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.

6 Great Reasons To Choose Clamshell Packaging

We create all types of thermoplastic packaging and thermoplastic products at Indepak, and custom clamshell packaging is a popular option for many of our clients. The clamshell features a hinge at one end which allows it to open just like a clam mouth, which is where it gets its name. There are many great reasons to consider a clamshell as your packaging option, including the following:

1. Many Clamshell Options

There are several different types of clamshell, making this a highly versatile option. For instance, you could opt for a basic clamshell package which might be perfect for products such as bakery goods or fresh fruit or take-out containers.

A clamshell also can be designed to fit around your product exactly, such as a handheld drill or perhaps a stapler. We also can design a clamshell with several different cavities to hold a variety of products or product parts. For instance, maybe your company produces a toy set with many individual pieces. Your clamshell can hold each piece in a specially designed cavity. We can even design thermoform trays that are also clamshells. Often people believe that a thermoform tray must fit into some other type of packaging, but you can create a thermoform tray that is also a clamshell.

If you have a product that will be hung and displayed on a hook or perhaps a package that needs to be able to stand upright on a shelf, a tri-fold clamshell might be a good fit. These are clamshells including a triangular base instead of just a hinge, and your product can stand upright on this base.

2. Clamshells Are Tamper-Resistant

One of the best reasons to consider using a clamshell is the protection aspect. After all, how much money do you lose each year if your packaging can be tampered with easily? A heat-sealed clamshell can be quite difficult to open, making it much harder for shoplifters to simply remove your product from a store shelf.

3. Clamshells Are Moisture-Resistant

Many types of thermoplastic are mold-resistant and moisture-resistant, but when you select a heat-sealed clamshell, you further increase this protection. This seal will keep moisture away and protect your product, extending its shelf life.

4. Strong & Protective

While thermoplastic is lightweight, many types of thermoplastic are very strong and durable, which is another reason why they are an excellent packaging option. We can create clamshell packaging that truly preserves and protects your products. Many thermoplastics can stand up to the rigors of handling and shipping as well as being handled by consumers.

5. The Affordable Option

While tamper-proof and moisture-proof packaging saves you money, thermoplastic clamshells also save money because the materials we use to create these packages are so affordable. Thermoplastics are among the most affordable packaging materials and because they are so lightweight, you reduce your shipping and transportation costs as well. Every company is looking for ways to cut costs, and using thermoplastic clamshell packaging can help improve your company’s bottom line.

6. Show Off Your Product

One advantage that thermoplastic packaging has over other material options is that consumers get to take a look at your product before purchase. After all, your thermoplastic clamshell packaging will be clear, and consumers can get a sense of what they are purchasing. Unlike a blister pack, which might feature a cardboard backing, a clamshell can be clear on all sides, allowing consumers to examine every inch of the product to determine if it suits their needs. Consumer often are more likely to purchase a product that they actually can see over a product stuck in a box or some type of package that obscures the product.

We have produced custom clamshell packaging for hundreds of customers over the years, and can help you select the best type of packaging for your product needs. If you need a clamshell or any type of thermoplastic packaging, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send an email today.

7 Reasons Why Thermoform Molding Is Your Best Packaging Option

We may be biased, but we truly believe that for just about every retail product, thermoformed molding is a fantastic packaging option. If you are still on the fence, here are 7 reasons why you should consider thermoform molding for your packaging.

1. A World Of Versatility

The process of thermoform molding involves feeding large, thin sheets of thermoplastics into machines known as thermoformers. These machines heat up the plastic, force the heated plastic into custom molds, cool the plastic and then trim way excess plastic. Because thermoplastic is so easy to mold, it can be crafted into virtually any shape or size. Even the most complicated designs can be created through the process of thermoform molding, thus thermoplastics are some of the most versatile materials in the world.

2. Affordable Materials

One of the best reasons to consider thermoform molding is the affordability factor. Thermoplastics are far less expensive to produce than products made of metal, glass and even paper-based packaging. At our plant, we have a wide variety of equipment which allows our customers to select plastics that truly fit their budget.

