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Packaging and labelling might be the last part of the manufacturing process inside the factory, but it is probably the most important. Packaging gives the user a first impression, not only of the product, but also of the company it represents. It might seem like a simple task, but it is more intricate than one can imagine.

It is of the utmost importance that manufacturers ensure that their packaging and labelling team have a sound knowledge of what to do during the final step of this process. Knowing what goes into packaging will give one a wider knowledge when it comes to choosing the right methods.

What materials are used during the packaging process?

The packaging process requires a lot of planning and different types of packaging will obviously be used for different types of products. When choosing a package material it is also important to take environmental health into consideration. Packaging should preferably be recyclable, or the consumer should be able to use it again. Here are a few materials that are used for packaging:

Plastic: this is the most common type of packaging but also the most difficult to dispose of. They are strong and easily accessible at a cheap price.

Metal: this is usually used when packaging foods (tin), or soft drinks (aluminium). Some types of metal can be separated and recycled, and it is also a popular as it is solid and strong.

Carton: this is a substance that is difficult to recycle, but at the same time it is light, strong, and ideal for storage. It is used when packaging milk or fruit juice.

Cardboard: this is an easily recyclable material and is usually used to form boxes, or sheets. This type of cardboard is usually used in the post-production stages of packaging.

Glass: this is easy to recycle and a strong material. It is usually used to transport liquids, but odd shapes may prove difficult when it comes to storage.

How does the packaging process work?

It is sometimes necessary to package a product more than once when it leaves the factory in order to ensure its safety. Firstly, the product is put in what’s called the primary packaging. This is the product’s immediate packaging as seen in the store, also called the consumer package. Then it is wrapped in the secondary package. This is usually used if certain products have to be grouped together. Lastly, it is put in the tertiary packaging, which is the box or container used to ship the products as a bulk to the warehouses. This is also called the shipping package.

Why is the correct packaging important?

Firstly, packaging is supposed to protect the products it contains. The packaging may also act as a barrier protection from elements such as oxygen or water. Packaging prevents contamination with other products that may damage the product it is protecting. It informs the consumer or the receiver about certain rules or instructions pertaining to the package. It markets the product, and controls the portions it is being sold as. Lastly, the correct packaging can add to the convenience of storing the product.
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