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The Importance of Sterile Packaging

Every day, hospitals and other medical institutions and other rely on devices and pharmaceuticals to maintain the health of patients—and all these products must have highly sterile packaging. All packaging must be safe and clean for use, but in the medical and pharmaceutical industries, this is especially important. Items like syringes, as well as containers for medication, must be processed in facilities that are free of harmful particulate matter to create designs that meet packaging validations and produce a barrier from harmful bacteria. Here at PI, we respect the seriousness behind sterile packaging. Because medical and pharmaceutical products are used for such critical applications, they must be free of impurities. Here, our team has compiled various considerations the best sterile plastic packaging companies meet, as well as the types of packaging for medical and pharmaceutical applications and how to find a packaging company to develop your designs with extreme attention to detail. Types of Designs and Materials for Sterile Packaging Packaging companies can develop various designs for medical and pharmaceutical products that must adhere to strict sterility. Typically, blister packaging,...


Posted in Medical packaging | Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 | 0 comments

Clear Plastic Packaging for Food Drives Sales, Report Says

A report suggests that plastic could become the clear choice for many food packaging designs. According to a Wall Street Journal, clear plastic packaging enhances consumer interaction with products and, ultimately, drives sales. At Plastic Ingenuity, we strongly support clear plastic packaging, whether it be for clamshell or other designs. Wondering why clear plastic packaging is proving to be advantageous for many food brands? We’ve analyzed this trend and provided suggestions for your own food packaging designs. The New Standard for Food Packaging The clear packaging trend proves to be much more than that—it’s becoming a new standard for food packaging. Take Tropicana’s switch to clear designs, for example. The company formerly offered their orange juice in white plastic jugs. When Coca Cola introduced Simply Orange—complete in clear, attractive bottles—Tropicana’s sales began to decline. To compete, Tropicana switched to clear containers, and customers responded positively. Or consider Talenti’s strategy. The packaging design for this product is simple: a clear plastic container with the markings of the company’s logo and the flavor of gelato. Kind bars also follow this clear packaging...


Posted in Design | Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 | 0 comments

Plastic Tray Packaging for the Medical Industry

Medical parts need protective barriers against outside elements. At Plastic Ingenuity, we produce custom tray packaging solutions for medical parts of all kinds. To create the best packaging designs for the medical industry, we follow a foundation of clean room practices to produce of customized designs, no matter for what the devices are being utilized. Adherence to Clean Room Standards Medical devices must be sterile when used during procedures. If packaging companies introduce contaminants during the production process, devices may be compromised and unsafe to use. To ensure products remain in a pure state, they must be processed in a clean room packaging environment that does not allow impurities to enter at any step of packaging creation. Clean rooms, which should be ISO Class 8 to ensure maximum sterility, should utilize positive pressure HVAC systems that are supported by HEPA filtration. Clean rooms should also have exceptional trimming processes in place to allow for clean trims on every run. To ensure all these processes run seamlessly during your plastic tray design, your packaging company should have seasoned staff with years...


Posted in Medical packaging | Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 | 0 comments

What to Expect for the Best Practices for Medical Packaging

At Plastic Ingenuity, we routinely produce customized medical packaging designs. Whether you’re seeking packaging for medical trays, unit dose packages, testing kits or anything else, you’ll need a company that follows the best practices for medical products. Here, we’ve outlined the key factors to consider every medical packaging company should adhere to, as well as what you need for exceptional customized designs. Consult this list as you decide which company could produce your medical packaging. What to Look for in a Medical Packaging Company As you search for a company to produce your medical packaging items, you will need to assess a variety of factors. The following are some of the leading considerations an exceptional medical packaging company will have: Clean room facilities Your medical packaging designs must be handled in a highly sterile environment, so you will need a packaging company that can meet these needs. Leading packaging companies will have clean room facilities with ISO 9001: 2008 certifications, as well as positive pressure HVAC systems with HEPA filtration and expertly handled trimming process, to produce medical packaging in...


Posted in Medical packaging | Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 | 0 comments

Clamshell Packaging for the Food Industry

Many companies in the food industry choose clamshell designs for their numerous advantages, including exceptional food protection, lower production costs, and much more. At Plastic Ingenuity, we’ve helped both food companies and restaurants develop the packaging they need for their products. Examine the benefits of clamshell packaging for the food industry. Food Protection Food products need to be properly protected to remain in a sanitary condition. Retail food items have their own unique challenges to meet—if food products are not packaged properly, they may grow mold and become unsanitary to eat.  To-go containers for restaurants also need designs that offer protection and resist outside contamination. Clamshell packaging keeps products fresh and secure from tampering—excellent for ready-to-eat food options, as well as for storing food in to-go containers. Easy Accessibility When customers are trying to open their food packaging containers, they will not want to spend additional time doing so. Therefore, packaging designs that have high levels of tamper resistance and take considerable effort to open, such as blister packaging, are not ideal for food products. Although clamshell packaging keeps food...


