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What Makes a Good Cell Phone Package?

  Cell phone packaging is a niche of the plastic packaging industry that requires producers to have a specialized understanding of their product and its use. When packaging makers without the right experience attempt to make these challenging products, they may overlook key elements of the design. Packaging for cell phones meets a variety of needs in the marketplace. In the manufacturing process, package designers have to closely evaluate the need for accessibility, security and showcasing. Some cell phones primarily function as phones and require easy access to feature information and phone design. Other cell phones, like smartphones, are statement pieces as well as functional tools that people around the world use in their day-to-day lives. Let’s take a look at some differences in packaging design. Decorative Packaging When a consumer is shopping for a new smartphone, he or she generally goes to a wireless carrier’s store. Cell phones are not on display in boxes on the shelf at these stores, but there are often sample cell phones on display for consumers to browse. The focus is on finding a service that meets...


Posted in Custom Packaging | Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 | 0 comments

Breathe New Life Into Your Product’s Sales with a New Package Design

  If you’re noticing waning sales of one of your products, one way to revitalize its numbers can be to introduce a new design on the package, or redesign the packaging altogether. Giving a product a fresh look can entice customers who have previously passed over your product to give it a second look—even if the contents of the package are the same. Take, for instance, popular hair care products or cosmetics brands—when they change the look of a certain product, be it shampoo, lipstick, or eye makeup, customers browsing that section of the store may take notice of the new look. We, as consumers, are sort of trained to remember certain packaging—for instance, we know what the standard ice cream container looks like. Imagine if instead of a round paper pint container, a brand changed their ice cream’s packaging to a small, plastic jar or tub? It could be the same product through and through, but you might give it a second look, wondering if the product is worth a try. So how can you make your product’s packaging...


Posted in Design | Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 | 0 comments

Why Customers Love Clamshell Packaging for Food

  When shoppers stroll through grocery stores, the amount of packaging on the shelves is stunning. Customers have an endless array of choices to make when doing their food shopping, so it stands to reason that, in the case of similar products, they may often choose the product with the best packaging. In many cases, they look to products packaged in clamshell plastics, as opposed to things like nonresealable bags or boxes. If you’re considering different forms of packaging for your product, read on to find out why clamshell packaging can be more beneficial to your business than other types of packaging. Keeping Products Fresher In the case of things like produce and bakery goods, clamshell packaging helps keep products fresher. When considering fruits and vegetables, if they are allowed to mingle in the same air as the rest of the produce in that section of the store, they may spoil faster due to the gasses emitted by the other fruits and vegetables. Likewise, if a product like muffins are packaged in a bag, not only can they get smashed...


Posted in Food Packaging | Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 | 0 comments

Creating Plastic Packaging with Co-extrusion

  Similar to the way a 3D printer works, co-extrusion is all about melting and reforming plastics. There are a number of different extrusion methods, but all work under generally the same principle. Here is a look at the way extrusion works and what makes co-extrusion unique. The Basic Extrusion Process In the extrusion process, a machine with a hopper collects plastic beads or pellets that are melded together into one product. Any additional coloring or protective substances that need to be included in the finished product are then added. From the hopper, the plastic is funneled into a temperature-controlled chamber or tube. This tube heats the plastic to the point of melting. After the plastic is sufficiently melted, it may go through a variety of different molding processes. Plastic bags, plastic insulated wires, and PVC pipes are all created using an extrusion method. Common extrusion methods include: Sheet extrusion. Taking a large sheet of thick plastic and running it through a die to change the consistency of the sheet. After the sheet has been reformed and is ready to...


Posted in Plastics | Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 | 0 comments

The Future of Automated Food Packaging

  Automation is driving progress in virtually every product industry, and food packaging is no different. From more efficient manufacturing lines to more durable packaging materials, food automation is a promising frontier to lead us into the world of tomorrow. Automated Food Packaging: Currently The United States sees tens of thousands of new food products introduced yearly. With as many packaging differences as there are brands, there has to be constant innovation in the industry to keep up with the demand. Among other benefits, the increasing number of brands and packages has provided the food and drink packaging industry with the opportunity to be creative and unique at every turn. By using automated processes, the money and effort expended by packaging companies can then be used to design efficient packaging that is durable, sustainable and highly marketable. Have you noticed that food packaging has changed drastically, even in the last five years? It has. Traditional containers have been traded out for more ergonomic plastics that allow consumers to use all of the product. Thick, heavy plastics have been traded in...


