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Clear PET Solutions for Pharma Packaging

First impressions are very important, and packaging is the first aspect of a product that attracts customers. Today, companies are investing significant amounts of time and money on packaging their products as it has a major impact on sales. Eye-tracking research conducted by Clemson University showed that products with clear packaging achieved 678 percent more attention than without transparency. Recently, with the onset of COVID-19, there have been rising concerns about people spreading the virus through touch especially in public locations such as brick and mortar stores.

Clear packaging has proven to be very beneficial during the pandemic as customers can easily view the contents of a product and select what they need with minimal contact with the package. The company’s clear gravity chutes prevent people from touching multiple packages as the product can be identified
through the clear gravity feeder and only a single one can be pulled from the bottom at a time. Printex Transparent Packaging leverages cutting-edge technology and the most innovative techniques to offer clients the best transparent packaging style and structure for showcasing their products. “From initial packaging concept to final production we provide personalized support and help clients achieve their packaging goals,” explains David Dennison, President of Printex Transparent Packaging.

PET Solutions for Pharma PackagingPrintex Transparent Packaging manufactures clear product packaging for many markets including health and beauty, food and beverage, wine and spirits, pharmaceuticals, cell phones, stationery, home entertainment, and apparel. In particular, for the pharmaceutical market, Printex Transparent Packaging provides an extensive variety of packaging for products ranging from toothpaste and off-the-shelf medicines to treatments and prescription roll dispensers. The prescription roll dispenser conveniently dispenses a roll of personalized medication that is pre-packaged by dose by the pharmacy.

The prescription roll dispenser is made of clear PET and usually has some printed custom graphics. The clear dispenser allows the patient to easily pull and tear off their prescribed dose. The clear material also provides a visual cue as to the remaining quantity of the medication.  Unlike traditional SBS paper dispensers packaging, PET is more durable, resulting in less potential damage from moisture so the dispenser maintains its pristine look and shape in the customer’s home.

With their expertise in converting clear PET sheets, Printex Transparent Packaging was able to rapidly convert their manufacturing capabilities to very cost-effectively mass-produce PPE. Currently, the company is one of the largest and lowest-cost face shield manufacturers in the country and has produced over 20 million FDA-approved face shields. “Our face shields are proudly made in North America in our Long Island, NY facility and Montreal, Quebec facility,” adds Dennison. Various designs of face shields can be printed with logos and custom-designed to a client’s requirements. Also, for manufacturing, Bump cap shields snap directly onto existing bump caps with no accessories required. For the past several months, Printex Transparent Packaging has had an ongoing partnership with Hamilton Health Sciences, a renowned hospital group. The client required a custom face shield that provided more coverage than conventional face shields and after collaborating on the design  Printex Transparent Packaging provided a shield that perfectly met the hospital’s requirements standards. Printex Transparent Packaging continues to produce custom and standard face shields for the client and at the same time makes enhancements based on user feedback.

Printex Transparent Packaging expects much of its growth to come from expanding utilization of its core competencies in working with clear and printed PET packaging. Moving forward, the company continues to expand its offerings in PPE such as face shields and mass-producing very economical desk shields for offices and schools. Leveraging its years of experience with transparent packaging, Printex Transparent Packaging can take on any challenge and deliver exemplary results for clients.

Face Shields for Kids

Face shields for kidsTo help control the spread of COVID-19, the CDC has recommended that everyone wear masks where possible. However, it can be challenging to convince children to wear face masks. Many parents are now turning to face shields for kids, as this is an excellent option for children who struggle to wear standard face masks. Face shields cover the child’s entire face, making it more challenging for them to touch their nose, mouth, and eyes.

Whenever possible, it is still most beneficial to wear both a face shield and a mask. For children who cannot tolerate masks however, face shields offer an ideal alternative.

The Pros of Face Shields

Kids’ face shields have a range of benefits. Children will often find the design more comfortable than masks, as it does not directly touch the face but rather is secured on the head with headbands. As they are designed from clear material, face shields also make it easier for children to communicate with others, particularly in school settings. Although they are beneficial for anyone, face shields are particularly useful for kids who have learning disorders or special needs, or who are deaf.

