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What Is A Poly Bag? Applications And Uses

Are you packaging clothing? Or, maybe you are packaging a magazine? Wait, wait! I got it. You are packaging a packet of documents to send through the mail! Well, I know at least some of you are surprised that I guessed correctly. For those of you whom I failed to guess your packaging, consider reading on. Regardless of what you are looking to package, you are clearly researching polybags.   And, if it is information about polybags you are looking for, you have come to the right place! Here at Industrial Packaging, polybags are part of everyday life. I suppose that should be expected after several decades in the packaging industry.   But, you are not here to learn about us; you are here to find out what a polybag is.   In this article, we will explain what a polybag is. We will also look into some of the most common packaging applications for polybags so that you can figure out if they are right for your packaging needs.

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Food Packaging  |  Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging

How To Choose A Contract Food Packaging Company: 5 Key Considerations

You have decided that contract food packaging is right for you. You are trying to figure out how to choose the right contract food packaging company. But, you are not sure which considerations are key when choosing a vendor.   Industrial Packaging has been offering contract food packaging services for many years. We offer these services to everyone from small businesses up to Fortune 500 clients. While we may or may not be the right contract food packaging company for you, we can help guide you to choosing the right one.   This article will take a look at the key considerations you must think about when choosing a contract food packaging vendor. With this information, you will be able to choose the right contract food packaging company for your business.

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Shrink Film Cheat Sheet

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Which Packaging Supplies Are Right For Your Products?

OK. You have a hot new product, and you can't wait to get it to market. You know that consumers will be super excited to get their hands on this item, and you know it will be a hot seller. You have a warehouse full of new products. And, you are ready to get these bad boys into the hands of a very willing public.   But. You have a problem.   You are not sure what type of packaging you should use for your products. Maybe you are an established company that has been down this road before. But, this product has special requirements your other items did not.   Then again, perhaps you are a start-up. You are totally new to this and have never packaged a single product in your life.   Either way, you have many burning questions in your mind about packaging. But, there is one question more important to you at the moment. That question is, which packaging supplies are right for my products?   To be fair, that is an excellent question regardless of where you are at in your business history. Thankfully, you are about to get the help you are looking for.   With over sixty-five years in packaging, Industrial Packaging has the information you need. This info will help you make an educated buying decision. Plus, you will be able to buy exactly the correct type of packaging for your products.   In the article below, we will explore the different types of packaging supplies. And, we will help you to answer some questions. The answers to those questions will quantify which packaging supply is proper for you.   With this information, you will be able to package your products like a rockstar.

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Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

What Is Shrink Film Tubing? Applications And Uses

Let me guess, your products are oblong, elongated, or simply "long," right? And you’ve probably struggled to find the right type of packaging film for your products.   How did I know that? Are you reading this blog post? Then it would seem you have been looking for a packaging material that is good for these types of items.   Perhaps you had been considering using shrink film for your products. But, after doing some research, you started seeing terms like "shrink film tubing," "poly tubing," or "heat seal tubing."   Don't be afraid! We are not tracking your every move on the internet. We happen to know that the types of products you are looking to package are most often packaged with shrink film tubing. And, chances are, that is why you are here.   While there are some similarities between shrink film and shrink film tubing, they are not the same. Based on you landing on this article, you’re probably thinking you need shrink film tubing.   Shrink film tubing may be clear or colored plastic. Some shrink film tubing is available with perforations. Perforated shrink film tubing makes it easier to remove.   Over the years, Industrial Packaging has sold countless rolls of shrink film tubing. During that time, we have identified the proper applications for this packaging material.   In this article, we will explore shrink film tubing. We will also discuss the common applications and uses for this material. With this info, you will be able to identify if shrink film tubing is right for your products.

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Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging

The Different Types Of Contract Packaging Services

You are trying to figure out if a contract packaging agreement makes sense for your business. But from what you can tell there are a ton of different types of services, which is likely causing some confusion.   You know your company may or may not need all the services provided. You also know that not all contract packaging companies offer the same services.   Right now, what you need is to get a better understanding of each type of contract packaging service. You want to do this so you can choose a contract packaging company that offers the services you need.    Industrial Packaging has been providing contract packaging services for several decades now. During that time, we have been able to help many companies. Companies, just like yours. We help them to find the right contract packaging services for their business.   In this article, we will take a look at the different types of contract packaging services. We will help you to identify the specific services that are right for you.

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Packaging Design  |  Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging

Hemp Packaging: Genius Ways To Avoid Mislabeling CBD Products

The CBD market now includes an impressive catalog, from edibles, butter, and balms to full-spectrum CBD oil. As the industry continues its meteoric climb, manufacturers have rushed to market their products.   Packaging and labeling are two items that are often overlooked when looking to capture a wider fan base. In an effort to break into the market quickly, product marketing strategists focused on promising exciting effects at the expense of accuracy. This resulted in the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) getting involved.   This article will provide examples of labeling mistakes you want to avoid in the hemp industry. It will also provide some guidelines for the proper labeling of your CBD products.

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Environment  |  Packaging Materials

How To Properly Compost Biodegradable Shrink Films

Earth-Friendly! Compostable! Biodegradable! Sustainable!   All of these are surely buzz words you have seen a million times before. For instance, there has been a lot of pressure from consumers to replace plastic straws with paper ones.   Then you have the public call to corporations to drop single-use plastics. These modern words of power have invaded the collective unconscious. This is true for most consumers the world over.   This is all for a good reason. This sentiment stems from the perspective of a love affair with planet earth.   Due to various reasons, many types of "earth-friendly" packaging are, in fact, not. For example, contamination in the single-stream recycling process. Then, there is the required protocols for biodegradable options.   Do you buy biodegradable shrink films? If you don't compost them, you reduce all the earth-friendly elements of the material. Industrial Packaging has over 60 years in the packaging business. We know what works and what does not for sustainable packaging supplies.   In this article, we will explore the requirements for composting biodegradable shrink films. Will your consumers implement these protocols? If so, they may very well make sense for your business. If not, you may make less of an impact on the environment with traditional packaging films.

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Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

Are There Any Easy-Open Options For Shrink Film? Exploring Solutions

When it comes to packaging in 2021 and beyond, one item of continual interest for many consumers is easy-open applications. What is commonly known as "wrap-rage" is a phenomenon that we have seen growing over the past several years.   Wrap-rage is the experience of having negative emotions and a sense of frustration towards the packaging of a product. This experience has become more common for consumers of various types of products.   I myself have experienced wrap-rage on numerous occasions, particularly with some types of blister packs. I can still remember the slew of angry cuss-words drifting through my mind as I used various types of cutting tools to wrangle the product from inside the package.   When it comes to shrink film, wrap-rage is an issue as well. Some of Industrial Packaging's customers have been asking us a question. That question is, "are there easy-open options for shrink film"?   The short answer to this question is "yes, there are easy-open options for shrink film." In the article below, we will explore the shrink film options for easy open applications.

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Contract Packaging VS In-House Packaging: Pros And Cons

When it comes to your supply chain and packaging line, you have two options to choose from. Doing all your packaging in-house or outsourcing to a contract packaging company. Both of these options have their pros and cons.   If I had to guess, I'd bet you are currently managing a supply chain in-house. You are weighing your options to outsource this side of your business with the hopes of saving time and money. Or, you could be a start-up trying to identify which route to take.   At Industrial Packaging we’ve helped many clients that find themselves asking this exact question.   On one hand, we can provide everything you need to run an in-house packaging line. This includes packaging machinery, packaging materials, preventative maintenance programs, automation, and a host of other items required to do in-house packaging.   On the flip side of this equation, we can outsource all these elements of your business via contract packaging. We do this with a turnkey solution that will take all the responsibilities off your plate.   Let us be clear - we’re not saying we’re the right packaging company for you. But because of our experience, we can help you to understand in-house and contract packaging so that you can choose the right option for your business.   In this article, we will compare in-house packaging to contract packaging. We will help you to identify which type of packaging operation is best for your business.

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Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging

The Top 5 Contract Packaging Companies In Northeastern USA

Top shelf contract packaging companies and the Northeastern USA go together like peanut butter and jelly! There are many co-packers in this neck of the woods. It almost seems like contract packaging companies are as common as Dunkin Donuts!   There are so many options to choose from! So, how do you know which contract packaging company is the right one for your business?   Who is the number one contract packaging company in the Northeastern USA? I bet you would assume that we would loudly declare, Industrial Packaging! I mean, sure, we think we are pretty great.   We would love to get your contract packaging business. But, we may or may not be the best choice for your company's supply chain management needs. Each contract packaging company has strengths and weaknesses. Some are super great at packaging food. Others are better suited for packaging medical supplies.   Each contract packaging company has its own specialties and niche market capabilities. We are passionate about educating our customers and prospects about contract packaging. As a result, we have identified the best contract packaging companies in the Northeast, so you don't have to!   Here are the top 5 best contract packaging companies in the Northeastern USA based upon their capabilities. This is an ordered list with number 1 being the best.

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Equipment  |  Packaging Materials

Centerfold VS Single-Wound Shrink Film: Which Is Right For You?

So, you have been tasked with purchasing shrink film for your company's packaging needs. You went to Google, searched for shrink film, and you found two common types of this material. Single-wound shrink film and centerfold shrink film.   Now what? Which type of shrink film is right for your products? Is one or the other more appropriate for your packaging line? How do you identify which type of shrink film is right for you?   You do this by understanding your desired package appearance, your machine's capabilities, and your production requirements, guiding you to the appropriate choice.   Industrial Packaging has been selling shrink films for decades while providing our customers with quality information to make proper buying decisions. When it comes to your shrink film requirements, you will find the resources you need to choose the right film here.   This article will help you figure out if single-wound or centerfold shrink film is right for you.

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Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

Shrink Film VS Heat Seal Tubing: What Is The Difference?

Have you recently purchased a roll of shrink film to package your products? Maybe you’re finding that using shrink film is not resulting in a good final product?   Chances are you, you did some research online, found an article about using shrink film, and gave it a whirl. Now you’re back to searching online to find a remedy to this situation.   Maybe you thought that shrink film was the right material for your products, but it's not. What you actually needed was heat seal tubing. But don't feel bad! Heat seal tubing and shrink film are often confused for one another.   Then again, perhaps you purchased heat seal tubing, and you have found yourself in the opposite conundrum. Again, it is an honest mistake, and it happens more often than you may think.   Many people mistakenly assume heat seal tubing and shrink film are the same things. They are often made from the same or similar plastic formulations. But, they are designed for different packaging applications.   Industrial Packaging is no stranger to shrink film or heat seal tubing. We have been working with both materials for many years. In this article, we will help you to understand the differences between heat seal tubing and shrink film.

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Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

What Are Clamshells? Food Packaging And Beyond

Deep-fried, boiled, or on the half shell. No matter how you eat them, one thing remains the same. Plastic clamshell containers taste absolutely awful! But, they make really great food packaging supplies.   All references to our salty seafaring friends aside, the packaging containers known as clamshells do, in fact, resemble their ocean-dwelling namesakes.   In the wide world of packaging, clamshells are a type of plastic container commonly used in food packaging applications. They can be found in supermarkets, gas station food-marts, grab-and-go food bars, and various other food retailing institutions.   Clamshells are a type of carded packaging. Carded packaging is a collection of packaging materials that generally feature two components. These components included backers made from plastic, skin-board, or paperboard and front-facing materials made of various plastic formulations.   Clamshells come from the same family of packaging materials like blister packs and skin packs. These easy-to-seal containers are ubiquitous. Chances are, you have seen them out in the wild.   Industrial Packaging has helped various types of food packaging companies implement these containers. In this article, we will take a deep-dive into the ocean of carded packaging. And we will explore the natural habitat of these flexible plastic containers.   With the information in this article, you will be able to decide if clamshell packaging makes sense for your product packaging needs or not.

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Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

What Are The Different Types Of Packaging Materials?

Are you entering the world of product packaging? If so, there are many items to consider and educate yourself on. One of the essential things to consider during this time is choosing the right type of packaging materials.   When you are looking to package a product, you need to decide which type of material you want to use. But, what material should you choose? Plastic, metal, cardboard, paperboard, foil, shrink film, bio-plastics, boxes, clamshells, or something else?   Once you have explored your options, you can choose the best material(s) for your packaging needs. But, you need to understand which supplies are appropriate for your applications.   Industrial Packaging has been selling, running, and consulting on packaging materials for generations. We know the entire realm of packaging materials inside and out.    This article will show you some of the packaging materials currently available. We will help you understand each option. Then, you can make an educated decision on which material is right for your products.   We're going to dive into several different types of packaging materials below. Each section will detail what the packaging material is made of and when it's best to use.   Each type of material is linked to a more in-depth article. These articles will offer a deeper exploration of that particular type of material.

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Equipment  |  Investment  |  Plant Performance

Why Get An Analysis Of Your In-House Packaging Line?

If you are currently running a successful in-house packaging line, chances are you take some pride in this. You are running quality equipment and materials, have highly trained operators, and are diligently tracking your KPIs.   You refuse to use contract packaging services and will never be outsourcing your packaging because you know  you can produce better packaging solutions yourself. You are part of a company that is proud to package its product in-house. You have a flawless product line and you prefer to package your products on your own.   You properly manage your own primary packaging, general packaging, filling machines, packaging machines, and various other types of packaging equipment and processes. You have a long-term plan to package-specific products at a level of quality your competitors cannot match. Maybe you've even implemented a regular preventative maintenance program and rarely experience any extended periods of downtime.   You are keeping track of your monthly goals, consistently collecting data, and have detailed reports to keep track of your performance. Your boss and your boss's boss are happy with the progress you are continually making and tell you to keep up the excellent work!   First of all, if this describes you, I would like to congratulate you on your diligence, focus, hard work, and dedication to ensuring that your line runs safely, efficiently, and at a high level of production.    Next, I would like to make a suggestion. Bring in a packaging expert to analyze your packaging line to see where improvements can be made.   WHAT!? I can practically hear you yell at your computer screen. Why on earth would I suggest such a thing to you? I mean, after all, you run a tight ship! No one in your industry has a superior line to you. This article will show you several benefits that an analysis of your in-house packaging line could have to help you run a better, faster, and less costly production.

