When it comes to the creation of commercial packaging, safety can make or break a brand. Custom child-resistant (CR) packaging is one of the most sought after needs in the chemical and pharma industries. CR packaging is used to reduce the risk of children ingesting hazardous substances.To maintain the branding with added child resistant protection, some products underscore the need for custom packaging solutions. Examples of such products would be laundry detergent pod and recreational cannabis.
Developing CR packaging, however, can be an arduous task due to the intricate nature of possible materials used in the manufacturing process. To illustrate, most plastic closures are made of a material called polypropylene that is commonly used in plastic hinges. Due to the molecular structure of polypropylene, it is a very difficult material to prototype. Substitutes for polypropylene have their own set of prototyping challenges. As for other options, creating a closure for polyethylene bags or paperboard boxes is equally complicated. These materials lack rigidity, making mechanical locking systems tricky to develop.
Another critical barrier holding back CR packaging is its stringent certification requirement. Such products require a testing process that determines if the packaging follows the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) standards. The criteria of the testing process are strict and guarantee that small children, for example, are not able to open the package. The testing process adds at least several weeks to the product timeline.
Working with a reputable company that has a track record of developing innovative and certified CR mechanisms using sophisticated materials can give manufacturers a competitive edge, accelerating product development while lowering the risk of disastrous harm to consumers. That’s where Science Exchange provider Creative Mechanisms comes in. They specialize in the development of innovative mechanical solutions as well as maintaining a high degree of know-how in product prototyping. Contact the provider to learn more about their groundbreaking CR packaging solutions.