Additionally, face shields for kids have the added benefit of creating a barrier over the upper half of the face, thus preventing respiratory droplets from entering the body through the child’s eyes. This is a significant benefit when compared to face masks. Parents are also able to easily wash face shields so their children can wear them again.

The Cons of Face Shields

While face masks serve an important role in protecting both the self and others, face shields only protect the wearer. Face shields sit in front of the face, not snugly against the skin. As such, face shields allow particles to spread more widely when the child does any of the following:

  • Sneezes
  • Exhales
  • Coughs
  • Speaks

As masks will cover the nose and mouth, they do a better job of preventing the spread of these particles. Kids’ face shields are most effective if the child wears a mask in addition to the face shield.

When Kids Might Use Face Shields

There are several scenarios where a child may use a face shield rather than a mask:

  • The child is unable to wear a face mask
  • The child is eating
  • The child is playing outdoors
  • The child has sensory issues
  • The child is deaf or hard of hearing

How to Wear a Face Shield

For children who struggle to wear face masks, the CDC recommends wearing a face shield that fully wraps around both sides of the face and extends past the chin. Before putting on their face shield, the child should wash or sanitize their hands. The parent or child should also always clean the face shield between every use, either by wiping it with a disinfectant cloth or cleaning it with water/alcohol. Before the child puts the face shield on, it should be completely dry.

About Printex Transparent Packaging

Face shields for kids are an excellent option to increase child safety, particularly for children who struggle to wear face masks. At Printex Transparent Packaging, we are one of North America’s leading producers of protective face shield splash guards. In just the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were able to ship over 10 million face shields to frontline workers. Currently, the company is one of the largest and lowest cost face shield manufacturers in the country and has produced over 20 million FDS approved face shields. Each of our shields are reusable and easy to clean with rubbing alcohol or skin-safe disinfectant. Our face shields are also FDA-approved under EUA 4132020.

At Printex Transparent Packaging, we manufacture protective face shields that are entirely clear, and we can customize your order by printing your logo on the face shield to promote your school, group or business. Although we offer a pre-existing design, we can easily manufacture face shields to your specifications. Additionally, each of our vented face shields feature vents at the top, allowing heat to escape and resulting in a more comfortable fit.

Our head straps feature the following specifications:

  • Adjustable size, Polyethylene (PE) – 16 G. head strap
  • Child Head Strap overall dimension:  24.75 x 1.5” (629 x 38mm)

Our face shields are available in the following sizes and materials:

  • Child Face Shield Size: 9 x 7.5” (229 x 191mm)
  • Clear PET 12 Gauge (300 micron)
With a quick turnaround time and hassle-free shipping from our New York or Montreal plants, our customers can feel confident knowing that we will get their order to them quickly and conveniently, anywhere in North America. To learn more, contact us or request your quote today.

World renowned McMaster University Hospital teams up with Printex Transparent Packaging to design a more protective plastic face shield


BURLINGTON, ON
Feb. 4, 2021 /CNW/ – The Diagnostic imaging team at McMaster University Hospital was concerned about the ultrasound technologists’ lack of protection whilst sitting to the side of patients. Regular Face Shields exposed the sides of their face and neck as the patients were lying down and looking up at them. They wanted a better Face Shield with more protection.

Printex Transparent Packaging-World renowned McMaster University
The Ultrasound team at Hamilton Health Sciences’ Hamilton General Hospital developed an extended face shield in partnership with the McMaster Manufacturing and Research Institute and Printex Transparent Packaging for better protection against COVID-19. Left to right: Dr. Michael Colapinto, Radiologist Lead for Ultrasound, and ultrasound technologists Lisa Billone, Kaylana Parente, and Sarah Allred. (CNW Group/Printex Transparent Packaging)


The McMaster Manufacturing and Research Institute (MMRI) set about designing an oversized face shield to protect the chin, neck, and sides of the head. When the prototype was proposed to the Hamilton Health Science (HHS) PPE Task Force for approval, “it turned out that the Anesthesia and Medical Reprocessing team at HHS was interested in similar protection”. This PPE Innovation then became a wonderful example of how groups of experts in their fields can work together to rapidly innovate and manufacture a product.