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Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging

How To Choose A Contract Packaging Company Who Can Meet Your Demands During A Move

You are finally at the point where you want to outsource your packaging. Now, you are evaluating vendors. The last thing that you would want to do is put yourself in a position where you cannot get your products out on time. If you chose a vendor who did not think about everything that needed to happen when they took your business, you might find yourself in this position.   As a contract packaging company (AKA: a co-packer) grows larger, new warehouses and additional locations may be required to meet growing demands. After a period of growth, they may have to move into a new location to meet their client's needs.   You will want to know that your co-packer can meet your requirements. They need to do this regardless of the move. They must still be able to meet the demand of your packaging requirements.   At Industrial Packaging, we have had to move recently for the very reasons mentioned above. During this time, we had to implement new protocols.   These new protocols ensured that we could still meet the contract packaging demands of our clients. We had to do this while we transitioned to a larger warehouse and a new corporate office.   This article will explore the required questions you need to ask your contract packaging vendor. That way, you can be sure that they can manage your supply chain while moving their business.   Regardless of whether you choose us as a contact packaging company or not, you will want to make sure that your vendor can still meet your demands while they move their business.

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Food Packaging  |  Fulfillment

Problem Solving: How To Reduce Product Waste With Contract Packaging

When working with a contract packaging company, in order to make room for occasional human error or mechanical issues, you need to supply your contract packaging company with enough product to allow for some waste.   When offering contract packaging services, it is common for a contract packaging company to have to move from a warehouse that is too small. This is done to sustain the current requirements of their customer base. In this case, a move to a new location is a must.   This would be waste produced by machinery and material problems or operator errors. There has to be some extra product available so that when products fail at some point in your packaging line, your contract packaging company will be able to use that extra product to replace those items.   In the case of product waste, there is often a large amount of products left over after the order has been fulfilled. Normally, these products end up in a landfill. This is a travesty, particularly for food production companies. In fact, 218 billion dollars worth of food products is sent to a landfill each year. Food waste happens at all stages of the food production process. Each stage of the distribution and supply chain ecosystem also produces waste at times.   Many people in the United States of America are going to bed hungry on a regular basis. With so much excessive food waste, this is absolutely unacceptable. However, navigating the complex laws surrounding food safety is a challenge. Even more so with the inability to reuse food products after expiration.   But, it does not have to be this way. There are some fairly simple ways to negate such massive amounts of food and product waste. If you are willing to work with your local contract packaging company, you can do it. There are ways to develop a closed-loop system. This can reduce or altogether stop this type of unnecessary waste.   Industrial Packaging has been offering contract packaging services for many years. During that time we have developed waste reduction protocols. These protocols have allowed us to largely reduce the waste of various products for our clients.   In this article, we will explore the way in which waste reduction may be achieved by working with your local contract packaging company.

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Fulfillment  |  Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging

Benefits Of Contract Packaging: Top 5 Reasons To Outsource Your Supply Chain

Over the past few weeks, you have been doing research about contract packaging. You have noticed other companies in your industry have outsourced their supply chain. They have done this with a contract packaging company.   You find yourself wondering if contract packaging could benefit your own company. But, you are not clear on what the benefits of contract packaging are. Do they make sense for your business?   Now, you find yourself here on the Industrial Packaging website. You are perusing blog posts and webpages about contract packaging. You see that we have been providing contract packaging services for many years. In some cases, to Fortune 500 companies.   With the information found here, you will be able to decide if contract packaging is right for your business. And, while Industrial Packaging would love to gain your contract packaging business, we may or may not be the best vendor for you. Regardless, with the information available on our blog, we will be able to help you identify the right contract packaging vendor for your company, even if it is not us.   In this article, we will review the top 5 benefits of contract packaging. This will help you identify if contract packaging is right for you or not.

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How To Choose A Contract Packaging Company: Top 5 Considerations

You have done your research. You have concluded that you would like to hire a contract packaging company. You have decided that this will allow you to outsource your supply chain management. You understand that contract packaging will simplify your business and save you money.   Now you are looking at potential contract packaging partners. But, you are not sure what to look for when choosing such a partner.   You have a lot of questions on your mind. Questions like, what capabilities should my contract packaging partner have? What resources should our contract packaging company have at their disposal? Does it matter where my contract packaging vendor is located? How much does contract packaging cost?   You know that these are all essential questions. You want to make sure that you choose a vendor who can meet your needs based upon these questions. You are looking for a resource where you can figure out all the answers to these questions.   Well, today might be your lucky day! Industrial Packaging has done contract packaging for businesses like yours. And, we have been doing this for over sixty-five years. Through our contract packaging services, we can help your business.   This article will take a look at the top 5 considerations in choosing a contract packaging vendor.

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Fulfillment  |  Packaging Materials  |  The Business of Packaging

Plastic Packaging Costs To Increase In 2021: Here Is Why

If you have been tasked with buying shrink film for your company, chances are, you have noticed that prices for many films and plastic packaging supplies have been slowly creeping up since at least September of last year. You may have also noticed that any resin-based plastic packaging supplies are also increasing in price as time goes on.   You are probably wondering, what is the cause of these price increases? When can we expect them to stop? Should I stock up on supplies now to save money in the long run?   These are but a few of the questions we have been getting from our customers, and we expect to continue receiving such inquiries. To provide some knowledge and peace of mind, we have put this article together to help you better understand what is going on.   It is Industrial Packaging's stance that being open and forthright with this information is necessary because it impacts our customers. We believe that we have a requirement to be upfront with any type of news like this in order to maintain the trust we've built with our customers.   With the rise of global supply chain disruptions due to customer demand, the plastic resin market is preparing for multiple cost increases as we head into March. Additional price increases for various resin-based plastic packaging supplies are expected to occur over the next few months.   This article will provide some insight into the events that have led to these materials' increased prices.

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Equipment  |  Investment  |  Plant Performance

What Type Of Shrink Tunnel Conveyor Is Best For My Products?

If you buy shrink packaging machinery or upgrade older equipment, your mind probably goes to one of two places. Shrink tunnels or sealers.   Those are the two pieces of shrink packaging machinery that come to mind for most buyers. This is a common starting point when beginning the buying process for shrink packaging machinery. But, there is another important element to consider, conveyors.   As for which type of conveyor is right for your packaging line, well, that all depends on various factors, the size, weight, and shape of your products will all play a part in determining this.   The Industrial Packaging crew has been working with shrink packaging machinery for generations. Along the way, we have learned a lot about shrink machinery. And conveyors are no exception to the rule.   This article will explore the different types of conveyors currently available. We will discuss the applications for this type of packaging equipment.

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Fulfillment  |  Plant Performance  |  Technical Service and Support

Why We Offer Contract Packaging Primarily In The Northeast USA

You are probably wondering, if Industrial Packaging is simply managing the supply chain and packaging line elements of our client's business, can't we do that anywhere in the country? Well, yes.   We could do that. But, for us at Industrial Packaging, we think that it is best for us to deliver an excellent experience for a small amount of people versus a mediocre experience for a much larger audience.   Another thing that was glaringly obvious to us about our geographical region was that there is about thirty billion dollars worth of contract packaging business going on in our own backyard.   That is one very good reason to stick to servicing this area of the United States. But, it is not the only reason why we have chosen to stick to the Northeast. Providing our world-class packaging supplies and service to this area just makes sense.   In this article, we aim to explain why we have limited ourselves to this geographical area. By reading this article, you should have a good idea if you are a good fit for Industrial Packaging as a contract packaging client or not.

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Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

Creative Ways To Recycle Corrugated Boxes And Find Sustainable Alternatives

In our digitally connected world, we go through quite a lot of corrugated boxes. Just Amazon alone ships millions of packages to customers all over the world.   Do you have empty cardboard boxes sitting unused in your house somewhere? Yeah, me too! You are probably wondering what to do with them, right? I mean, sure you could toss them in the recycling bin and hope that they actually get recycled.   But, with contamination issues in single-stream recycling, how do you know if they are really getting recycled? Single stream recycling is the most widespread recycling platform in the USA. For consumers who use it, here is how it works.   Consumers are given two bins from their waste management vendor. The vendor drops off one bin for trash and one bin for recycling. All recyclable materials are tossed into the recycling bin. The waste management company picks up the bin and transports the materials. They deliver the materials to a warehouse. In the warehouse, the materials are sorted for recycling.   This is where contamination becomes an issue. Any materials that are contaminated with food particles, liquids, or other contaminants are sent to a landfill. Many consumers do not properly clean and dry the materials before putting them in the recycling bin. When this happens, any contaminated materials end up in a landfill.   When it comes to contamination issues,  you could always just throw these materials in the trash. But, do you really want to do that? Corrugated cardboard that ends up in the landfill takes up a lot of space. It produces tons of methane, which is one of the most destructive greenhouse gasses known today.   Wouldn't it be cool if there was something else that you could do with all those empty boxes? Something besides just throwing them away? What if there was a way to reuse the boxes? Perhaps there is another way to recycle them with the assurance that they will be recycled.   What if you could turn all those boxes into something useful, or even, a work of art? Are there ways that we can be putting these empty containers to better use?   Well, the short answer is YES!   From charitable causes like Give Back Box, to artisanal expressions of high art and pop-culture, there are many different things you can do to reuse and recycle all those empty cardboard boxes.   With over sixty-five years in the packaging industry, Industrial Packaging is no stranger to corrugated boxes. We know the complications in recycling that comes with this type of packaging. But, we also have some pretty awesome ways for you to repurpose those boxes.   We also know about the various sustainable alternatives to corrugated boxes. These can help make your packaging more environmentally friendly.   In this article, we will explore some of the charitable and creative ways that you can reduce, reuse, and recycle corrugated boxes. Additionally, we provide an exploration of some of the sustainable alternatives to cardboard boxes.

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Fulfillment  |  Investment  |  The Business of Packaging

Contract Packaging Cost: How Much Will Outsourcing Cost?

So, you are beginning the journey of seeking out a contract packaging company because you’re considering outsourcing your supply chain needs. In this situation, it is normal to have a lot of questions about the process. But, for most people, the number one question is, how much does it cost? This is a very good question. However, most businesses are hoping to get a universal ballpark figure right off the bat. That’s totally understandable - you want to have this information to figure out if this is something you can afford. You want to know if the cost justifies the investment.   Many buyers go to the internet and punch in some variant of that question. They hope that the information will be front and center. After clicking through a host of articles on Google, many buyers get frustrated.   Most of the articles and other content you’ll find does not usually have this information. The reason for this is because the answer is extremely case sensitive. The cost for contract packaging is going to be very different from one company to the next.   The reason for this is because your costs relate to your labor force, packaging machinery, packaging materials, warehousing space, logistics, and the other variables that change from one company to the next.   The total cost for a contract packaging agreement for you, is not going to look anything like the one that is appropriate for your competitors. Unless of course, all the variables above are nearly identical for each company, of which, they rarely are.   With all of that in mind, it is important to understand one thing. There is an answer to your question and it can be provided by a contract packaging company. But, they will need to analyze your unique requirements to produce a close approximation of the total cost.   Industrial Packaging has done this kind of analytical research for countless companies. We can do this for your company as well if contract packaging ends up becoming the best option for your company.   In this article, we will explain the elements that go into calculating an estimate for contract packaging. We will explore the different elements we need to analyze before we can answer the question, how much does it cost?

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Fulfillment  |  Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging

What Is Contract Packaging And How Does It Work?

Perhaps you have found yourself in the position of having to find a solution for packaging your products. You have been doing research about setting up a packaging line. In addition to that, you are studying the many different types of packaging machinery and materials.   You are also trying to calculate the cost of the labor required to do your packaging in-house. Maybe you are frustrated with the potential cost of all of these items. And to compound these issues, there is the thought of warehousing to consider.   Can you fit all the required pieces of your packaging line and supply chain needs at your current location? If not, will your company be able to justify the purchase of a warehouse? And, even if you can, will the warehouse be large enough to fit all the machinery, laborers, and packaging materials in that space? Or, do your space requirements exceed that which you can afford?   When mulling over all of these items, it becomes quite clear what a big responsibility and cost running a packaging line and managing your supply chain can be.   If only there was some way to outsource all of this stuff! I mean, wouldn't it be great if you had a partner who could take all of this responsibility off of your plate and help you to finance the cost?    Well, that is where a contract packaging company (also known as a co-packer) comes in!   Handing your supply chain needs over to a contract packaging company takes much of the work off your plate. This allows you to focus on what your company does best, making your products and consistently optimizing them.   With a co-packer like Industrial Packaging on your team, you end up with a partner for your business. One who can handle all aspects of your supply chain. By handing  over your supply chain infrastructure to a contract packaging company, you ensure that your packaging line is being run properly.   In this article, we will discuss what a contact packaging company is. We will also discuss the responsibilities that such a company can take off your plate.

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Equipment  |  Packaging Materials

Can I Get Product Package Compatibility Testing For Shrink Machinery?

