blog    Plastic Ingenuity March 2013 Archive

Packaging Particulars Part Three: Electronics

Posted by rhelmke on Retail Packaging | Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 | 2 comments

Electronics concentrate high value into a small product, which poses a unique challenge to plastic manufacturers responsible for advising companies on how best to package the product. Consumers have to be able to clearly see the product from outside the plastic packaging, but the packaging must also be adequately secure to prevent theft. And these aren’t even the only challenges inherent to the design and manufacture of packaging for electronics. At PI, we’ve seen and done it all—here are just a few of the considerations that regularly accompany this type of plastic manufacturing. Static Reduction in Electronics Product Packaging Consumer electronics can be negatively affected by static charge buildup, and if your plastic manufacturer isn’t careful, the packaging process can contribute negatively. At PI, we work around that potential detriment by establishing our own processing procedures, which dissipate static charges to reduce the impact on delicate electronic systems. If it weren’t for these special procedures, the static generated by the manufacturing process could potentially harm the product—so we don’t take any chances! Visibility and Security PETG plastics are a popular...

Packaging Particulars Part Two: Medical Packaging

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

Medical products are some of the most sensitive items that a plastic manufacturer can package, so they have to be experts at what they do.  Life-saving instruments require sterility and security when they’re packaged, otherwise they run the risk of being compromised. At PI, we address the need for sensitivity and care in medical packaging design and manufacturing by implementing industry best practices.  By doing so, we’re able to create packages of all types that the medical industry trusts and relies on—here’s what makes them special. Superior Sterility in Medical Packaging Production Medical products have to be packaged to the highest standards of sterility, because when a patient’s health is on the line, doctors can’t afford to take risks. That’s why plastic manufacturers should always implement special safety measures just for medical packaging. At PI, we do it by manufacturing all of our medical packaging in a special clean room environment, complete with air filtration and purification, pressurization and other control measures that ensure total sterility. Choosing the Right Material Plastic manufacturers rely on different types of plastic for creating...

Introducing New Blog Series: Packaging Particulars

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

Different types of plastic are better for certain applications than others, and the same goes for different styles of plastic packaging. A material or packaging type that’s commonly used for products in one industry may not be a good fit for another, so an effective plastic manufacturer is a versatile one. In this new blog series, you’ll learn about how different materials and packaging styles benefit different industries, and how the designers and engineers at PI change their strategies depending on the industry being served. Part One: Plastic Food Packaging When you create plastic packaging for food, sterility and safety are your primary concerns. Your clients trust that the packaging you design and manufacture is safe enough for storing what people eat, and this isn’t a responsibility to be taken lightly. For example, at PI, we have one of the highest levels of certification from the Safe Quality Food (SQF) program, which ensures that plastic manufacturers are following procedures that will allow them to produce safe and high quality packaging. So how do we do it? First, you have to...

Inside Packaging Part Four: Trifold Plastic Packaging

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

Like clamshell packages, trifolds are hinged packages that snap themselves shut with molded enclosures. These intricate, complex packages do much more, though—instead of being flat with a single hinge, this type of plastic packaging has two hinges with a flat bottom. This gives you the option of standing your product up on a shelf, as well as the ability to hang it from a peg. Like all good things, there are tradeoffs, but trifolds are ultimately unique in their strength, versatility and appearance. Signed, Sealed, Delivered Trifold packages offer a level of security comparable to clamshells, and are often utilized for high value or high risk products. By utilizing a strong, clear plastic like PVC, you give consumers a perfectly clear window into the package while giving yourself the option of sealing the package shut with radio frequency welding. This type of sealing, which melds the plastic together, gives you unparalleled security for whatever you’re packaging. Standing at Attention Trifolds are unique in their ability to stand up. Unlike clamshells, which generally hang from pegs, this type of plastic packaging...