Harpak-ULMA introduces 3D printing for trays

Harpak-ULMA has introduced a nationwide 3D printing service tailored specifically for tray packaging protoyping. Customers have the option of in-person collaboration at the company’s Customer Experience Center in Taunton, Massachusetts, and merchandisers can utilise this service to quickly, easily and cost-effectively customise their tray designs to meet specific marketing needs and preferences.

Unlike conventional design practices, Harpak-ULMA’s 3D printing service for tray package prototyping offers merchandisers unmatched flexibility and versatility in prototyping — whether customisation requirements call for adjusting dimensions, adding intricate features, or incorporating branding elements.

Packaging customisation is crucial to product differentiation and brand identity in successful merchandising. However, the prototyping process involved in developing customised trays is labour-intensive, time-consuming and requires long lead times and significant costs.

Such costs are often prohibitive for smaller businesses or those with limited budgets. The extended timeline can be a deal-breaker for merchandisers facing ever-tighter time-to-market schedules. Moreover, retail food merchandisers typically lack the skilled personnel and specialised equipment to produce prototypes. As a result, many shy away from exploring new, innovative, customised packaging concepts. In addition, 3D printing dramatically reduces waste associated with legacy prototyping methods, making it more environmentally friendly.

“Our new 3D printing-enabled package prototype services eliminates these barriers, shortening the prototyping process from weeks to months to hours – with commensurately lower costs,” explained Joshua Allen, Marketing Director, Harpak-ULMA.”It also facilitates quick and inexpensive iterations. You can easily incorporate feedback from testing and evaluation into successive prototypes. That kind of iterative approach leads to better final products.

“This is another example of how leveraging technology can improve the customer experience, which is central to our go-to-market philosophy. Beyond leading the industry with our solutions, we seek to elevate our customers’ packaging lifecycle experience – from design to operations and maintenance.

“We are always seeking to embrace pragmatic technological advancements that have a quantifiable and demonstrable impact on our customers’ performance,” he concluded.

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