So, you are sitting at your desk. The final quotes from the potential vendors you have sent an RFP to are staring you in the face. One of them has the best price. One of them has superior service options. And yet another option has benefits the other two do not.   You are expected to make a decision within the next few days. You have everything you need to proceed with a purchase. But, you are nervous. It's not because you are lacking any information that you need. You know in your heart which brand makes the most sense based on the quotes before you.    The only problem is, you have not seen these machines run your product.  You really don't know how your product will fare with any of this equipment. Sure, the video demonstrations all looked great. One of them even featured a product similar to yours. However, you still have not seen this process in action for your own products.    And so, you wonder. Should you get a test run from these vendors? Do they even offer that as an option? I get it. I'd be stressed too. That being said, just relax. There is good news!   Industrial Packaging can test your products on the type of machinery that you are buying. After that, you will know if your products are a good fit for this type of packaging or not.   While we can't speak for the other vendors you are considering, we can promise you that Industrial Packaging can get your products tested on the type of machinery that you are buying. After that, you will know if your products are a good fit for this type of packaging machinery or not.   In this article, we will discuss how to go about getting a test run of your products.

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Equipment  |  Investment  |  Technical Service and Support

Benefits Of A Spare Parts Kit For Your Shrink Packaging Machinery

So, you are thinking of buying some new shrink packaging machinery? And, you are doing all the required research beforehand. Perhaps you have actually been to this blog before. Or, maybe you have read about spare parts kits elsewhere, and your journey has brought you here as a result.   These kits are an additional item when purchasing a machine that many buyers do not consider. In many cases, buyers might not even know that such a kit is an option. However, forgoing this additional option can be costly.   Are you buying a new shrink wrap packaging machine? If you do not buy a kit, you are setting yourself up for a host of serious problems. Most notably, short or extended periods of unexpected downtime.   Downtime equates to lost dollars, time, and productivity. Downtime is the bane of any company attempting to be efficient, optimized, and zoned into success. Any instance of downtime is the most unwelcome guest for any company. Especially companies trying to run a world-class packaging line.   Industrial Packaging has been offering these kits as an option for our shrink wrap machine buyers over the years. We always suggest buying at least one kit for all our packaging machinery clients.   This article will explore why you should buy one or more kits for your shrink wrap systems. We will explain why they are a requirement for packaging machinery purchases. For instance, say your machine goes down. And, you have no parts on hand. How long will you have to wait to get the replacement parts?   In this case, a spare parts kit increases the likelihood that you will not have severe downtime. The spare parts that a vendor has determined necessary should be on hand. This is due to the frequency at which parts need to be replaced.   It should be noted, no major or severe downtime is going to be alleviated by a kit. That is of course unless it contains the parts that need to be replaced. Ask your vendor which parts they feel should be included in the kit.

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Environment  |  Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

Should I Package My Products In Shrink Film? Pros And Cons

Are you a seasoned veteran in packaging or a start-up getting ready to package your products? Either way, finding the appropriate packaging for your products, is essential.   Today, there are thousands of packaging materials to choose from. You have rigid packaging, flexible packaging, and specialized options in between. There are countless packaging supplies to consider.   You will likely have more than a few reasons for looking into using shrink film (also known as shrink wrap). There are many reasons why you would want to choose shrink wrap. Shrink wrap (which is different from stretch film) is commonly chosen over other materials.   Industrial Packaging has sold hundreds of thousands of rolls of film. We’ve coached thousands of happy customers on how to select the right type of film.   It may seem like a simple process to buy rolls of shrink wrap. But, there is a lot to consider before choosing shrink wrap as your packaging material. This article will help you understand why you would want to package your products in shrink film.   First, we’ll dive into three primary considerations. These are things you need to be thinking about when it comes to using shrink wrap. Then, we’ll talk about the pros and cons and where it’s best to buy this material.

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Equipment  |  Investment  |  The Business of Packaging

Packaging Machinery: Understanding Lowest Cost VS Total Cost Of Ownership

When you buy packaging machinery, it can be tempting to try and buy the machinery with the lowest price tag. But, this kind of practice can often lead to spending more money. How is this possible? Four words.   Total cost of ownership.   The TCO (or total cost of ownership) is the full price you pay for a piece of machinery. This price includes all the associated costs. For example things like  materials, parts, and labor all affect the total cost you’ll pay. A more affordable machine that has unforeseen extra costs can be more expensive in the end.   Having helped many clients buy packaging machinery, Industrial packaging is uniquely situated to assist you in buying the right machine for your products and packaging line.   In this article, we will teach you how to calculate the total cost of ownership so that you can compare these costs directly - versus just the sticker pricing. This will  prepare you to make the best buying decision that you can.

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Equipment  |  Technical Service and Support

Packaging Machinery Training For Sustainability And Success

If you have recently purchased any new packaging machinery, then you are or will be in the process of implementing a training program to ensure that your equipment operators are properly trained on your new machinery.   My guess is, you probably think about the necessity of this training for packaging machinery from one perspective: Safety. And while that is certainly one of the most important KPI's to track and consider when training your equipment operators, it is most certainly not the only important element of these training protocols.   While there are many reasons that you will want to procure quality training for packaging machinery, two important items are often overlooked: sustainability and overall success rates.   A lack of training or the implementation of poor training can lead not only to serious safety concerns but also wasted time, money, materials, and parts.   And, even if you do not suffer from these effects stemming from improper training, it is likely that the impact will result in slower production times, material and machinery issues, and other costly mistakes. All of which could have been avoided with the proper training in place.   Industrial Packaging has provided countless hours of quality training to thousands of companies and by extension, thousands of packaging machinery operators. As such, we can provide you with a deeper understanding of the true value within quality training protocols and applications.   In this article, we will be discussing the importance of high-quality training in relation to sustainability and a well-optimized, efficient, and quality packaging line.

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Equipment  |  Investment

Exploring Different Types Of Shrink Wrap Sealers: Applications And Uses

Are you shrink wrapping products? Then, chances are, you currently have or will be purchasing a shrink wrap sealer. Shrink wrappers play a part prior to a heat tunnel on your packaging. They are a required element for properly shrink wrapping your products. Unless of course, you are wrapping a smaller number of products. If that is true, then you are likely using a heat gun instead (OK) or a hairdryer (please don't). In that case, this article will only be of use to you if you plan to expand production and upgrade to using a heat tunnel.   Suppose you happen to be in the first situation and are, in fact, in need of a sealer of some type or another. Then you’re in the right place.   Industrial Packaging has helped countless clients purchase, install, and optimize their sealers. And, we can help you choose the right sealer.   This article will review the most common types of sealers. And, we will explore their related materials, applications, and uses. By the end of this article, you should have a solid understanding of the different types of sealers. Then, you will be one step closer to choosing the right machine.

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Top Questions To Ask When Buying Shrink Film For The First Time

So, you have found yourself in the position of purchasing shrink film for your business. Perhaps you are fresh out of college and are beginning your career in the purchasing department or you are a veteran purchasing manager who has been tasked with buying shrink film for the first time.   Either way, you have quickly discovered that buying shrink film is not as simple as going to an e-com store, choosing a roll of film, and clicking "buy". Or, if you did that, you have now perhaps come to the realization that you purchased the wrong type of film for your machinery.   Maybe the film you chose works but isn’t the right gauge and you can see that you are wasting dollars with each product packaged. Then again, perhaps you choose a film that does not possess the right heat resistance and you now have a melted mess on your products and inside your heat tunnel.   Regardless of the issues that have brought you here, it’s very clear to you that you must answer several questions prior to ordering shrink film for your business. Knowing what to ask will help you ensure that you are in fact buying the correct film for your packaging needs.   At Industrial Packaging, we have helped thousands of businesses over the course of multiple decades choose the best type, size, gauge, and formulation of shrink film for their packaging needs. When new customers come to us, we walk them through the questions they should ask and make sure they know how to best optimize their packaging lines.

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Environment  |  Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

When Does The Use Of Compostable Packaging Materials Make Sense?

Various trends in the realm of packaging are expected to be hot-button topics in the new year. One of these topics is sustainable, recyclable, and environmentally friendly packaging materials.   There has been a growing demand from consumers worldwide for companies to seriously consider the shift from single-use plastics to what many consider to be more environmentally friendly materials.   But, as many consumers are slowly finding out, what is actually "environmentally friendly" and what is not can often be confused. This is the result of various forms of green-washing and carefully crafted corporate marketing materials.   So, how do you know this article itself is not in fact a green-washing attempt? Well, for one thing, we are going to show you how compostable packaging materials can be properly implemented. We will show you how they can be earth-friendly alternatives while also providing other sustainable packaging options for those you who are unable compost properly. In the end, you can decide for yourself.   One of these future potential packaging materials is compostable items such as biodegradable shrink films, biodegradable flexible pouches, and various other types of bio-plastic materials, which are often made at least in part, from plants.   This article will help you identify when compostable packaging materials may make sense for you and those situations in which traditional packaging materials are the more environmentally-friendly choice.

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Plant Performance

How Utilizing An Inventory Team Can Reduce Your Product Downtime

Do you spend a ton of time counting your inventory and still don’t feel confident you have the right numbers? Do you have extensive product downtime due to inventory being received with the wrong product code, date code, or item totals? Does your shipping department cut orders due to not being able to find a product on the floor? If you answered yes to any one of these questions, you could benefit from creating an inventory team in your organization. Here at Industrial Packaging, we were experiencing all 3 of the issues above. By creating an inventory team, we’ve leveraged our inventory software system to manage our inventory. In this article, we’ll share some secrets to success in forming and running an inventory team that will save you a lot of hassle, reduce wasted time and money, and streamlines your inventory processes.

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Equipment  |  Packaging Materials

Poor Results On Your Shrink Wrapping? It May Be Your Product

We get calls all the time from people who tell us they can’t get their product to come out the way they want it to on their packaging machinery. We hear and understand the frustration when your final product does not look anything like what you thought it would look like.   That being said, I’m happy to help anyone who is having a problem, it’s what I do, and I enjoy solving problems. And so, I often find myself consulting customers and trying to help them with their packaging machinery and materials problems.   But, then I realized that sometimes when people do online research, they might not fully understand how different machines and materials will react to their products. When I hear someone say:  "I purchased a machine from here", another machine from there, and my materials from yet another supplier", my mind starts spinning with all kinds of questions and concerns.   For example, we provide technical service for many of our clients. One day, we got a call about a machine purchased overseas that the customer could not get started. The machine did not have a manual, so we had to send away for it. When it came in, our tech started going through all the steps only to find out one of the boards was bad.   The time spent on calls and waiting for parts to come from overseas was so frustrating for the customer. Not only that, but the expense to have us come out several times to make repairs on a machine that was purchased online was very costly. While the machine they bought online was less expensive than one bought in the states, it was now costing them almost as much.   When ordering online, there is more thought that needs to be given to what your expectations are which include, your desired outcome and the capabilities of each aspect of your process when everything is in place.   Having worked at Industrial Packaging and by extension, within the packaging industry for over twenty years, I have come to realize that many consumers often make mistakes when buying machinery and materials on-line and then trying to make adjustments themselves.   In this article, I will break down some common issues and help you to better understand how to execute the packaging design you have inside your head. You will be able to translate that idea into a reality with the information presented below.

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Food Packaging  |  Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging

Industrial Packaging Is Pandemic Prepared Certified: AIB International

Industrial Packaging Is The First Packaging Company In The World To Be Pandemic Prepared Certified By AIB International!   In addition to the above's most exciting news, we are also the first company in the United States to achieve this certification!   When the COVID pandemic hit the USA, we, like many companies, were not ready for the brave new world that had begun to rear its head. With that being said, we wasted no time in the process of adapting to the challenges before us.   Our supply chain team, headed by then General Manager and our current Vice President Jarrod DiZazzo, worked quickly to implement the recommended guidelines brought forth by the CDC and the WHO.   From the implementation of thermometers and thermal imaging technology to advanced social distancing and sanitization practices, the Industrial Packaging team worked tirelessly to meet the demands of a most unexpected global emergency.   With protection being the forefront in our mission of “Protecting People, Products, and Brands throughout the Supply Chain”, we had to act quickly while also being extremely careful to ensure that the safety of our customers and employees was at the heart of our efforts.   That is why we are extremely excited to announce this huge achievement!

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Equipment  |  Investment

What Should You Consider When Purchasing Packaging Machinery From Overseas?

Are you thinking about purchasing a cheaper piece of packaging machinery from overseas in an attempt to save a few thousand dollars over buying domestically? Here is a bit of advice. Don't do it unless you have to.  While it may seem like a good idea at first, it will most likely end up costing you way more in the long run.   While foreign made packaging machinery may cost less at the initial purchase of the machinery itself, there are often times unforeseen additional costs that come along with the total cost of ownership associated with buying equipment from overseas.   From quality issues to the ability to source quality manuals in a language that you understand, there are some risks involved when trying to save money by purchasing machinery made overseas.   Repair services and preventative maintenance options can be slim and often costly for what ultimately started as a way to save money. Items such as parts availability, electrical requirements, and material options can all impact the cost of the machinery and the ease of procurement.   Now, this is not to say that buying packaging machinery from overseas is a bad idea. Instead, it is a process that can often be complicated and includes potentially unwanted headaches. Regardless of where you buy your machinery from, these helpful tips and tricks will help you make the right choice regarding buying packaging machinery.   Here at Industrial Packaging, we’ve been selling machinery from various geographical locations for decades. In this respect, we can help you navigate the challenges of purchasing packaging machinery from sites outside of the USA.   In this article, we will give you some useful information that will help you to figure out if buying packaging machinery from another country makes sense for you or not.

