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Glossary of Terms

HDPE – High Density Polyethylene is the most widely used resin for extrusion blown plastic bottles. This material is economical, impact resistant, and provides a good moisture barrier. HDPE is compatible with a wide range of products including acids and caustics but is not compatible with solvents. It is usually supplied in FDA approved food grade.

LDPE РLow Density Polyethylene has many of the same properties as HDPE but is more flexible.  It is usually supplied in FDA approved food grade.

PET РPolyethylene Terephthalate – a type of polyester used in clear Food and Beverage containers. It has outstanding clarity and good resistance to impact, along with good barrier properties to resist grease and oil, cold and sunlight

Amber – A yellowish-brown colour of glass or plastic containers used primarily to protect light-sensitive contents.

Blow Molding – Blow molding is a process used for forming hollow containers in which heated plastic is placed inside a mold and forced outward via air pressure to assume the shape of that mold cavity.

Closure – A metal or plastic cap which affects a primary seal when properly applied to the container.

Flame Treating – Flame treating is a process where the plastic is exposed to an open flame to increase the polarity of the surface, rendering it more receptive to inks, lacquers, paints, adhesives, etc.

Pallet РA standard-sized platform, open at two (or four) sides on which goods may be stacked. The open ends allow the entry of the forks of a lifting truck so that the palletized load can be raised and moved about easily.  Having top & bottom boards separated by centre boards going in the opposite direction called stringers.  Pallets are measured by: Depth x Width  an example would be 48” x 40” pallet = 48” deep x 40” wide

Skid – Is utilized in the same way as a pallet, it has top boards and stringers but no bottom boards.

Crane Pads РPads are used to create a safe setup for cranes, heavy construction and lifts done on disturbed soil.  They are used to distribute weight evenly over a wide area and come in Light to Heavy duty configurations, can also have handles.