Thermoformed Plastic Clamshells

thermoformed clamshellsOf all thermoformed plastic packaging options, the clamshell is by far one of the most universal products out there. Efficient manufacturing due to simple construction and setup allows for fast turn around time and speedy fulfillment. Not only does clear plastic packaging offer you display to draw in the consumer, you also protect your products from tampering and other mishaps. The two main benefits from a quality manufactured plastic clamshell are; attractive, eye-catching display and a solid packaging structure.

stock thermoformed packagingThe ideal packaging solution serves as the front lines of product marketing. Appealing to consumers to evoke either an impulsive or educated decision. With clear plastic clamshells, you give the consumer as much information as completely possible about the product you are selling- without allowing them to tamper with it. By seeing the product in its entirety, they are able to confidently make their purchasing decision and move on. Studies have shown that clear clamshell packages are significantly more eye-catching in retail environments and are therefore elected more often than other items. Finally, the security of custom formed clamshells is unbelievable. They are so tamper evident that sometimes this can be a concern for consumers once they get home and want to open the product. Ensure security with plastic clamshells, but customize them to they are easy to open. Unpacking feasibility is a huge factor when it comes to return business– guarantee it by creating a unique, yet simple solution.

Of course, with custom thermoformed plastic packaging, there is an initial investment in a unique aluminum tool. For new businesses and smaller quantities, we suggest taking a look at stock options. Here at Sunrise, you can shop online or refer to a sales representative on the best stock solutions we have available. Check it out!

Differentiate with Custom Manufacturing

In order to attract consumers to your product or service, it is important to know what they look for and what draws them in. More than anything, consumers want packaging to be simple and convenient. The average shopper is always on the go, and they seek products that are ready to go with little to no preparation. Along with this convenience, packaging needs to be easy to open and reusable if at all possible. In order to provide all of these benefits while simultaneously extending your brand, custom manufacturing is the way to go. With a trusted, local manufacturer you have the ability to be as involved in the process as much as possible. As a reliable Minnesota manufacturer, we proudly serve local and national customers with unique, high quality packaging. When it comes to the manufacturing process, especially with thermoforming, every detail matters! Watch the video below to get an idea of how our inline thermoforming capabilities work!

Choosing Plastic Packaging

One of the most robust retail packages, a thermoformed clamshell is a full plastic shell that encases a product and is sealed at the edges. Along with trapped and full card blister packs, these plastic packaging solutions offer protection and display simultaneously. Choosing the right plastic package should be determined by product, placement, and targeted consumer. Learning about the consumer biases that are prevalent among retail shoppers is extremely important to selling your product. For example, many consumers prefer not to purchase products in plastic clamshells due to the difficulty that is associated with opening the item. However, these preferences are often specific to the situation. Some product categories with secure packaging like plastic clamshells are sometimes seen as high value products that need the extra protection, and therefore worth the retail price.

Custom Audio Album

custom thermoformed albumThis custom disc album is basic and functional. With chosen materials and custom foil stamp, this black vinyl audio album holds all discs in place in an protective, durable case. Most plastic packaging solutions that you see in retail are transparent in order to display the product and draw in a customer. However, what many purchasers don’t realize is that there are multiple colors, gauges, and properties of plastics that can be thermoformed to create a packaging solution. For example, on our online store we offer thermoformed packaging solutions in black, white, and clear! For custom products, we have the best resources to get the plastic in the color and thickness that is best suited for the project. This black custom audio album is just an example of how a classic vinyl and turned edge album can add value and weight to a disc set.custom vinyl foil stamp

Plastic Webkey Case

Custom Thermoformed USB CaseThis thermoformed package was made specifically for a customized webkey. Not to be confused with a flash drive, a webkey is a small device with a standard USB that brings the user to a designated landing page or website. When we provide USBs, flash drives, or webkeys to our customers, they are most often packaged in die-cut foam. This option is quick, economical, and great for large one-time production runs. However, for repeat business, it works out better for our clients to opt for a thermoformed plastic tray. Once tooling charges and production is out of the way, everything else becomes extremely affordable the larger the production runs are. Note how specific the formed plastic is in this photo example- this packaging piece held a metal webkey and enclosed it in a secure closure that is formed into the case.

 

Planning Plastic Packaging

retail packaging solutionsAs a custom plastic packaging manufacturer, we realize and understand that each packaging solution needs to be tailor made to hold what item it is for with a secure, unique fit. Even those of you inexperienced in the packaging industry, this is a no-brainer. What many retail suppliers may overlook is the fact that the packaging solution also needs to adapt to its environment. Small stores as opposed to big box stores, for example, have limited shelf and hanger space. They are less than likely to have enough room for oversized clamshell packaging or large point of purchase display setups. By changing to a more appropriate size and  packaging solution such as a condensed blister pack or tight fitting clamshell, the store is able to stock more of your securely packaged product and there is less worry of limited or non-existent inventory. By planning ahead your thermoformed packaging proportions to the product, the shelf space available to you, and inventory projections you can save time, material, and capital.

Custom Box Inserts: Foam or Plastic?

The videos below show two options for custom inserts in box packaging solutions. Both of these examples are rigid setup boxes, but plastic trays and die-cut foam can be used in a wide variety of our turned edge solutions. For example, thermoformed plastic trays sealed onto a turned edge flat can make a great album or sales kit that holds a selection of product samples. Check out these videos to see how you can customize inside cavities for your next packaging project.

Design and Manufacture Under One Roof

Packaging design and manufacturing often come from two separate entities. Because of this separation, there are often problems and miscommunications from the designer, the retailer, and the packaging manufacturer. To avoid manufacturing complications and mistakes, choose a reliable and local manufacturer that not only takes your packaging solution from start to finish, but also keeps you informed and updated every step of the way. With custom thermoforming, we know that having an in-house tooling department is comforting to our clients. We benefit from a tooling department by keeping design, prototype, and final product all under one roof. That way, any miscommunications or errors can be caught early on as to not ruin an entire run. Experience is also a hug plus. After 30 years of thermoforming thin gauge plastic, we have seen everything from blister packs, clamshells, and albums all result in a high-quality product from open communication and production awareness.

Thermoformed USB Case

This product is a custom thermoformed USB packaging that we created for a company’s web key. The small thermoformed USB case is compact, yet protective of the device. The thermoformed tray on the interior of the plastic case holds the web key securely,  allowing for safe travel, tamper resistance, and perfect for an easy giveaway at a business event! Even more, this custom plastic case allows for artwork to be sealed in so you can be represented with high quality digital printing!

Custom Thermoformed USB Case

 

International Coastal Cleanup- Plastics

litterPlastics products are often thought of as a huge contributor to litter. The Ocean Conservancy keeps track of International Coastal Cleanup. More than 500,000 volunteers picked up picked up 10.1 million pounds of trash along 17,719 miles of coastline last year alone. This amount is the third highest in the 27-year history of the Coastal Cleanup. While many would assume that plastic products take the cake for the types of trash that are found, in reality cigarette butts and filters are No. 1 of the top 10 items found. Second are food wrappers/containers, then plastic beverage bottles and plastic bags.