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Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

Blister Packs: Paperboard Backers VS Plastic Backers

Perhaps you have been packaging your products in blister packs for many years and are looking to see if there are any new updates to blister packaging technology. Or, maybe you are a start-up looking to package your first-ever product in blister packs and are curious about this type of packaging and its related items.   Generally speaking, there are two types of blister packs. Those that have a paperboard backer and those that have a plastic backer. When thinking about using blister packs to package your products, you will generally have to choose between one of these two options.   But which backer is better for you? Does one work better than the other? Which one is better for the environment? Does it really make a difference which one you choose?   These are just a few of the questions you likely have running through your head while you are pondering packaging your products with blister packs.   Industrial Packaging has helped countless clients implement carded packaging solutions such as blister packs for many different types of applications. Through our many years of experience with the different kinds of blister packs available, we will be able to help you choose the one that is right for your products.   In this article, we will explore the differences between blister packs and the materials commonly used to create the backers for this type of packaging material. We will also assist you in choosing the appropriate blister pack backers for your unique packaging needs.

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Working At Industrial Packaging

The Top 5 Core Values That Help Build A Successful Company

I have been working for Industrial Packaging for almost 25 years, and I don't know of any other company with a better group of employees. Our core values help our employees work successfully as a team. I believe our company embodies the top 5 core values that help build a successful company.   Being part of the IP team means that you embrace the core values and live up to them every day. Everyone in our organization works hard to embody these principles to collectively grow as a company and as successful individuals.   This article will explore our core values and explain how they have shaped our on-going success as a packaging distributor and vendor for packaging materials, machinery, service, supply chain services, and repair.   These values are also presented as elements to apply to your organization, which may result in internal transformations that lead to greatness within your own company.

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The Business of Packaging

Preparing For A Black Swan On Your Packaging Line With Safety And Grace

The year 2020 has been like no other. Who knew that our world would be turned upside due to COVID-19? It has been surreal, with nightly news reports consisting of tallies of deaths worldwide, hospitals overflowing with patients, and even temporary morgues constructed to help manage the crisis.   A worldwide pandemic.. it was almost unimaginable; a black swan. A black swan is a term popularized by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, a renowned essayist. According to Taleb, "a black swan is an unpredictable event that is beyond what is normally expected of a situation and has potentially severe consequences."   Nurses and doctors quickly more noticeably became our heroes. People were asked to stay at home. Schools were closed, grocery store shelves emptied, and people began to hoard paper towels, sanitizers, and even toilet paper. Essential workers were asked to step up. Many businesses started to suffer.   Would they be able to meet their customers' demands, would their supply chain stay intact, and would they be able to keep their employees safe? Would they be able to navigate through this rare and unforeseen event gracefully?   In this article, we will use a story of our own experience here at Industrial Packaging in dealing with a black swan event in our facility and provide you with actionable items that will allow you to do the same, should you find yourself in a similar position.

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Equipment

How To Set Up Your Side Sealer: A Step By Step Guide

So, you upgraded from a manual L-Sealer to a side seal machine. You’re excited that you can now start keeping up with every order that’s coming in for your new product.   But, before you start packaging your products with your new equipment, you have to make sure that you set up the machinery properly first. There are multiple steps that must be followed in order to set up your machinery correctly so that it runs the way you want it to.   By following each step in this guide, you will be able to optimize your new sealer in a way that will ensure that it runs smoothly, efficiently and correctly.   Having helped thousands of clients set up their sealers in the past, Industrial Packaging is able to help guide you through the process of setting up your new equipment and optimizing it for the best packaging possible. In this article, we’ll walk you through a step-by-step process for setting up a new sealer. We will also offer additional steps and tips to ensure that your machine runs well from the moment you turn it on.

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Food Packaging  |  Packaging Materials

Food Packaging With Heart: The Eastfield Mall Delivers Thanksgiving

Most of the time, food packaging applications are driven by capitalist endeavors and by profits. However, that is the last thing that comes to mind when reading this heart-warming tale.   Recently, the Eastfield Mall's employees took it upon themselves to package meal kits for families in need. The Mall's crew got to work packaging hundreds of meal kits for local family's who were struggling to put food on the table.   The meal kits were packaged in cardboard boxes and stacked on pallets prior to being delivered to the Eastfield Mall where the Mall's employees worked hard to pack the trunks of folks finding it hard to make ends meet.   With each kit featuring over thirty pounds of food  filled with items such as fruits, veggies, milk, eggs, and meat, the Eastfield Mall was able to provide 1,000 family's with the much needed provisions.   In this article, we will explore this thanksgiving miracle of food packaging made manifest by the kindness of others in a time where help is needed more than ever.

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Environment  |  Packaging Materials

Exploring Plastic Packaging Alternatives: Pros And Cons

When it comes to packaging materials, plastic is so common. It is found in practically every packaging application you could possibly imagine. There are literally billions of tons of plastic in our world today. There are even millions of pounds of new plastic being produced every year!   And while some companies such as Coca-Cola have stood their ground in defense of using plastic, many companies are being told by their customers that plastic needs to be phased out to make way for more environmentally friendly options.   You are probably here because you are researching plastic packaging alternatives. Maybe you are the owner of a new start-up, or perhaps you have been in business for decades and are trying to meet the environmental demands of your consumer base.   Regardless of what factors set your search in motion, you know that you need to find potential replacements for plastic packaging. With over 60 years in the packaging industry, Industrial Packaging has seen thousands of different types of materials come and go. We’ve helped countless businesses optimize their packaging design when making the transition to environmentally friendly alternative packaging materials.   In this article, we will take a look at a few different varieties of sustainable, recyclable, and environmentally friendly plastic packaging alternatives that are sure to draw the attention of your customers and prospects alike!

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Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

Win The Unboxing Experience By Combating Wrap Rage

Have you ever bought a product, only to get home and find that opening the packaging is not only complicated, it is darn near impossible?   Well, you are not alone! Wrap rage is a common reaction experienced by millions of people after buying a new product to enjoy only to find that the packaging is overly complicated to remove. At the end of the day, the customer ultimately ends up with a flustered sense of agitation.   It is a surprisingly common phenomena despite the fact that many people have called upon companies to stop packaging their products in hard to remove materials. And yet, many companies  continue to package their products in complicated packaging supplies that require scissors or more robust tools to open the package.   In a world where the unboxing experience is considered a "make or break" element of the customer experience, this should not be the status quo. However, it is an on-going problem for many consumers to this day.   With over 60 years in the packaging industry, we have plenty of experience helping companies optimize their packaging design process to protect and preserve their product, to entice the eyes of buyers, and yes, even to help negate wrap rage.

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Plant Performance

Problem Solved: When Demand Exceeds Production

One problem a customer of ours was having recently was that their demand exceeded what we were able to produce on our production lines as they stood. The client is a snack food company, and we were having trouble keeping up with demand for packaging and distributing their products.   The clients volume was already up over 20% for the year, so how would we be able to deliver? This may be a problem you have to face at some point in your business.   To succeed and provide for your customer, there are some key areas to review to achieve the desired results. Here are four of the ways you can satisfy your customer demand with a cohesive, company-wide hands-on project.

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Equipment

Ring Stretch Wrappers: Definition, Applications And Uses

If you like it, you should of put a ring stretch wrapper on it. Is that how the song goes? No? Well, all things considered, perhaps a ring stretch wrapper would make a better gift. At least, to your packaging line employees anyway.   When it comes to wrapping items such as sheet goods (like plywood), roll goods (like carpet), windows, doors, furniture, and motors (among other things), a ring stretch wrapper is the envy of any packaging line.   Ring stretch wrappers, also known as ring wrappers or LAN wrappers, are unique animals for the packaging applications for specialized or even oddly shaped items.   In fact, if I had to guess, I am willing to bet that you probably found this article by google searching for a tool that would be good for packaging one or more of the items listed above. Or maybe something similar to those items.   Maybe you are researching ring stretch wrappers because you are already considering buying one. Maybe you are just learning about ring stretch wrappers after looking online for the best packaging machinery for your products. Either way, you will most likely have a lot of questions about these machines before you go buying one (or at least, you should).   Having helped thousands of people buy the right stretch wrapper for their needs, the team here at Industrial Packaging is uniquely positioned to help guide you through understanding these machines.   In the article below, you’ll discover information about ring stretch wrappers as well as their common uses and applications.

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Equipment

Stretch Wrapper Safety: Important Items Of Consideration

Perhaps you just bought a brand new stretch wrapper. Or, maybe you are currently shopping for one. Either way, my guess is, your company has asked you to evaluate the machine for its safety review.   Even if it costs more, making the correct purchase will undoubtedly be less expensive than a workman compensation claim. Not only that, but a safe machine can save you a lot of time and money as well.   There are a few safety hazards that you should be aware of when operating a stretch wrapping machine. From tripping hazards to inadequate load containment, there are several types of dangers that, when approached with care, can be avoided through the proper safety measures.   Having sold thousands of stretch wrappers over the years, we at Industrial Packaging have been on-site for more than a few stretch wrapper installations and subsequent training operations. We know these machines inside and out. Most importantly, we know how to safely operate these machines.   This article will explore some of the common safety hazards that go hand in hand with a stretch wrapping machine to help you understand how to negate and avoid injury by implementing the proper safety protocols.

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Equipment  |  Investment

Shopping For Packaging Machinery: Top Questions You May Not Know To Ask

So you have decided to buy some packaging machinery. You have done your homework and sent out an RFP to at least three vendors. You have reviewed each of the proposals, met with a representative from each vendor, and negotiated with them. You’re finally at the point where you have chosen a vendor to buy from.   You have the exact make and models that you want and have the additional options for each piece of machinery chosen. You are ready to cut a check or finance the equipment. So, you are now prepared to take the plunge and buy the machinery, plan your installation days, and move forward with the closing of the sale, right?   Wrong.   While you’ve done a monumental amount of work to get to this point and applied your due diligence, there is one thing that you are lacking. What exactly is this one item you have failed to consider as you stand on the precipice of this significant purchase for your company?   Questions.  Questions, that when answered correctly, could very well save you thousands of dollars and, in some cases, perhaps more.   Industrial Packaging has been helping countless clients for decades in the process of not only buying the right packaging machinery and materials for their needs today, but also those needs of the future.   A future that all too often comes with unexpected events, complex product changes, black swan events, and a host of other often unforeseen changes and challenges.   This article will help you identify a list of questions that are often not even considered until it is too late. With this information added to your research, you will be fully and thoroughly prepared to make the correct buying decision. One of which will ensure your ability to evolve with the changes that the future will almost certainly bring.

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Food Packaging  |  Packaging Materials  |  The Business of Packaging

Packaging Food For Restaurants: HEB Supermarkets Serving Kindness

There have been many industries hit hard by the pandemic. "Non-essential" businesses of many kinds have had to shut down for weeks, sometimes months on end. And while various different types of businesses have taken a hit during 2020, the restaurant industry was hit particularly hard.   Initially, many restaurants were completely shut down. Then various states began staged re-openings across the country. But restrictions and limitations were imposed on the already struggling restaurant industry as it attempted to regain some of the losses that they had accrued.   Once back open, most eateries were limited to lower capacities based upon state laws. Even with re-opening opportunities, many dining institutions saw a dramatic decrease in attendance. And while this situation proved quite challenging for this section of the food industry, it was quite another story for others.   For example, with many former patrons of restaurants choosing to stay home and cook rather than go out for a night on the town, many supermarkets experienced a massive boost to normal business. Necessities such as food and toiletries in particular flew off store shelves at a rapid pace.    And while pre-made or serve-yourself items such as hot-food or salad bars were shut down, pre-packaged foods, particularly frozen foods, ultimately saw a huge boost in sales. This resulted in many supermarkets having to stock up more than usual in an effort to meet the demands of the supply chain.   And the story was no different when the pandemic met HEB supermarkets. And while the HEB team was more than happy to work hard to meet the rising demand, they took notice of their fellow food industry professionals in the restaurant scene.   And that is when HEB supermarkets stepped up to help out their fellow foodie friends and help them to make ends meet.   In this article, we will explore this wonderful story about people helping people and how a kind gesture was able to help some restaurants to stay afloat while they battle COVID.

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Working At Industrial Packaging

Answering The Top 4 Questions Industrial Packaging Is Asked During Hiring Interviews

When it comes to the hiring process, the team at Industrial Packaging pays close attention to the questions we are asked by potential new employees. Besides asking about pay, there are some other important questions we are asked that give candidates a sense of what our company is all about.   It’s important for us to have a great interview process and to be as transparent with candidates along the way. That’s why it’s critical that we openly and honestly address the four most commonly asked questions from candidates in this article.     The reality is that not every candidate that applies for a position here will enjoy working for Industrial Packaging or be a good company culture fit. By reading this article, you’ll have a much better understanding of Industrial Packaging as an employer and be able to see if it’s even worth applying for a role.

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Packaging Materials

Hand Stretch Film Vs. Machine Stretch Wrap. What's The Difference?

If your business has a packaging line or a shipping department, you probably go through a lot of stretch wrap (also known as stretch film). If you are starting a new business and are preparing to build out your packaging line and a shipping department, you will be using stretch film when you are up and running.   One of the most common questions we get from start-up businesses, and even some seasoned veterans is, what is the difference between hand stretch film and machine stretch wrap?   If you are using exclusively human labor for stretch wrapping, you will need to use hand stretch wrap. If, on the other hand, you want to automate or semi-automate the process, you will need to run some form of stretch wrapper, which requires machine stretch film.   Industrial Packaging has helped thousands of clients identify the appropriate type of stretch film for their packaging and palletizing needs.   This article will explore the differences between hand stretch film and machine stretch wrap (also called machine stretch film) and help you choose the right option for your packaging line and palletizing operations.

