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

CNC Molds to Form Your Packaging

Customized tooling is a heavy investment, but one with a vast return. While there are many benefits to purchasing standardized clamshells or blister trays, a custom fit will look sharp with your product and protect it accordingly. The video below shows the process we use to form the tooling mold that shapes all of your plastic products. After we are provided with the item being packaged, we take all the necessary steps to provide our clients with a perfect fitting mold. Shown here, the mold being made is designed to hold one of our Flashpads™ for our marketing kit. Depending on size, shape, and quantity, custom tooling services give you complete control of how effective the final mold will be by forming multiple pieces per mold, or safely vacuum and pressure forming a deep cavity. Check out the video to get an idea of how this works!

Retail Clam Shells: See you Black Friday!

clamshell packagingBy choosing custom clam shell packaging solutions, suppliers and retailers alike protect their products and themselves with a unique, high quality packaging solution. One of the most popular plastic packaging products seen in retail stores today, thermoformed clam shells definitely have their work cut out for them this weekend for Black Friday shopping. Clam shells and other thermoformed products are easily customizable- new tooling can be a daunting expense, however it will pay off and be extremely economical for large runs and multiple orders. Plastic clamshells are not only secure, but they are required to be visibly appealing. Using graphic design and a reliable printer, clear clam shells come to live when using a custom printed insert. Walk down the cosmetic or electronic aisles of any department, and you will see products in the same shape and size clam shell with different printed inserts. Distinguish your product packaging by making the shape unique to the product. Showcase details and other features with this reliable and economic packaging solution.  

Medical/Pharmaceutical Packaging

Medical and pharmaceutical thermoformed packaging is a market that isn’t going away anytime soon. Due to material requirements and health standards, thermoformed plastic packaging solutions are the most common choice for pharmaceuticals and medical devices (blisters, clamshells, etc.) . While not all products require sterilization in the packaging process, thermoformed trays and clamshells are perfect for this application as well. Along with compliance of health standards and secure closures, sustainability has become a growing concern for eco-conscious businesses. You may think that with an overlap of so many requirements would limit the potential for innovative design but it is just the opposite. Pharmaceutical packaging (especially for over-the-counter meds) can still be creative and daring. Designers and packaging engineers take into account the following factors: color, texture, shape/size, carton, and of course, compliance. Blog Source: Plastic Ingenuitymedical thermoforming

Benefits of Plastic Clamshell Packaging

clamshell packaging While boxes and cases are great for utilizing graphics and structure to represent a product, nothing comes close to the display offered by plastic clamshell packaging. There are so many benefits of custom thermoforming, from planning to production and especially the end result! Packaging is at the front lines of retail, and consumers are quick to make their decision based solely on what they see. With clear plastic clamshells, retailers choose a cost effective and customizable packaging solution. When plastic clamshells are custom manufactured for a specific item, they are tailored to the visual and physical needs to make it easiest to sell. Clamshells hold electronics and small pieces together, they show how much fun a child’s toy can be, and they can be sterilized and made in a clean room for medical and pharmaceutical products. Talk about a versatile solution!

Medical Market Benefits from Plastics Packaging

thermoformed packagingThermoformed plastic packaging offers flexibility, which is a vital characteristic in most markets and a huge selling point for manufacturers.  Plastic offers the ability to provide packaging and products that few other materials can over a wide range of market segments.Plastic packaging can improve overall quality of a medical product’s life. By thermoforming a custom package, you offer a superior ability to protect products against contamination, and ultimately, patients against infection. The chemical resistance, transparency, and durability of plastics enhance safety and efficiency in lab, hospital and home use. Plastics conform to nearly any shape and guard against most impurities and are the ideal solutions for shipping, protecting, and storing intricate and expensive medical device instruments.

Safely Open Thermoformed Clamshells

One of the biggest complaints about thermoformed clamshells is from consumers. While clamshell packaging keeps items secure for shipping, cuts down on shoplifting, and saves manufacturers money, these packages can be very difficult to open. Clamshell packages have even inspired the term “wrap rage” that is a symptom of the frustration caused by trying to open them. In fact, in 2004 over 6,000 Americans went to the emergency room with injuries from trying to open difficult packaging. Here are a few tips to avoiding wrap rage and injury.

Don’t forget to check the back of the package before heading straight to the sharp tools. Sometimes, manufacturers include slits or perforations as a starting point for consumers to open the clamshell package. This addition is in response to consumer complaints- they did it just for you!

