blog    Plastic Ingenuity July 2014 Archive

5 Reasons to Work with an SQF-Certified Packaging Company

Posted by rhelmke on Custom Packaging | Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 | 0 comments

The Safe Quality Food certification has become a hot topic in the packaging industry. As an SQF-certified company, PI values the importance of food safety and believes it to be a crucial consideration for the packaging process. Here, we’ve outlined the definition of the SQF standard, as well as the advantages of using an SQF-certified company for your plastic packaging. What is the SQF Standard? SQF is a standard that “incorporates fundamental food safety controls…(to) indicate a comprehensive implementation of food safety and quality management systems,” according to the SQF Institute. The SQF certification, endorsed by the Global Food Safety initiative, creates a consistent guideline to ensure consumers that food is safe to eat. Advantages of Working with an SQF Certified Company Working with an SQF-certified packaging company can ultimately prove to be highly beneficial for your business. Here are some of the many advantages of working with a company that has the SQF certification: Save Time and Money—When packaging your food products, you’ll need to be adhering to the SQF certification. By choosing a packaging companythat is already SQF-certified,...

Thin is In: Why Thin Gauge is Leading Packaging Markets

Posted by rhelmke on Food Packaging | Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 | 0 comments

  As you are working with your packaging company to develop a design, they may tell you they will be utilizing thin gauge for your project. However, you may be wondering what exactly this method entails and how it can be advantageous for your packaging. At PI, we utilize thin gauge packaging for a wide variety of our products. To help you, we’ve provided an explanation about thin gauge packaging and its benefits. What is Thin Gauge Packaging? Thin gauge describes the process in which plastic molds into a form. Packaging that utilizes thin gauge is used more in the packaging setting, whereas heavy gauge is used to create actual products. The process for creating thin gauge packaging is not labor intensive, creating fast cycle times. Thin gauge is also much more widely used than heavy gauge. Eighty-one percent of companies use thin gauge, whereas 19 percent use heavy.   The Advantages of Thin Gauge Designs Thin gauge packaging designs is more widely used for its many advantages, including:   Meets Your Specifications—Thin gauge is most commonly utilized for the...

3 Types of Thermoformed Plastic Packaging Designs & Their Advantages

Posted by rhelmke on Custom Packaging | Thursday, July 17th, 2014 | 0 comments

  As thermoforming specialists, the PI team consistently gets questions from people asking what exactly the thermoforming process is and how to use it to create a custom packaging design. Here, we’ve outlined some of the basics behind the thermoforming process, as well as the different forming methods you can use for your products’ packaging: vacuum, plug assist and plug assist pressure. Consult with our guide to see which could work best for your plastic packaging design. What Is Thermoforming? Thermoforming is the process used to create custom plasticdesigns. To develop a thermoformed design, the packaging team stretches a heated sheet of plastic over a mold to create a one-of-a-kind design. To create these packaging designs, packaging specialists contain air pressure in a designated box. After the packaging design cools into the shape of the mold, the packaging team will trim and assemble the design. Thermoforming is used when the pressure on a plastic sheet exceeds 15 lbs. per square inch, up to 150 lbs. per square inch. Packaging created for the food, pharmaceutical and electronics industries all utilize thermoforming. Vacuum...

How To Select The Best Packaging for Your Product

Posted by rhelmke on Electronic Packaging | Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 | 0 comments

  The packaging for your products needs to be both secure and attractive, yet you may not know which packaging design and materials will help you achieve this. At Plastic Ingenuity, we understand the struggle of creating the perfect packaging. We’ve created hundreds of custom thermoformed packaging designs for clients in a variety of industries, so we know the process of determining which packaging can work best for your products. Consult our list of considerations to aid in developing the exact packaging design you need: What Type of Packaging Do You Need? Plastic packaging is not one-size-fits-all; every company should determine its packaging needs to see which model will work best. Plastic packaging is typically broken down into the following styles: Clamshell—This plastic packaging design utilizes hinge and press-down features and can be created in stock or custom sizes. Tray—Tray designs can be used for packaging that requires a customized shape. During the design process, trays can be developed based on size, shape and strength requirements to fit you products’ needs. Blister—Designed for exceptional tamper-resistance, thermoformed blister packaging provides protective...