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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...

Study Notes Benefits of Plastic Packaging

Posted by rhelmke on Custom Packaging | Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 | 1 comments

A new study sponsored by The American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the Canadian Plastics Industry Association has revealed that plastic packaging has significant benefits over other packaging alternatives. The study, titled “Impact of Plastics Packaging on Life Cycle Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the United States and Canada,” revealed that plastic packaging could actually reduce greenhouse gas emissions and total energy use compared to other packaging options created with substitute materials. The Packaging Study’s Results The study examined various plastic products, including beverage containers, caps, closures, shrink wrap, rigid containers, shopping bags and other types of packaging solutions. Those conducting the study used life cycle assessment methodology as they compared plastic packaging to substitute materials. After analyzing the life cycle value of six major plastic packaging options throughout the United States and Canada, the study found that plastics produce a lower weight compared to alternatives, which, in turn, results in reduced energy and greenhouse gas emissions. Comparing the Impact of Plastic Packaging and Its Alternatives According to Plastic Packaging Facts, plastic packaging substitutes weighed 348 percent more than...

Perfect Packaging Materials – Part 4: CPET Plastics

Posted by rhelmke on Custom Packaging | Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 | 0 comments

PET plastics are popular for plenty of reasons, not the least of which is their clarity—remember, this is a plastic that you use when you want to show off your product. If you don’t necessarily need something transparent, but you want something strong and resilient, CPET could be exactly what you’re looking for. CPET stands for crystallizable PET. Normally, crystallizing is the opposite of what you want with PET plastics—it robs the material of its translucency. But with CPET, crystallizing is exactly what you want. When we produce CPET at PI, we do it for products like food trays that need to resist the high heat of an oven or microwave. CPET is the type of plastic you see in TV dinner trays or mobile food services, because it can take the heat. The CPET Challenge Just like any other type of plastic, though, you need trained hands to create and thermoform CPET. You have to add a nucleating agent and heat it to the point of crystallization, and once it’s crystallized to the point you want, you use a...

Perfect Packaging Materials – Part 3: PETG Plastics

Posted by rhelmke on Custom Packaging | Tuesday, January 1st, 2013 | 0 comments

Once you get past the basic types of PET plastics, you get into the modified copolymers—these are PET plastics that have been treated with something that changes its structure. Today, I want to introduce PETG plastic, otherwise known as polyethylene terephthalate – glycol modified. Despite the similarities in the names, PETG isn’t technically in the same family as PET, RPET and APET. While those are all different forms of PET, PETG adds a little something extra: Glycol. So what does the glycol do? Glycol prevents crystallization in the thermoforming process. Remember, when a thermoforming company tries to mold PET plastics but doesn’t have the right experience, the plastic can crystallize and lose all the transparency that makes it so popular. By adding glycol, you take away the material’s ability to crystallize and turn hazy, but that isn’t the only effect. Why Consider PETG? Because of the added glycol, PETG has a few distinct advantages over your typical PET plastics: It’s transparent – great for showcasing products It’s tougher than PET – more impact and chemical-resistant Easier to thermoform than PET...

Perfect Packaging Materials – Part 2: PET Plastics (cont’d)

Posted by rhelmke on Custom Packaging | Wednesday, December 26th, 2012 | 0 comments

From our last blog post, you now know a little about polyethylene terephthalates, or PET plastics. You know that this type of plastic is a staple in food and beverage packaging. It’s also used in the packaging of plenty of other products, though not necessarily ones you want to eat or drink—PET is a mainstay for packaging things like cosmetics and cleaning chemicals. Just look at the recycling code on any PET plastic package, and you’ll see: It’s number one. Clear, Safe and Sturdy One of the reasons these plastics are so popular is that they’re attractive. When they’re processed properly, PET plastic packages are perfectly clear, giving consumers a pristine view of whatever they hold. And they aren’t just popular for their good looks, either. PET plastics are strong, and they hold up even in extreme temperatures. They’re durable, lightweight, and easy to recycle—all things that matter to today’s consumer, and a serious boon when you’re looking for a practical packing material. So PET plastics are versatile, recyclable, beautiful and lightweight. They can be thermoformed into innovative products, and...

