Barrier Packaging: 4 Facts You Need To Know

Barrier Packaging: 4 Facts You Need To Know

Barrier packaging is essential for many products, including the specialty foods industry, the medical industry and the electronics industry. Anytime you need to protect a product from oxygen, moisture, dust and UV radiation, barrier packaging is necessary. At Indepak, we can create rigid barrier packaging for just about any product or food item. Here’s a look at what we can provide and a few facts about barrier packaging in general.

1. Barrier Packaging Comes In Many Forms
Barrier packaging can be created from rigid thermoform plastics or it can be created with thermoform plastic film. At Indepak, we create rigid barrier packaging, such as thermoform trays, clamshells, tubs (with or without lids) and blister packaging. Your packaging can be created in virtually any shape or size and include multiple cavities if needed.

2. Barrier Packaging Can Be A Sustainable Option
While flexible barrier packaging can be tough to recycle, rigid barrier packaging is created from thermoform plastics that simply can be tossed into a curbside recycling bin. We can design your barrier packaging from rigid materials such as PET, PETG and HDPE, each of which are highly recyclable and accepted by most curbside recycling programs. Additionally, in some cases, we can create barrier packaging using recycled content, such as pre-consumer or post-consumer materials, which further extends the sustainability factor.

3. Barrier Packaging Extends Shelf Life
Because barrier packaging keeps moisture, oxygen and UV radiation from penetrating your package, this means your product will enjoy a longer shelf life. For food products, you also can opt for modified atmosphere packaging, which removes the oxygen and adds gases such as nitrogen or carbon dioxide. This further protects your food products and prevents spoilage, allowing you to extend your market and keep products as fresh as possible for as long as possible.

For some products, you also might consider a combination of barrier packaging and desiccant packs, as these little packages also help to decrease moisture and oxygen. For instance, with a jar of vitamins, that is opened and closed often by consumers, barrier packaging and a seal will keep your package fresh as it sits on the shelf, and the addition of a desiccant pack will keep the vitamins fresh after the consumer purchases the product and opens it.

4. Barrier Packaging: A Look At The Process
As with any project, a meeting with our design team is the first step as we begin creating your barrier packaging. We collaborate with you through the entire process, from design to the creation of a prototype and onward to production. Our expert designers enjoy the challenge of creating innovative packaging and parts, and as they begin each project, they consider which type of materials will provide the best barrier protection as well as factors such as weight, strength, cost-containment and, of course, presentation.

After we’ve created the design, we move on to the creation of a prototype and our in-house tooling ensures that we can control all aspects of tool building and prototyping. Once the prototype has been approved, our facility includes a wide range of high-speed thermoforming equipment, allowing us to quickly complete projects on time and on budget.

In addition to providing you with quality barrier packaging, we also offer services such as package fulfillment, inventory management and shipping. If you need any type of rigid barrier packaging, give the team at Indepak a call at any time. You also can contact us via email or by simply clicking on the Contact tab on our homepage.