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6 Benefits of Blister Packaging

Posted by admin on Uncategorized | Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 | 0 comments

  Blister packaging is commonly used for small items like batteries, medicines and toy cars. While medicines are normally thought of as being contained in a blister pack, anything that has a plastic front and another material (usually cardboard) for the back is considered a blister package. These nifty devices do a great job of keeping products safe while making it easy for consumers to get to one item at a time, or to an item that needs to be accessed quickly. Consider the following benefits of blister packaging: Freshness. Particularly for items that are used one at a time, having individual compartments can keep them at the ready for whenever the consumer is ready. Herbs, medications and other environmentally sensitive items may benefit from blister packaging for this reason.   Dosage or serving size. For medicines and certain foods, these packages evenly portion out an item so that the consumer does not use too much of the product at once. Some seasoning blends benefit from blister packs because the company has already predetermined the amount needed for certain recipes....

What Makes a Good Thermoformed Packaging Design?

Posted by Rob on Thermoforming | Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 | 0 comments

  As specialists in the packaging industry, Plastic Ingenuity continually examines the best practices for developing safe, sanitary and secure designs. We’re always learning new ways to create protective thermoformed packaging designs, all while staying within clients’ timelines, budgets and quality standards. Wondering what will make your thermoformed packaging design stand out? Here, we explain a few considerations for excellent packaging, including material selection, tooling, distribution and more. Quality Design The first step to producing good thermoformed packaging is creating an excellent design. Your design will determine almost everything else for your packaging, including materials, tooling and more. When you sit down with your packaging design team, explain to them what you had in mind for your project, as well as any specifics about your product they should be aware of. They will then suggest various structures that provide high levels of protection that are still aesthetically appealing. Material Selection Next, your team will select the appropriate plastic material. Many companies commonly use PET and PETG plastics to create their thermoformed parts. Both have their advantages and are suitable for...

Plastic Ingenuity to Present on SQF Certification in Packaging

Posted by rhelmke on Uncategorized | Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 | 0 comments

Here at Plastic Ingenuity, we’re continuously examining industry trends and learning as much as we can about the packaging industry. That’s why we’re pleased to announce the organizers of the 2014 Thin Wall Packaging Conference have invited Michael Schubert, our production engineer manager, to host a workshop on the Safe Quality Food (SQF) certification for food packaging. Schubert’s Presentation on the SQF Certification Because Schubert is so involved in the production side of packaging, he has developed an extensive knowledge on the subject of the SQF certification. He will be relaying that information, as well as the necessary steps required to gain the SQF certification, to conference goers during his workshop. The SQF certification originated as a way to ensure food is consistently safe for consumption for consumers. Food service, retailers and regulatory agencies recognize this business-driven initiative worldwide. Food safety is the utmost importance for food packagers, so the SQF certification is a very highly regarded industry standard and utilized inmany companies’ packaging solutions. We proudly abide by the SQF certification for our line of plastic packaging solutions. This...

How to Avoid a Packaging Design Failure

Posted by rhelmke on Uncategorized | Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 | 0 comments

Not all packaging designs are hits with consumers—especially redesigns. After all, no matter how talented the packaging manufacturer or how elegant the design, if you don’t create something that resonates with your audience, you could alienate them. At PI, our packaging design process includes asking certain questions about the audience and the product. Only when you honestly examine your existing packaging and branding can you determine what kind of redesign is best—or if you really need one at all. How Do People Identify Your Brand? Before you jump into a redesign project with your packaging manufacturer, you should identify just what it is about your brand that people recognize. How do they know who you are? What qualities in your branding and packaging do they appreciate? How do they differentiate you from the competition on a store shelf? There is perhaps no better example of this than the Tropicana packaging design change from 2009. Tropicana didn’t even change their entire design—just the image printed on it—and were met with a consumer uproar. By eliminating the iconic straw-in-an-orange image from the...

Packaging Challenges: The Transumer Trend

Posted by rhelmke on Custom Packaging | Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 | 0 comments

Here at PI, our plastic packaging design team faces unique challenges all the time. As consumer trends and priorities change with the times, packaging companies like us need to adapt and stay versatile. That’s why this month, we’re focusing on some of the biggest and most recent challenges faced by today’s packaging design industry. We’ll be looking at what consumers like, what they need and what a packaging company has to do to keep up. Our first entry is focusing on a consumer trend that’s reshaping plastic packaging—literally. What are Transumers? It isn’t a name you’re likely to find in the dictionary, but it’s one making a big impact in the packaging design industry: The “transumer.” Transumers are consumers on the go—people in a hurry, traveling, commuting, and doing traditionally-stationary activities like eating while they’re on the run. They prize convenience, particularly when it comes to pre-portioned and highly portable food packaging and snacks. So what does it mean for a plastic packaging company like PI? Thinking small and getting creative. While size has always been a critical consideration for...

Introducing New Blog Series: Conversation Starters

Posted by rhelmke on Custom Packaging | Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 | 0 comments

We’ll be the first to admit it here at Plastic Ingenuity: We can’t help getting excited over the latest trends in plastic packaging. While other people are perfecting their fantasy baseball rosters and browsing the web, we’re reading up on the latest recycling statistics and innovative design awards. And sometimes we pick up on cool trends we want to share.  In our new blog series, you’ll learn about some of the hottest and latest trends in the plastic packaging industry, and how they have an impact on other industries, too. Part One: Study Shows Consumers Prefer “Clamming Up” Clamshell packaging is just one of the designs that we specialize in at PI, and apparently, we’re not the only ones that think it’s pretty special. According to a recent study, consumers enjoy clamshell package as much as we do—in fact, they like it a whole lot more than paperboard packaging. A behavioral study conducted by Klockner determined that when given a choice between a clear clamshell package and a paperboard package containing the same product, the clamshell was significantly more effective...

Perfect Packaging Materials – Part 6: HIPS

Posted by rhelmke on Custom Packaging | Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 | 0 comments

Like so many of the plastics we work with here at PI, High Impact Polystyrene, or HIPS, is something that a great deal of people encounter almost every single day. Clear, brittle and impact-resistant, this amorphous material has a low shrink rate and is safe enough to use in different food-related applications. Good Enough to Eat (With) HIPS is flexible, hygienic and cost-effective, making it a perfect fit for food service and containment. The plastic cutlery in your office break room, for example, may be made of HIPS, as is the disposable salad bowl that your lunch came in (though these may also be made out of a different member of the styrene family, too). It withstands cold temperatures and humidity, it’s lightweight and provides excellent insulation, so you may also see it used in the construction of refrigerators. A Real Jewel While HIPS is clear by default, it lends itself to colorization through the use of modifiers, enabling you to create clear, colored plastics that also boast high impact strength. One of the most easily recognizable and universal uses...

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...