Packaging Solutions for Retail Stocking

Posted by rhelmke on Custom Packaging | Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 | 1 comments

  For companies competing in industries such as cell phones and wireless devices, an appealing yet functional packaging design is imperative to their marketing plan.  Although customers may not put much thought into the packaging design, the packaging company and their clients certainly do and understand the statistics behind what works and what doesn’t. The best packaging companies also perform research on how retailers establish their product placement and how the packaging will actually be displayed on-site. Understanding all of these elements is truly a science and careful considerations must be taken from the prototype phase to production. Getting Started   When a company is ready to release a new cell phone or wireless device, they want it on the shelves as soon as possible. But rushing a packaging design just to have it on the shelf is not the most advantageous approach to a long term sales goal. There are packaging companies out there with incredibly fast turn-around times who can deliver top quality packaging solutions. In fact, the fastest packaging company can take a packaging design concept and...

Plastic Blister Pack Uses

Posted by rhelmke on Custom Packaging | Friday, October 5th, 2012 | 1 comments

Blister packaging is suitable for a variety of needs: for packaging medical and pharmaceutical materials, for retail uses and even for electronics. Blister packs are quite versatile because of their ability to properly seal items within their packaging and portray interesting graphics to properly market the product. By utilizing blister packs to their fullest potential, items can be easily displayed for consumers and protected before they are sold, especially when it comes to items such as medicines or other items that require sealing before consumption. Medical and Pharmaceutical Industry The most important characteristic needed for packaging in the medical and pharmaceutical industry is that containers provide a clean seal to prevent items from being contaminated. Blister packs provide the capability to properly seal objects within their packaging before they are to be used by either a medical practitioner or the patient. With substances such as medicines or vitamins, blister packaging provides a customized encasement, which protects the item but provides a visible window for consumers. Retail and Electronic Packaging In the retail industry, small articles such as pill batteries or...

Keys to a Successful Wireless Device Packaging Design

Posted by rhelmke on Custom Packaging | Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 | 0 comments

As the market for cell phones and mp3 players continues to skyrocket, wireless device providers are looking for a packaging design that stands out among their competition. The hardware and software are growing increasingly close to one another so relying on the device’s capabilities alone is no longer an option. And in addition to an eye-catching display the plastic packaging must also provide a durable shell for these sensitive electronics from the warehouse of the packaging company to the retail aisle. There are several packaging companies out there who can swiftly adjust with the demands of their clients, which is essential in this highly competitive industry. Here are three characteristics of a winning packaging design all wireless device providers need to consider when choosing a packaging company for their products: Visibility When a potential customer is browsing down a retail aisle, their eyes will be naturally drawn to the most attractive packaging design. While gaining their attention is the first step, allowing them to instantly recognize the product is important as well. Graphic insert cards can be easily formatted to...

Basics of Plastic Vacuum Forming

Posted by rhelmke on Custom Packaging | Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 | 0 comments

  Thermoformed packaging is a complicated discipline that requires a great deal of understanding of materials, and the actual methods used to create the package. Plastic vacuum forming is one of the most simplified of these methods. This process generally mimics many of the thermoforming principles, with potential cost saving measures for the client. The Process Vacuum formed packaging is created by stretching heated plastic sheet over a mold. This mold has been created to resemble the item to be packaged. Then vacuum is applied to press the sheet to the mold. Because the plastic sheet is heated, it’s pliable which allows it to form to the shape of the mold. Nevertheless, vacuum formed packaging is mainly used for items shallow in depth. The Benefits of Vacuum Forming Overall the costs of vacuum forming are typically lower compared to a full thermoforming packaging process that utilizes plug assists.  The cost of plastics is lower because of using single surface molds as well as thinner gauge plastics. Likewise, the costs of machinery are reduced because of the simplicity of the production...

The Benefits of Blister Packaging

Posted by rhelmke on Electronic Packaging | Monday, July 23rd, 2012 | 1 comments

  Plastic packaging comes in a variety of shapes and sizes with uses varying from retail to medical, from food industry to electronics, and various others. What makes blister packaging so versatile is the capability to show a product while being safely sealed inside a container. Thermoforming provides the uniformity of the plastic packaging while highlighting the item within. In blister packaging, a certain sensitivity to design is still needed because of the use of a card to seal the plastic to. This card includes the brand name, the item description and whatever else that may be desired by the client. Items to Consider for Blister Packs One of the greatest appeals of the blister pack is that it is a sealed package. For this reason, it is most commonly known for being used in the medical and pharmaceutical industries. You may recall the look of drugstore medications and the way they are carefully sealed within packages to allow for sterile conditions. Other uses of blister packs include such items as cosmetics, batteries, and other drugstore items such as floss...