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The Blister Pack: 7 Facts You Need To Know

Over the course of the last 50 years, we have designed a variety of blister packs for our clients. The blister pack is the ideal packaging for a wide variety of products, from medicines to small tools to office supplies and well beyond. Here are a few quick facts about blister packs and our services.

1. Blisters Packs Can Be Your Most Affordable Packaging Option
Thermoform plastics, which is what we use to create blister packs, are some of the world’s most affordable packaging materials. Using other types of materials can be quite costly, and thermoform plastics provide you with an easy way to reduce your packaging costs. Additionally, the light weight of these materials will lower your shipping and transportation costs.

2. Trap Blisters Are A Common Type Of Blister Pack
The blister pack is a versatile style of packaging with many options. For instance, you might want to place your product in a trap blister, which includes a piece of thermoplastic slightly larger than your product. After your product is placed in the blister cavity, the blister is “trapped” between two pieces of sturdy paperboard with a die cut that displays your product.

3. Face Seals Can Be An Economical Option
A face seal features a molded thermoform plastic front that fits over your product. This plastic is then sealed to a card. The plastic will surround the product, but not the entire surface of the card. You often see items such as lip balm, toothbrushes, glue sticks, lighters, cosmetics and other lightweight items in these type of blisters. This type of blister is often less expensive than other types of blister packaging, although, no matter what type of packaging you select, we do our best to stay within your budget, while providing you with the best possible packaging option.

4. Other Face Seal Options Are Available
In addition to the basic face seal blister pack, you also could opt for what is known as a full-face seal blister. With a basic face seal blister, the product is surrounded by plastic and sealed to the card, but the card is not entirely covered by the plastic. With a full-face seal blister pack, the plastic extends all the way to the edge of the paperboard, providing a bit of extra protection.

5. Clamshells Are An Option
When a blister pack folds onto itself via a hinge at one end, this is known as a clamshell package. These can be a great option for many products, providing a high level of security, from tampering as well as moisture. We can produce any size or shape of clamshell packaging you might need, and can provide several sealing options, as well. We also can create thermoform trays that fit perfectly into a clamshell package, and this can be a great option for a product with multiple parts. The cavities of the tray will fit each part perfectly, keeping it safe until it is purchased by a customer.

6. Blister Packs Can Be A Sustainable Choice
Because a blister pack often features a combination design that includes both thermoplastic as well as paperboard or pulp, we can reduce the amount of plastic needed for your packaging. Additionally, we often can use post-consumer grade materials to create your blister pack. Furthermore, our designers will work to create a package with little excess material, fitting over each part of your product perfectly. Keep in mind, that virtually all the materials we use at Indepak are recyclable, and consumers can simply place your package in their home recycling bin when they no longer need the packaging.

7. We Use A Variety Of Materials & Equipment
At Indepak, we can create your blister packaging using many different materials. Our facility includes multiple lines of high-speed thermoforming equipment, which is capable of processing materials such as PET, PETG, LDPE, PP, ABS and much more. This variety of equipment allows us to the meet the packaging needs of clients from many different industries. If you need a blister pack, give us a call today and we can get started on your unique project.

Common Types Of Medical Packaging

Every year, the demand for medical and pharmaceutical packaging increases significantly. But, unless you work in a medical or pharmaceutical-related profession, you might not have given a thought to the types of packaging needed by these industries. Here’s a quick look at just a few of the diverse types of medical packaging that can be created.

Blister Packaging
Pharmaceutical companies often need blister packaging. Typically, these packages will include multiple cavities where a single dose or multiple doses of a medication can be placed and then the thermoform plastic will be covered with a secure backing to keep the medications safe from moisture and tampering. Typically, the backing material will be foil, although sometimes, a combination of foil and paperboard are used.

Pharmacy Bottles
Have you ever wondered by pharmacy bottles tend to be amber in color? While many other thermoform plastics are clear, allowing consumers to see various retail products, pharmacy bottles have to be light-resistant, which is why they feature that distinct amber color. Pharmacy bottles, which often are made out of polypropylene, can feature child-resistant caps or easy-off caps, depending on what your pharmacy customers might need.

