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Packaging for foodstuffs

Packaging for foodstuffs

The disposable plastics specialists

Communication is at the heart of ISAP’s work method.

The creation of a unique, exclusive product that reproduces the exact features and characteristics required by the customer can only come from constant, carefully structured interaction and dialogue.

Listening. Listening to the customer’s needs, understanding their needs and guiding their intuitions: this is what makes it possible to turn an idea into a product that is successful, perfectly functional and fully up to expectations.
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Research and analysis. Needs are studied, analysed and developed in a brainstorming process, which involves all those involved in the product design and production stages.

Analysis, production planning, monitoring of the end result and logistics management are the fundamental steps that transform a packaging idea into a success story.

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Developing the production process. Every project is subject to a procedure that goes from the drawing board to the creation of the finished product. Each step is followed and monitored by control procedures assisted by innovative project management programmes.

The various planning stages can be developed in two different ways:

  • Internally: this starts from the preliminary design and goes on to 3-D modelling, through to the production of samples in prototype materials or to the definitive product;
  • Externally: some production processes are outsourced, in order to meet the priorities and cost factors established by the customer.
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ISAP has the technology it needs to create both prototypes and end products: depending on the product specifications and on the customer’s packaging systems, ISAP creates sample products using small moulds installed on limited-run machines specially designed for experimental production. Alternatively, it prepares pilot impressions, inserting the production of samples in standard large-quantity production runs, like those during a launch phase.

Tests. Once the production method has been established, samples are tested on the customer’s packaging line. Testing is always carried out in the presence of ISAP technicians, who supervise every step of the verification procedure and gather all useful information for perfecting the sample.

Coordination. The ability to respond to the customer’s needs and to bring to bear all its experience in a proactive manner: these are two of the salient characteristics of ISAP’s work method, helping to create packaging that is innovative and functional precisely because it is tailor-made.

The production process:

Manufacturing consists of eight phases:

  1. Choice of shape, weight and material most suitable for creating a rigid plastic packaging unit for food
  2. Cost estimates (for production system and variables) for the standard production of new containers;
  3. Creation of prototypes for assessing the look and performance of a new container prior to production;
  4. Participation in line tests on the new container, including filling, packaging, thermal conditioning, and so on;
  5. Support for adaptation of the packaging line, if necessary, to adopt new packaging solutions;
  6. Assistance in identifying any further elements or accessories required for the new types of packaging, including sealing, secondary packaging, etc);
  7. Feasibility studies of packaging in alternative materials, including bio-plastics and natural materials (cellulose pulp) in particular;
  8. Definitive production.
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Final results. The creation of a tailor-made product is a complex process for ISAP. This is why it needs to have perfect understanding and harmony with the customer. Whether it involves just a few dozen items or huge numbers, the end product is the outcome of an entire process and close participation, which makes it possible to achieve the expected results together with the customer.

And to take up the new challenges offered by new markets.