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Plant Performance

How To Prosper During A Pandemic With A Labor Shortage

Many headwinds are currently challenging all facets of manufacturing. The current pandemic has forced many workplace changes, including the physical facility, limited available workforce, and new regulatory requirements.   How can businesses learn to deal with these challenges and yet still seek and accept new business opportunities? We believe that this path starts with taking care of the people providing the service for these new business ventures.   With over 65 years in business and thousands upon thousands of happy clients, we have a proven track record of success in dealing with challenges as they arise and meeting them head on with the ability to turn them into opportunities for growth.   In this article, we will explain how we helped to build quality teams of happy people who, in turn, allow for the ability for Industrial Packaging to grow better.

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Environment  |  Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials  |  The Business of Packaging

Top 5 Packaging Trends For 2021

As the tumultuous and dare I say downright disruptive year of 2020 winds to a close, the packaging industry is looking at some very interesting trends as we head towards the new year.   While there are some hot-button trends that remain from 2020 as we head into the first quarter of 2021 (such as sustainability and environmentally minded packaging materials), there are some huge new packaging opportunities that have come out of the pandemic.   For example, the video game industry is experiencing a meteoric expansion of growth as gamers have spent more time at home playing video games and many new gamers are just beginning to experiment with the joy of gaming to pass the time while in quarantine or semi-mandated stay at home orders. More gaming = more opportunities for video game packaging applications.   Then, we have the ever-growing expansion of eCommerce purchasing. Purchasing online was already steadily rising prior to the arrival of this pandemic. But it has only grown exponentially more than expected as a byproduct of the virus.   Food packaging (particularly frozen food packaging) has also seen a massive growth spurt. More consumers are buying larger quantities of groceries either in person or via online driven delivery services.   It’s a lot to keep up with. In this article, we will take a deep dive into the top packaging trends for 2021 so that you are set up to succeed in the new year.

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Equipment  |  Fulfillment  |  The Business of Packaging

What To Expect When Installing A Pallet Wrapper: Installation Dynamics

On the day of installing a pallet wrapper in your warehouse, a lot is going on. Old machinery needs to be shut down, decommissioned, and removed from your warehouse. At the same time, the new equipment must be delivered, set-up, and installed.   Having helped thousands of companies purchase and install new pallet wrappers, Industrial Packaging is able to ensure that even the most complicated installations go smoothly and without error.   In this article, we will break down everything you should expect and be prepared for when the day of installation of your new pallet wrapper arrives.

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Equipment

The Ultimate Glossary Of Industrial Terms

This article is a guest blog post from our friends over at iGAM.  iGAM is the leading online marketplace for used industrial robots, robot parts and robotics equipment. They specialize in providing affordable products that meet the demands of your business and enjoy working with their customers to deliver the results they expect.   Glossaries help manufacturers and consumers stay informed about new technology and processes.    Have you ever found yourself reading industrial manuals or industry news, and you don’t know what equipment is being discussed?    Industrial manufacturing is a complex market filled with equipment and processes that can be confusing to consumers. Even for manufacturers, new terms and products pop up, making it difficult to stay informed.    That’s why iGAM has created an ever-growing glossary so you can stay sharp on all things industrial manufacturing and automation. Check it out on our Glossary page and read more about the glossary below! 

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Environment  |  Packaging Materials

Shrink Film: Biodegradable VS Recyclable, Which Is Right For You?

Up until 2020, many supermarkets and other corporate entities were making it a point to phase out single-use plastics such as bags, cups, and straws. After the arrival of the corona virus, however, many of these institutions backpedaled on these decisions. They once again opted for single-use plastics as they had been proven to be safer options in the battle against COVID.   Eventually, this pandemic will be over. And when that day comes, you can be sure that the environmental movement will be going full swing once again. We will likely see consumers once again demanding earth-friendly plastic alternatives to help protect the environment.   Lately, we at Industrial Packaging have been getting questions about the various types of shrink films and their more environmentally friendly alternatives.   Most recently, we received a rather interesting question from a prospect: Regarding shrink film, which is best for me? Recyclable OR Biodegradable?   The honest answer to this question is, it depends! We will answer this questions based upon actual applications. This is case sensitive for each customer based upon their budget, their monthly volume of film used, and a few other different variables.   In this article, we explore this question in-depth and help you understand which type of shrink film mentioned above is right for your unique packaging needs and business requirements.

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The Business of Packaging  |  Working At Industrial Packaging

The Top 6 Ways Industrial Packaging Inspires Personal And Professional Growth

We don’t know anyone who doesn’t want to grow in their personal and professional life. That is why we offer various ways for our employees to grow and prosper. Growing keeps us happy with ourselves, gives us confidence, and makes us proud of our achievements.   Industrial Packaging believes in supporting our employees with their personal and professional growth goals. Here are the top 6 ways that we inspire our employee’s personal and professional growth.

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Equipment  |  Food Packaging  |  Investment  |  Packaging Design

How Much Does A Food Packaging Machine Cost?

Many food producers are looking for ways to package their food products for various applications such as frozen food, grab-n-go, and pre-made meals. The demand for these types of packaging had been growing steadily for a while. However, with the arrival of COVID19, the market has only skyrocketed.   This is because many supermarkets, restaurants, country stores, and other producers and sellers of food products are offering more and more pre-packaged foods.   If you have been to the supermarket recently, chances are you have seen a few changes to staples of the shopping experience. For example, most serve-yourself salad bars are no longer "serve yourself". In their place, you will find pre-packaged salads in plastic containers.   More and more single items of produce are being shrink-wrapped to prevent the virus from touching the food inside. Many food sellers are now shifting to selling pre-made meals that are then frozen or packaged in film-covered trays.   People like you are turning to the idea of purchasing food packaging machinery and packaging their food items themselves, rather than outsourcing the process to contract packaging companies who will do the work for them. This allows you to fully control the process, machinery, materials and every other aspect of the food packaging process. It also allows you to personally ensure the safety of the food items you are selling to your clients.   But how much does a food packaging machine cost? What are the different kinds of food packaging machines available? Which one should you buy? Does it make sense for your business? If you are like many other companies, you have a ton of questions. With decades in the food packaging industry, we have been able to help large food manufacturing companies package their food items. As such, we are able to help you choose the right equipment for your food packaging needs and answer any questions that you may have.   We’re here to help you understand just how much of an investment you’d need to make to start packaging your own food. This article will detail the price, functionality, proper applications, and other valuable information to help you decide if a food packaging machine is right for you.

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Equipment  |  Investment  |  Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

Best Ways To Bundle Firewood: Stretch Film, Shrink Film And Strapping

As the days slowly creep towards October, the humid air of summer begins to fall into the shaded paths of memory that only an Indian summer can remedy. Mornings and nightfall share the brisk cold air that calls to the trees as they start to ignite with the colors of fall.   Bright oranges, reds, and yellows begin to peek out from the edges of hardwoods, and you can often catch the scent of a campfire on the air throughout the day. Once again, pumpkin spice reigns supreme on the lips of many a passerby, and apples suddenly seem to be present in more than a few dessert offerings.   Indeed, autumn has arrived, and if you are like me, you savor every sweet second of cold air, tree lines ablaze with fiery color, and the toasted notes of campfire smoke enticing the senses to reminisce.   Now, if you work in the firewood industry, my guess is you are equally, if not even more excited than I am. During this time of year, many people begin to purchase firewood.   Some do this for the occasional campfire aesthetic, while many place their cord-wood orders in preparation for a long winter. When bundling firewood for the former application, there are several ways to go about this  process.   When it comes to bundling firewood, you generally have three options. Stretch film, shrink film or strapping. Each of these are viable and appropriate ways to package firewood for consumers. Industrial Packaging has been bundling products with stretch film, shrink film and strapping materials for ages. We have learned a thing or two about bundling firewood during our many years in the packaging industry.   This article will explore these firewood packaging processes and materials and help you decide which type of material and machinery is right for your firewood packaging business.

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Equipment  |  Investment

Exploring The Different Types Of Shrink Tunnels

If you are entering the market for a shrink tunnel, you will find yourself with a big variety of different types of machinery. Some machines work with steam. Others use hot air. Every kind of shrink tunnel is designed to work for specific applications.   Using the wrong shrink tunnel for the incorrect application can lead to various unwanted problems such as waste, downtime, costly repairs, and potentially, injury. When shopping for a shrink tunnel, you’re going to have many questions about the equipment.   At the end of the day, you just need to know which type of shrink tunnel is right for your products.  Luckily for you, it is a fairly easy process to identify the best machine for your needs after you have done a little homework!   Industrial Packaging has been working with shrink tunnels for generations. During that time, we have become experts on the various makes and models of shrink tunnels, what makes them tick, how to keep them running smoothly and how to repair them with ease when they eventually break down.   With the information in this article, you will be able to choose the right machinery for your shrink tunnel applications and product packaging needs.

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Investment  |  Packaging Materials  |  The Business of Packaging

Domestic Shrink Film VS Imported Shrink Film: Which Is Right For You?

Are you feeling a little stressed out with the buying process lately?, with the continued complications coming from the presence of COVID, the global supply chain is experiencing new problems it has not experienced before. And while COVID will eventually end, the effects upon the supply chain will almost certainly be replicated in the event of other pandemics as time goes on.   There was a time that purchasing foreign films made sense from a cost-savings perspective as many foreign films are often cheaper (and at times of lower quality). But, with the complications brought upon the world via COVID, the availability, delivery times, lead times, and other related parts of the process are being disrupted by the virus.   Are you currently waiting for an order of shrink film from a foreign country? Have you received it yet? Do you think it will arrive on time? Wondering if you should purchase American made films instead? Maybe you are trying to figure out which option will ultimately cost less?   If you are a purchasing professional or buyer, the issues the world is facing with the global supply chain is probably something you are dealing with on a daily basis. Chances are, you are continually attempting to buy the best possible product for the lowest possible price. While buying foreign films was once an option for cutting costs, choosing to do so in the age of COVID may result in late deliveries, higher prices, and low availability.   Industrial Packaging has been actively engaged in buying, selling, and running shrink film not only on our lines but also for our clients. We sell both domestic and foreign films, but usually end up recommending domestic films due to price, quality and lead times.   However, we know there are times when using a foreign film might make sense for your business. Our storied history of supply chain experience allows us to provide you with unparalleled insight and information regarding best practices for buying shrink film.   In this article, we will discuss buying domestic shrink film vs. foreign/imported shrink film. We will take a look at several key considerations when choosing between domestic and foreign shrink films. When you are finished, you will have a good understanding of which one is a better purchase right now.

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Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials  |  The Business of Packaging

Key Considerations When Packaging New Products For Startups

When launching a product as a new startup business, there is a lot to consider. Many steps must be taken to get your product designed, created, and ready to send to the market.   You are most likely at the beginning stage of getting your products ready for packaging. Chances are, you have been doing research online, which is how you stumbled across this article.   You probably feel some level of worry, stress or uncertainty about choosing packaging for your products as you have not done this before. Some of the questions you are asking your self probably resemble these:   What material should I choose for my packaging? What equipment do I need for my packaging? How much will my packaging materials cost? How much will my packaging machinery cost?   Most likely, you are looking for guidance on launching a new product and trying to understand the appropriate packaging protocols.   Industrial Packaging has been helping companies package their products and get them to market in a timely fashion for over 65 years. In that time, we have become thought leaders on this subject.   In this article, we will help you to understand what needs to be done when developing packaging for new products for your startup.

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Investment  |  Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

How To Determine The Yield Of Your Shrink Film

Determining the yield of your shrink film can help you optimize your film choices to help you run an efficient packaging line on which you will be able to squeeze every last ounce of value from.   However, if you are reading this article, you are probably trying to figure out how to determine the yield of your shrink film. With that being said, you probably have a few questions about yield including:   When do you need to determine the yield? You will likely have to be able to show the metric of yield in reports regarding waste reduction or other financial KPIs which will be effected by yield. Being able to show this data quickly will help you to shorten and simplify the buying process.   Is it commonly difficult to calculate yield? If you are not a fan of doing math, calculating your yield can be frustrating. We will help you to do it with ease.   Is calculating yield a common metric to calculate? Many companies over look this valuable metric, but others do not. Understanding your yield will help you to make better purchasing decisions and help you to reduce costs and waste.   Does choosing the wrong film yield lead to wasted dollars? Yes! This is not something you want to get wrong.   With the correct yield in hand, you will be able to choose the right film for your packaging needs and also choose the film which you will be able to get the most value out of.   Industrial Packaging has been selling shrink film for generations. We are going to help you understand how to determine the yield of each type of film so that you can choose the right film for your unique packaging applications.

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4 Things You Should Consider When Making Your Next Packaging Purchase

    When thinking about making a purchase for packaging materials and machinery, particularly big purchases, it is very easy to focus on price alone. Purchasing professionals are tasked to get the lowest price possible on the consumables and equipment that your company needs to run your packaging line.   While it may be tempting to focus only on price, there are various reasons why this is not only a bad idea, but a mindset that can actually cost you more in the long run.   Outside of price, there are 3 very important factors that you should consider when making a purchase: delivery, quality, and service. All of these factors should be considered when making a packaging purchase for the business that you work for.   As a buyer, you are probably asked to spend as little as possible on the products you buy for your company. Being price-centric when buying for your business is a good practice, but, focusing on price exclusively can actually end up costing you money in the long run.   In this article, we will be discussing four items that are actually more important areas of focus than price when you are trying to save your company money during the purchasing process   Everyone these days has access to the internet and most of us do research on the products and services we want to buy. We have an idea about what we’re getting for the price listed on the website.   Before you make your next purchase, you will want to take the time to consider 4 key things. Industrial Packaging has been in this industry for a long time, and we know the ins and outs of purchasing packaging materials and machinery.   Through this article, you will gain a better understanding of the important considerations that should go into every packaging materials and machinery purchase decision.

