The Down and Dirty:
Small Pack Grease
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What Is Small Pack Grease?
What Are the Types of Small Pack Grease?
Many different kinds of grease and other lubricants can be packaged in smaller quantities. There are four types of packaging that are most popular:
Cartridges are typically used with automated grease dispensing, such as a grease gun, and provide an easy way to refill an applicator. Pack Logix is one of the few manufacturers to fill 3-ounce cartridges, a size for mini grease guns, all the way up to 14-ounce cartridges (the standard size). The mini size is popular for the automotive and marine industries. Cartridges are also used with automated and semi-automated production line dispensing equipment. As we noted in our recent blog, supply chain disruptions have caused increased lead times and minimum order quantities (MOQ) on cartridges.
Tubs are often seen in a 1-pound size or 2.2-pound size, either in plastic or metal with a plastic lid. This packaging is ideal for automotive or industrial uses. Grease meant for a tub can be more solid, without having concerns about needing to pump it through any type of nozzle.
Pails, also called buckets, generally hold 35 pounds of product. Pails are used to package both oils and greases. They can be made of steel or high-density polyethylene, depending on the size, and may have a lid to help reseal the contents. As manufacturers continue to see prices increase on resin, especially those used in producing pails, now is the time to place orders for those materials.
Why would someone choose small pack grease?
- Easier to pack: Pack Logix has dedicated grease packaging lines to get product into packaging. Automation also helps speed the process.
- Easier to fulfill: Small pack grease is simpler to send via e-commerce channels. Its size also makes it ideal to include as samples with consumer products, like including a mini tube of lubricant with a weed trimmer.
- Easier to use: Consumers may only need a little bit of grease at a time, so buying it in smaller quantities is better. This makes it easier to store properly and makes it more likely they can use the grease before its shelf life deteriorates.