3. More Savings

Beyond the fact that thermoplastics are inexpensive materials in general, using these materials also will save you money in other ways. For instance, because we can create packages that fit around your product exactly, you can use smaller packaging. This means you can fit more products on a shelf and that more products will fit into shipping boxes. Additionally, thermoplastics are extremely lightweight, which lowers your shipping costs and we all know how high transportation costs have become over the last decade.

3. A Myriad Of Materials

As we stated above, our plant features many different types of thermoform molding machinery, and these machines can handle many different thermoplastic materials. With so many choices, it’s easy to find a material that suits your needs. We have thermoplastics ideal for different types of liquids and beverages as well as food products and medical or pharmaceutical products. Additionally, we have materials ideally suitable for electronics and computer-related equipment. No matter what type of product you have, there is a thermoplastic material with properties that will suit that product.

4. Superior Protection

With so many types of thermoplastics, it’s easy to find a type of plastic that protects your product. For instance, perhaps you have a product with several pieces. We can create a thermoplastic tray with custom cavities that fit each piece of your product exactly, thus providing plenty of protection. This tray then can be inserted into a box or even an outer layer of plastic packaging.

Another option is to consider is a thermoplastic clamshell package. These can be crafted out of strong thermoplastic and then heat sealed in order to make it tamper-proof as well as locking out moisture.

5. Sustainability

While you might not think that thermoplastics and sustainability go hand in hand, you might be surprised at some of the facts about plastic. For instance, virtually every thermoplastic we use at Indepak is recyclable. Many are accepted by most curbside recycling programs, which makes it easy for consumers to recycle their packaging.

At Indepak, we offer a variety of eco-friendly options such as using thermoplastics with post-consumer grade materials as well as combination designs that include plastics as well as paper or pulp. We also can create some packaging out of starch-based bio-plastics.

6. Save Energy & Cut Transportation Costs

The creation of thermoplastic materials also tends to require less energy than the creation of other types of packaging materials, such as aluminum. More importantly, plastic weighs less than other materials, which means that you expend less energy to transport your products. Because of the light weight, you also can place more products into trucks, planes, trains and ships.

7. Attractive & Eye-Catching

One of the big advantages of using thermoplastic packaging is that this material is clear and allows consumers to see exactly what they are purchasing. We can create designs that catch the eye and show off your product to its best advantage. While designing cost-effective and protective packaging is always a priority, we also strive to create designs that attract consumers.

At Indepak, we offer thermoformed molding services for just about every industry. Our client list includes many retailers as well as specialty food and beverage companies. If you are in the market for affordable, custom packaging, give us a call today and let’s discuss your packaging needs.

6 Surprising Facts About Plastic Thermoforming

If you are searching for a packaging company and not entirely sure what type of packaging you want or need, plastic thermoforming can be a good fit for virtually any type of company.

1. Plastic Thermoforming Offers Something For Every Industry

The team at Indepak has been designing plastic packaging, thermoform trays and thermoplastic products for more than 40 years. During these years, we have served virtually any industry imaginable, including pharmaceutical and medical firms, electronics companies, specialty food companies and too many retail manufacturers to name in this short blog post. Plastic thermoforming is so diverse that we can meet just about any specification you might have. For instance, some clients need plastics with anti-static properties while others may need plastics suitable for downstream sterilization, and still others might need plastics that have been approved to hold food products or beverages. With thermoplastics, it’s easy to find a great match.

2. There Is A Perfect Plastic For Everything

It doesn’t matter if your company makes cookies or power drills, there is a type of plastic ideal for use as packaging. Each type of plastic available for plastic thermoforming boasts unique chemical properties.

For instance, polypropylene (PP) is one type of thermoplastic we use. PP offers excellent resistant to weak acids, weak alkalis and strong alkalis. It is also quite heat resistant. Because of these special characteristics, it can be a good choice for reusable food containers that need to withstand the heat of the dishwasher and microwave. This is just one of many types of thermoplastics we can use for packaging or products. Our design team will consider the specifications for your unique product and match it to an ideal type of plastic.

