Organon Teknika Corporation markets a diagnostic test system that detects mycobacteria. The test media is sold in a tubing glass bottle which may break if dropped or weakened in shipment to the laboratory. Because mycobacteria is a very infectious airborne agent, there is concern in the marketplace that the potential for breakage of glass bottles places the laboratory technician and environment at risk. While tests are under way to identify a plastic bottle suitable for this application, Organon Teknika is pursuing the use of a heat shrink sleeve as an option to improve the safety of this product. This study addresses the feasibility of using a heat shrink sleeve as a safety mechanism by comparing bottles with sleeves to bottles without sleeves. While the PVC sleeve will not eliminate bottle breakage, tests have shown that this sleeve can reduce the likelihood of glass and liquid scatter in the case of bottle breakage. In light of these results, Organon Teknika has implemented the use of the heat shrink sleeve on the MB/BacT Process Bottles.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Plastic films; Plastics in packaging; Wrapping materials; Hazardous substances--Packaging
Department, Program, or Center
Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology (CAST)
Pontillo, Denise, "Heat shrink sleeves for MB/BacTtm Bottles" (1996). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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