Posted in Food Packaging | Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 | 2 comments

PET Packaging for Beverages

    PET containers are used in a variety of applications, but most notably to store liquids and food. PET stands for polyethylene terephthalate, which has a number of benefits for consumers who regularly purchase food and drinks in plastic containers. Many of the packages are thermoformed, while drinking bottle and other narrow-necked containers are generally blow molded. If you come across a bottle with a number 1 on the bottom or side, you’ll know it’s made from PET. Reasons to Choose PET Packaging It’s safe. PET does not contain BPA, which is a plastic by-product that consumers have been told repeatedly to stay away from. PET containers are also shatterproof, so dropped bottles don’t create a mess. Another benefit is the cost saved from damage to stock in transit. With the durable nature of the plastic, accidents on route to stores are less likely to occur. The lightweight material is convenient. You won’t find an item that is more portable and disposable. Enjoy a meal out at the lake or take a PET-based water bottle on your next run....


Posted in Food Packaging | Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 | 0 comments

6 Benefits of Blister Packaging

  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....


Posted in Uncategorized | Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 | 0 comments

How Polyethylene Packaging Can Benefit You

  There are a variety of packaging options on the market. When looking for the best packaging for your product, it can seem overwhelming to try to pick one. Even within the category of plastic packaging, there are a lot of different kinds. One of the most often used is polyethylene packaging; but why is polyethylene packaging a good choice for your product? Polyethylene is a kind of plastic derived from petroleum polymers. It’s one of the most durable types of plastic in existence today. It’s also inexpensive and highly chemically resistant. This means it can survive a variety of environmental hazards. Because of these characteristics, polyethylene packaging is widely considered superior to other packaging materials. This is what makes it so widely used. Packaging That Protects Polyethylene packaging doesn’t allow water vapor to pass through, meaning it can seal easily contaminated products away from dangerous elements. Many kinds of polyethylene packaging can be heat sealed, meaning the material can be wrapped tightly around the product and secured with an airtight seal. Many companies use polyethylene for electronic components because...


Posted in Custom Packaging | Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 | 0 comments

The Advantages of Clamshell Packaging

  Plastic packaging comes in all shapes and sizes and the options are virtually endless. When you’re looking for a way to package your product (particularly your food product), it can be difficult to make a decision. One popular packaging method is clamshell packaging. Many companies large and small choose clamshell packaging to meet their needs. What are some of the benefits of clamshell plastic packaging? Why is clamshell packaging the way the go? Protection. Products of all kinds in today’s globalized world do a lot of traveling. When your product is transported, you want to make sure it’s safe. In the case of food, drugs, or other highly regulated substances, packaging is even more important. Improper packaging can result in contamination, which means a loss of revenue—and can even have legal consequences for your business.Clamshell packaging takes away many of these risks. With secure clamshell plastic packaging, your product is protected from poor storage conditions and improper handling during transport. Clamshell plastic packaging securely seals your product from airborne contaminants, protecting its safety and freshness.   Ease of customer...


Posted in Custom Packaging | Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 | 0 comments

Plastic Food Packaging for Freshness and Savings

  When selling food products, packaging is an important part of the transaction. Packaging is advertising; it’s how customers recognize your product on the shelf. Poor, irregular, or boring packaging can deter customers from picking your product, or can prevent them from recognizing it. Improperly packaging food can mean extreme financial losses even before the time for customer choice arrives. Food can spill or spoil in transit. Many companies transport these products over great distances, which creates opportunities for accidents, and could lead to a loss of profit and wasted transportation costs. What’s more, there are many safety regulations dictating the proper packaging of food. Failing to follow these regulations could bring legal consequences. Even with these considerations taken into account, there are a variety of options for packaging food. Different companies pursue different packaging styles and materials, seeking the best possible ways to preserve and advertise their food products. The number one choice for food packaging material is plastic. Durability During Transport Plastic is an extremely durable material. When kept in the proper conditions, a plastic container’s shelf life...


Posted in Food Packaging | Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 | 0 comments