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Common Plastics for Thermoforming

  At PI, we specialize in thermoforming plastics for standard and custom sizes, generally using PET plastic. In the industry, though, six plastics lead the way for thermoforming: ABS, HIPS, HDPE, PVC, PET and PETG. See the differences with each of these thermoformable plastics to decide which one could work best for your products’ packaging: ABS A common thermoformed plastic, ABS is comprised of acrylonitrile, styrene and butadiene. ABS is known for its tough resilience to the elements, including heat; it can handle temperatures anywhere from -4 to 176 °F. This allows the plastic to be molded at high temperatures. Most commonly used for mechanical purposes, like for pipe systems, it can also be used for protective headgear, golf club heads, musical instruments, like recorders, and even for toys, like Legos. The plastic can also be used in some tattoo inks. HIPS HIPS plastic, or polystyrene, can be used for foamed or rigid plastic. This plastic’s clear and brittle composure makes it an ideal plastic for protective packaging, like packing peanuts, or food and drink items, like clamshell containers, bottles...


Posted in Thermoforming | Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 | 0 comments

The Functions of Plastic Packaging

  When you’re in a store, why do you pick a certain product over another? Many times, it’s because of the product’s unique packaging. At PI, we know that considerations for packaging are not one-dimensional; many other factors go into a product’s plastic packaging design, like preservation and brand recognition. Consult our list of some of the solutions that packaging provides: Product protection and Preservation The No. 1 function of packaging is to protect the product from damage or spoilage. Without packaging, outside forces could damage or completely ruin a product during transportation. For food items, inadequate packaging could cause spoilage, making the product defective and even causing health safety concerns. All product packaging, including plastic packaging—like blisters or clamshells, must be suitable to preserve your products in the intended condition. Brand Recognition and Innovation At PI, we’re constantly examining new industry trends for plastic packaging. Repeatedly, we’ve seen examples of how packaging can be powerful for a company’s brand recognition. Think of some of the bigger-name companies on the market and their products’ packaging. These products have been ingrained...


Posted in Custom Packaging | Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 | 1 comments

Plastic Ingenuity Included on Plastic News Top 100 Thermoformers

Plastic Ingenuity is excited to announce our inclusion in Plastic News magazines’ list of top 100 thermoformers in the country.  The magazine releases this list annually highlighting the top thermoforming companies in the industry. This year, PI was among the top 25 percent of the U.S.’s thermoformers. How the List was Created As the magazine editors and writers compiled their list, they considered thermoformers across the country, examining multiple factors, like thermoforming sales, materials used, number of manufacturing plants, primary end markets and annual resin throughput. Overall, the magazine ranked packaging companies with the largest sales and biggest market output. Our Thoughts At PI, we were very pleased to make the list once again. Plastic News only included industry-leading thermoformers for their list, so making it is quite an honor.  Still, because we are always dedicated to improving upon our thermoforming packaging processes, as well as creating new ones, we were also expecting to be included on this list. In the past year, we have introduced new technology that streamlines the packaging process by removing the need to “hot stamp”...


Posted in Environment | Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 | 0 comments

Rigid Plastic Beverage Packaging Industry Growing

  At PI, we are eager to hear news about the future of rigid plastic packaging. We’ve already discussed some of the basics about rigid plastic. Now, we’re excited to see that this type of plastic packaging is growing in popularity for the food and beverage industry. Globally, rigid plastic industry brought in $18 billion in 2012 and experts have projected it will grow five percent within the next four years. These plastics are also becoming increasingly recycle-friendly, and they’re quickly becoming a first choice for manufacturing and packaging companies alike. Growing Demand As people demand more transparency in their food and drink options, the rigid plastic market has also grown. As an ideal solution for clear packaging, companies often use rigid plastic for beverage containers, like sodas and milk jugs to let consumers easily see the product they are purchasing. Businesses often use rigid plastic because it is designed for durability, greatly reducing any chance for leakage or puncture in food and drink containers. Companies are even using this plastic outside the food industry for products like vehicle lighting...


Posted in Marketing | Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 | 1 comments

Consider a Packaging Redesign for Your Company

  At PI, we like to stay on top of the latest packaging trends. Lately, we’ve noticed that many companies have focused on redesigning the looks of the products as a way to stay in the forefront of consumers’ minds. See how you can plan your own product packaging redesign for your company’s products: How to Plan Your Redesign In the past few years, we’ve seen some major changes in the packaging world. Many companies are even switching from other materials, like glass or paper, to blister plastic packaging. Ramlosa, the carbonated mineral water, has switched from glass to plastic bottles, and Planters has, too. Smart Balance redesigned its polypropylene tubs to increase warehouse efficiencies up to 60 percent and reduce the company’s energy usage up to 18 percent. Whether your redesign is for aesthetic, practical or environmental reasons, your company’s packaging should represent your innovation as a company. You’ll want to create an aesthetic appeal, but your redesign should represent your company’s ideals as well. While it may not be easy, your products will benefit from packaging that is...