3. Most Thermoplastics Are Recyclable

We also know that the thermoplastics used for those our water bottles are recyclable, but it might surprise you to learn that virtually all thermoplastics can be recycled and reused. While polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and high-density polyethylene are the two thermoplastics that are most commonly collected from our homes, that doesn’t mean that plastics such as PVC and LDPE cannot also be recycled. More and more recycling centers in the United States are accepting a larger range of thermoplastics, so be sure to check and see what types of plastics you can place in your recycling bins.

4. Recycling Transforms Thermoplastics Into An Array Of Products

While some of the plastics we use at our plastic thermoforming facility will be recycled and reused to make new packaging, this is not the only way recycled plastics are used. For instance, recycled plastics can be used to make everything from rugs to dinner plates. Even clothing can be created using thermoplastics, as well as your backyard patio furniture and the plastic playhouse or playground equipment your children enjoy using at the park.

5. We Can Make Plastics Out Of Starch

While you can recycle almost all commonly used thermoplastics, there are some options that are even more sustainable. At Indepak, we can use starch-based bioplastics to create some types of packaging. These plastics are created from renewable resources and are biodegradable. While these are not an option for all types of plastic thermoforming projects, they are a good choice for some food containers, cups and lids. This type of thermoplastic is known as PLA or polylactic acid. In the United States, corn starch is used to create PLA and, in other countries, other types of plants such as sugarcane or tapioca are used.

Not only can we make cups and containers out of PLA, this starch-based thermoplastic can be used to create items such as clothing, diapers, upholstery and even 3D printer filament. While PLA is biodegradable, it does need to be processed separately from the trash in your regular trash bin and the recyclables in your recycling bin. Specific conditions are needed in order for PLA to biodegrade quickly. If sent to a composting facility, it will take a few months for PLA to biodegrade as these facilities offer the ideal conditions for biodegradation of PLA. At the landfill, the PLA will biodegrade but the process will take a significantly longer period of time.

6. Plastic Thermoforming Saves Money

Using thermoplastics for your packaging is sure to be your most economical choice, and it’s not just because thermoplastics tend to be inexpensive materials. The material cost is certainly lower than many other options, but using plastic thermoforming also means that you will be producing very lightweight packaging. With shipping costs continuing to rise, using packaging that weighs very little just makes good economic sense. We also can create strong, protective packaging that fits the shape of your product exactly. This also can reduce the size of packaging, which also reduces weight and saves money.

If you need packaging or thermoplastic products, contact us today and we will get started on your unique plastic thermoforming project. You can contact us via phone or click on the Contact tab at the top of our homepage and fill out our quick contact form. A representative from our sales team quickly will get in touch with you to discuss your plastic thermoforming needs.

4 Reasons Why You Need Custom Plastic Packaging

Many people opt for stock packaging for their products. While this might seem like the best and most affordable option, it can be wise to invest just a little bit more money and opt for custom plastic packaging instead. If you are unconvinced, read on and let us entice you to consider the custom option.

1. Custom Packaging Is Stylish

Stock packaging might be well-constructed, but it’s not particularly stylish or innovative. It’s inexpensive simply because it is produced in huge amounts and then used for a variety of products. When it sits on the shelf, it looks just like hundreds of other packages and doesn’t really set your product apart from the competition.

With custom plastic packaging, you can opt for innovative designs, both with the packaging itself as well as your labeling. Our design team can create virtually any type of design you might want. We use a wide variety of plastics and our facility includes a large selection of thermoforming equipment, so we can produce virtually any shape or size of packaging that you might need.

2. Custom Plastic Packaging Is Affordable

Most people select stock packaging because of the affordability, but custom plastic packaging can be nearly as affordable. Thermoplastics are highly affordable materials in general, and there are many material options, so you won’t have any trouble finding a plastic that suits your budget. Additionally, stock packaging is often a bit too big and bulky, whereas custom plastic packaging will be designed to fit your product exactly. This reduces waste and because you may need less packaging overall, this decreases packaging weight, which might mean you will spend less on shipping costs.

