University of Twente Student Theses


Openability van Top Seal Verpakkingen

Spaans, T.M. (2012) Openability van Top Seal Verpakkingen.

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Abstract:This bachelor assignment describes the activities and results of the study on the cause of problems with opening top seal packages. This study is executed in the context of the bachelor assignment Industrial Design at the University of Twente. For the reason that few studies on openability of top seal packaging are done and that it is still unclear what causes problems with opening such packages the chair of Packaging Design and Management Bachelor made this assignment available. The purpose of this study is therefore to find out what underlies the problems of opening a specific top seal packaging. The study consists of three parts: in the first part a theory about the problems with opening a packaging is drawn, in the second part this theory is verified through a user test and in the last part the results are processed into a final product which can check a specific top seal packaging on properties that may cause problems. The literature has shown the complexity between the properties of the packaging and the capabilities of the user when opening a packaging. A combination of properties of a packaging can cause problems when the physical and cognitive capacities of the user are not sufficient. When opening a packaging different properties play a role for each capacity. By means of a qualitative user test this theory is verified and strengthened. The levels of capacity of the participators have become clear out of a capacity test. With both the opinions of the users and the objective measurements during the opening of four different packages the problems with opening a packaging are related to the capacity of the users. The results of the user test correspond quite well with the expectations from the developed theory and therefore they represent a good basis for the final product. The final result of this study is an instruction form whereby a specific top seal packaging can be checked on properties that may cause physical or cognitive problems. By using the form students successfully exposed the properties that can cause physical or cognitive problems. Therewith this study offers a tool by which properties, that can possible cause problems when opening a packaging, can be revealed in an easy and transparent way.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:20 art studies
Programme:Industrial Design BSc (56955)
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