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How To Gas Flush Pouches For Food Packaging

Are you looking for information on gas flushing? Interested in how it works and if it is right for your food packaging applications? Perhaps you are a long-established food packaging organization or a restaurant startup looking to enter food distribution through supermarkets. Either way, you have come to the right place.   Gas flushing is a process used in a type of food packaging called modified atmosphere packaging. It is used to alter the inside of a special type of pouch that is used to package certain types of foods.   When it comes to preserving food, modified atmosphere packaging has become rather popular as a food packaging process. The use of modified atmosphere packaging helps to keep food fresher and more aesthetically pleasing for extended periods.   If you found your way here, you’re probably researching gas flushing for pouches. You’re planning on packaging some type of food product in a pouch and are curious if gas flushing pouches might be right for your products.   You’re not sure if the investment required for gas flushing makes sense for you. Industrial Packaging has been helping clients in the food industry for many years. We have helped hundreds of companies understand the process, machinery, and materials involved in applications of modified atmosphere packaging such as gas flushing pouches.   In this article, we will give you a rundown of everything you need to know about gas flushing. You’ll learn how gas flushing for pouches works, what is required to do it, and what types of food are most commonly packaged in gas flushed pouches. By the end of this article, you’ll be able to determine if gas flushing is the right call for your packaging line.

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Packaging Materials

The Top 7 Absolute Best Brands Of Stretch Film For Shipping Protection

Stretch film is the most common packaging material on earth. Used by millions of businesses the world over, it is used to palletize products for shipping everywhere. Whether you use manual labor or a fully automatic stretch wrapper, chances are, you go through a lot of stretch wrap yourself.   As you read this, you are probably on a quest to find the best stretch film for your packaging line and have been researching your different options.   Having done your due diligence, you have found your way here to the Industrial Packaging blog. Luckily for you, this may be the last post you will need to read today in order to pick the best stretch film for your needs.   We have been selling and running stretch film and the related machinery for decades. Industrial Packaging is a packaging distributor offering the very best materials and equipment for stretch wrapping. We have many years of expertise working with companies to find the best packaging materials for their operation and optimizing packaging lines.   In this article, we will be exploring the top 7 best types of stretch film. You’ll get some background information about each brand and the manufacturer who produces these high quality stretch films. The order that these film brands are presented is not meant to suggest best to worst. Rather, this is simply a list of the top brands currently available.

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Food Packaging  |  Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

What Are Ovenable Food Packaging Films? Uses And Applications

As the food packaging industry continues to heat up, many brands are starting to look to ovenable films as packaging solutions.   Ovenable films are films that can be used as top seals or bagging for food products. These materials can be placed directly into an oven. The entire package can be cooked to heat the food without removing the food products from the packaging.   Chances are you have been shopping around for ovenable food packaging or at least trying to get more information about the different types of ovenable films.   Perhaps you are experiencing pain points in relation to using the wrong type of film or packaging for your products and you want to be sure to choose the right material for ovenable foods.   When trying to find the right ovenable films, there are a few things you will want to consider: films, heat limitations, cost, and compatibility with your existing packaging machinery.   Industrial Packaging has been selling packaging films for many years. We have been at the forefront of knowledge on ovenable films since they first showed up on the market. In this article, we will be exploring the different types of ovenable films currently available and providing you with information about each. By the end of this guide, you will be able to choose the appropriate ovenable film for your food packaging applications.

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Fulfillment  |  Investment  |  The Business of Packaging

Packaging Machinery & Materials: Benefits Of Buying Now

For many companies, 2020 has been a tough year, primarily due to the struggles that come along with COVID. After weeks or months of unexpected downtime, many companies are unsure about stocking up on supplies or upgrading machinery for their packaging lines.   The uncertainty that has come with the phased re-opening of the economy and a blurry future in this new environment can cause a natural hesitation to spending. You have to be hyper-aware of spending when looking out for your company's best interest.   You probably feel pressure to purchase just enough to keep running without making any significant investments.   And while airing on the side of caution is a good idea in this current climate, the truth is, there is no better time to buy packaging machinery and material than now. Waiting may very well end up costing you a lot of time and money.   After decades in the packaging industry and a keen eye to the mechanics of the global supply chain, Industrial Packaging can honestly say that now is the time to purchase your packaging machinery and materials.   From our vantage point, we can clearly see the obstacles ahead. We are here to help you avoid stalling on buying decisions that could cost you a lot of time and money and result in serious frustration and headaches down the road.   In this article, we will explain the top 4 reasons to buy your packaging materials and make your packaging machinery upgrades or purchases now, before you run into costly issues with the availability of these items.

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Food Packaging

Food Packaging: What Is IQF? Uses And Applications

So, you need to package your food items and you are considering freezing your products. You are aware of the fact that there are multiple types of frozen food packaging, but, you recently heard about IQF or "individually quick frozen" packaging.   You want to know what it is, how it works and if it is right for your food packaging applications. Well, fortunately for you, Industrial Packaging has been working with frozen food packaging applications for many years, and, we have all the information about IQF you would possibly want!   In the wide world of food packaging, there are many options for preserving foods for extended periods. Everything from traditional and age-old processes such as canning, jarring, and pickling, to salting fish and meats.   The preservation of food for storage over extended periods is a classic example of human ingenuity. In the modern world, freezing is perhaps the most popular way to preserve food.   When it comes to veggies, not only does freezing preserve the nutritional value of the food, but the flavor is often enhanced by the process (IE: peas and sweet corn). Frozen food gives consumers the ability to keep their chosen goodies for very long periods.   When we talk about the cutting edge of technology in frozen food applications, there is perhaps no other greater version of the process than IQF.   For those of you who do not know the definition of IQF or "individually quick frozen" here is the meaning to bring you up to speed.   IQF is a food freezing tactic that prevents big ice crystals from forming inside of vegetable cells. With IQF, it should be noted that every single piece of produce (literally every pea, corn kernel, etc) is individually frozen to perfection. With IQF, there are no food particles. The result is a final product that is not frozen solid into a brick of ice.   Now, there are many different ways to freeze vegetables. Some of these include but are not limited to plate freezing, blast cooling, tunnel freezing, fluid-bed freezing, cryogenics, and dehydro-freezing.   As for which method is right for you, well, that depends on the quality you want from your freezing method, depending on factors such as financial limitations and storage dynamics, IQF may or may not be a good choice for your products.   This article will take a look at the applications and uses for IQF and help you to decide if it is, in fact, the right form of food freezing for your food packaging needs.

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Packaging Design  |  Shipping Protection  |  Warehousing

How To Evaluate Damages To Packaging And Products In Shipping

Shipping protection is perhaps one of the most essential variables to consider when fulfilling orders for your customers. Just think how you feel when you order something, and the packaging is damaged.   As the internet has made our world a digitally connected global village, you can now have customers anywhere on earth (and pretty soon, perhaps Mars as well).   Packages that travel long distances often have journeys that are fraught with problems. Anything from mishandling at warehouses, being dropped on accident by delivery drivers, or moving through geographical areas with extreme heat. The list of potential items that can cause damage to your package can seem nearly endless.   So, when it comes to ensuring an excellent unboxing experience for your clients, you need to make sure that their packages arrive in as close to mint condition as possible as it is imperative to building brand loyalty and repeat business.   To achieve the proper protections against shipping damages, you need to make sure your packaging process aligns with the best standards. First, getting on board with Amazon's guidelines for SIOC and user-friendly packaging is a good start.   Next, use protective packaging materials such as air pillows, cardboard, packaging peanuts, and a whole galaxy of other potential protective packaging material options.   Now you are probably thinking, "man, this is more complicated than I was hoping". That may be true, but it's critical to the success of your business. While the global village is making packaging protection during shipping more complicated, Industrial Packaging has decades of experience in this sector. We are here to help you navigate these issues.   In this article, you'll gain a better understanding of all of the elements that go into preparing your packages with the appropriate protective packaging materials and protocols. This will help your customers be happy with the condition of their packages, which leads to repeat business.

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Environment  |  Food Packaging  |  Packaging Materials

Food Packaging: Flexible Pouches VS Paperboard Boxes

My guess is that you probably run some type of food packaging business. You have diligently been doing research on the various types of packaging that is appropriate for your food to be packaged in.   Regardless of what you're packaging, clearly, you're here because you are either considering flexible pouches or paperboard boxes. OR, maybe you're trying to choose between the two. Industrial Packaging has been selling packaging supplies for decades. We have sold both boxes and pouches for the applications for which they are appropriate.   You know that you can package your food products in either container. Both would be a viable option that would appropriately contain your items. But, you are hoping to dig deeper down and find out the subtle differences that make one or the other the BEST choice for your specific needs.   Well, luckily for you, in this article, we are going to explain the differences as well as the pros and cons of each of these containers and help you to make the right choice for your packaging line!

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Equipment  |  Investment  |  Plant Performance

Electric Stretch Wrappers VS Pneumatic Stretch Wrappers

So you have come here because you have decided to buy a stretch wrapper. You are not sure if you should buy a pneumatic model or an electric model.   You do not want to buy any additional components that you do not need, so you are researching these two options to make the right choice.   Industrial Packaging has been selling stretch wrappers for many years. We can educate you on which type of stretch wrapper makes the most sense for your business.   In this article, we are going to compare pneumatic stretch wrappers to electric stretch wrappers and help you to choose the machine that is right for your business.

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Equipment  |  Packaging Psychology  |  Technical Service and Support

How Much Is Your Packaging Line Downtime Really Costing You?

When you think about downtime, I bet a few things come to mind. Lost productivity, your workforce is standing around, scrap packaging materials or finished goods, and missing deadlines you have agreed to meet. And while all those are true, there are a few more negative side-effects that carry as much, if not more, weight when it comes to downtime. One of our top priorities is making sure our customers can avoid unexpected downtime on their packaging lines. At Industrial Packaging, we "eat our own dog food" and maintain regularly scheduled maintenance on our packaging machinery. By doing so, we can maintain the supply line for our customers, and we help them do the same in their facilities. We know what it takes to succeed, and we know how to combat unwanted downtime. In the article below, we will explore the real cost of downtime and explain why you will want to be sure to negate it.

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Equipment

Electric VS Pneumatic Sealers: Which Is Better?

You have been researching sealers for a few months now and you have decided that you would like to purchase one.   You have educated yourself on the cost and the expected ROI of purchasing a sealer. You have studied the differences between buying VS leasing your new sealer and have found the option that is right for your company. If you haven't already done these things, we'd recommend you doing so.   You spoke with a repair technician and are working out all of the necessary details of a preventive maintenance program to make sure that your machinery will run well, minimizing downtime.    You have your key performance indicators set up in regard to your sealer's operation and you have made it a point to ensure that your machine operators are trained on all safety protocols.   This project has cost you a lot of time, effort, and money to get to this point. You are ready to actually buy a machine now.   You have selected a vendor to purchase materials, service, and repair from and are 100% prepared to take the next step.   But, you have one more question that needs answering. Should you buy an electric sealer or a pneumatic model?   You are unsure about the difference between these machines and you need to be absolutely confident that you are making the right decision for your business.   You need a machine that will get the job done quickly and efficiently, however, you also must ensure that you are getting a machine that does not have unwarranted additional costs. So, you are not exactly sure how to move forward.   Well, we have some great news! You have found your way to this article and you are looking for an answer to your final question. And luckily for you, we have it!   Industrial Packaging has been selling sealers for a very long time and we are a thought leader in our industry. As such, we are going to assist you in choosing the perfect machine for your needs.   In this article, we will compare electric sealers to pneumatic sealers and help you in the last steps of choosing the best piece of equipment for your packaging line.

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Fulfillment  |  Plant Performance  |  Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging

When To Outsource Your Supply Chain

One question that we are often asked by managers from other companies is, “How do I know when it's time to look for help or outsource some of my supply chain”?   Sometimes these questions are from a start-up company that has been operating out of their basement. Other times the question comes from a large company that is toying with the idea of a large expansion.   As a specialist in supply chain dynamics, Industrial Packaging is uniquely positioned to help you understand when and why you should work with a third party to run your supply chain.   Even if you do not choose us as your third-party supply chain vendor, we can help you to understand the protocols for this process. In this article, we will give you advice on how to approach this project.

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Equipment  |  Investment

How Much Does A Strapping Machine Cost?

Are you looking for pricing information on a strapping machine? Not sure where to start or which brand to buy? Maybe you have been tasked to purchase one of these machines but don't know a lot about them other than your responsibility to source one for your company.   We have sold quite a few strapping machines over the years here at Industrial Packaging. We pride ourselves on helping people understand the cost of packaging machinery and finding the right machine for their needs.   Generally speaking, strapping machinery costs can range from as low as $500 for handheld equipment to well over $24,000 for fully-automated machines. Exact pricing depends on the manufacturer and the type of machinery, and this range can differ from brand to brand.   This article will provide information about the cost of strapping machinery and what factors impact their cost. We will help you better understand what you'll pay for the type of machine that is right for you.