3. Custom Plastic Packaging Offers Superior Protection

A stock package is designed to hold many different products, which means that the level of protection can be minimal, depending on the size and shape of your product. With custom packaging, we can choose a strong, durable thermoplastic and create a design that protects every millimeter of the product.

4. Custom Plastic Packaging Is Sustainable & Recyclable

To be fair, most thermoplastic packaging, whether stock or custom, will be recyclable. However, some thermoplastics are easier to recycle than others so with a custom package, you can select thermoplastics that are allowable by virtually all curbside recycling programs. Additionally, you can opt for combination packaging and packaging with some recycled content and even starch-based bioplastics. We have many sustainable options here at Indepak.

We have more than 40 years of experience creating plastic packaging for a wide variety of industries. Our design team is highly experienced at working with a myriad of retail clients as well as those in the food and beverage industries. In addition to creating custom plastic packaging, we also provide services such as package fulfillment and inventory management. Our goal is to always provide an affordable total solution for each of our clients. Get in touch with us today, and we will begin designing your custom packaging.

Custom Packaging Solutions From Indepak

When we were first getting started, back in 1967, plastic packaging was not nearly as common as it is now. If you can remember back to those crazy days of the late 1960s and even the 1970s, you might remember that products came in glass bottles or packaged in tin or paperboard. Our facility looks quite different from the way it appeared 50 years ago, but our commitment to providing quality custom packaging solutions hasn’t changed.

What do we mean by custom packaging solutions? It’s simple. We aim to provide each and every customer with more than a great thermoplastic package. Our goal is to collaborate and truly understand your needs as a unique client. We serve clients in a wide variety of industries, including specialty food companies, electronics firms, pharmaceutical and medical companies, industrial firms, agricultural firms and all types of retail companies.

We can create custom blister packaging, clamshell packaging and a wide variety of thermoform trays. This includes business-to-business tote trays, plastic insert trays and much more. Of course, not everything we design is related to packaging. Thermoforming can be used to create many products or product parts, and we can help you determine whether or not our custom thermoforming services will be the best option for your unique product.

In order to create custom packaging, our design team looks at many aspects including space, weight, strength and, of course, presentation. We also keep budget in mind. Fortunately, with so many types of thermoplastics available, we can always find an affordable solution. Our facility includes multiple lines of high-speed equipment which means we are able to provide a larger range of services and solutions for customers across many industries.

Once a design has been created, our engineers begin the process of crafting a prototype. Our facility features an in-house tooling shop, and this ensures that prototypes are crafted to exact specifications while staying on schedule and within your budget. Everything for your project can be completed in-house, which speeds up production and keeps costs down. This is all part of our commitment to providing a total custom packaging solution for each client.

Throughout the design, prototyping and production processes, we have quality controls in place, and we can provide complete traceability from the information on each box label all the way back to our suppliers’ manufacturing records.

Of course, our custom packaging solutions also include package fulfillment services. This might include sealing your packaging using a process such as heat sealing or perhaps RF welding. If you need something else, let us know and we can find a quality solution for you.

We also create custom inventory management processes for our clients, if needed. Our 50,000-square-foot warehouse provides plenty of space for inventory, and we can create everything from a simple minimum/maximum inventory system to more complex systems such as a customer-based web portal, it all depends on what you need.

If you are searching for custom packaging solutions, contact the team at Indepak today. To reach us, click on the “Contact” tab at the top of this webpage. From there, you can fill out our quick contact form, send us an email or call our toll-free phone number.

Understanding Retail Product Packaging Labels

Every package needs to include a label or product information. Many consumers are unaware that there are actually government regulations that state what types of information must appear on labels or packages. Different industries, of course, have different labeling requirements and these requirements include a variety of helpful information.