Individual-Wrap Packages
You often see these types of medical packages used to hold single-use items, such as a syringe or perhaps a tongue depressor and various sterile swabs. Surgical instruments also can be placed in individual-wrap packages to ensure their sterilization until use. These individual-wrap pouches often are created from a material known as Tyvek®, which was developed by DuPont, although other materials also can be considered for these single-use packages. While the pouches are very thin and lightweight, Tyvek® is quite durable and tear-resistant, making it an excellent choice to protect any item that must remain sterile until the package is opened.

Medical Trays
At Indepak, designing custom thermoform trays is one of our areas of specialization. We can design medical trays to hold equipment, surgical instruments, vials of medicine, syringes and much more. These trays will feature cavities to design to hold each item securely and exactly. After we deliver the trays to you, these can be filled and sealed to ensure safety.

Consumer Items
Of course, there are many types of medical-related packaging that is designed and sold directly to consumers. This includes those handy multi-compartment pill boxes that help use organize our daily medications as well as containers that hold items such as contact lenses and dental retainers or dentures. Many different types of thermoform plastic can be used to create these items, such as polypropylene and polyethylene.

Our Services
Every industry has unique packaging specifications, but medical and pharmaceutical companies must meet or exceed extremely rigorous standards. Ensuring the safety of medications and medical equipment is essential, and if you need medical packaging, the team at Indepak has decades of experience working with medical and pharmaceutical firms.

Our design and production teams can craft low-particulate packaging, for both non-sterile and downstream sterilization applications. We provide you with detailed record keeping with traceability down to the box level. If you need medical packaging, give us a call today.

4 Industries That Need Blister Packaging

Blister packaging is one of the most common types of custom thermoplastic packaging, and at Indepak, we create thousands of blister packs throughout the year. Here is some information about the blister pack, as well as a list of industries for whom we often design blister packaging.

A blister pack typically includes a cavity or cavities where products are placed, such as pill tablets or perhaps small parts. Then a backing, often foil or paperboard, is affixed and sealed to the back to keep the products safe and secure. Sometimes we simply design two identical halves of a blister and fold them together, forming a clamshell package. The clamshell can be sealed or secured so that the product is preserved and tamper-proof.

1. Specialty Food Companies

Many food companies will use a blister pack, although, we typically find that the blister packaging used by the food industry tends to be a clamshell. Clamshells can be used for many purposes. You often see these in the produce section of the grocery, filled with cherry tomatoes, miniature bell peppers, kumquats, berries and other fruits and veggies. These packages also are often used to hold bakery items as well as food products such as fresh sushi, deli sandwiches and other freshly prepared foods. Many restaurants also use clamshells as take-away containers.

2. Medical Supply Companies

Medical firms often design special kits, such as syringe kits and these can be placed into a carefully designed blister pack. We can first create a thermoplastic tray that securely holds each part of the kit, and then it can be sealed to ensure safety. We can produce low particulate packaging, intended for downstream sterilization applications as well as non-sterile applications. We also can provide traceability down to the box level. In addition, to designing medical kit trays and packaging, we also can create thermoplastic packaging to hold just about any medical product or device.

3. Pharmaceutical Firms

Blister packaging is commonly associated with both over-the-counter medications and prescription medications. You often see a blister pack that has specially designed cavities that hold either a single pill or perhaps a single dose of medication in each cavity. The back keeps the medicine secure and also allows the user to eject the pills through the backing while keeping the remaining medicine safe and secure.

4. Retail Manufacturers

There are literally thousands of retail products that can fit inside blister packaging. For instance, head down the electronics aisle and you will find headphones, cellular phone chargers and accessories, batteries, cables and much more all packaged in the blister packs, either with a paperboard backing or perhaps folded over and sealed into a clamshell. Often, electronics products are static sensitive, and we work with a variety of materials, from conductive to dissipative to protect these types of products.

