What to Consider When Designing Thermoforming Trays for Automation

Posted by Rob Helmke | Wednesday, February 14, 2018 | 1 Comment

Today, more and more health care product manufacturing, assembly, and packaging processes are using automation to ensure highly efficient, smooth operations.

This shift toward automation is already allowing for a range of benefits, and is expected to continue rising in popularity. Health care automation allows for higher speeds of production, as well as enhanced safety since managers are granted greater control over all processes.

Plus, monitoring the parameters of equipment performance allows manufacturers to rectify issues immediately, ensuring consistently high quality while cutting down on maintenance needs and downtime.

Streamlined traceability is another key advantage, helping brands maintain their reputations as trustworthy leaders in the industry.


Creating a Clamshell Package Design

Posted by Rob Helmke | Tuesday, January 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

A clamshell package, as the name implies, is comprised of two joined pieces of packaging material, which completely surround the item or product.


Key Factors to Consider in Retail Packaging

Posted by Rob Helmke | Wednesday, December 13, 2017 | 1 Comment

The packaging industry is constantly evolving due to a range of factors — in particular, new technological advances and innovations, increasing need for sustainable options, and rising customer demand for convenience without sacrificing quality.

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Rx-to-OTC Packaging Considerations

Posted by Rob Helmke | Monday, November 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

In recent years, many companies have begun making the “Rx-to-OTC switch,” the process of transferring a proven prescription-only drug (Rx) to nonprescription, over-the-counter (OTC) status. Making the shift to OTC availability involves a scientifically rigorous, data-driven process, and medications must meet strict requirements, including a considerable margin of safety, proven efficacy, and comprehensive and clear labeling practices.


Designing Emergency Response Medical Packaging

Posted by Rob Helmke | Wednesday, November 1, 2017 | 1 Comment

Emergency response medical devices are utilized in a wide range of applications, from hospital emergency rooms and ambulances to emergency first-aid kits and natural disaster areas.

No matter the specific scenario, however, medical device packaging must adhere to a number of quality and safety specifications.

While sterility and quality are top concerns, several other factors must be considered as well.

In emergency scenarios, the difference between life and death can be a matter of seconds, so packaging must be able to be opened quickly and easily while remaining tamper-evident for optimal sterility.

Also, emergency rooms, field triage centers, and ambulances all thrust caregivers into hectic work conditions, making clear labeling a high priority.

Finally, emergency response in the field — both for ambulance operation and natural disaster response — necessitates packaging that effectively protects medical devices during transport and challenging operational conditions.


Oxygen-Barrier Packaging: How to Prevent Food Spoilage

Posted by Rob Helmke | Friday, October 27, 2017 | 1 Comment

As important as oxygen is to sustaining life, it’s one of the biggest contributors to food spoilage. A chemically and biologically reactive compound, oxygen accelerates the growth of microorganisms responsible for mold, yeast, and other harmful fungi. To prevent food spoilage and keep products fresh, food industry packaging experts turn to various flexible packaging solutions.


Walmart’s Packaging Playbook: How it Impacts Your Retail Packaging

Posted by Rob Helmke | Friday, October 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

When designing packaging that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing, packaging engineers often look to end users for important feedback. Consumer opinions can be challenging for manufacturers to access, however, since the retail industry functions as a middleman.

Retailers have excellent insight into consumers’ preferences, so it’s important for engineers in the custom retail packaging industry to pay attention to retailer decisions and developments, like Walmart’s influential Sustainable Packaging Playbook.


How to Convert Your Retail Packaging to Meet Sustainability Standards

Posted by Rob Helmke | Friday, October 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

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In today’s changing landscape, consumers are increasingly seeking products — and product packaging — that are sustainable and environmentally friendly. Shifting purchasing criteria and mounting environmental concerns are driving innovation, and consumers are becoming increasingly powerful deciders.


Plastic Ingenuity Launches a Fresh New Website

Posted by Rob Helmke | Wednesday, October 11, 2017 | 1 Comment

Sleek New Design Brings Your Web Experience to the Next Level

As one of North America’s largest custom thermoformers, we pride ourselves on innovative, ingenious custom packaging work. Why should our web experience be anything less?

The Plastic Ingenuity team is proud to announce the relaunch of our online home, fresh and clean for 2017. The brand new site is officially live as of September 2017, and offers a host of new functions, user experiences, chat resources, and so much more!


4 Mistakes to Avoid When Automating Your Packaging Systems

Posted by Rob Helmke | Friday, July 14, 2017 | 1 Comment

Across industries, manufacturers are ramping up production operations to meet growing customer demand. As product output increases, packaging processes must also be streamlined for optimal efficiency. To keep up with these demands while remaining cost efficient, manufacturers are increasingly turning to automated systems integration.