Basic Regulations

In 1966, the United States Congress passed the Fair Packaging & Labeling Act which includes regulations that apply to a wide variety of consumer products. Each label must include a statement that identifies the product or commodity. The label further must include the name and place of business of the manufacturer, packer or distributor. Finally, the net quantity of the contents must be included. This can be a weight, a measure or a numerical count.

This act has been amended several times, and recent changes include requiring the place-of-business listing to include online resources, such as a website URL for the company. It also required the addition of more substantial metric information. The European Union has, for several years, pushed the U.S. government to remove U.S. customary units from labels and instead include only metric units. However, our government has yet to make that change.

Additional Food Packaging Requirements

Necessarily, food packaging labels are highly regulated. After all, if you are providing foods or beverages for consumers, it’s important that your customers understand exactly what is contained within your custom retail packaging. A food manufacturer must include all of the general labeling information stated before, as well as some nutritional information.

For instance, your custom retail food packaging must include a list of each of the ingredients in your food or beverage in descending order of predominance by weight. This information also must appear on the same panel of the packaging as the name and address of the manufacturer or distributor.

Regulations also require that you list any major food allergens that might be included in your product, even in trace amounts. These allergens include milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, soybeans and wheat. Obviously, people are allergic to many other substances, but those are the allergens that comprise about 90 percent of all food allergies, therefore, this is highly helpful information for consumers.

Nutritional information such as calories per serving, information about fat content, total carbohydrates and information about cholesterol, sodium, fiber, sugars and protein also need to appear on food labels. However, there are exceptions to these rules and special provisions for some products, such as fresh produce and self-service bulk foods to name just a few.

Pharmaceutical Packaging Regulations

Just as with food and beverage packaging, pharmaceutical products also must include specific information to ensure public safety. In fact, as a consumer, you probably have noticed that every over-the-counter medication includes a huge amount of information on its custom retail packaging.

The packaging presented to consumers for over-the-counter medications and prescription medications might be presented in different ways, but it all boils down to providing crucial information about dosage and usage instructions. Additionally, packaging will include information about possible side effects as well as drug interactions. This is just the tip of the iceberg, and there are companies out there that can review your labels and product information to determine whether or not the information complies with FDA regulations.

Products “Made In The USA”

Many consumers will choose one product over another if the product states that it was “Made in the USA,” on its retail product packaging. To ensure that your product was, in fact, created in the USA, the Federal Trade Commission has some restrictions regarding this claim. In order to legally state this information, the FTC states that the product must be “all or virtually all” made in the United States. It is important to note that the United States is meant to include all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and all U.S. territories and possessions, such as Puerto Rico.

This is just a short overview of what might need to appear on your custom retail packaging. Whether you produce a food product, an electric drill, office supplies or another product, we can create custom retail packaging that suits your needs.

Custom Packaging & Thermoforming Are A Perfect Combination

When it comes to custom packaging design, thermoforming might be your best bet. Thermoforming is the process by which thin sheets of plastic are heated until malleable and then are transformed into packages or products. Just about any shape, size and style of custom packaging can be created using this process. If you need custom packaging, here are a few reasons to consider contacting our thermoforming company.

1. Let Our Experience Work For You

Indepak is a leader within the thermoforming industry, and throughout the last 45 years, we’ve worked with companies from virtually every industry sector imaginable. We’ve created products, parts and custom packaging for electronics firms, industrial firms, pharmaceutical and medical businesses, specialty food and beverage companies, agricultural firms and a myriad of retail companies. Whether you sell power tools or microwavable dinners, we can come up with the perfect custom packaging design for your product.

2. We Meet & Exceed Industry Standards

The International Organization for Standardization or ISO is a worldwide organization that has created commercial and industrial standards. We possess ISO 9001 certification, which sets standards for quality management for many different industries. This ensures our clients that we do all we can to ensure quality control at every level of our operation.

3. Thermoplastics Are Affordable & We Keep You On Budget

One of the best reasons to consider thermoplastics for your custom packaging design is the affordability factor. Thermoplastics tend to be some of the most affordable materials one can select for product packaging, but that’s not their only advantage. The light weight of thermoplastics helps to reduce your shipping costs. Thermoplastics also are quite strong, which helps reduce the damage and tampering that can affect your bottom line.

