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Clamshell packaging is distinctive because of its hinged, one-piece design. The hinges allows them to open like a clamshell. Clamshell packaging frequently comes with a single hinge and usually includes a hanger tab so it can be hung on a store hook.
I love the advantages for both the consumer and the manufacturer. Let’s look at a few.
Highly Observable for the Consumer
This type of packaging is usually made using high transparency material. For the consumer, the product inside can be observed from many different angles
Highly Secure for the Manufacturer
Clamshell packaging can be made highly secure, allowing manufacturers to package highly valuable products in them while diminishing the possibility of theft or tampering. This increased security makes it perfect for retail.
Clamshell packaging provides total enclosure for the product inside without separate lids or backings. This ensures that the entire package is one piece.
At Sunrise Packaging, we design and manufacture visually interesting and functional plastic thermoformed clamshell packaging. We are a leader in manufacturing thermoformed clamshell packaging solutions to industries such as retail, medical, entertainment, media and cosmetic. We would love to work on your design and concept from start to completion.
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This is a turned edge product that carefully and strategically utilizes custom thermoformed blister packaging in order to create a unique and comprehensive packaging solution. An informative piece that covers the benefits and uses of crops from Minnesota Grain in Eagan, this packaging solution is not only a great marketing piece, but it provides the recipient with real time samples of each item in order to recognize and truly learn about what they have to offer. They say in order to make money you have to spend money, and in this case, Minnesota Grain has done that by making a solid investment in educating their clientele and potential buyers. The thermoformed plastic acts as a blister with the turned edge flat, making it possible to show a variety of grain samples. The placement of each blister is in line with the accompanying descriptive text. As both a turned edge manufacturer and custom thermoformer, we love projects like this that use our strengths!
What is Custom Blister Packaging?
Thermoform blister packaging is a trusted retail ready packaging solution. Originally patented in 1947 for the purpose of storing aspirin tablets, the production of blister packaging has evolved somewhat over time. However, its duty at retail has grown invaluable.
Custom blister packaging begins with a grade of plastic heated and molded to fit a product on a sturding backing. This process creates a tailor-fit plastic cavity which secures the product in clear casing, preventing movement and damage. Fortunately, this protective bubble around the product proves as much a marketing strategy as a security measure.
How Does it Work?
The vacuum formed casing heat-sealed to the cardback deters tampering. It’s easily recognizable when blister packaging is disturbed. At the same time,the transparency of the blister pack allows the product to be on display, rather than just an image. Seeing the product is better than any high-resolution image. It means a potential buyer can be that much closer to the product without it being loose. Much of retail tampering is not theft-related, but caused by a frustrated consumer just wanting a better look at the product, to see if it works for their needs. Clear blister packaging provides that advantage.
Benefits of Blister Packs
Blister packaging is a staple of retail for lightweight, high-volume products. Easy to ship, easy to stock, easy to open. Available styles include face seal, trap mock, and slide, with a variety of backing materials such as SBS paperboard, E-flute corrugated cardboard, and foil for truly customized and attractive packaging. The addition of cardboard or paperboard gives blister packaging extra room for descriptions and logos, while providing high-quality color printing.
Sunrise Packaging’s unique facility can manufacture not only standard blister packaging, but also customized blister packs for binders, pads, and kits. Contact one of our packaging experts for more details to see how blister packaging can create a more memorable presentation for your project.
Plastic Blister Packaging Advantages
- Clear Product Display
- Theft Deterrent
- Tamper Evident
- Product Protection
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All of the packaging solutions shown above serve different purpose in different markets. While the basic construction of these items are all widely varied, they do have a thing or two in common; each item uses a thermoformed tray to complement a turned edge exterior. Custom plastic trays are not as common as say blister packaging or clear clamshells, but they do allow the retailer to enhance their product and add value for the customer. On the far left, we seen a rigid hinged box that holds the recently released Google chrome cast. In the boxes tray, we see a nice white plastic that has a thermoformed cavity that fits the device perfect. This keeps a valuable electronic application safe in transit as well as giving the consumer a good experience when they open it up at home. The middle picture is for a cosmetic line; where we see thermoformed trays the most. In a rigid two piece setup box, this plastic tray categorizes each item, creating a gift set or lotion kit, if you will. This shows the shopper or gift receiver exactly what they are getting and can serve as a tray even after the purchase has been made. Finally, we see a project that we did right here under our roof. The Kwikpen kit shown in the far right picture has a setup similar to an album or hardcover book. With a tray on each panel, this kit is held together with two complementary trays that fit perfect for snapping closed. the Kwikpen has its own cavity, as well as the other elements in the medical sales kit. Three different packages, three different markets, all benefit from a custom thermoformed tray.
