Digital music and video formats were supposed to be the death knell of CDs and DVDs. While sales volume for disc formats has tapered off in recent years, many consumers still prefer the convenience of a physical CD, DVD, Blu-Ray or video game disc - a trend not likely to change very quickly.
What have changed are the packaging solutions used to ship, store and sell digital media discs. Flat sleeves have replaced bulkier, dimensional packages for many applications. Eco-friendly materials have become more popular; in many cases, media providers are choosing paper-based packaging over rigid plastics.
As media packaging specialists, Apex Die can help you and your customers craft packaging solutions that successfully balance design, usage requirements and budget. Here are a few planning tips to keep in mind:
- Carefully consider how discs will be protected inside the media holder. A sleeve is sufficient for a simple, single-disc mailer, for example. Packages that hold multiple discs may require foam inserts or dots to secure discs properly. If discs will be packaged in jewel cases, your design must factor their dimensions and extra protection requirements.
- Media holders can be enclosed with a variety of methods, including tuck flaps, tabs, Velcro, magnets, glue seams and more. Keep in mind that not all closure options are applicable for all packaging formats and layouts. For example, a media holder containing four jewel cases will likely cause a die-cut tuck flap to tear after minimal use. Apex Die would be happy to help you choose the right closure for your application.
- If your discs will be mailed, printed surfaces must be protected to prevent scratching and scuffing. Apex Die strongly recommends applying a film laminate or an aqueous, varnish or UV coating to provide necessary surface protection.
In-House CAD Design Services at Apex Die
Need a custom-designed media holder on a tight schedule? Our in-house CAD design services have you covered. Our experienced design team is well-versed in helping customers create custom packages that skillfully blend beauty and function to meet your exact needs.
The Apex Die Advantage
In addition to our CAD design services, Apex Die has a full complement of production solutions geared for media holders and other packaging applications. Our high-speed folding/gluing, die cutting, foil stamping, embossing, UV coating and related services ensure seamless, high-quality production on even high-volume projects.