Consumer durables are the household appliances and automobiles having a longer useful life after purchase. Given their utility and life-span, even minor dents in appliances are not acceptable to the consumers. Therefore, consumer durables packaging is also crucial for manufacturers. Here we enlist the types of consumer durables packaging materials.
Cartons and Boxes
Cartons and boxes make both primary and secondary packaging in the consumer durables industry. These are generally cardboard and paperboard containers useful for making outer packaging. Following are the commonly used packaging boxes.
Window patch cartons have an opening or window to display the product inside. The window is covered with a transparent film to protect the product from dust, moisture, etc. The boxes have custom window size depending on the product’s’ aesthetics.
Small to medium sized electronics, gadgets, etc.
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Self-locking cartons are sturdy boxes with an elongated flap to fold and lock. They provide excellent closure without needing adhesive tapes.
Mobile phones packaging commonly use self-locking cartons. These are also suitable as a secondary shipping box for small to medium sized consumer durables.
These are the boxes with flaps on top and bottom. These boxes are presentable and can have custom window patch.
A wide variety of consumer durables packaging uses this type of carton.
Lined cartons have an inner lining of polyethylene or aluminum for additional protection against moisture.
Electronics, gadgets, and premium packaging.
Regular Slotted Cartons
The regular slotted containers are cardboard shipping cartons with four flaps. These flaps are half the width of the container. They can have a different types of flutes depending on the product packaging requirement.
These are suitable for packing and shipping medium to large sized containers. These are also good to aggregate smaller packaging into a bigger box for shipping.
Wraps are the elastic plastic film for covering the product and packaging during shipping.
Shrink wrap is a transparent polyethylene film to cover a product or shipping container. It is applied loosely around the item and shrinks to fit by applying heat.
These are useful for extending packaging protection against dust, moisture, or sun. It also protects the package from pilferage.
Stretch wraps are highly elastic and easily stick to the surface by the elastic rebound. LDPE (Low-density polypropylene) makes good stretch wrap. These are able to properly cover uneven surfaces. One can use stretch wraps manually or with machine aid.
The stretch wrap applications in the consumer durables packaging industry include unitizing shipping cartons for palletizing, bundling, and wrapping individual items for extended protection.
Straps and Ties
Straps are used with skids and pallets for unitizing loads. Whereas, ties are useful for fastening smaller packages. Straps also include clips to hold the strapping.
These are made of tin, aluminum, or other lightweight metals. These are more expensive than PET straps.
These are useful for handling heavyweight automobiles, appliances via forklift.
These include straps and rolls made from polyester, PET (polyethylene), PP (polypropylene), nylon, and rayon. PET straps are available in different standard colors. These are useful for color-coding the loads for easy identification in warehouses.
These are useful for unitizing loads, material handling, and for securing the package against accidental loss or theft.
Cable ties act as a fastener for rolling and holding together cables, wires, etc. Because of plastic, they are free from corrosion and are a bad conductor of electricity, hence safe to use for appliances packaging.
These are generally used as internal packaging material for organizing wires and individual appliances parts.
Adhesives and Tapes
Adhesives and tapes are gluing materials. The adhesive is available in paste form whereas, the tape is a combination of glue and a backing material.
BOPP (Biaxially oriented polypropylene) tapes exhibit excellent mechanical properties and adhesion at room temperature.
These are useful for sealing, bundling, and wrapping the outer packaging or cartons.
Two-sided tapes have glue on either side. These are useful for faster and easier packaging. However, two-sided tapes are costlier and have lesser strength.
These are suitable for lightweight applications like attaching documents to the packaging box, decorative labels, etc.
Silicon tapes are made of polymers of carbon. These are costliest of all adhesive tapes but provide extremely strong adhesion.
These are useful for intricate packaging, electronics, and for insulation purpose.
Consumer durables packaging sector largely uses fillers and cushions to safely transfer appliances from the manufacturing location to the end user. These are necessary for absorbing shock and vibration during transit.
PP (Polypropylene) or PU (Polyurethane) are commonly used as foams. It is available as rolls and sheets, which can be cut to fit the product.
Foam is useful for wrapping the products to protect them while shipping.
Bubble wrap is a common cushion available in sheets and rolls. These are generally made of LDPE.
It is useful for wrapping individual item before packing them in the primary box or shipping carton.
Printing Methods and Inks
Manufacturers use different printing techniques to make their packaging appealing to consumers. Flexography, rotogravure, and screen printing processes popular in the packaging industry. Following are the types of inks.
It is inexpensive and useful for producing more accurate printing. It uses carbon and other polymers as a solvent. Solvent-based inks exhibit more resistance to chemicals and mechanical stress. However, these are not environment-friendly.
Outer packaging generally uses solvent-based inks because these are more resistant to fading and scratch.
Water-based inks are an environment-friendly alternative to solvent-based inks. It uses water as a solvent. It is aesthetically good, but offer the least resistance to external damages.
Sophisticated packaging like mobile phones, premium products, etc. uses water-based inks for printing.
Apart from the shipping containers, fillers, wraps, and straps, you’ll find a variety of additional packaging materials for consumer durables. Some of them are as follows.
Cores are cylindrical paper tubes. They help in easy winding and unwinding lengthy items.
These are useful for winding appliances’ wires and secure within the packaging. The secondary use of chores in consumer durables industry is for winding tapes, straps, etc.
It is a security label, specially printed to authenticate the product against duplicity and forgery.
Premium products’ packaging use hologram as a symbol of authentication.
There are different types of envelopes available like paper, kraft paper, and mesh-lined.
Envelopes are useful for holding small components of appliances like the spare screw, nuts, etc.
It is a multipurpose paper serving multiple purposes.
Copier papers are useful for printing, labeling, and making printed envelopes.
Poly Mailers or simply mailer bags are polyethylene envelopes with a peel-off glue. They secure the components of consumer appliances. Custom mailer bags also come with bubble wrap inner lining for additional protection.
For packing small appliances’ parts just like envelopes.
Cotton bags with a drawstring, though not very common but in use in consumer durables packaging.
These are reusable and generally culinary appliances make use of cotton bags.
Labels are must for any packaging. There can be a product label as well as a shipping label. Labels include all the mandatory manufacturing and shipping information.
Labels identify the product from the outer packaging. Shipping labels reveal sender’s and receiver’s information.
Through this compilation, we tried to cover both primary and secondary consumer durables packaging materials. For queries and support, you can reach us at email@example.com or view our product catalog.1