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Popular packaging solutions such as clamshells and blisters are the product of thermoforming. You see them all around you in retail stores. Many think that clamshells and blisters are the same thing but they’re different. Lets investigate:Clamshells:

Most commonly used in retail products. Clamshells have hinges that allows them to open like a clamshell. A clamshell package with a single hinge usually includes a hanger tab so it can be hung on a store peg. Some clamshells have multiple hinges which gives them a flat base and allows them to be stood upright on a shelf. Retail products can be showcased very well in clamshell packaging. The clarity and visibility allows consumers to get a full view of the product. Clamshells can also be customized and thermoformed to take on any shape and hold a multitude of products.

Blisters:

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Blister packaging is also commonly used in retail packaging specifically for small consumer goods, food, and pharmaceuticals. The main difference between a blister and a clamshell is that a blister doesn’t have a hinge. It it still made from thermoformed plastic. Blisters, in a lot of applications, are attached to a paperboard card where the blister mold holds the product in place. Blisters are also great for showcasing products because their clarity leads to great visibility.

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