No matter what type of budget you may have, we can find a solution for your custom packaging. We use a wide range of thermoplastics, including PET, PETG, HIPS, PVC, HDPE, OPS, PP, ABS and even starch-based bio materials.

4. We Focus On Sustainability

Indepak is located in Portland, Oregon, a city known for its commitment to the environment. Sustainability is something we’ve kept in mind for decades, long before it was popular or required by law. Not only do we possess ISO 9001 certification, we also meet and exceed ISO 14001 certifications and standards. ISO 14001 standards focus on environmental management, and as a low-waste operation, we keep sustainability in mind in every aspect of our business.

For instance, any excess plastic trimmed from your custom packaging will be reused or recycled. Our design team also works diligently to create custom packaging designs that reduce the amount of packaging needed to protect your precious products. Almost all of the materials we use are recyclable, and we offer options such as post-consumer grade materials, starch-based bio-plastics and trap blisters as well as other plastic & paper or plastic & pulp combination designs.

Since 1967, we’ve been helping customers with custom packaging solutions, and we can create a custom packaging design that meets your needs and budget. Contact the team at Indepak today and let’s get started on your unique project.

10 Fun Facts From The Thermoformers At Indepak

While you might not think about plastic every day, we certainly do. As thermoformers, we work with a wide variety of plastics and have compiled many interesting facts about these versatile materials, including the following 10 facts.

1. Thermoset Plastics & Thermoplastics Are Not The Same

The names might sound similar, but there is a big difference between thermoset plastics and thermoplastics or thermoformed plastics. Thermoset plastics are molded by heat just as thermoform plastics will be, but once a thermoset plastic has been formed, it can never be recycled and melted down and used again. We only use thermoform plastics at Indepak, and not thermoset plastics.

2. Thermoplastics Are Highly Recyclable

Unlike those thermoplastics we mentioned in the first fact, thermoplastics or thermoformed plastics can be recycled. At Indepak, almost all of the materials we use are recyclable and we focus on recycling, reusing and reducing every day at our company.

3. Ancient People Had Plastics

Natural plastics have been around for centuries, and ancient people used materials such as natural rubber and cellulose as well as animal proteins and animal horns to create a wide assortment of items.

4. Every Plastic Has A Number

Plastics are identified with a special resin identification code. This code is used by recycling centers, and the number signifies what type of plastic material was used to create an item. For instance, a “1” is used to identify polyethylene terephthalate or PET. This type of plastic is perhaps the most widely accepted by curbside recycling programs. You can find these numbers on items such as plastic bottles with the number itself surrounded by three arrows, the traditional symbol of recycling.

5. There Is A Secret Plastics Society

Alright, it’s not actually secret, but there is a large organization that helps to represent the plastics industry. This group, the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI), was founded in 1937 long before plastics were truly in mainstream use.

6. The Plastics Industry Is Huge & Continues To Grow

According to the SPI, the plastics industry is the third largest manufacturing industry in the U.S. Nearly one million Americans are employed in the plastics industry, including our team of thermoformers here at Indepak.

7. Six-Pack Beverage Rings Are Photo-Degradable

We’ve all seen those pictures showcasing animals entrapped in a plastic six-pack ring on a beach somewhere. While this certainly looks disturbing, it is important to note that it’s not the whole story. Because marine wildlife was increasingly affected by six-pack rings, plastics manufacturers began making 100% photo-degradable rings. This means the plastic begins to disintegrate in just a few days, allowing animals to free themselves. Since 1989, all six-pack rings produced in the U.S. are photo-degradable. While they still obviously belong in a proper waste container, they aren’t the environmental terror that many would have you believe.

