Packaging Categories - "BRI"ef: 102

Friday, October 3, 2014


Categories in the container and packaging industry are general terms used to describe a package. Bottles, jars, cans, jugs, pails, drums and tubes are just a few. They are very broad terms which do not provide much information; but in understanding basic packaging categories, you can begin to narrow the search on the specific item you want for your product.  At Packaging Options Direct, our product line is mostly comprised bottles and jars; with a few others mixed in.

In this second “BRI”ef, I want to provide you with a better understanding of the basic categories used for packaging. If you need to reference our first “BRI”ef  “Introduction to Packaging”, click here.

Bottles

Glass and Plastic BottlesBottels come in a variety of materials. Aluminum, glass, and plastic are the most common, and each type of material has its own sub-type. We’ll get into material types later. Typically speaking, bottles have narrow mouths; which means the opening of the bottle is roughly one-half the diameter of the container or smaller.  Bottles are primarily used to store liquids of various viscosities like beer, shampoo, and even ketchup. Bottles can come in an endless number of shapes and sizes; and take a wide range of closures and finishes.

 

Jars

Glass and Plastic JarsJars usually have a wide mouth; meaning the mouth opening of the jar is roughly half the diameter of the body of the jar or larger. Jars are most commonly found in glass and plastic and, like bottles can come in a variety of shapes though the most common are straight sided or economy style canning jars (commonly referred to as Mason jars). Jars usually have a continuous thread or lug finishes; and though they are typically cylindrical, they can come in other shapes.

 

Jugs

Glass JugJugs are more oblong, are usually thicker near the middle than the top, and will always have handles. Jugs are usually a half- gallon or larger and come in glass or plastic. The normal finishes on Jugs are a continuous thread finish, though they have also been known to come with smooth finishes for use with corks or as those seen on large water jugs (like Sparkletts). Liquid storage is the most common use for jugs.

 

Cans

Plastic PailCans, like bottles and jars, come in a variety of materials and have just as many uses and styles. Paint cans are the most common, however, they can come with screw cap finishes, in oblong and cone shapes or can even be square. Pails and drums are types of cans. Pails, also commonly known as buckets, often come in plastic or steel. They are deep, cylindrical containers that are normally made of metal, plastic or wood. Pails are often known to come with handles and have tight fitting lids with gaskets that provide an airtight seal. Pails are good for storing liquid and solid items. When people think of small versions of pails or buckets, you often think of tubs.  Drums are made of steel, stainless steel, plastic, composite or fiber. They come in open, closed or tight heads, and can be round or square, lined or unlined, seamed or unseamed.

 

Tubes

Plastic TubeTubes come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. The two main characteristics of tubes are those that have one end that is crimped and others that stand on their caps. Tubes have a large variety of applications and are often used in toiletries, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, household products and more. For more information on cans, pails, drums or tubes, you can contact our parent company TricorBraun.

 

Now that you have an idea of the general categories that you containers fall under, we can start to look at sub-categories, finishes, closures and so much more. Join me next time as we continue our journey through the world of packaging, and as always, I am happy to help anytime you have questions.

Feel free to email us or call us at (855) 754-3728 if you should ever need assistance with choosing the correct product for your specific needs. Should you have any questions about this blog or ideas for future posts, please email me at brianne.livas@packagingoptionsdirect.com and type BLOG TOPIC in the subject line.

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