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Do You Use Long Catheter Trays?

Plastic Ingenuity redesigned the packaging for the implantable device in a percutaneous catheter delivery system. This thermoformed long catheter tray is larger than the standard catheter tray, with an advanced design that features roll-fed production, an additional perforated hinge, a snap feature, as well as eliminating the need for multiple die cuts. Much of what makes these custom plastic trays so advanced is their size. At 47.36″ x 7.72″ x 2.16″, a tray of this size typically needs to be sheet fed into the thermoforming machine and then trimmed in a CNC router or clicker press. This long catheter tray is instead roll-fed into the thermoforming machine, expediting the process by up to five times and at two-thirds the price. Advanced Design and Security In addition to the enhanced size and difference in production, the long catheter tray features numerous design advances. The most obvious is the additional perforated snap hinge to secure the catheter into place in the center. Previous packaging featured only one hinge on each end, with three sets of die cuts and wires securing the product...


Posted in Medical packaging | Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 | 0 comments

Extending Shelf Life with HPP Packaging

What Exactly is HPP? HPP is a specialized cold pasteurization technique wherein sealed food products are exposed to an immensely high hydrostatic pressure (pressure transmitted through water) that kills all traces of bacteria, mold, yeast, or any other common food contaminants. The process can take just a few seconds or last a few minutes, depending on the type of food product. HPP is environmentally friendly and safe. And unlike thermal and chemical treatment options, all nutritional values and flavors are preserved throughout the process. It is no surprise then that food processors and retailers have been using HPP packaging for over 20 years. The Benefits of HPP Packaging HPP packaging is a desirable for a number of reasons, including: Versatility Compatibility with both solid and liquid food products It extends product shelf life — by up to four times as long as non-HPP packaged products, which means that food can be shipped over greater distances without spoiling. Safety — no preservatives or high heat environments are required, so food remains healthy and fresh HPP Packaging Design Best Practices Over the...


Posted in Custom Packaging | Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 | 0 comments

Plastic Ingenuity Brings Home Two 2015 AmeriStar Package Awards

Sargento, GSK Partnerships Highlighted From food to pharmaceuticals packaging, 2015 made for a year of groundbreaking work at Plastic Ingenuity. A leader in quality, customer service, design, and manufacturing, PI’s standards of excellence have been recognized with superior results worthy of not one, but two, AmeriStar Packaging Awards, recognizing outstanding innovations in the packaging industry. GlaxoSmithKline and MD&M East The 2015 MD&M East Conference, held from June 9 – 11, showcased two exceptional breakthroughs from PI. We displayed products made with Eastalite™, a new copolyester material from Eastman. Additionally, we proudly showcased our first AmeriStar-awarded design for 2015. The recognized medical device packaging resulted from a partnership with GlaxoSmithKline, and was highlighted as an outstanding contribution to industry innovation. Sargento Balanced Breaks™ Health-inspired ingenuity isn’t just for the medical industry. Sargento Balanced Breaks™, a unique cheese snack pairing different varieties of cheese with fruits and nuts, required a packaging solution to encourage quality snacking in a consumer arena dominated by empty calories. This collaboration also garnered a 2015 AmeriStar Award. The specialized thermoformed package and paperboard sleeve resulted from combined...


Posted in Custom Packaging | Friday, August 7th, 2015 | 0 comments

Calling Food Package Designers: We’re Presenting TE Packaging at IDDBA

  At Plastic Ingenuity, we enjoy taking our products on the road and exhibiting to people across the country. Participating in trade shows gives us the opportunity to meet the people that invest in and rely on our products; we also enjoy making new connections—both professional and personal. One of the biggest trade shows of the year is just around the corner, and we’re already getting excited! The Dairy-Deli-Bake Seminar and Expo is an annual event that gathers thousands of customers, suppliers, and purchasing managers from different U.S. regions. At the expo, these parties meet to discuss the latest products and innovations in food packaging. This event is hosted by the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA), a group dedicated to supporting companies working with dairy, deli, bakery, and cheese products. Dairy-Deli-Bake focuses on providing a variety of educational programs and networking opportunities, as well as keynote speeches that offer insight into the food industry—economic situations, consumer interaction, and much more. Come Visit the PI Booth! This year’s IDDBA trade show takes place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA...


Posted in Custom Packaging | Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 | 1 comments

Eastalite™ Medical Packaging Debuts at MD&M East

  Modern healthcare professionals rely on a diverse array of medical devices to treat their patients. The medical industry is constantly evolving to meet patient needs; as a result, designers and manufacturers of medical devices are pressured to deliver the highest-quality products possible. There are notable practices to achieve this goal—many of which will be discussed at the upcoming Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) East event. The MD&M East Conference is one of the country’s largest medical technology events, and will be held from June 9 to June 11. Taking place at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, this three-day event will feature interactive presentations that reveal the industry’s latest innovations. Some of the most influential thought leaders in the industry will lead various educational sessions and panel discussions; topics include packaging and labeling, manufacturing equipment, design services, industrial automation, and much more. As a trusted provider of exceptional medical device packaging, Plastic Ingenuity is proud to participate in the MD&M East event. Our representatives look forward to highlighting PI’s assortment of products, which include blister packs, clamshells, standard...


