bottle shape, size, and glass type can be customized according to application, while outer layer reduces requirement for opaque or shatterproof glass
• Economical – Reduces shipping space and shipping costs