8. Plastics Actually Save Energy

Plastics are actually a bit more eco-friendly than you might have imagined. In fact, only about 4 percent of our nation’s energy consumption is needed to produce plastics. Not only does it require less energy to produce goods out of plastic, because of the light weight, you can ship more products in fewer trucks, which saves fuel. As the SPI explains, 2.8 million plastic grocery bags can be transported in just one truck. On the other hand, if you loaded up that same truck with paper bags, only 500,000 would fit.

9. There Are Many Sustainable Options

Most thermoplastics can be recycled and then transformed into something new. There are also starch-based bio-materials that can be used to create plastic packaging. Some of these are even biodegradable or compostable.

10. Plastics Have Saved Lives

In 1965, a DuPont chemist named Stephanie Kwolek invented a new type of plastic material – poly-paraphenylene terephthalamide. While that’s a mouthful, you probably have heard of its brand name – Kevlar. This material has been used to create body armor for soldiers and police officers for decades.

Of course, sharing trivia about thermoplastics isn’t our main focus. We create all types of thermoplastic packing and products. This includes thermoform trays, blister packs, clamshells and much more. If you are searching for thermoformers that can create the highest quality thermoplastic products at an affordable price, the team at Indepak can help. Give us a call today and we can start designing your custom thermoforming project.

Thermoform Trays & Other Products We Create

Here at Indepak, we understand that product packaging can be the heart and soul of your branding efforts. Great packaging should offer a holistic benefit to your product and brand. It shouldn’t just be functionally sound; it should also add a little flair, substance, and style to your products. That is why Indepak boasts a broad variety of packaging, ranging from thermoform trays to clamshell packaging and everything in between.

Our state-of-the-art facility churns out top-notch product packaging suitable for practically every industry. Pharmaceuticals, the food sector, laboratories, electronics firms, the agricultural industry, and many different types of retail companies to name a few. Our full line of packaging solutions includes the following items:

Thermoformed Trays
We opened our doors at Indepak back in 1967 and since that time, thermoformed trays have been a big part of our business. And for good reason. These versatile trays can be designed to hold just about any product or products and are applicable to a variety of industries, ranging from food service to pharmaceutical.

When it comes to thermoform trays, Indepak is a clear leader. Here, we leverage long-standing knowledge on thermoforming, function-specific materials and the latest techniques to come up with thermoform trays that marry well with your products. Our thermoform trays are as unique as your company.

Business-to-Business Thermoform Trays
For decades, Indepak has offered high-tech industries with thermoform tray solutions that fit the bill, including business-to-business and internal tote trays. Most of them have anti-static properties as a mainstay feature. We process them to the highest standards, with high tolerance and immaculate precision to work seamlessly with your process.

Pharmaceutical/Medical Thermoform Trays
We produce thermoform trays for downstream sterilization or non-sterile applications. Our process ensures that each product can be traced to box level.

Other Types Of Thermoform Trays & Containers
Other industries we serve include agriculture, retail, specialty foods and electronics. Most of these trays are made to agreed-upon terms, with such features as anti-static, conductive or non-abrasion. For our food industry clients, we design packaging, containers and thermoform trays to hold a myriad of food items. We can create everything from trays that hold cookies and crackers to trays for frozen dinners and much more.

Blister Packaging
Beyond thermoform trays, blister packaging is another one of our specialties. Our team of packaging engineers and designers endeavor to create blister packaging with no or minimal waste. We also opt for materials for use in packaging that either contain post-consumer grade materials or are very recyclable. This includes thermoplastics such as PET or HDPE, both of which are quite easily recycled.

Clamshell Packaging
Our clamshell containers feature a hinge along one edge, making it suitable for thousands of products from a variety of industries. For instance, a thermoformed clamshell can be used to protect and store fresh veggies, fruits, baked goodies and any dessert. Clamshell packages also can hold a variety of retail products and we offer several different sealing options to ensure that your product stays safe and secure.

Of course, we can create more than thermoplastic packaging and thermoform trays. If you need a product created from thermoplastic, give us a call. We can design just about any thermoplastic product that you might need. Thermoplastic is not only highly versatile, it’s also highly affordable, and our goal is always to provide clients with the highest qualities products at the lowest possible cost.