Posted in Custom Packaging | Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 | 0 comments

What it Means to be a Full-Service Thermoformer

  With over 40 years of industrial experience, Plastic Ingenuity (PI) is a leading provider of custom thermoformed packaging. In fact, we’re a full-service, ISO certified thermoformer; this means that Plastic Ingenuity supports you throughout each step of the thermoforming process—from design and prototyping to full-size production runs and quality assurance. Our Approach to Thermoforming Plastic Ingenuity utilizes a vertically integrated structure to maintain the utmost control during our multi-step thermoforming process. This process allows our team to provide innovative services and highly customized finished packaging. Our thermoforming process includes: Design – Our design team is well-versed in strategizing innovative product packaging. Using the information gathered during evaluation—whether it’s from a napkin drawing, or a solid file—PI helps your vision come to life. Prototyping – PI then produces a prototype from the approved design. PI performs a QA check on the prototype, ensuring that the package meets the client’s specifications, is suitably durable, and is appropriate for the product and its market. Mold and Tool Building – PI engineers design and build all of the molds and tools required to...


Posted in Custom Packaging | Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 | 0 comments

Using Plastic Packaging to Ensure Safe Pharmaceuticals

  Pharmaceutical and other medical products have to be as safe and contaminant-free as possible to be considered ideal, and for good reason—if medical products are not sterile, they can cause serious problems when used. Likewise, if contaminants get into medicine or other pharmaceutical packaging, it can pose great danger to consumers. This is why plastic packaging is often chosen for medical and pharmaceutical products—it keeps them safest from being contaminated. There are a variety of types of packaging to choose from when considering different options for your product, and depending on what your product is, one of these options may be better than another. Over-the-Counter Retail Options For products sold over the counter, such as vitamins, supplements, painkillers, or cold medicines, blister and clamshell packaging can be great choices. These two options of plastic packaging allow consumers to see the product they are purchasing, but because these are both very secure types of packages, customers can trust that the product they are buying is totally safe. Make sure that when you are working with a company that is creating...


Posted in Medical packaging | Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 | 0 comments

Increase Shelf Appeal for Cosmetics with Unique Packaging

  With the vast array of cosmetics available every single day, it can be a difficult job to make your products stand out from the rest. There are a variety of different types of packaging to use for your products, but one of the most important things about cosmetics is keeping them free of contaminants and securely sealed before someone buys them—after all, how many times have we all seen bottles of nail polish tested on shelving units or tips of lipsticks marred by someone who wanted to see what the color looked like out of the tube? Choosing unique and secure packaging can have the ability to boost your product’s sales, so it’s important not to skimp when it comes to designing your cosmetic brand’s blister pack. Benefits of Blister Packaging One of the most popular types of plastic packaging is blister packaging. It allows for products to be heat-sealed into a plastic package, and protects them from theft, contamination and other damage. Blister packages are very strong, and can be custom formed to each product they hold, which...


Posted in Custom Packaging | Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 | 0 comments

Plastic Packaging Options for Optimal Security

  In the packaging and retail industries, product security is a very big concern. It’s essential for safety and profit alike that products being sold and shipped arrive at their destination safely and unmarred. It’s also important that once these products are on the shelves, their packaging is tamper resistant. Importance of Innovative Design Innovative design is important when packaging products for retail sale. In the retail world, consumers have so many choices between nearly identical products that in some cases, the deciding factor may be eye-catching packaging or something else that seems minor at first, but is in fact very important. Innovative design can mean anything from using a less-popular material to construct the packaging to creating it in a custom shape with thermoforming, or vacuum forming. When you’re considering what to do with your plastic packaging project, there are nearly endless opportunities to customize the process for maximum impact on customers and your business’ bottom line. Types of Retail Packaging to Choose From There are a variety of different options to choose from when picking a style of...


Posted in Custom Packaging | Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 | 1 comments

Creative Design for Food Packaging

  Every day, people flock to grocery stores, restaurants, and convenience stores with one goal in mind: to buy some food. Consumers have an amazing amount of choice when it comes to purchasing different products, so it’s important for suppliers and distributors to really think about the type of packaging they’re using for their products. Employing creative design for food packaging can mean the difference between a customer picking up your product and putting it into their cart or leaving it on the shelf. Beyond looks, though, product safety and freshness are two other big factors that cause shoppers to choose one thing over another. Things to Consider When Designing Packaging for Foods In addition to how the product looks on shelves, brands need to decide on a few other important factors. For instance, one benefit of using plastic packaging is that it’s very easy to make the packaging transparent so that consumers can see exactly what your product looks like. If your product is visually appealing, transparent packaging can entice customers to make the purchase, perhaps even if the...


Posted in Design | Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 | 0 comments