In the toy aisle, you will find many products placed in blister packs and clamshells. Office supplies, such as packs of pens and markers, often are packaged in blister packs. Tools, from nails to small drills and beyond, also can be stored in blister packs. Virtually any product you might have can be placed in a blister package or a clamshell. Our thermoplastic packaging is ideal for many products because it not only keeps your items secure, it also displays the products so that your customers can see exactly what they are purchasing.

If your business falls into any of these categories and you need custom product packaging, give us a call today. Our design team can assess your needs and decide if a blister pack or perhaps a clamshell or another type of packaging will be the best fit for you.

Blister Packaging: The Sustainability Factor

When it comes to packaging, sustainability should always be considered during the design process. Create packaging that in as environmentally safe as possible is essential and at Indepak, sustainability is one of our focuses. For companies that need blister packaging, which is one of our areas of specialization, there are plenty of ways to make production as eco-friendly as possible.

First it might help to understand what types of packaging are included in the category of blister packaging. One example of a blister pack would be over-the-counter medication. The blister pack would include a cavity for each dose of medicine and the package would include a special backing, perhaps foil that would protect the product from tampering as well as keeping moisture out.

However, that is just one type of blister packaging. Many retail products are housed in blister packaging. Sometimes, these blister packs are crafted entirely out of thermoplastic and sometimes, they might include a paper board backing. In some cases we design a blister pack with two halves that fold together to form a package. This actually is known as a clamshell package and these can be sealed or closed with a specially designed tab for closure or perhaps secured with tape. You’ll often see clamshells in the bakery or produce department of a grocery store, but they certainly can be used for many other products including electronics, tools, office supplies and many other items.

When selecting materials for your blister packaging, we can opt for a variety of materials that are either very recyclable or perhaps contain post-consumer grade materials or even bio-based plastics. For instance, both PET and HDPE are materials we often use, and these are accepted by almost all curbside recycling programs. We also can combine the use of thermoplastics with paper or pulp, both of which can be recycled. In fact, virtually every material we use is recyclable.

It also is important to note that our team of packaging designers and engineers strives to produce blister packaging and other types of packaging with as little waste as possible. After packaging has been create in a thermoforming machine, there is a web of plastic that remains and our goal is to leave the smallest possible web behind after production. Of course, this web will be recycled and used again for other products, which is another way in which we support sustainability. We are committed to being a low-waste operation and this extends beyond our production process to every part of our company.

At Indepak, we create custom blister packaging as well as clamshell packaging, thermoformed trays and much more. We can create an affordable, attractive blister pack that not only fits into your budget; we also will keep sustainability in mind during the design and production process. If you would like to discuss sustainable options for your blister packaging, give us a call today or click on the Contact tab at the top of our homepage and fill out our quick contact form.

Medical Packaging: Your Blister Packaging Options

Blister packaging is a common medical packaging option. Blister packs include a thin top layer of thermoplastic with a sealed backing typically made from a thin layer of plastic or foil. There are many reasons why blister packaging is an excellent option for your medical product.

With pharmaceutical products, there are many important factors to consider. Safety and security is certainly one component of medical packaging that we must consider. A blister pack can keep individual pills or tablets secure from many external elements such as humidity. These blister packages are well-sealed and provide excellent barrier protection which can increase shelf life greatly.

We can create custom medical packaging that fits your tablets or pills exactly, creating a specially designed cavity for each tablet. In addition, we can adjust the backing to any level of strength you require. For some companies, they wish to make it easy for clients to simply push a pill or tablet through the foil backing.

Often we design medical packaging that is a combination of a thermoform tray and blister packaging. For instance, you might need a sterilized medical kit that contains vials of medicine as well as syringes. Your thermoform tray will be create to fit each individual component exactly and we will create a lidding element that can be peeled open rather than a push-through option, as this increases security and keeps the product sterile. There are some excellent options for high barrier films for pharmaceutical products.

At Indepak, we understand the unique needs of a pharmaceutical client. We produce low particulate packaging for non-sterile applications as well as downstream sterilization applications. We maintain detailed records to ensure that there is traceability down to the box level. Our material ordering and receiving processes also ensure that your medical packaging meets all of your specifications.