Posted in Design | Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 | 0 comments

Cosmetics Packaging: Blister Packaging for Clear Visibility

  As a cosmetic company, you produce quality beauty products for your consumers. Without the right cosmetic container packaging, though, your products may be glanced over before they even have the chance to be considered. Consumers need to examine your beauty product’s colors, features and applications before they can trust it will be a good purchase for them. Blister packaging is often used to display cosmetics like foundation, eye shadows, lipsticks and more. See how this packaging solution can work for your cosmetics company. Packaging Solutions for Cosmetics Many cosmetics often come in sealed plastic containers in blister packaging for additional security. The durable plastic encasing of a traditional blister package allows for products to be easily accessible while protected from damage. Cosmetics like eye shadow, lip balms and mascara are prime candidates for blister packaging. Because many cosmetic products are displayed on racks or pegs, you may want to choose blister packaging. Blister plastic packaging is often used for hanging items because it can display an item’s features, while providing additional security from tampering. Shelf Appearance Appeal Shelf appearance...


Posted in Custom Packaging | Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 | 0 comments

Packaging As A Marketing Effort

Here at Plastic Ingenuity, we already know custom packaging can directly affect consumers’ choices and how they perceive a particular item based on its looks in the packaging. But how does it work, exactly, and how can you design your products’ packaging for retail? We’ve outlined what to focus on when deciding what packaging is best for your products: Design With so many different companies in the market offering the same products, an unexpected yet enticing packaging design can make or break a sale. For example, many medicines are packaged in small, cylindrical bottles. With innovative custom packaging like PI’s design for Help Remedies, though, you can attract the consumer’s attention with something unexpected. This makes it stand out from the competition, even in a crowded marketplace. Colors Colors should never be more than an afterthought when it comes to packaging for your product. When packaging for retail, it’s always important to remember that people often love to see bold and attractive colors used. A person may purchase a product after noticing it by its bright, eye-catching custom packaging. In...


Posted in Custom Packaging | Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 | 0 comments

All About Rigid Plastic

  At Plastic Ingenuity, we offer many different types of rigid plastics for all types of consumers’ needs. Wondering what rigid plastic actually is, though? Here, we outline the basics of rigid plastic, as well as some of its many perks. Protection and durability One of the biggest advantages of rigid plastic is its protection. Whether it’s clamshell food containers or cell phone packaging, rigid plastic can ensure your product is delivered just as it was intended. This thermoformed plastic is resistant to the elements, keeping outside debris from the product, so you don’t have to worry about the product becoming damaged. In addition to providing protection for your products, hard, rigid plastic also can be extremely durable. Variety of substrates No matter your plastic packaging needs, there is a substrate for you. From durable and lightweight PET plastics to heavy-duty HDPE, a talented manufacturer can help you determine the material that will be most cost-effective while fitting your product’s needs. Variety of shapes Thanks to custom thermoforming molds, rigid thermoformed plastic can be molded in a virtually-unlimited number of...


Posted in Custom Packaging | Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 | 0 comments

Healthy Food Portions For Custom Plastic Food Containers

It’s a known fact that portion control can lead directly to weight loss results, but how can packaging play a role in this? With prepackaged, healthy portions of food. As people attempt to stick to their New Year’s resolutions to stay healthy and perhaps even lose weight, portion control is more important than ever. At Plastic Ingenuity, we know it’s important to businesses considering plastic food packaging to offer not only a healthy product, but a healthy product in the amount that consumers want. Portioned meals for increased sales Consumers increasingly expect to find foods with custom plastic food containers in sizes that contain healthy portions, particularly as they turn to companies providing prepackaged foods in healthy portions as a way to stay on track with their diets. People, especially those with busy lives and careers, don’t want to be bothered with having to portion out food for themselves—they’d much rather have custom plastic food containers with an acceptable allocation of food, so they can be health-conscious without having to think about it. For some products, portion controlled packaging could...


Posted in Custom Packaging | Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 | 0 comments

The Future Of Biodegradable Packaging

Here at Plastic Ingenuity, we fully support any environmentally conscious efforts in our packaging production, and our PLA packaging line is a testament to that. That being said, biodegradable packaging is continuing to become more and more popular among consumers. So what do manufacturers mean when they refer to something as “biodegradable?” What is biodegradable plastic? Currently, two types of biodegradable plastic exist: plant-based hydro-degradable plastic and petroleum-based oxo-biodegradable plastic. As biodegradable plastic breaks down, microorganisms like bacteria convert the plastic to water, biomass and carbon dioxide. Many elements are used to create biodegradable plastic and packaging, including polyanhydrides, polyvinyl alcohol and compostable additives. What is biodegradable plastic used for? True biodegradable packaging has not been fully integrated into all plastic products at this time. Currently, biodegradable plastic is being used most commonly for items like plastic bags, food containers, trays and utensils. It is also being used for packing peanuts and other protective packaging items. How much can they compost? Biodegradable does not necessarily mean it will completely go away—instead, it means it has the potential to be broken...


Posted in Custom Packaging | Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 | 0 comments