Brian Herechuk, Director of Quality and Value Improvement at HHS helped get the extended face shield project moving along. “I reached out to one of our vendors, Printex Transparent Packaging, who were already providing standard face shields for us and asked if this was something they would consider producing,” Herechuck explains. “They jumped right on it. They developed a prototype within a day of me sending them the drawings.”
PTP Long face shield

Dave Tassé, Sales Manager at Printex Transparent Packaging, was more than happy to get involved. “I’m a Hamilton guy. My wife works in a nursing home, so this project was really exciting to me,” says Tassé. “At the time we got the request, we were designing a new face shield for children. I noticed we could utilize some innovations from that project and put it into the extended face shield for HHS. I asked Bryan if he liked it, and he said yes. So, we used that innovation, with slight modifications to their design, and brought the second prototype to HHS and that was it. We had a new comfortable, lightweight, extended coverage, clear plastic face shield ready for production.”PTP long face shield for HHS

Steve Remilli (from MMRI) says this project is a great example of collaboration between various areas of expertise. “This really shone a light on how groups of experts in their fields can work together very quickly. Everything came together so naturally.”

About Printex Transparent Packaging — Brand owners first choice for clear plastic folding cartons. PTP has manufacturing facilities in both New York and Montreal to serve North America. Printex Transparent Packaging focuses on the specialized non-paper packaging converting business including applying clear PET windows to paper folding cartons. Products: Clear folding cartons, point of purchase Powerchutes, shelf flags, literature holders, clear rigid windows for sbs cartons, set box covers and clear sleeves.


5 Things Your Product Packaging Says About Your Brand

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Stand Out on the Shelf with Transparent Packaging

Great packaging is essential to engaging and building your target customers, not only for your product, but also your brand, and your company.

Brand Recognition

It only takes 3 seconds for a consumer to form an opinion of a product. Standing out on the shelf is important. Use a logo, a unique shape, transparent windows and other branded imagery on your packaging.

Brand Positioning

You need to know your marketing message and your demographic. For example, younger audiences prefer brighter colors, with block fonts and bold shapes. Consumers of upscale products prefer colors like black and gold with elegant fonts. Colors can help convey your brand identity as well. Design your packaging for your target audience.

Emotional Connection

The more the consumer relates to, the more likely they are to purchase it or recommend it to others. People can find a connection with packaging in different ways, such as comfort, consistency and even the shape of the box. Colors draw in the customer; so, match colors with feelings such as happy yellows, serene blues, or sensual reds. Color improves brand recognition by 80%.

Show What You Do

People love stories, so tell your story. Are you committed to sustainability? 80% of consumers are likely to switch to brands similar in price and quality to one that supports a cause they favour. You can probably think of a few brands that do very well telling their story with an inspiring blurb on their packaging.

Transparent Packaging

“Don’t hide what’s inside!” Customers like to see what they are getting. Whether it’s a clear box, a window box, or a printed clear PET (clear plastic) box with clear areas. Showcasing your product increases interest. Transparent packaging shows a product’s credibility and trust.

Packaging Done Right

Good product packaging doesn’t have to be expensive. Great product packaging is about creating a lasting impression on the shelf and in the minds of your customers. Returning customers’ spend an average of 67% more than first time customers, investing time into thoughtful packaging is well worth your effort.

Contact our team of specialists today to get started customizing your packaging solution.

The Effectiveness of Plastic Face Shields

The Effectiveness of Plastic Face Shields
Here at Printex Transparent Packaging, we want our customers to stay as safe as possible in these very difficult times. That’s why we offer plastic face shields as a way to protect against the spread of COVID-19. There are a few benefits to plastic face shields over masks. In this article, we will look at the effectiveness of plastic face shields.

Eye Protection

One of the major downsides of simply using a cloth face mask is that it does not cover one’s eyes. Eyes have a larger part to play in the spread of viruses than you might initially think. A cough or sneeze that may be blocked by a face mask from entering the mouth or nose could still enter the body through the soft tissue around the eyes. Plastic face masks are useful when the immediate risk of eyes encountering small particulates of the virus is high, such as in healthcare facilities.

