It is important for any packaging design company to comprehend the needs of corrugated and foam cushion design. Other factors at play when fragile products are concerned include product fragility requirements, damage elimination, cost minimization and cubic volume optimization. Money savings when a product is being packaged can be achieved through the technical packaging design. This is done by comprehending product damage vulnerability. The packaging must be made keeping in mind the distribution hazards. There must also be an alignment with the sustainability requirements.
Better packaging will also lead to reduced costs of return. You can also avoid the sky high expenses which invariably comes with repairs and field service. Do understand that over-packaging cannot be considered a “quick-fix” kind of solution. Over-packing is also known as inappropriate packing, could cause a plethora of problems as it tries to resolve. There could also be a totally unnecessary cost burden.
Packaging design concerns
A good packaging design company has expertise in:
- Cushioning design and also corrugated specification or performance for vulnerable and easily breakable products
- Excellent design of thermoformed cartons and also trays for products dedicated towards medical devices
- Good design of the rigid plastics consumer packs where particular attention to handling and also distribution was needed
Package design process
An important factor in packaging design is to incorporate a complete view of the supply chain. This is helpful in developing the packaging systems. When this is done, it is made sure that packaging suitable for one product is not implemented in another simply to save costs. The design process is inclusive of setting briefs or review of the requirements. The list of steps include developing a concept and evaluating it against a number of vital performance criteria. Costing, sample development or prototype sourcing are done next. The last two steps include trialing through laboratory or in-field testing. It is then reviewed and the final specification or selection is approved by the client.
When it comes to complex assembled goods like medical devices, machinery and electronics, a few extra considerations include the assessment of product fragility, using cushion curve analysis to examine expanded foam solutions and the vibration resonance characterization.
The primary role of packaging is to bridge gap between shock level which the product, in an unpacked form could withstand, and shock which will happen if there are drop impacts in real life. The packaging may be designed in such a manner that the packaging can withstand shock experienced by the product as part of its standard conditions.