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Vacuum-Formed Packaging for Product Protection

  A product’s packaging is the first impression it makes on the consumer. It’s what helps protects your product through transportation, shelving and the other rough business of getting your product into the store. When deciding the right packaging for your product, there are many options. One of the safest, most marketable methods is vacuum-formed packaging. What are the benefits of vacuum-formed packaging? Flexibility. Vacuum-formed packaging can be customized for any product shape. No matter what your product’s size or shape, custom vacuum-formed plastic packaging can be created for it. No more cookie-cutter packaging solutions—vacuum-formed packaging can be specifically designed for your product’s needs, whatever they are. Many companies choose vacuum-formed packaging specifically for its extreme versatility. Meets regulations. Packaging for food and drug products must meet many safety regulations to be allowed on the market. High-quality vacuum-formed packaging can be used for any product, as it can be designed to meet multiple regulatory requirements for varying industries. More product, less packaging. Proper packaging is a precise process. A single poor design choice can cost thousands of dollars in unnecessary...


Posted in Custom Packaging | Tuesday, December 30th, 2014 | 0 comments

Eight Insights for Successful Food Packaging Design

When you think of the things that make a package stand out on the shelves, you probably have some go-to elements like color, size and label. With food packaging, however, there are some other factors that need to be considered when designing a package. Attractive packaging is one thing, but food packaging needs to address the unique needs of the food industry, such as temperature requirements, tamper evidence, and more. At Plastic Ingenuity, we want your business to succeed as much as you do, and that’s why we’re dedicated to helping our clients determine the best ways to design  quality food packaging. We considered all aspects of what the ideal food package should feature, and with that information, we created this useful graphic that you can use as a guide when coming up with ideas and designs for your products’ thermo-packaging. Some things you may not have thought of include whether the package will need vents for air circulation (necessary for fruits and vegetables to help prevent rotting), leak resistance, how the product will stack on shelves, and more. Check...


Posted in Food Packaging | Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 | 1 comments

How to Develop a Packaging Design

  Developing the perfect packaging design is often a complicated process, but at PI, we believe it doesn’t have to be. We comply with three simplified steps to creating great packaging: understand, design, sketch and create. Here, we’ve expanded upon these ideas to help create packaging you’ll love. Follow our guide as you work with your packaging team. Understand: Collaborate During an Ideation Session An ideation session is crucial for the success of a product’s packaging design. This meeting will allow your packaging company to understand your goals and help you create a high-quality design. During this session, you and your packaging company should answer a few key questions to produce your design, including: What is the end goal of your packaging?—Every packaging design is created for protection first and foremost. However, some need varying levels of impact resistance or strength. Where does your product fall into the protection spectrum? Establish the ideas you have in mind for packaging functionality, as well as appearance and aesthetic value. How will your package be used?—This question will help you determine in what...


Posted in Design | Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 | 0 comments

Why is Minimum Thickness Important for Packaging Designs?

  Here at PI, we’ve told you that thin is in for the packaging world. However, thin gauge packaging must adhere to a few key considerations. The packaging gauge must be strong enough to keep products protected from impact and the distribution process, as well as maintain the functionality of equipment in end markets. So, how exactly can you determine the thickness that your product’s packaging gauge should be? Follow along with our guide to learn more. Survive Sterilization Sterilization is an important component for packaging, especially in industries, such as the medical field, that cannot risk the introduction or inclusion of outside contaminants. However, sterilization can be an intensive process, and if plastic packages are not composed of the appropriate materials—and in the appropriate thickness—they may become weakened during the sterilization process and ultimately compromise the strength and safety of packaging. To avoid packaging failure during sterilization procedures, your packaging team can select a customized solution of plastic substrates, as well as a design, for your product’s packaging. Additionally, packaging for some products may need to be processed in...


Posted in Custom Packaging | Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 | 0 comments

6 End-User Analysis Considerations to Keep in Mind for Your Packaging Design

  Like any great work, the best packaging designs need to be well developed from the beginning to final stages. Here at PI, we follow an extensive end-user analysis process to ensure packaging is protective and durable. Consider the following as you work with your packaging company to develop your own design that will perform well in end-user analysis. Proper Material Selection Choosing the appropriate packaging material requires various considerations, including the following: Temperature levels—The packaging material you select must be able to withstand any sterilization and heat sealing. Additionally, if you know your products will be exposed to varying temperature levels, make sure to accommodate your packaging design as such. UV light requirements—Some companies must take UV light into consideration when developing packaging designs. To keep their food products in sanitary condition and to prevent spoilage, many companies incorporate UV filters into their packaging designs. As you develop your packaging design, consult with your company about any UV exposure your products will have. Gauge—How thick does your packaging design need to be? Consider the environment in which your product...