Another way to go about opening a clamshell package is by using a manual rotary can opener. Open the clamshell as if it were a can, and the sharp wheels will cut the plastic without putting your hands at risk. While the opener won’t go around the corners, it will give you a good start on the side.

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Finally, it is important to realize the dangers of some of the tools used for opening these packages. Cut the thermoformed plastic carefully around the edge with your best scissors or box cutters- but do not cut through the middle as you could risk damage to the product or its instructions!

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FDA Tracking Proposal to affect Medical Packaging

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing that many manufacturers implement a unique device identification (UDI) marking system. This change will require manufacturers to make expensive changes to their packaging line. This proposal is a response to a 2007 mandate. However, manufacturers have been criticizing the key elements of the proposal, requiring the FDA so reconsider specifics. The FDA UDI requirement would apply to the direct marking of devices and their packaging for Class I, II, and III devices. Medical device manufacturers will be able to use one of two established tagging protocols, either those established by the international standards organization called GS1, or those approved by the Health Industry Business Communications Council (HIBC). Both of those groups will have to apply to the FDA to be accredited before their tagging systems are deemed acceptable. Even manufacturers that are “ahead of the curve” with device labels that meet the HIBC or GS1 GTIN standards would have extensive packaging line remodeling in front of them.

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Protective Pharmaceutical Packaging with Eco/Save/Pack

The majority of pharmaceutical and medical products require extra care and attention to detail during the packaging process. Syringes, vials, and small bottles require gentle handling and therefore, higher costs for shipping and packaging. In order to account for this need, the correct manufacturing and materials need to be available and precise. Bosch Packaging Technology and August Faller have come together to develop an innovative packaging process for this purpose. The ultimate goal of these two companies was to provide a secondary sustainable packaging process that has the flexibility of handling the various products in the medical industry while keeping in mind the fragile needs of the materials being processed. One of their solutions is the Eco/Save/Pack, which has a chamber design that offers optimal protection using inlays. This product is produces on the CUT 120, which made its debut in 2002. It is a horizontal carton machine that can be retrofitted for new applications and continues to be adapted for pharmaceutical and medical products. The benefits of the Eco/Save/Pack are that it can be produced on existing machinery, it is a sustainable solution, and therefore saves on investment costs.

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Study of Arm Amputees Finds that Improvements are Needed in Medical/Healthcare Packaging

The opportunities are endless for healthcare companies to differentiate themselves in a competitive market by making the product to use with one hand. By being convenient for one-handed use, this convenience packaging could be a top competitor in the healthcare packaging industry. Convenience is the killer app, according to a unique new “One Handed World” study.

The study found that that the convenience of using one-hand creates delight and loyalty in consumers. A product that is easy to use with a single hand has strong competitive advantage in the marketplace, which can lead to an increase in profits and loyalty from customers. With about 79 million Baby Boomers in our midst, this is not an opportunity that can be easily ignored.

The “One Handed World” study was inspired by the increase in smartphones and aims to reveal insights about future healthcare packaging needs since this extreme user group provides a glimpse into the changing ways that humans interact with a wide variety of products, including packaging.

Multitasking is nothing new, we do it all the time, but the dramatic increase in smartphone usage is creating a permanent change in human behavior and is something that designers and manufacturers simply can’t ignore.

While reading the title, you may have asked yourself, “Why arm amputees?”

Well, the study investigated how one-arm amputees interacted with, and how they were challenged by, nearly 250 everyday products, including the packaging, across 18 different categories. Then, two-handed consumers were surveyed to understand how they spent their days and how they fared with the same items.

In all, 25 percent of the amputee respondents reported that everyday items were difficult to operate with one hand, with the degree of difficulty increasing with the complexity of the task. Even two-handed consumers reported that they had difficulty opening or using some products, even when both hands were fully available. In some cases, two-handed respondents reported more difficulty than the amputees.

Results found that the two-handed consumers spent about 40% of their day with having one hand occupied. As a result of this occupation, the two-handed consumers attempt to interact with products and packages by using a single hand or finger.

One-arm amputees provide the research with a preview of this shift in overall consumer behavior and how consumers are using products and how often they struggle. With the results of the study, marketers and designers can better understand what the future consumer may need, and create a new design to meet those needs.

Source: Healthcare Packaging