Glossary

Blister Packaging –

This packaging consist of a clear PVC plastic blister that is sealed on to a specially coated blister card. As heat-sealing is introduced, the adhesive coating on the card and the PVC blister adhere together. This packaging forms a safe, appealing product for the end consumer and is very common in the retail sector.

Clamshell –

A custom molded PVC tray that is typically designed with 2 sides that are connected with a hinge. Typically, clamshells are an expensive form of packaging. Customers who have a heavy or expensive retail item that requires tamper proof protection prefer this type of packaging option. These packages can be designed with a hang hole or with a "foot", so that the package may stand on its own.

Hand Assembly –

Refers to tasks that are completed by manual labor only.

Heat Sealing

A process by which two pieces of PVC or substrates are sealed together through heat-sealing or vibration. Although heat sealing is an industry term and is part of many packaging processes, it mainly refers to the closure of polybags and Ultrasonic sealing.

Polybagging –

Inserting a product into a polybag and then heat-sealing the bag closed. The bag can be printed or a label can be applied to identify the product.

P.O.P. Display –

Referring to Point of Purchase, this is usually a freestanding display, which contains multiple items and can be found in an aisle or at the end of an aisle in a retail setting. The POP displays are usually constructed of corrugate materials and assembled with the chosen product so that the retailer can easily showcase the product with little to no unwrapping of the skid.

Relabeling –

This can be as simply as placing a label onto a box, or applying a label over an existing label. It may also involve removing the original label and applying a new label in its place.

Repackaging/Rework –

This involves redoing a task that was last completed incorrectly and/or requires alteration.

Shrink Wrapping –

This packaging technique is a relatively simple process where a closed bag is formed around the product. Using a sealer, the enclosed product is subjected to , typically using a heat-sealing tunnel, which shrinks the plastic film around the product. Shrink-wrap is one of the most popular forms of packaging, as well as being an inexpensive way of protecting the product

Skin Packaging –

This form of packaging involves Surlyn film and applying it over a product and onto a preprinted skin card. As skin packaging is introduced, the adhesive coating on the card and the Surlyn film adhere together. At the same time, the skin blister machine vacuums out all the air, which allows the Surlyn film to form a “skin-like” appearance over the product and skin card. This is an attractive packaging option and is a preferred method for the retail sector. The product is displayed clearly yet is protected by the transparent covering.

Sorting –

Unpacking of goods to inspect for defects usually accomplished through visual inspection based upon pre-determined standards.

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