In Pairs list as many reasons as you can why products are packaged.
Introduction to Packaging
If you look at a typical product on any supermarket shelf, it’s packaging started life as a flat development or net, probably printed on a piece of card or cardboard.
It was then cut out, folded and glued to form the package.
Check out the video on how cardboard boxes are made in industry:
Billions of pounds are spent on packaging food and other items each year. Sixty percent of all packaging is for food products.
There are five main reasons for packaging products:
To protect products - Not only during transportation but whilst they sit on the shelves they are protected against micro-organisms, air, moisture and other toxins.
To keep the product together - Some products are made of lots of different pieces, if they were not packaged together some pieces may get lost.
To identify the product - The package should clearly identify the product inside and it is usually the package that the customer recognises when shopping.
To allow ease of stacking both during transportation and on the shelf.
To display printed information - Examples of this would be price, ingredients, sell by dates, special offers, manufacturers address, contact information, product title, barcodes and images or colours to attract potential customers .
Task 1 - Manufacturing a simple packaging net
The piece of card in front of you has a packaging net printed onto it.
Cut it out, fold the edges and stick it together using double sided tape.
The finished package should look like the one in the picture shown below:
Try to cut accurately across the solid lines and neatly fold acrossed the broken lines.
All you will need is a pair of scissors, double sided tape and the packaging net.
Task 2 - Designing your own packaging net
It's now time for you to design your own packaging net, but don't worry, we have some templates to help get you started.
Firstly, pair off with someone in the class who has a similar size USB Pen design as your own.
Now follow these instructions:
1. Go to the PACKAGING NETS section of this website.
2. In this section you will see packaging net templates of all different sizes. Choose a net that you like, you'll have to use you imagination to picture what the packaging will look like once it's assembled.
3. Once you have chosen your net, click on it and it will appear in a new window.
4. Right-click the image and select copy.
5. Open 2D Design from the Start Menu → All Programs → Design Technology → 2D Design V2.
6. Once 2D Design has opened, right-click on an empty design and select paste.
7. With your packaging net now editable in 2D Design, you can resize your net, add text or images and other information.
Level 3 - You have designed and manufactured a simple package for your USB Pen.
Level 4 - You have designed and manufactured a package for your USB Pen.
You have added a product name, price and one other piece of information.
Level 5 - You have accurately designed and manufactured a package for your USB Pen.
You have added a product name, price, an image and one other piece of information.
Level 6 - You have accurately designed and manufactured a package for your USB Pen.
You have added a product name, price, an image, a bar code and one other piece of information in suitable positions on your packaging.
What information should or could be printed onto packaging?