These little green boxes hold many secretive delights, and more, by Michael P.
Packaging may be of several different types. For example, a transport package or distribution package can be the shipping container used to ship, store, and handle the product or inner packages. Some identify a consumer package as one which is directed toward a consumer or household.
Custom packaging is an evolutionary use of modern materials. Thermoforming and vacuum forming allow for expanded capabilities for large trays, displays, and specialty needs. Thermoforming is a method which uses vacuum, heat, and pressure to form the desired material into a shape determined by its mold. This type of packaging is often used by the cosmetic and medical industry.
Packaging may be described in relation to the type of product being packaged:
- medical device packaging,
- bulk chemical packaging,
- drug packaging,
- retail food packaging,
- military materiel packaging,
- pharmaceutical packaging, etc.
It is sometimes convenient to categorize packages by layer or function: “primary”, “secondary”, etc.