blog    Plastic Ingenuity February 2013 Archive

Inside Packaging Part Three: Plastic Trays

Posted by rhelmke on Custom Packaging | Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 | 2 comments

Plastic trays are a common packaging type that are highly customizable and applicable for a wide variety of uses. A Firm Grip All plastic trays we thermoform are custom-molded to perfectly support whatever product they need to hold. Because trays can be made from such a wide variety of plastics—a wider variety than any other packaging type—the way they hold your product can vary, too. For example, drill bits, markers and chocolates can simply rest in the tray’s cavities. Other products, however, like medical syringes, need to be held more securely. The tray can be manufactured so each cavity is precise enough to create a tight “snap fit” for the product being packaged.  This makes trays a popular choice for shipping, as your product is extremely secure. A Different Type of Plastic Packaging Unlike plastic packaging types like clamshells and blisters, plastic trays aren’t always suited for retail packaging. They’re more expensive than blisters, and because they’re often not made using clear plastic, they don’t provide the same product visibility. The tradeoff for that, though, is that they don’t require...

Inside Packaging Part Two: Clamshell Containers

Posted by rhelmke on Custom Packaging | Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 | 0 comments

They may not have pearls inside, but clamshell containers are popular nonetheless—they have the single fastest growth rate of any clear thermoformed packaging! Clamshell packaging is revered for its practical and attractive design, as well as its security and versatility. A Single-Tool Container A clamshell container, true to its name, is a hinged container that closes in on itself and seals the product inside. Unlike a container that comes with a base and a lid, for example, a clamshell is all-inclusive—the entire container comes off a single tool, making production and purchasing significantly less complicated. No wonder it’s one of the most popular types of clear packaging on the market today. Strength and Visibility When you look at clamshell packaging, the reason for its popularity is clear—literally. The majority of clamshells are made using PVC, because it exceptionally strong, crystal clear, and lends itself well to most sealing applications.  This makes it the perfect showcase for a wide range of products, including high-value items like memory cards, cell phones, power tools and video game accessories. Clamshell containers also provide uniquely...

Introducing New Blog Series: Inside Packaging

Posted by rhelmke on Custom Packaging | Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 | 0 comments

There’s more inside a plastic package than meets the eye. Inherent in every package design is the care, precision and engineering that went into creating it. Of course, no single type of package is ideal for every type of product—each package type has distinct strengths and weaknesses. That’s why here at PI, we specialize in crafting packages of all different sizes and styles—and now, we want to share what we know with you. With our new blog series on the different types of packaging, you’ll learn all about what makes each package unique, and what goes into manufacturing them. Once you do, you’ll have a better understanding of what we do here at PI—though we wouldn’t recommended trying it at home! Part One: Blister Packaging Blister packaging didn’t get its name because it hurts your fingers—in fact, quite the opposite is true. All kinds of everyday products come in blister packaging, and even if you haven’t heard of it before, you’d easily recognize it if you saw it. This type of packaging is like a plastic half-shell. The plastic part,...

Perfect Packaging Materials – Part 8: Plastics In Review

Posted by rhelmke on Custom Packaging | Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 | 0 comments

From PET to ABS, we’ve covered a lot of ground in our first blog series—and a lot of plastic! If you’ve followed along, you’ve learned that while there are plenty of materials you can work with, none of them are perfect. Each has its strengths and weaknesses, both in production and as far as the consumer is concerned. When you know the ins and outs of all of them, though, you’re well-equipped to choose the material that’s best-suited for your needs. Here’s a handy rundown of everything we learned: PET Plastics—This material is durable, lightweight and safe, but if it’s manufactured improperly, its beautiful clarity becomes cloudy PETG—Transparent and tough, this material will scratch but not break. It’s also sticky to work with, though, so only trust a manufacturer with experience using this material. CPET—This crystallized plastic is perfect for going in the oven or microwave, but only if it’s been manufactured with precision. If it’s crystallized too much or too little, it won’t last. HDPE—HDPE shows up in everything from heavy-duty construction to plastic grocery bags. For all its...