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Equipment  |  Plant Performance  |  Warehousing

Packaging Automation: A New Weapon In The War Against COVID

The United States, and the world at large, continue the complicated battle against the invisible enemy that is COVID-19. One thing has become glaringly obvious. This is not a war that will be fought with traditional machinery and weapons.   Doctors are rushing to develop a vaccine while political parties attempt to figure out the complicated puzzle of helping the public adapt to a very uncomfortable "new normal.” Meanwhile, businesses and the corporate world are fighting their own battles against this virus.   Today many companies are working together to figure out ways to make working conditions for their employees as close to "normal" as possible. Companies are implementing stringent protocols that are focused on the health, safety, and well-being of their employees.   When it comes to large warehouses with packaging lines, this can be extremely complicated. Usually, at these facilities, there are hundreds of people working on large packaging lines working shoulder to shoulder.   Our team at Industrial Packaging has gone to great lengths to create a unique approach to combating COVID while prioritizing the safety and health of our people and customers. With a strict set of protocols based on cutting edge information from the CDC, the WHO, and other experts, we have made it a point to focus on safety first.   But many companies are struggling with their approach to this continuing pandemic. Some are struggling to find ways to prevent their employees from contracting the virus or stopping the spread.   There is however a secret a weapon in the war against the virus, and it is one that was developed before COVID began rearing its ugly head. And when it comes to your warehouse and your packaging lines, that weapon is automation.   Fully automated packaging lines have recently been implemented more frequently due to several benefits. These reasons have historically revolved around cost savings, key performance indicators, and the streamlining and optimization of production.   However, today the biggest motivation for automating your packaging line is something else entirely. Putting a bold and extreme focus on protecting the health and safety of your people.

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Food Packaging  |  Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

Top 4 Snack Food Packaging Supplies: Pros and Cons

In the expansive universe of snack foods, there are many different packages available and used by thousands of snack food companies. Even for a seasoned veteran in the industry, it's clear that there is a vast sea of options for packaging snack foods.   It may feel almost impossible to understand every option available to snack food producers today. With a little homework, you can quickly educate yourself on the most popular packaging supplies for snacks in our modern world. From rigid forms of snack food packaging like paperboard tubes and cardboard boxes to alternatives like flexible pouches and shrink bags, there is a diverse abundance of packaging materials.   As a snack food packaging specialist, Industrial Packaging knows this niche market inside and out. Some of our largest customers exclusively sell snack foods. We have helped them run high-quality supply chains with ease and consistency for many years.   In this article, we will discuss some of the best types of snack food packaging, their applications, and their pros and cons. With this information, you will be able to choose the correct packaging for your snack foods.

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Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

Skin Packaging: Surlyn VS Skin Poly Film

Are you thinking of using skin packaging for your products? Maybe you are a food manufacturer or perhaps you are a buyer for a hardware and tooling business. You know that you want to use skin packaging for your products, but you are not sure if you should use surlyn film or skin poly film.   You understand that both films are used in similar applications, but you are confused about which film you should be using for your products specifically. You need to know which is a better fit for your packaging needs.   Industrial Packaging has been helping clients with skin packaging for many years and we often get questions about the difference between skin poly film and surlyn film. People want to know which one is better for skin packaging applications as well as how they are actually used in the creation of skin packs.   In the article below, we are going to show you how surlyn and skin poly films are used to make skin packaging and help you to choose which film is a better fit for your products.

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Working At Industrial Packaging

Top 5 Ways We Get, Keep and Grow Top Talent at Industrial Packaging

I’m sure there are many ways a company can attract top talent, but to keep them is all-together different. Our employee turn-over rate is very low because we value our team and our culture! Here are our top 5 ways we keep our team happy and healthy, and loving the place they get to work at each day!

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Food Packaging: Plastic Clamshells VS Styrofoam Containers

When it comes to packaging hot or cold food, you have probably seen hundreds of different types of options. As you comb through the maze of different containers for food packaging, the wide variety of options can be mind-numbing.   Two of the most popular options for packaging both hot and cold "grab-n-go" prepared foods are plastic clamshells and styrofoam containers.   When you find yourself looking at these items, they may seem similar at first glance. You may think to yourself; maybe I will choose one or the other based on gut instinct.   The problem with that thinking is that each of these containers has specific applications that they are well suited for and others that are not. Choosing the wrong type of container for the incorrect application can result in possible contamination and damage to the vessel.   Having sold hundreds of thousands of flexible food packaging items, we here at Industrial Packaging have a deep understanding of each container's pros and cons.   While we sell plastic clamshells and do not sell styrofoam, we want to be transparent about both types of containers so that you can choose the one that is best for you.   We work with companies like yours daily to make sure they're choosing the right food packaging product.   In this article, we will compare plastic clamshells to styrofoam containers and discuss the pros and cons of each. You'll understand which of these is best for your food products and be able to make a purchasing decision without hesitation.

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Equipment  |  Packaging Materials  |  Technical Service and Support

Why Routine Maintenance Is Critical For Packaging Machinery & Materials

You may own the very best packaging machinery. You may even be running the highest quality materials on those machines. However, if you do not have excellent service for machinery repair and materials sourcing, you will end up with unwanted downtime.   There are many variables to consider when running a top-notch packaging line: cost of goods, electrical supply, gasses, and air needs, space requirements, and the list goes on and on. One of the essential elements of a professional and successful packaging line is your access to outstanding service.   As a machinery and materials service provider with thousands of happy customers, Industrial Packaging knows just how important service is to a world-class packaging line. In this article, we will discuss the importance of service and why at the end of the day, service is KING!

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Equipment  |  Plant Performance  |  Shipping Protection

How To Reduce Stretch Film Costs By 20-50% By Upgrading Your Lantech Stretch Wrapper Gears

Are you purchasing machinery or materials for your packaging line? Feeling a bit of pressure to cut costs or save as much money as possible while also keeping a smooth running line?   Chances are, you’ve always been focused on reducing costs whenever possible. But in today's world, with so many businesses coming out of long periods of downtime, cutting costs is a top concern for practically everyone. There’s extra pressure from upper management to figure out how to save your company money.   You probably ask yourself on a daily basis, How can I cut costs today?    We know that the responsibilities of purchasing personnel today are stressful. Here at Industrial Packaging, we’ve worked with purchasing departments for decades to optimize their packaging lines and save money.   That is why, in this article, we are going to give you a few helpful cost-saving tips. Specifically, if you’re running a Lantech stretch wrapper, we are going to help you save between 20-50% on stretch wrapping film costs! Want to see proof of this in action? Review this case study we created based on our own experience!

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Packaging Machinery Buyer's Guide: Leasing VS Buying

You have been tasked with buying packaging machinery for your company, and you are stressing about how you should purchase the equipment.

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Packaging Machinery: Why Preventative Maintenance Is More Important Than Ever!

Companies like yours are starting to re-open, and production will soon begin on packaging lines around the country. After months of unexpected downtime due to COVID19, many businesses are eager to jump-start their packaging lines and get back to business as usual. One thing to keep in mind is that preventative maintenance and repair for packaging machinery is more important now than ever. If packaging machinery is not properly cared for after being shut down for months, immediate problems may arise. At Industrial Packaging, we have worked on many packaging machinery lines and different types of packaging machinery. We can help you ensure that when your line goes live, you won't have to deal with more unexpected downtime. In this article, we will discuss the great importance of having access to quality packaging machinery repair and maintenance services and why it can be a "make or break" issue today.

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Food Packaging  |  Packaging Materials  |  Shipping Protection  |  Warehousing

The Top 3 Types Of Strapping Material And Their Uses

You know that strapping can be used to bundle products together, reinforce cartons, and to secure items to pallets for shipment. These strapping materials come in a variety of options, but how do you know which is best for your application? Your options can be filtered down into three primary categories: polypropylene(PP), polyester(PET), and steel.   Strapping materials are used primarily for bundling products together and securing pallet loads during transport and storage. When used for palletizing, it is often complemented with the additional security of stretch wrap. Being a market leader in supplying strapping materials to companies of all sizes, we've been able to help many brands overcome the challenges of securing your products from shipment to shelf.    You might find yourself with a lot of questions when trying to find the best strapping material for you.    Which type of strapping material is ideal for your application, and how does it function?    What is the difference between virgin and recycled strapping?    Find out how these materials work and which will be the best fit to optimize the security and unitizing of your products..

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Food Packaging  |  Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

What Is The Difference Between Skin Packaging And Blister Packaging?

Are you frustrated with not being able to understand the differences between skin and blister packaging? Don’t worry, it happens to many people.   Maybe you’re a purchasing agent needing to make the right decision on packaging materials. Perhaps you’re a small business owner getting ready to launch a new food product. Regardless of where you’re at in this process, we’re going to help you choose the proper packaging for your products.   Blister packaging and skin packs share some similarities in aesthetics, materials, and heat seal coating. And while they are both a good package solution, they are best suited for different applications. Skin packs are commonly used for packaging fish (such as smoked salmon fillets). Blister packs are more likely to house the fishing lure used to catch the fish!   Industrial Packaging has been selling blister packaging and skin packaging for many years. We talk to people daily who are searching for the correct type of packaging, and we help guide them to make the best decision for their business.   This article will explore the differences between skin packs and blister packs and look at the appropriate applications for each type of packaging.

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Packaging Materials  |  Technical Service and Support

How To Interpret Technical Data On Shrink Film

If you want to run shrink film on your packaging line, you need to understand a wide array of technical terms. From gloss and haze to tensile and elongation, there is a host of technical data that requires understanding.   With decades of experience with shrink film, we here at Industrial Packaging know the material inside and out. In today's article, we will explore the various terms used when interpreting technical data on shrink film.   With the information in this post, you will be able to run shrink film on your packaging line with ease and know how to properly optimize your machinery and materials.

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Environment  |  Investment  |  Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

Flexible Packaging VS Rigid Packaging: Pros and Cons

When it comes to choosing packaging for your products, you have a lot of options. So many that it might be overwhelming to find the perfect packaging. Two broad packaging categories that you will find are flexible packaging and rigid packaging. But, what exactly are the differences between these types of packaging materials?   Some of the main differences include environmental impact, sustainability, cost, and other various items of consideration.   At Industrial Packaging, we pride ourselves on being an educator in the flexible packaging supplies that we offer. However, we want to be clear that for some products rigid packaging is a better choice.   There are also plenty of applications where flexible packaging is the superior choice of the two. In this article, we will compare the pros and cons of flexible and rigid packaging and help you to understand which is a better choice for your specific packaging needs.

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Food Packaging  |  Packaging Materials  |  Shipping Protection

What's The Difference Between Shrink Film And Stretch Film?

So, you are looking for a type of film, but you are confused about which type you actually need. While it is not uncommon to confuse stretch film with shrink film, they are not the same material. Stretch film and shrink film are made for very different applications and using one in the wrong application could lead to serious problems.   After such a long time in the packaging industry, Industrial Packaging often gets questions about shrink film and stretch film. One of the more common questions about these materials that we receive is: "What is the difference between shrink film and stretch film?"   One of these films can be used in a heat tunnel to package products. Doing that with the other could result in a fire. It is important to know the differences between these two materials when trying to source one or the other. In this article, we will explore the differences between both types of film and explain the appropriate applications for each.

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Environment  |  Packaging Design  |  Packaging Psychology

Top 5 Ways To Ensure An Excellent Unboxing Experience

In our modern world, people are buying products from online retailers more and more every day. This is a trend that is going to skyrocket with each passing day. This means that people aren’t interacting with your company, a salesperson, or your brand like they used to.     Today, the unboxing of a product is often the first experience a consumer will have with your company, brand, and products. If you fail to make an excellent first impression when someone opens your product, you run the risk of losing the customer's future business.    Industrial Packaging has been helping companies properly package their products for multiple decades. During that time, we have watched the evolution of the unboxing experience and we know the importance of this process.   In the article below, we will discuss the top 5 ways to ensure an excellent unboxing experience that will "wow" your customers and help them to fall in love with your brand.

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Equipment  |  Investment

How Much Does An L Bar Sealer Cost? Understanding Price

If you are thinking about adding an L bar sealer to your packaging line, one of the big considerations is price. How much of your budget should you set aside for this machine?      The large variations in price will bring up other questions as well. Should you get a manual or automatic sealer? Should you get an entry-level device or a state-of-the-art professional-grade machine?   As a machinery vendor who has been selling L sealers for many years, we understand the various questions that arise during the buyer's journey for L bar sealers.   In this article, we will take a look at the price differences regarding L sealers. From entry-level machines to fully automatic workhorses. We will thoroughly dissect the most important factors when preparing to buy an L sealer. It should be noted that pricing varies based on the manufacturer.

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Food Packaging  |  Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

What Applications Is Surlyn Film Good For? Understanding It's Uses

In the wide world of carded packaging, surlyn film is a bit of a rock star. Surlyn film is used primarily in skin packaging applications, which means the film forms around the product and onto a carded substrate such as cardboard or paperboard during the packaging process. It is also used in shrink applications that don't require a backing board. Surlyn seals in products for freshness and eliminates product movement within, often used with trays rather than a backing board for fresh foods, like fish. Here at Industrial Packaging, we have been selling surlyn and skin packaging products for decades. During this time, we learned the best practices for its use in several types of applications. So, what is surlyn film, and how is it used? See where it is an excellent fit for different types of products, from food to car parts, and where it isn't the ideal packaging option. And learn about how to source it for your next packaging project.

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Fulfillment  |  Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging  |  The Business of Packaging  |  Warehousing

The Top 4 Reasons You Can Trust A Packaging Distributor

When choosing a vendor for your packaging materials and machinery, you have many options to choose from. From original manufacturers (OEMs) to online storefronts like U-LINE, or buying from a distributor who works with multiple manufacturers. How do you know that you are getting the ideal product and service when it comes down to purchasing? With the various options available to you, who will serve your business best? Cards on the table, Industrial Packaging has been a packaging distributor for decades. However, this doesn't mean we are going to aim for deception. Sometimes a distributor isn't the right fit for your business. While this article will discuss why you can trust a packaging distributor, our goal is to help you determine if a distributor is a good fit for your needs.