Of course, in addition to keeping pharmaceutical products safe and secure, custom thermoform medical packaging is lightweight and inexpensive to produce, which reduces your overall costs. Our careful design process eliminates the need for an excess packaging, which also helps you control production costs and reduce shipping costs.

At Indepak, our experienced team provides you with top technical expertise as well as top customer service. If you need help with pharmaceutical or medical packaging, we can create just about anything that you might need. Give us a call today and we can begin the design process to fulfill your unique packaging needs.

Keep Your Costs Down With Thermoforming By Indepak

Because every product needs some type of package, you know that a decent portion of your yearly budget will be allocated toward packaging. However, there are many ways to reduce the costs associated with packaging and as a thermoforming company our goal is always to product the highest quality packaging at the lowest possible cost to our customer.

Selecting thermoforming for package creation is definitely a great way to lower your costs. There are many types of thermoplastic that we can use and many are quite inexpensive. For instance, we might be able to use high impact polystyrene or HIPS which is a highly versatile, inexpensive thermoplastic.

Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene is another type of thermoplastic widely used by thermoforming companies. Known more commonly simply as ABS, this thermoplastic is inexpensive and is known for its strength, toughness and resistance to many chemicals. It also offers a great deal of versatility when it comes to processing.

These are just two of the thermoforming options you might want to consider, but we also can produce packaging out of other thermoplastics and even bio-based materials. We will evaluate your product and provide you with materials that truly will suit your needs.

In addition to the low cost of these thermoforming plastics, these materials also are very lightweight. They can protect your product and keep it secure without adding a huge amount of weight. This can lower your shipping costs and, as we have all seen, the cost of shipping has been skyrocketing throughout the last few years.

Along those same lines, thermoforming also can reduce your costs because we can create a thermoplastic package that fits your item exactly. You won’t need a ton of excess packaging to protect and store a product, as we can create a design that limits the amount of excess thermoplastic. This allows you to ship more items per box or perhaps use smaller box sizes, both of which can lower shipping costs.

Another way that Indepak can help provide an affordable solution for your company is by offering a variety of in-house services. We provide a total solution for our clients that includes product development and in-house tooling, as well as production, quality control, package fulfillment, inventory management and even shipping. Not all thermoforming companies provide all of these services, and it can really help reduce your bottom line.

Clamshell Packaging: Some Helpful Facts

There are many different types of packaging, from those made from cardboard or paperboard, aluminum or another metal, glass and thermoplastic. At Indepak, we design custom thermoform packaging, including clamshell packaging, blister packaging and much more.

It’s important to note that clamshell packaging is actually a type of blister packaging. With most kinds of blister packaging, you might have a backing of paperboard or perhaps a thin foil, such as with medicines. A clamshell package is a blister package that folds onto itself, so that they entire package is made completely from thermoplastic. Of course, there is usually is a paper label inside filled with information about your product.

Clamshell packaging is a useful type of custom product packaging for many different industries. For instance, in the food industry and restaurant industry, clamshell packaging is used for many products. You often see clamshell packaging used to protect fruit such as strawberries or blueberries and other types of produce. Restaurants use different types of clamshell packaging to hold leftovers and to-go meals.

Many retail products also can be displayed and stored in clamshell packaging. Everything from toothbrushes to scissors to an electric drill can be packaged in clamshell packaging. The electronics industry uses clamshell packaging for a huge variety of products including headphones, cables and video game accessories.

For some businesses, stock clamshell packaging can be purchased. These are clamshell packages in standard sizes and using these can be a good way to cut your overall production costs. However, many products do need custom clamshell packaging, and we at Indepak can help you through every step of the process.

To create custom clamshell packaging, our process begins with development and design. We work with you to create a prototype of your unique custom clamshell packaging and once we have completed the design, we can begin with production. We also can help with package fulfilment, inventory management and even shipping. At Indepak, our goal is to find custom packaging solutions for all of our clients.

Many different types of thermoplastic can be used to create your clamshell packaging. The type that you select depends on your overall needs and budget. All types of thermoplastic can be recycled, but we do have many unique sustainable options such as plastic that contains recycled content or perhaps bio-plastic.

