The Basics of Package Packaging


Packaging is the art, science and technology of protecting or enclosing objects for either distribution, storage, temporary use, and outright use. The term packaging usually refers to the entire process of developing, testing, designing, and manufacturing packaging materials. This process is done primarily in three locations: the factory, theery or factory production plants, and the packaging manufacturer or packaging house. There are other places that packaging is done, but these three main ones provide the bulk of packaging activities.

Plastic is one of the primary packaging materials, used for wrapping many products. This packaging can be used for paper, cardboard, vinyl, wood, carpet, plastic, glass and many more. The material packaging itself has a long history. Native Americans utilized the bark of certain trees to wrap food and other objects. European settlers brought many useful plant supplies with them when they arrived in America, and some of those plants became part of their native cuisine.

In today’s packaging world, there are two primary packaging types: primary (or universal) packaging and secondary packaging. While primary packaging protects and contains objects, secondary packaging adds value to the product by covering and/or protecting packaging material, packaging itself, or both. Packaging used for many products has moved from being purely functional to being highly decorative.

Many changes in the plastic packing industry have occurred over the years. Superior quality polylactic acid is one of the most common plastic additives used in modern packaging today. This additive allows manufacturers to pack most products in plastic without adding stress to the edges of the packaging. Stress will shorten the shelf life of the product. Furthermore, in addition to providing a higher level of protection and packaging, this type of plastic packaging allows manufacturers to pack many different sizes, shapes, and textures of products into a relatively small area.

The design process for any packaging design begins with the idea. From there, the design process will progress to the development of the outer packaging, including the labeling, labelling, or custom printing of the packaging design. The design of the product packaging should take into consideration both the size of the product, as well as the various ways the product can be packaged. Finally, the inner packaging of the product must also function properly. This includes the sealing of the outer packaging, as well as the interior design of the inner box.

The final step in the packaging design process involves the creation of a final label. Labels provide consumers with information regarding the contents of the package. They are usually printed on standard letter-sized paper and are sometimes referred to as labels. Common labels used by manufacturers include standard labels, foam labels, self-adhesive labels, custom labels, and multi-sided labels.