Posted in Design | Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 | 0 comments

What Makes a Good Thermoformed Packaging Design?

  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...


Posted in Thermoforming | Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 | 0 comments

Packaging Specifications for Food, Medical & Retail Items

Packaging standards are constantly evolving to provide consumers with the safest, most secure products possible. At Plastic Ingenuity, we are committed to educating ourselves on the latest packaging specifications across various industries. Here, we’ve outlined explanations of packaging standards for three different product types: food, medical and retail. Consult with our list to determine what to discuss with your packaging company for your specific products. Food Packaging: SQF Standards The Safe Quality Food, or SQF, standard is a Global Food Safety-endorsed initiative designed to produce consistent food safety for consumers. This standard utilizes food safety controls and quality management systems. When looking for a packaging company, seek one that is SQF-certified to ensure all food products are safe to consume. SQF-certified packaging companies offer complete traceability from start to finish of your products’ packaging production. Every step of the process is documented, including the material selection, regrinding phases, and final cooling. With packaging audited through an outside service, discrepancies could occur, or the packaging could become contaminated or unsanitary during transportation. Additionally, the SQF standard provides a measure of quality...


Posted in Food Packaging | Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 | 0 comments

Things to Consider for Prototyping Plastic Packaging

Prototyping is a necessary component of nearly every packaging run. As plastic packaging specialists, we understand how critical prototyping is and how it needs to be completed in a timely and cost-effective manner to ensure products can be packaged and placed in retail settings as quickly as possible. Here, we’ve outlined three main considerations that are crucial to plastic packaging prototyping that you should keep in mind when searching for your packaging manufacturer. Speed to Market Time is of the essence for many items that enter retail markets. Through traditional methods, product packaging, including tooling and, of course, prototyping, may take lengthy periods, sometimes as long as six months. For this process, a packaging design may go through several packaging or tooling companies, which can significantly increase production times. During this time, consumers may begin to lose interest in the products or develop brand loyalty with a different product. Because speed to market is so crucial for plastic packaging designs, the prototyping phase must be expedited as much as possible. By choosing a plastic packaging company that can complete all...


Posted in Plastics | Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 | 0 comments

PET vs. PVC plastics: Which Material is Better for Packaging?

Many types of plastic materials are available to produce packaging. When you need to create a design to package your products, you may soon discover that two plastic materials are commonly used: PET and PVC.  At Plastic Ingenuity, we have clients ask us which plastic materials prove to be most advantageous for their thermoformed packaging designs. Here, we’ve outlined explanations for these two plastics, as well as which proves to be the most beneficial to help you determine which to use. PET plastic PET, or polyethylene terephthalate plastics is one the most widely used plastics for thermoforming. The material is molded into the designated shape, and then dried for increased resistance. The plastic is used to produce food containers, beverage bottles, synthetic fibers and more. PET is the most common plastic for thermoforming packaging designs because of its high-strength barrier that can resist outside tampering or other elements. PVC plastic PVC plastic, or polyvinyl chloride, is a rigid plastic designed to withstand harsh impacts and extreme temperatures. The material is most commonly used when creating cables, roofing materials, commercial signage,...


Posted in Plastics | Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 | 0 comments

7 Key Points to Consider for Food Packaging

  Food producers have a variety of needs: choosing the appropriate materials for specific applications, tooling costs, developing packaging, lead times and consistency, especially in an automated environment. Examine these considerations in depth to determine what you need in a food packaging manufacturer so you can receive high quality food packaging that fits within your budget. Lower Packaging Costs Food manufacturers are typically looking to save money, especially in packaging, to provide consumers with the lowest price possible. To do this, many companies opt for food packaging manufacturers who can complete the entire process in-house. By taking care of everything from designs to tooling to final production, an all-inclusive plastic packaging company can effectively lower your overall costs.   Tamper Evident Tamper resistant designs are an essential component of food packaging designs. Search for a food packaging company that offers various tamper-evident concepts for food packaging designs so you can find one that best suits your products.   SQF Level Three Quality is a key concern for food manufacturers. Therefore, your packaging manufacturer must be up-to-date with the latest food...


Posted in Food Packaging | Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 | 0 comments