Thermoforming Operations Heat Up For VisiPak

VisiPak handles the pressure and keeps the machines rolling with innovative clear plastic packaging

St. Louis (Arnold), MO - Traditional clear plastic packaging tubes were originally produced by VisiPak over 50 years ago, and while the tradition is still strong, a new generation of clear packaging is taking the world by storm. Thermoforming is a manufacturing process that allows for the production of clear plastic packaging known as clamshells, blisters and trays. It is nearly impossible to walk through any retail store without seeing a clamshell or blister pack sitting or hanging on a shelf. It is unlikely that a person will open a package of cookies without seeing the delicious treat all in rows of a thermoformed tray.

Just like holiday or family traditions, each new generation holds on to the treasured originals, mixing in new ideas along the way. Packaging professionals are no different. Packaging engineers and the designers are mixing things up resulting in new creations that are fast becoming the demand for consumer oriented packaging. Like the original packaging tube, thermoformed clamshells offer the customer a clear view of the contents, but the new generation of package designers wants to offer packaging with more shape. The manufacturing of a thermoformed clamshell includes a vacuum process that actually draws the clear film over a mold yielding a package with much shape. When pressure is included in this process, the film forms more tightly to the mold, helping to define corners. The process results in a package capable of having cavities, curves and precise corners.

VisiPak is proud to be part of this new generation of packaging and boasts of a Midwestern U.S. location for the production of thermoformed clamshells, trays and blisters. Centrally located, VisiPak can ship north, south, east or west with further cost reductions as this style of clear plastic packaging nests inside another. A convenient USA location was just one factor in the decision to begin manufacturing thermoformed packaging at VisiPak. Jeff Barket, Director of Sales and Marketing, stated, "While most companies were cutting back in all phases of their business, VisiPak saw the opportunity to help packaging buyers. Many buyers were looking to China, but quickly became frustrated when faced with long shipment delays, not to mention difficult communications. It became obvious to us that we would have a win-win situation by installing the thermoforming process."

VisiPak offers full custom design services. The engineers at VisiPak have exceeded expectations of multiple clients in designing thermoform clamshell packaging. "Our engineers are a part of the thermoforming process from the start. An engineer will take part in all phases of design, seeing it through to final output. VisiPak offers this full scale design and engineering as a standard practice and our engineers have produced many unique features in clamshell packaging," said Phil Brewer, Director of Engineering.

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About VisiPak:

Clear plastic packaging is the VisiPak specialty and this includes extruded and thermoformed packaging options. With the addition of clamshell packages and transparent boxes to the original line of clear plastic tubes, VisiPak is the clear choice for all your transparent packaging needs.

Leveraging its position as the largest extruder of clear PETG plastic tubing in the U.S., the VisiPak division of Sinclair & Rush is proud to be a leader in the field of designing and manufacturing clear plastic packaging. VisiPak was the first packaging manufacturer to bring clear plastic mailing tubes to the direct mail industry and has introduced other innovative packaging solutions like PermaSeals, Hang Tubes, and Donation Containers. Expanding into thermoformed packaging, VisiPak now offers Clamshells, Blisters and Trays, with many stock clamshells ready to ship. If a custom package is required, the VisiPak design team can offer great design flexibility in full custom creations or, at reduced tooling costs, can modify a mold to fit the requirements. Clear plastic boxes are yet another VisiPak clear packaging option and involves no tooling costs.

There are two primary manufacturing plants located in the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri. The Kirkwood plant operates 10 state-of-the-art extruders while the plastics molding facility in Arnold manufactures caps and plugs as well as producing the thermoformed product lines. Arnold is also the home of the sales and design teams. VisiPak can serve your global needs through manufacturing and distribution facilities in the U.S., Mexico, United Kingdom, China, and Australia.
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