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Our customizable Permavue™ albums are an extremely versatile packaging item that offers the best of thermoforming and turned edge manufacturing! A custom formed album adhered to rigid turned edge gives our clients the opportunity to apply their design to the exterior of the album. With a lamination of either gloss or matte finish, this piece gives a high end, professional feel for an otherwise simple or mundane item. We like to be able to combine our manufacturing processes and the Permavue™ album does just that! We manufacture both the turned edge flats and the thermoformed interior here in house! With a large sealing department, we heat seal the two main pieces together to create a compact album that can hold up to 30 disc pages. We offer a few different plastic materials to choose from, choose from white or black in order to coordinate with your artwork. The best part about using thermoforming in this album is that the specifications of the tooling are so specific that it creates a way to firmly shut the album without any extra closure needs. The album, when shut fits perfectly snug and protects all of the discs inside!
Thermoformed plastic clamshells can come in just about any shape or size. The reason for their popularity in retail and supplier markets is largely due to their versatility and wide range of capacity. The basic purpose of custom thermoformed packaging is to hold an item as specifically as possible. Think about it, whether they are electronic gadgets, children’s toys, cosmetics, or tackle like this picture shows- each product sits nicely in a secure package that is formed to its own size and shape. The packaging shown here is a great one to highlight because it accommodates a selection of items that could be much more attractive to a consumer. Shopping is full of decisions, and giving shoppers the option to purchase a combination could vastly improve your sales.
Plastic packaging solutions come in many forms. Not all thermoformed plastic packaging needs to be a clear clamshell or custom blister pack. For example, shown here is a marketing set and retail box that we made for Besita Boutique, a high end swimwear retailer. The white plastic tray inserted in our customizable cigar-style Netbox™ matches the color scheme while providing a much needed cavity to hold a turned edge Flashpad™. Sometimes it is the small details that make a big difference in the display and presentation of a marketing kit. Custom plastic trays show forethought as well as the investment you made showing that each and every prospective client is equally important.
When making packaging decisions for retail products, there are a lot of factors that come into play, and many important things to consider. Custom plastic thermoformed packaging comes as no exception. In order to have an all around quality packaging solution, it needs to be protective and practical while simultaneously marketing your brand and product. Protection and practicality go hand in had for custom packaging solutions. In order for a plastic blister pack or clamshell to properly serve its purpose, it needs to insure that the product is safe in shipping, that it is tamper proof in-store and can therefore be purchased and put to use! Simplicity is also a key component of quality packaging. Many times with plastic clamshells and blisters, shoppers find it difficult to actually access the product that they just bought! Create a design that offers protection but can also be easily opened in the household- there are a few tricks out there to open difficult plastic packaging, many of which come with a bit of risk. Finally, use packaging to your advantage by adding value to your in-store presence. You worked hard on making the packaging design, now make it work for you. Incorporate your marketing message and branding strategies when you design artwork, tooling, and more!
For high quality custom thermoforming, the process starts with an aluminum tool that plastic is formed by. In order to accurately fit products into a custom clamshell, blister pack, or tray it is important that the tooling match the layout and dimensions of the set.
As a turnkey manufacturer, we offer in-house tooling services to keep production in extremely close proximity to the tooling department to ensure accuracy and close communication. Watch our youtube video below to watch how it’s made. We take all necessary action to make sure that the custom tool works properly in our inline thermoformer, and will produce a mock-up of the product to confirm accuracy and quality. To create an ideal package for retail products, cosmetics, and more, consider custom thin gauge thermoforming to create a tamper evident, eye-catching package that displays your product in a competitive retail environment.
While our turned edge products don’t always make it onto our thermoforming blog, our latest addition to the customizable, cigar-style Netbox™ is a thermoformed window that adds display with rigid protection. Made with a rigid PVC material, unlike other clear windowing that uses flexible PVC, the NetBox™ View from Sunrise Packaging combines turned edge and thermoforming manufacturing processes to offer our clients even more packaging options and custom features to make a completely unique and representative product. The thin gauge PVC material is formed to the desired size and shape of the window in the top of the turned edge box. This way, this “tray” is placed in the die-cut turned edge flat in order to lay flush with the covering surface area. This extra step in planning and production adds accuracy and attention to detail; of which any high-end client would take notice. For more information about the NetBox™ with a View, visit the webpage or contact us directly!