For good visual packaging and production of any retail product, many companies wonder whether they should blister packaging or skin packaging. There are many similarities between the two packaging techniques but there are also many differences.
Of the 2 options, blister packaging that has the highest “perceived value” on the retail shelf. That is, the clean lines, glossy protective PVC outer shell and the good card graphics will be accepted as a quality packaging solution by the consumer.
Skin packaging on the other hand is often used with lower cost items and accessories which end up categorizing it as the lesser expensive, lower value proposition.
There are several considerations you should use when deciding which packaging type would be best for your product:
Standard or True Gauged Stretch Film– This film is what companies used and manufacturers produced for years before petroleum prices got out of hand. True gauged stretch film offers a great amount of stretch, tear resistance, and strength. The main drawback of using a true gauged hand stretch film is unneeded waste. The user does not reach the maximum stretch potential of the film.
Eco or Micron Stretch Film– This film is called different things by manufacturers, but is still considered an equivalent film. It is a step down from true gauged stretch film and often comes in a 57, 60, or 63 gauge. Many suppliers try to pass this film for a true 80 gauge stretch film. The main differences between this and the true gauged stretch film is the thickness and the amount of stretch potential. A micron stretch film is often stiffer and will not stretch as much as a true gauged stretch film. It does offer several great benefits. It is more affordable, it’s strong, and it often promotes less waste. Because the micron film has less stretch, users can often apply enough force to reach maximum stretch potential to reach the full use of the film.
Hybrid or Multilayer Stretch Film– This is also considered an equivalent stretch wrap commonly used in place of lighter gauged film. Depending on the manufacturer, this film often comes in a 47, 51, or a 53 gauge. Some suppliers often try to pass it off as a true 70 or 60 gauge. The micron stretch film is a multilayered film as well, but does not have as many layers as the hybrid stretch film. The hybrid stretch film is stiffer and has less tear resistance than the micron film. Benefits include: cost, lighter rolls, less physical exertion when applying, and stronger. The multi layers make the film stronger than a true gauged film of the same thickness. The hybrid does not come in thicker forms because the whole purpose is to use less petroleum resin.
Prestretched Stretch Film– This is a great “green” option for users wrapping lighter loads. The prestretched stretch film is a true 80 gauge stretch film stretched up to 90% of its stretch potential then placed on a roll. This makes it an affordable film that promotes less waste. Users can reach the full stretch potential when applying the film with little physical exertion. We recommend users use prestretched stretch film for loads no heavier than 1000 to 1200 lbs.
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What is it?
Stretch wrapping is stretchable plastic film that is wrapped around a load of products allowing it to be stretched; this elasticity holds the load tightly together.
Shrink Wrapping is covered loosely around a product or load & it shrinks tightly when heat is applied.
What is it made from?
Most commonly made from polyethylene plastics. Most commonly made from polyolefin plastics.
What is it used for?
This type of wrapping is usually employed to hold loads and products together on a pallet for transportation or storage purposes. Stretch wrap can come in a variety of specialty films. Some examples are: UV stretch wrap, vented pallet wrap, anti-static stretch film, colored stretch film, pre-stretched stretch film, etc.
This type of wrapping is usually employed to protect a single product from dust or weather; or to tightly combine smaller items together. It can also wrap products together on a pallet; but is less common. This wrapping is widely used for covering foods; for example, cheese, meats and vegetables.
What are the advantages?
Protective- This wrapping is secure and protects products from dust and moisture. It can also protect from sun with UV film options.
Cost Effective Stretch wrap is less expensive than other types of pallet wrapping. Additionally the equipment needed for stretch wrapping is cheaper than other forms of wrapping.
Adaptable Stretch wrap has a variety of films to suit each application; and it is even appropriate for different types of surfaces.
Protective – Shrink wrap is great for protecting products from weather or moisture damage along with dust and dirt.
No surface damage – If shrink wrapping has been properly applied you should have no issues with chafing or damage during transportation or whilst being stored.
Breath-ability- Shrink wrap has the option of being ventilated; therefore reducing any damage that can occur from moisture.
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This is the most common packaging material and, at the same time, one of the most difficult to dispose of. The factors common to all plastics are that they are light, strong cheap to manufacture. It is for these reasons that they are used so much, as an alternative to cardboard glass packaging materials.
Almost 10% of our rubbish consists of different types of plastic. They are a problem in landfills as they are bulky, they contaminate degrade slowly.
Separated the rest of the waste, they can must be upgraded for the good of everyone.
Appropriate for packaging foods (canned foods). For drinks, such as soft drinks beers, aluminium is often used.
Tin plate is a solid, heavy steel covered with tin to protect it against rust. It is used to package canned foods. It can be separated by magnets should be recycled in all cases.
Aluminium is attractive, light strong at the same time, but requires a lot of raw materials energy to make it. For this reason it must be recycled. The majority of cans of soft drinks, lids, aluminium foil, etc. are made aluminium.