Combination With Masks

The most effective way to lower your chances of transmission, besides regular hand-washing and social distancing, is to wear both a face mask and a face shield over the top of it. In this way, the face shield and the mask work together. The mask becomes more effective at blocking airborne pathogens because fewer particulates are making their way into the mask with the presence of the face shield.

Reduction in Face Touching

Perhaps one of the most annoying things about face masks is their tendency to not always fit properly over individual noses and mouths. This can lead to constant readjusting of the face mask, introducing anything that may be on your hands into the mask itself. Even worse, adjusting the mask can allow particulates to slip around the side of them. A plastic face shield reduces the need to put your hands anywhere near your face, thus reducing the risk of transmission.

If you are going to utilize face shields for protection, then it is important to understand the effectiveness of plastic face shields. Printex Transparent Packaging is more than just clear box packaging, and we want to make sure that you and those you care about are safe throughout these changes to our lives.

Face Shields vs. Masks for Protection From COVID-19

Face Shields vs. Masks for Protection From COVID-19
Since safety is everyone’s top priority right now, as the COVID-19 pandemic shows no signs of stopping, everyone is still wondering how best to protect themselves. One of the more heated arguments is whether face shields are more effective than face masks, or vice versa. Here we’ll explore some of the key differences between them and help determine the qualities of face shields vs. masks for protection from COVID-19.

Face Shields

Disposable plastic face shields can be effective against spreading COVID-19 if used properly. One of the best parts about a face shield is that it protects the entire face, including the all-important eyes. The eyes are a vulnerable point of entry for the virus, so the face shield’s ability to protect this area is key. Disposable plastic face shields offer full coverage of the nose, mouth and eyes. But they also prevent you from touching your face, are comfortable to wear, are reusable and are almost impossible to wear wrong.

One of the problems with disposable plastic face shields is that the virus often spreads through very small particles that can sometimes find their way past the shield. The open sides and bottom of face shields do not effectively protect the mouth from any stray virus transmission. However, a 2014 cough simulation by the National Library of Medicine found that a face shield can reduce a person’s viral exposure by 96% when worn within 18” (45.7cm) of someone who is coughing. Also, Dr. Amesh Adala, a Johns Hopkins Infectious Disease Expert, does not believe that the open areas of a shield are a major risk for transmission since respiratory droplets are gravity-dependent. In fact, he believes that the openings around the face shield make it easier to wear and easier to comply with. The benefits of not touching your face and protecting your eyes outweigh any deficiency anyone may pose against face shields.

Face Masks

We all know how important face masks are to preventing the spread of COVID-19, but they are not without drawbacks as well. Face masks are useful because the most effective ones fully cover the mouth and nose, blocking the virus’s most common pathways into the body. It is important to ensure that the mask creates a seal around the mouth and nose so as not to let any viral particles slip through.

On the other hand, face masks do not solve the problem of exposed eyes the way that face shields do. One of the other downsides of face masks is that many people do not have the approved N95 masks and, therefore, use homemade masks or surgical masks that do not create a solid seal on the face. Plus, people often touch their faces more while wearing a mask, as they tend to be uncomfortable and prone to slippage.

Conclusion

After weighing the pros and cons, the answer to whether face shields or masks are better protection from COVID-19 is that neither of them is perfect. If you are heading out into the public, a face mask should be the absolute minimum required for doing so. However, if you are in a highly trafficked area or a field such as the medical or delivery fields, the best answer would be to wear both, as this will give you the highest chance to prevent the virus from spreading to or from you. If you are in the office and are distancing, a face shield will likely feel more comfortable.

PVC vs. PET Plastic Packaging

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PVC vs. PET Plastic Packaging

Plastic product packaging is used to manufacture goods in various industries around the world. Depending on the industry and the type of product in question, certain types of plastic packaging may be more effective than others in a given scenario. PVC and PET are two types of plastic packaging that are used frequently in manufacturing. While these types of clear plastic packaging may appear almost identical to the untrained eye, some key differences set them apart from one another. Each type of packaging comes with its own unique advantages and applications in a variety of different industries. This brief guide provides a more in-depth look at PVC vs. PET plastic packaging and the unique characteristics of each.

