Editor’s note: This post was originally published on OMNI in September 2019 and has been updated to reflect the latest information.
What Is Primary Packaging?
There are three different types of packaging: primary packaging, secondary packaging, and tertiary packaging. Examples of Secondary packaging include cardboard boxes or containers. Tertiary packaging includes bundling, wrapping pallets, and shipping containers. Each describes a different scale or level of packaging.
Primary packaging is the article that touches the finished product and is the first layer that stands between the product and the consumer. In consumer packaged products, examples of primary packaging could be the bottle holding your juice, the can that holds your soda, or the wrapper encasing your candy bar.
Purpose of Primary Packaging Equipment
Primary packaging equipment is how the product gets into its retail packaging. This process is critical, and with the latest technological advancements, equipment is more sophisticated than ever. Whether your customer is filling infant formula, soda cans, cereal, or any other grocery store item, the pressure for better, faster, more flexible, and cheaper equipment has never been higher. With market changes and continuous pressure for more graphical and dynamic packaging, packaging solutions must be flexible and dynamic as well.
Primary packaging equipment has direct contact with the final product and needs to be gentle enough to package cartons of perishable goods, yet powerful enough to work quickly and efficiently.
Plastic Parts for Primary Packaging Equipment
Many leaders of the packaging industry trust plastic and polyurethane parts for their packaging equipment. Packaging design and display packaging vary, so it’s important the equipment is versatile and can handle multiple platforms. One packaging solution may require a fragile package and delicate handling, while another may be filling pouches that are dropped directly into a secondary package. Using custom-molded polyurethane parts allows for this versatility.
To learn about the benefits of molded parts, check out our blog: 6 Reasons Why Molded Parts Made From Plastics Or Polyurethane Are Better For Manufacturing
Some of the Primary Packaging Equipment Types OMNI Has Engineered Parts for:
- Flow Wrappers
- Form, Fill, and Seal
- Scales / Weighers
- Volumetric Filling
- Auger Filling
OMNI Engineers Molded Polyurethane Components for Primary Packaging OEMs
OMNI wants you to know whether you manufacture Flow Wrapping, VFFS (Vertical Form, Fill, Seal), Liquid and Dry Filling equipment, or any other type of primary packaging machinery—you are in good hands. OMNI has been serving the consumer packaged goods industry for over 44 years and understands the pressures that come with it; from time constraints and supply chain issues, to design limitations and manufacturing feasibility. The ability to mold complex geometries with consistency from part to part ensures that each part is not only dimensionally correct but performs how you need it to.
No matter your project, our innovative team at OMNI can help customize and deliver a tailored solution. We have the design knowledge to produce the highest quality product with superior functionality and performance. We are ready to collaborate with you to identify the best solution—from design and material selection to execution and delivery.