At Valcraft Printing & Packaging, we want to help you find the best packaging options that meet the needs of your products. Skin board packaging is the process in which your product is attached to the backing card with a plastic over top that holds your product in place. Call our offices in Abbotsford for a product quote.
Skin Board Packing Process
Skin Board is a specially manufactured paper that is porous and allows air to pass through during the packaging process. Once the boards have been printed, a heat activated adhesive is applied and dried.
To package an item, the printed sheet with the adhesive applied and dried, is placed into a vacuum frame. The items to be packaged are aligned on the sheet, and finally a heated sheet of plastic is lowered to the sheet and a vacuuming process is started from below the sheet to remove all excess air drawing the hot plastic around the item. The hot plastic activates the glue where contact is made forming the bond.
Once the sheet has been packaged; it is then separated into individual packages with either the use of a die cutter, hand paper cutter or knife. Most items then will need to have a hanger hole punched into them to allow for peg hook hanging. If using the die cutting method a steel rule die is made which includes the hanger hole as well as usually rounded corners which will help reduce damage to corners (dog ears) in shipping and handling.
Skin Board Sizing
Skin Boards are printed in full sheets to match the machine in which it will be packed. Most common machine sizes are: 18”x24”, 24”x30” or 24”x36”, but custom variations are also available. Most sheets will have multiple items per sheet in either a set configuration or a simply repeated pattern for multiple uses.
Advantages of Skin Packaging
• Excellent product protection
• Good perceived value
• Good visual of product
• Excellent anti-theft
• Professional look
• Low cost on high volume
• High production output
Disadvantages of Skin Packaging
• Higher production costs for larger
• Packaging not resealable
• May not stack well
• Round item can roll during packaging