PVC

PVC plastic is most well known for its durability. Indeed, it’s for this reason that other types of PVC plastic are used to create pipes and siding. This durability is equally as valued when it comes to product packaging. PVC plastic packaging is designed to withstand strong impacts and temperatures. Manufacturers can rest easy knowing that products that are packaged in PVC plastic will always be protected and will reach their destination unharmed. For this reason, PVC plastic is a favorite when packaging food and pharmaceutical items. Due to this extreme durability, however, PVC plastic can be quite rigid, making it less malleable than PET plastic. PVC plastic packaging is also less transparent than PET plastic. PVC plastic packaging is still highly transparent, but it is not quite as glass-like as PET.

PET

Polyethylene terephthalate, also known as PET, is a popular type of plastic used to package a variety of different products. When assessing PVC vs. PET plastic packaging, one of the most notable differences is versatility. PET plastic possesses the same standards of durability and strength as PVC plastic packaging without much of the added rigidity. This type of clear plastic packaging is also more resistant to UV rays and is therefore able to withstand extreme conditions for a far longer period of time. PET plastic packaging is also a very sustainable product. PET plastic can be recycled into a variety of different items. Because PET is so easily recyclable it is a very popular option among companies wishing to adopt more environmentally friendly practices.

Both PVC and PET plastic can be used to create a variety of different clear plastic packaging options. Contact our team at Printex Transparent Packaging to discuss which option will be best for your specific needs.

Ways to Make Your Product Stand Out

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Ways to Make Your Product Stand Out

Catching consumers’ attention is no easy task, particularly in industries that are already overrun by many different companies and products. Your product must stand out and make a statement. The easiest way to do this is through an expertly designed product package that employs vibrant colors, window box packaging, and overall memorable imagery. Because product packaging serves as the customer’s first introduction to the product itself, the packaging itself must make a good first impression. Choosing design elements that complement each other and push the envelope without going too far can help your products stand out among the competition. This guide explores three different ways to make your product stand out and catch consumers’ eyes.

Vibrant colors

One of the most effective ways to make your product stand out is through the use of vibrant colors. Color plays a far larger role in purchasing decisions than many people realize. Even the consumers themselves do not always notice the emotional connection they may have to certain colors. As a result, vibrant colors not only serve to catch the consumer’s eye but also to keep them engaged for the duration of the shopping experience. Bear in mind that certain colors are better for advertising certain types of products. When choosing the colors for your product packaging, be sure to consider how they may impact your company’s identity and image as a whole. The human eye is instinctively drawn to certain colors and finds specific combinations more appealing than others. Use this knowledge to your advantage when selecting colors and see your products fly off the shelves in no time.

Uniquely shaped packaging

The shape of product packaging may seem inconsequential, especially in markets that are overrun by boring boxes and bags, but it can have a rather large impact on a product’s overall shelf appeal. Deviating from the norm and packaging your products in a unique shape helps set your items apart from the competition. The human brain is inclined to look for patterns in everyday life and is therefore drawn to anything that disrupts those patterns. Therefore, changing the status quo in this manner and packaging your products in a unique shape can help draw consumers’ eyes easily. Choosing unique packaging materials can help distinguish your products from competitors even further. Implementing transparent elements into your packaging design, perhaps through window box packaging or shaped acetate boxes, adds additional distinguishing features to your product that will help differentiate it from the competition.

Recognizable imagery

Brand identity plays a large role in the overall success of a product. Consumers can form very strong loyalty to brands and on some occasions may be able to recognize a brand simply by the images and font that is used on their product’s packaging. Including recognizable imagery in your product’s packaging is therefore instrumental. This memorable imagery, whether through words, fonts, or a product’s window box packaging, helps consumers quickly and easily distinguish your products from those of your competitors. When placed alongside multiple similar products, this instant identification becomes all the more important. Through very few words, this imagery assures your loyal customers that they can trust your company and your products, making the entire shopping process much quicker and more efficient.