Posted in Food Packaging | Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 | 0 comments

Which Packaging Design Is Best For Your Products?

PI specializes in food and retail packaging, and recently we’ve unveiled seven new designs that meet the specifications for both markets. Examine each design’s benefits and how they could be advantageous to your company’s products—and see why you may want to start using them.   Follow Your Arrow Ideal for: To-go boxes The “Follow Your Arrow” design contains tamper evident features directly in the design and does not require a secondary piece. This plastic packaging is perfect for storing food items or as to-go boxes in restaurants.   Corner Appeal Ideal for: On-the-go meals In “Corner Appeal” design, the lid is submerged within the base rib of the packaging. Users must break away a perforated seal on the tub. They can then open from any corner of the tub. Because this design provides tamper resistance, it is ideal for ready-made meals.   Top Hat Trick Ideal for: To-go items The “Top Hat Trick” is a two-piece design that features a lid trim buried into the package’s base. The design easily opens, making it an excellent option for to-go containers for...


Posted in Design | Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 | 0 comments

5 Reasons to Work with an SQF-Certified Packaging Company

The Safe Quality Food certification has become a hot topic in the packaging industry. As an SQF-certified company, PI values the importance of food safety and believes it to be a crucial consideration for the packaging process. Here, we’ve outlined the definition of the SQF standard, as well as the advantages of using an SQF-certified company for your plastic packaging. What is the SQF Standard? SQF is a standard that “incorporates fundamental food safety controls…(to) indicate a comprehensive implementation of food safety and quality management systems,” according to the SQF Institute. The SQF certification, endorsed by the Global Food Safety initiative, creates a consistent guideline to ensure consumers that food is safe to eat. Advantages of Working with an SQF Certified Company Working with an SQF-certified packaging company can ultimately prove to be highly beneficial for your business. Here are some of the many advantages of working with a company that has the SQF certification: Save Time and Money—When packaging your food products, you’ll need to be adhering to the SQF certification. By choosing a packaging companythat is already SQF-certified,...


Posted in Custom Packaging | Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 | 0 comments

Thin is In: Why Thin Gauge is Leading Packaging Markets

  As you are working with your packaging company to develop a design, they may tell you they will be utilizing thin gauge for your project. However, you may be wondering what exactly this method entails and how it can be advantageous for your packaging. At PI, we utilize thin gauge packaging for a wide variety of our products. To help you, we’ve provided an explanation about thin gauge packaging and its benefits. What is Thin Gauge Packaging? Thin gauge describes the process in which plastic molds into a form. Packaging that utilizes thin gauge is used more in the packaging setting, whereas heavy gauge is used to create actual products. The process for creating thin gauge packaging is not labor intensive, creating fast cycle times. Thin gauge is also much more widely used than heavy gauge. Eighty-one percent of companies use thin gauge, whereas 19 percent use heavy.   The Advantages of Thin Gauge Designs Thin gauge packaging designs is more widely used for its many advantages, including:   Meets Your Specifications—Thin gauge is most commonly utilized for the...


Posted in Food Packaging | Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 | 0 comments

3 Types of Thermoformed Plastic Packaging Designs & Their Advantages

  As thermoforming specialists, the PI team consistently gets questions from people asking what exactly the thermoforming process is and how to use it to create a custom packaging design. Here, we’ve outlined some of the basics behind the thermoforming process, as well as the different forming methods you can use for your products’ packaging: vacuum, plug assist and plug assist pressure. Consult with our guide to see which could work best for your plastic packaging design. What Is Thermoforming? Thermoforming is the process used to create custom plasticdesigns. To develop a thermoformed design, the packaging team stretches a heated sheet of plastic over a mold to create a one-of-a-kind design. To create these packaging designs, packaging specialists contain air pressure in a designated box. After the packaging design cools into the shape of the mold, the packaging team will trim and assemble the design. Thermoforming is used when the pressure on a plastic sheet exceeds 15 lbs. per square inch, up to 150 lbs. per square inch. Packaging created for the food, pharmaceutical and electronics industries all utilize thermoforming. Vacuum...


Posted in Custom Packaging | Thursday, July 17th, 2014 | 0 comments

How To Select The Best Packaging for Your Product

  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...


Posted in Electronic Packaging | Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 | 0 comments