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What Is Blister Packaging?

What is blister packaging? Blister packaging is a plastic packaging that is created by forming it to the product. A blister package is used for a variety of commercial goods and are commonly found on retail stores. Blister containers have a plastic area where the products are placed and have a lidding that allows for removal of the product. Blister packs often use a paperboard card for such a backing.

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Plastic Blister Package Basics

Andex blister packaging secures consumer products between a paperboard card and a clear, thermoformed plastic blister. Eye-catching graphics on the blister card grab buyers’ attention, and the transparent plastic makes it easy to examine the product. A hole in the top of the card allows the package to hang from a peg.

Blister packaging can be customized to allow for a variety of special features. Try-me features allow the consumer to interact with the product while it is secured safely in the packaging. Custom printing options like metallic inks or foil stamping catch the eye, helping your product stand out in the crowd on store shelves.

The Andex COMBO-PAC Program is a convenient, affordable way to get a customized blister packs without expensive tooling costs and set-up fees.

Difference between Stock Blisters and Custom Blisters

The main differences between stock blister containers and custom blister containers.

Card PackagingStock Blisters

  • Come in many standard sizes and three different shapes—square, rectangular, or round—to closely fit your product.
  • Produced to order, without the cost of tooling.
  • Stock blister cards printed to match the stock blister for a guaranteed fit and seal.

Blister Custom DesignCustom Blisters

  • Exactly follow the unique contours of your product.
  • Are formed using a mold specially tooled to your product for a one-of-a-kind fit.
  • Can incorporate special solutions such as try-me features or unique die cuts and shapes.
  • Custom blister cards printed to match—with options such as color matching, metallic inks, or foil stamping—for a guaranteed fit and seal. 
Which option is right for me? (Comparison chart)

Which blister pack option is right for my product?

Please see our comparison chart page for details. 

What types of products can be packaged in blisters?

Blister carded packaging is used in a variety of markets and product categories, including:

  • Club Stores and Major Retail Chains
  • Home Improvement, Hardware, Tools
  • Health and Beauty, Cosmetics
  • Household Goods
  • Electronics
  • Office and Craft Supplies
  • Toys and Games
  • Sports and Recreation
  • Automotive 

Combo-Pac — Custom Blisters & Cards for Less

Thermoform Tool BlsiterThe Andex Combo-Pac program offers you the same high-quality blisters and cards you get with a custom order, but lowers the cost of production to make your packaging dollar go further.

How does it work?

First, you’ll partner with an experienced member of our sales team to design the perfect blister and blister card to fit your product. Customize your package with 4-color printing on the front, 20 pt. card thicknesses, different corner shapes, simple contours, or internal cuts. Thermoformed blisters come in 10 or 15 mil thicknesses. Choose a stock shape or custom.

Then select from one of our specified Combo-Pac quantities—small to large quantities are available. Schedule your order to be thermoformed or printed on one of our convenient Combo-Pac production dates. Your package components will be designed, manufactured, and shipped quickly to arrive right on time.

What’s the advantage?

Lower costs! You’ll eliminate printing plate, cutting die and set-up charges as well as the fees for full production tooling. Get a customized package to fit your product at a very affordable price. 

How do the blister and the card stick together?

Blister cards are coated with a special heat seal coating. The blister is secured to the card using heat and pressure to activate the adhesive. The adhesive is strong enough to hold the blister and card together securely while on display, but allows the package to be opened easily by the consumer.

Andex is a convenient source for both thermoformed blisters and printed blister cards, but does not seal products within the finished package. Ask your Andex account rep about the many options available for sealing blister packages.

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