Made in USA and Canada Clear Plastic Folding Box Maker, Now a Leader in Clear Plastic Face Shield Production


Made in USA and Canada Clear Plastic Folding Box Maker, Now a Leader in Clear Plastic Face Shield Production

Printex Transparent Packaging (PTP) quickly pivoted production to ship over 10 million shields in the last 2.5 months in response to the critical PPE shortage during COVID-19! PTP immediately started retooling to respond and manufacture Face Shields in the first week of March! As the largest manufacturer of clear folding plastic boxes (Acetate boxes as some people call them) in North America, it was a simple decision ­“‑‑‑ utilize our clear recyclable PET material, reallocate our resources and our expertise in clear plastic converting to make protective face splash guards”. The fast turnaround of production from clear folding boxes to clear face shields is indicative of how Printex Transparent Packaging serves its valued packaging clients, quickly and responsively! PTP made it a priority to help protect our front line workers, donating thousands of shields and now also protect the general population as we try to phase into returning to work and normal life after emergency COVID-19 measures.

Printex Transparent Packaging’s Face Shield is:

  • Licensed as a Class 1 Medical Device – MDEL 12157
  • FDA Approved under EUA 4132020
  • Is Reusable and Recyclable

With locations in the Toronto area, NY and Montreal, they are also featured on the Thomas COVID-19 Response System with other North American suppliers manufacturing critical emergency supplies. The high volume of Face Shields produced by Printex Transparent Packaging makes them one of the Top North American Face Shield Suppliers. To read more about PTP’s contributions, please read them being featured on NewsWire’s Press Release: Plastic Folding Box Manufacturer converts to leading Face Shield Manufacturer.

As businesses now try to re-open, Printex Transparent Packaging is also contributing to the fight against COVID-19 with the manufacture of clear disposable face shields that attach to Bump Caps.  PTP not only developed and produced millions of their own Face Shields, but also manufactures just the clear face shield component without any strap or headband for other face shield manufacturing and assembly companies. With all of Printex Transparent Packaging’s experience printing on clear plastic for folding cartons, it’s an easy transition to print logos or advertising on the face shields as well.

Importance of Product Packaging in the Food Industry

Importance of Product Packaging in the Food Industry High-quality product packaging is important in every industry. However, it’s perhaps the most important in the food industry. Manufacturers must ensure that their food products are kept safe and free of contamination at all stages in their journey from manufacturing facility to retail shelf. The packaging must be equal parts durable and eye-catching, as it also must serve as in-store marketing for the product itself. This guide explores the importance of product packaging in the food industry as it pertains to both security and marketing.

Avoids contamination and damage

The importance of product packaging in the food industry often stems from safety and security. Food products must remain free of contamination and damage at all points in the retail process. Therefore, product packaging must be durable enough that the food items will not be damaged as they are shipped from the manufacturing facility to stores, and again as they are transported from the store to a consumer’s home. Clear product packaging, as with polypropylene cartons or plastic window boxes, is very beneficial in this respect, as it is quite durable and allows the consumer to properly view the item prior to purchase to ensure that it has not been damaged in any way. Durable packaging is also crucial as it helps protect against moisture and cross-contamination. If moisture or air penetrates the packaging, it can spoil the food item and make it unfit for sale. Avoiding cross-contamination is also crucial, particularly in products that contain nuts, dairy, or other common allergens.

Displays crucial information

Product packaging not only ensures the safety of the consumer by decreasing the potential for moisture and cross-contamination, but also by clearly displaying crucial health and safety information on the package. The CDC requires that all food products display a list of the ingredients used in their products, as well as the accompanying nutritional facts. Though some shoppers may disregard the list entirely, it is still a crucial element in the packaging of food products. This information is especially important for consumers with dietary restrictions, allergies, or other health concerns. In addition to this information, food products must also clearly display an expiration date on their packaging. The addition of this crucial information ensures that all shoppers know exactly what they are getting before purchase.

Promotes in-store marketing

Product packaging plays a much larger role in marketing than many consumers realize. Food products with eye-catching packaging are much more likely to be purchased over competitors with a more generic design. The more unique a product’s packaging is, the more likely it will be noticed by consumers. When used in tandem with the concept of shelf appeal, expert product packaging can help increase the sale of food items significantly.