A light, strong air-tight packaging material. Ideal for transporting storage. Its complex composition makes it difficult to recycle. It is becoming the main packaging material used for basic foodstuffs.
Complex packaging material, made up of several layers of plastic, paper aluminium. It is also difficult to recycle. It is used mainly to keep drinks such as milk, juice, etc.
Appropriate for packaging materials wrapping, preferable to "white cork". Its use may prove to be unnecessary when used for products which are already packaged sufficiently. In all cases, this packaging material is easy to recycle reuse. It is used in the form of boxes, sheets corrugated cardboard.
An ideal material for foods, especially liquids. It is inalterable, strong easy to recycle.
It is the traditional vessel in the home (jars, glasses, jugs, etc.). Its weight shape may involve some difficulties for transport storage.
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No matter what kind of products you manufacture, packaging is most important. Packaging is the key to keeping your product protected from creation to when it hits the hands of consumers, and it conveys what your product and company is all about. Whether it is cosmetics or foodstuff, consumers base many purchasing decisions on the look of an item. Here are four kinds of thermoformed packaging, with its benefits.
Clamshells are an extremely popular packaging that is usually created from PVC material. This type of packaging is designed with a hinge on the package that opens and closes. There are two sides to the package: one that fits within the other.
Clamshells are used in industries from cosmetics to food.
This type of packaging includes being able to see the whole product due to translucence.
Tri-folds are perfect for those who are marketing a multi-piece product. They can work well for the medical industry, personal care, grooming and household goods manufacturers.
Tri-folds are made to stand up on shelves at 90 degrees.
This type of packaging is its versatility sitting on shelves and hanging on the walls. Stores can easily find a spot for products in tri-fold packaging.
Blister packs are commonly seen paired with items like batteries, over the counter medicines, cosmetics and more. Blister packaging consists of a plastic container for the product mounted on cardboard backing.
This type of packaging allows for high product visibility and inexpensive production. Additionally, they are versatile in terms of size and shape, and they are easy to stock in stores.
Plastic trays are the perfect packaging solution for medical and pharmaceuticals. They can also be very useful in the food industry. Trays are packaging that don’t contain hinges; rather, they have a top and an independent bottom.
This type of packaging is that they can be made out of nearly any material, and they are custom fitted to your product. Trays typically don’t require heat-sealing, and they can be used for a number of purposes.
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A good product stands on its own, and stands the test of time. But even the best products don’t stand a chance without excellent packaging.
Third party packaging has become increasingly popular in the modern economy. Its reliability, efficiency, and cost effectiveness make it an easy choice for many companies that wish to bypass the costs of an in-house packaging department. Contract packaging is particularly beneficial for small and mid-sized companies that want to save money on the equipment and staff involved in product packaging operations.
Using third party packaging means tapping into highly efficient equipment, staff, and processes that you would otherwise have to invest in or replicate. We can handle high capacity orders, large volumes per package, and can move quickly. We have the experience, expertise, and industry knowledge to provide your product with packaging that equals its quality and reflects positively on your business. Professionally packaged products are ready for shipment and make your inventory ready for instant mobility.
Speaking of inventory, you can also use third party packaging to keep your inventory at a minimal level, leaning on quick turnaround when you need to boost your numbers, and dialing it down when things slow down.
With third party packaging, the staff are individually trained and educated in high quality service. Their business is making your product look good, and they do it well, on time, and within budget. Choosing a third party packaging company will be an asset to your business and boost the quality of your brand.
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Even though they can be quite hard to open at times, blister packages are incredibly useful. The pharmaceutical industry, for instance, would be nowhere without blister packaging to contain and keep sterile all sorts of pills.
Even today, when eco-friendly packaging is at the top of every brand’s list, plastic packaging still dominates the industry. It comes in all shapes and sizes and is used throughout all sorts of industries, from medical to retail, food and electronics. Blister packaging is especially popular for its ability to safely seal a product inside a container, while at the same time also revealing a large part of it to consumers.
For all their convenience blister packages are relatively cheap to produce, slightly lower than other plastic packaging techniques. During production many packs can be made at the same time that can each hold different items without having to alter too many variables.
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As a co-packer, Prompt Assembly & Packaging Inc. is able to custom package your product as though the products were manufactured directly by you.
2. Contract packaging
As a contract packager, Prompt Assembly & Packaging Inc. is a company that provides packaging services, facilities and equipment. We are specialists, focusing on a specific type of packaging, such as shrink wrapping or blister sealing. We use manual labor.
3. Blister Packaging
Prompt Assembly & Packaging Inc. are experts in blister packaging. We use a semi-automatic rotary machine and we manually conduct the job to avoid errors.
4. Flexible Packaging
Flexible packaging is the most "source-reduced" form of packaging, meaning it has the least amount of material compared to other forms of packages that could be used for the product. A flexible package adds little weight to the product and leaves little to discard when it is empty.
5. Plastic Packaging
Plastic packaging, which is created with petroleum, is popular for its durability and low manufacturing.
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