At the end of long term storage or shipping, you want the items which were stored or shipped to be fully functional and in good working order. To ensure that this is going to happen, items need to be protected from the environment, degradation and other things that could inhibit their proper function. One way to do this is by having your items vacuum sealed for storage or shipping.
What Types of Items Should be Vacuum Packaged
When the topic of vacuum packaging comes up, food is the first thing that comes to mind. It is also one of the best examples of the advantages of vacuum storage. Food that is vacuum packed can survive in almost any environment. There are plenty of other items that can benefit from vacuum packaging, especially during the shipping or storage process.
- Electronics – There are several advantages to having electronics vacuum packaged for shipping or storage. First and foremost is removing moisture. Vacuum packing removes all the air from the packaging, and this includes any humidity or moisture that is included in the air. This will prevent corrosion of any exposed metallic parts that could be damaged.
Vacuum packing prevents dirt and particulates from getting into your electronics. These can inhibit functionality and cause damage to other components. Vacuum packaging can also prevent items from sliding around and being damaged during shipping or storage.
- Medical or Pharmaceutical Items – The major concern with medical items is that they are sanitary. Much like food, vacuum sealing medical products will kill any bacteria that are in contact with the item and will also prevent other bacteria from being introduced until the packaging is opened.
Medical products can also be sterilized once they are packaged and vacuum sealed by a variety of methods. This ensures that they are completely sterile and ready for use.
- Explosives – If you find the need to store or ship explosives, vacuum packaging is one way to keep them stable. Vacuum packing will keep moisture out as well as prevent oxidation and possible premature detonation.
- Bulky Items – When packaging bulky products such as bedding, vacuum sealing can reduce the amount of space that the objects require for travel or storage. Quite often in shipping, reducing volume means reducing costs.
How Does Vacuum Sealing Work?
In order to vacuum seal an item, it is encased in plastic and attached to a machine that pulls out all the air trapped in the packaging. Once this is done, the item is sealed in and protected until the packing is opened up in the environment where it will be used.
Once you have decided to have your items vacuum sealed for shipping or storage, contact a professional expert in vacuum sealing. They will have the necessary expertise and equipment to meet your vacuum packaging needs. Contact Cratex today for all of your vacuum packaging needs and for more information on our other packaging services. We will be happy to assist you.