We can design clamshell packaging for any just about any product from any industry. Our clients include those from the food industry, retail industry, pharmaceutical industry, agricultural industry and electronics industry. Contact us today and we will begin with a consultation to determine what type of clamshell packaging will work best for you.

Blister Packaging For Your Unique Product

Blister packaging is a very common and flexible type of custom packaging. It can be used to safely house thousands of products from over-the-counter medicines to retail items such as batteries or fountain pens. At Indepak, we can create custom blister packaging in virtually any size or shape.

Many industries need blister packaging, and this type of custom packaging is used for a variety of product categories. Tools and hardware often are placed in blister packaging, as well as a huge variety of household goods, toys, games, office supplies, cosmetics, electronics and much more.

Typically blister packaging combines thermoform plastic with paperboard or perhaps some type of foil, such as with medicines. In addition, when you have a blister package that folds onto itself, this is known as clamshell packaging and it can be an option as well. It all depends on your design needs and budget. We can find a custom packaging solution that fits within your budget while still providing you with a high quality finished product.

For some products, stock sizes of blister packaging can be used and this can reduce your overall production costs. However, other products truly need a custom blister packaging design to protect and/or display an item securely and properly. Custom thermoforming is our specialty, and our expert designers can create a specific blister package or clamshell packaging exactly to your specifications.

In addition to blister packaging, as a thermoforming company, we can create a myriad of other types of custom product packaging as well as many other thermoform plastic products, such as custom thermoform trays and more. Custom thermoforming can be used to make thousands of products, and durable, lightweight plastic might be the perfect material for your product.

Blister packaging can be created using a variety of different types of thermoplastics. While virtually all thermoplastics are recyclable, we have some interesting options for clients interested in bio-based plastics or perhaps plastics with recycled content or other highly sustainable options. If you are need custom thermoform packaging, give us a call and we can determine the best type of blister packaging or another custom packaging solution for you.

Thermoform Product Development Tips

If you have a product that you are hoping to sell in retail stores, there are many decisions you will have to make before your items appear on shelves. While you might already have considered how to produce the item, other aspects such as marketing and packaging can be almost as important.

A great looking package is worth its weight in gold. Your packaging not only needs to be attractive in general, it needs to appeal to the person most likely to buy the item. If your product is a toy, the package needs to appeal to the age group most likely to enjoy that toy. If you are aiming at 20-something shoppers, you want something young and hip. It is important that you study up on the types of packaging designs that appeal to your specific set of consumers.

Once you have a design in mind, you will need to find a company that can produce your custom product packaging. Custom plastic packaging, such as thermoformed plastic packages are a great option. These can be formed into just about any shape to protect and display your product. Blister packs can be created, and these are thermoform plastic packages that completely surround the product. Vacuum thermoforming is the process by which many plastic retail packing styles are made. Often a thermoforming company, such as Indepak, can create a package design for your product and then produce the package and even help with shipment and fulfillment.

Marketing your product is going be another element that is highly important, especially for a new product. Aside from commercials on television or perhaps radio as well, you will want to use social media to spread the word about your product. This includes placing your product on sites such as Pinterest and Facebook, as well as setting up Twitter and Instagram campaigns. In order to successful utilize social media; you must set up a well-designed website with e-commerce capabilities. This should provide all of the information people need about your products as well as a way to purchase your items.

Sometimes in the beginning, it also helps to introduce your product at various trade shows. Just about every industry has relevant trade shows and if you can set up a booth and demonstrate your product then this can be a way to attract buyers. Keep in mind that trade shows cater to businesses that will buy your product and not the general consumer. This can be a good way to introduce the product to large chain stores and smaller shops that might be able to sell your unique item.

You also could consider starting out small and local. Introduce yourself to local shopkeepers and see if you can set up a demonstration of your product. Rent a booth at local farmers’ markets and craft fairs, as well, and get people interested. There are also local and regional festivals where it might be appropriate to showcase your new and interesting product. Take advantage of all of these opportunities as they come along for maximum exposure of your product.