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The Top 6 Flexible Packaging Companies In New England

As a well established flexible packaging distributor, Industrial Packaging prides itself on our rich history and decades of expertise. When you are looking for a packaging company to partner with, you want to understand all of your options. While we’d love to be your top choice, we are not the only game in town. In this article, we will be taking a look at the top 6 flexible packaging companies in New England, not including Industrial Packaging.   The order of this list does not indicate "best to worst", but rather it is alphabetically highlighting other great flexible packaging companies in New England.

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Investment  |  Packaging Materials  |  The Business of Packaging

Where To Buy Shrink Wrap Film: Exploring Your Options

When looking for a place to buy shrink wrap film, you may be tempted to go online. And while websites like Amazon and Alibaba are common vendors to buy shrink wrap film from, you as a consumer have so many other options!   These online vendors are part of a natural way that consumers shop, but understanding all of your options has many benefits. Maybe you need the highest quality shrink wrap film, or the best price, or the most options to choose from. In any of these cases, you're actually better off comparing different vendors to these accessible online avenues like Amazon and Alibaba.   As a packaging distributor, Industrial Packaging has some unique capabilities in the packaging industry. That being said, we may or may not be the best choice for your particular shrink film needs. In the article below, we will outline the various options available to you for purchasing shrink film to make an educated buying decision.

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How To Calculate An ROI For Your Packaging Equipment

When calculating the ROI of your packaging equipment, there are various items of importance to look at and understand during the process of generating this information. Here at Industrial Packaging, we have helped thousands of businesses calculate and understand their return on investment. In this article, we will take a look at each element of utilizing an ROI calculation for your packaging equipment.

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Environment  |  Packaging Materials

Biodegradable VS Plastic Shrink Film: Pros And Cons

Think back before the arrival of COVID19. Many people were reducing their use of plastic products. Plastic shopping bags, single-use containers, and packaging were all being slowly fazed out.   Shortly after the arrival of the pandemic, however, things changed—the EPA relaxed environmental protections. And then, some states banned reusable bags. In their place, the resurgent single-use plastics.   This move was a complete 180 in plastic consumption trends to that point. Since the pandemic, we’ve seen a big comeback of single-use plastics.   The packaging industry was no different. There was an initial boost of interest in bio-based shrink films before the arrival of the pandemic. But, after COVID arrived, many companies switched back to traditional plastic films.   You might be thinking that plastics are all bad. But, you might be surprised to learn about the real pros and cons of plastic shrink film. But, which type of film is right for you? Bio-based film or plastic film?   With over six decades in the packaging industry, Industrial Packaging has learned a lot about shrink films. During that time, we have found that sometimes, traditional plastics are actually the better choice. And, sometimes, bio-films would make more sense for specific applications.   This article will take a look at the pros and cons of biodegradable films and plastic films. As a result, you’ll have a better understanding of each product. And, you will be able to make an informed decision about the proper film for your needs.

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Equipment  |  Packaging Materials  |  Packaging Psychology  |  Plant Performance  |  The Business of Packaging

Benefits Of Using A Packaging Distributor, Even If They’re Across The Country

So, you've looked into your local packaging suppliers, and you're unsure if they can support you based on your needs. But you are also worried that working with a distributor across the country will be a headache due to shipping distance and lack of immediate response.   When it comes to choosing a vendor for packaging supplies, distributors are often selected because of their dynamic portfolio of product offerings in the packaging industry and their ability to provide large quantities of supplies. Unlike manufacturers, distributors are not beholden to only one or two brands of materials and machinery. As such, they can help you to choose the machinery and materials that are indeed the best solution for your needs.   And while it is usually advised to choose a distributor local to your geographical location, there are benefits to working with one across North America. While we tout the benefits of local companies a lot, there are some times when you might not want to use one.   In the article below, we will discuss the reasons you may want to work with a distributor across the country, rather than a local supplier.

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Investment  |  Packaging Materials  |  The Business of Packaging

Shrink Film Is Not Right For Everyone

While shrink film is one of the most common packaging materials in the world, it is not always a good fit for specific products. Trying to force it to work in certain applications can lead to various problems headaches, and sometimes, safety issues.     After decades in the industry, we here at Industrial Packaging know which applications are and are not correct for shrink film. In the article below, we will review several applications where shrink film is NOT a good fit.     Shrink film is one of our highest grossing products, but we’re not trying to sell any of our products to customers who don’t need them. By learning more about the problems with shrink film, or when you shouldn’t use it, you’ll be able to make a well-informed decision about what packaging products are right for you.     In the article below, we will review several issues that would make shrink film a bad fit for certain applications.

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Exploring The Different Types Of Frozen Food Packaging

When it comes to frozen food packaging, you need to be sure that safety is your first concern. Besides that, you will have to choose the appropriate materials that can withstand freezing temperatures. Depending on your budget, packaging, and material needs, frozen food packaging is a dynamic process that requires the utmost attention to detail.   We have been providing food packaging for decades here at Industrial Packaging, and we often get questions about the different types of packaging materials for frozen food applications. In this article, we will explore the different kinds of packaging supplies that are best suited for packaging frozen food.

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Environment  |  Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

What Are The Different Types Of Flexible Pouches?

You may be familiar with stand up pouches, but truth be told, they are only one of several different types of flexible pouches. Other examples you might not be as familiar with include gusseted pouches (side gusset and bottom gusset), three side seal pouches, pillow pouches, and so on.   Here at Industrial Packaging, we have been selling flexible packaging pouches for many years. We're often asked about what each type has to offer and why to choose one kind of pouch over another. In this article, we will explore the different types of flexible pouches and help you find the right solution for your needs.

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Environment  |  Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

What Is Blister Packaging Made Out Of? Understanding It's Elements

Blister packaging is a unique type of packaging that evokes the idea of a blister. If you have ever had one, you can see the resemblance. It is a flat surface with a bubble protruding from the flat area. Inside the bubble is where the product is contained.   Blister packaging (AKA: blister packs) are a type of carded packaging. Similar in style to skin packs, blister packs are commonly used for packaging a variety of products including, but not limited to fishing lures, tools, and pharmaceuticals.   People often ask us, "what are blister packs made out of"? In this article, we will explore the materials that make up blister packaging, some of the benefits of blister packs, as well as common uses and problems.

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Environment  |  Packaging Design  |  The Business of Packaging

Biopolymers, Biodegradable & Recyclable Materials Are The Future Of Plastic Packaging

When it comes to packaging materials, the shocking truth is that plastics are STILL your most environmentally-friendly choice. Three independent studies, including one from the UK government, confirm this scientific truth. And while flexible packaging materials are your best earth-friendly choice, for the time being, the future holds many surprises and innovations. 

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Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

What Types Of Printing Are Used For Flexible Packaging?

Are you running stand-up pouches, films, labels, or another type of flexible packaging? If so, you have more printing options than you might realize. There are various types of printing and curing technology that you can use to add colors, text, and graphics to your compliant packaging supplies.     Here at Industrial Packaging, we often get questions about how to implement printing technologies for flexible packaging supplies. In this article, we will review the different types of printing applications for flexible packaging materials and related substrates.

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Fulfillment  |  Packaging Materials  |  Shipping Protection

Understanding SIOC, Consumer-Friendly, & Amazon Transparency

In the wide world of packaging, SIOC, consumer-friendly, and Amazon transparency are all different elements of a general paradigm shift in packaging processes. They focus on cost, environmental impact, ease, and simplification of the entire packaging process. But, what are the differences between each of these elements?     At Industrial Packaging, we have been working within the ecosystems of these packaging elements for decade upon decade and take the processes of each very seriously. In this article, we will explore the differences between SIOC, consumer-friendly, and Amazon transparency packaging protocols.     With this information, you will be able to better understand your options and be more well-equipped to make a decision when it comes time to implementing these protocols for your shipping and handling processes.

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Food Packaging  |  Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

What Elements Do You Need For Modified Atmosphere Packaging?

When it comes to MAP or modified atmosphere packaging, there are some very unique dynamics that you do not find in other types of packaging supplies and processes. These elements include specialized equipment, various gasses and metering tools to ensure the right balance of gas. In the article below, we will teach all of the elements required for producing modified atmosphere packaging for your products.   Over the last 20 years, we’ve worked with many clients to set them up to properly produce MAP. Our goal with this article is to help you understand what you need to produce modified atmosphere packaging on your own.   Required elements for MAP include gas, machinery and testing equipment.

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Environment  |  Food Packaging  |  Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

Why Shrink Wrap Single Items Of Produce? Pros and Cons.

Backup a year and the idea of shrink-wrapping single items of produce such as one orange, apple, or squash may seem laughable. Heading into the end of 2019, the environmental movement was on an absolute tear in pushing companies to abandon single-use plastic, soft plastics, and other plastic items such as shrink films.     Fast forward to today, and all that has changed. With the onset of COVID19, reusable bags, cups, containers, and films are fast being abandoned. In their place, single-use plastic alternatives are being used to help combat the spread of the virus.     Discover the pros and cons of using shrink film to wrap individual pieces of produce as a form of protective packaging in the age of the coronavirus.

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Packaging Materials  |  Packaging Psychology  |  Technical Service and Support  |  The Business of Packaging

If Shrink Film Pricing Is Universal, How Do I Choose A Vendor?

There is an old saying here at Industrial Packaging and that is "shrink film is shrink film". This means despite marketing gimmicks by any given manufacturer, when all is said and done, shrink film is shrink film. The materials quality and cost is going to be pretty much the same (give or take a bit) across the board.   If this is the case, why should you choose one vendor over another? In the article below, we will discuss the important elements of a materials vendor to consider when choosing a vendor.  

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Environment  |  Fulfillment  |  Packaging Materials  |  Plant Performance

Top 5 Reasons To Buy Shrink Film Made In The USA

Perhaps now, more than ever, it is an excellent idea to buy American made shrink film. With the current disruption of the supply chain in China and the lower quality films coming from some European countries, now is the time to buy high quality American made shrink film. It is important to buy high quality shrink film to ensure your line runs efficiently, quickly and without downtime due to issues with lower quality films. Buying shrink film from foreign countries while the supply chain is seeing such disruption can result in weeks of delays in receiving your order.   Here at Industrial Packaging, we have been selling shrink film for almost 70 years. During that time we have developed decades of expertise on shrink film formulations and applications. In today's article, we will discuss the top 5 reasons to buy American made shrink film.

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Food Packaging  |  Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

What Is The Best Shrink Film To Wrap Food In?

When using shrink film to wrap food, not all shrink films are created equally. When it comes to the best type of shrink film to cover food in, polyolefin is the clear winner. At Industrial Packaging, we have been selling shrink films and shrink machinery for a long time. During that time, we have discovered many of the best applications for each type of shrink film. In this article, we will discuss why polyolefin is the best shrink film to wrap food.

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Packaging Materials  |  Packaging Psychology  |  The Business of Packaging

What Is Gamification In Packaging? Examples, Applications And Uses

Have you ever considered that the packaging of your product could create an emotional relationship with your customers? What about helping your customers have fun? Gamification pulls customers into interactive experiences with a product's packaging that often results in a more engaged relationship with a brand and it's products.   But what exactly is gamification? How does it work? What applications does gamification have in the realm of packaging?   In this article we will take a look at some examples of gamification, provide a solid definition of the practice and offer enlightenment on the use of gamification in modern packaging.

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Food Packaging  |  Packaging Materials  |  The Business of Packaging

The Top 6 Tamper Evident Packaging Materials: Types, Uses, & Benefits.

If you have products that require protection such as supplements and pharmaceuticals, tamper-evident packaging is a must-have for your business. From induction seals to shrink bands, there are many different types of tamper-evident packaging materials. Working with tamper-evident packaging materials and helping people to choose the right option for their products is a long-running tradition here at Industrial Packaging.   We will take a look at the top six tamper-evident packaging materials and discuss the use, application, and benefits of each. Our goal with this article is to teach you about your options for tamper-evident packaging so that you can choose the right material for your products.  

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Food Packaging  |  Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

What Are The Benefits Of Using Seal Bands? Applications And Uses

Seal bands (also known as shrink bands) are a type of tamper-evident packaging supply. They are very common packaging materials often found on various items including cough syrup, beverage containers, pill bottles and etc. In the article below, we will take a look at seal bands and their various applications.  

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Technical Service and Support

Top 5 Qualities To Look For In A Packaging Machinery Service Technician

When choosing a service provider for your packaging equipment you will want to be sure that you choose a certified professional with certain qualities. Understanding what to look for in a packaging machinery service technician is an important part of your initial research into choosing a quality professional. Here at Industrial Packaging, we have performed service on packaging machinery for generations. In the article below, we will take a look at the top five qualities to look for when choosing a service and repair technician for your packaging machinery.

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Packaging Materials

The TOP 10 BEST Brands Of Shrink Film

Over the years, we have sold hundreds of thousands of rolls of shrink film here at Industrial Packaging. We have a great understanding of this material and have guided countless customers in finding the right shrink film for their needs. In the article below, we will identify the top 10 BEST brands of shrink film currently available. The films are ranked 1-10 with number one being the best.

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Food Packaging  |  Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

What's The Purpose Of Perforated Shrink Film? Understanding Applications

In the wide world of flexible packaging, shrink film is perhaps one of the most common materials found on packaging lines throughout the globe. And while there are many different types of shrink film available, perforated films are one of the more curious forms of this soft plastic substrate.   Here at Industrial Packaging, we have been selling perforated shrink films for generations. One of the questions that we’ve been asked is: what exactly is the purpose of perforated shrink film? In addition to the prevention of ballooning, there are various benefits to perforated shrink film for specific applications. Today, we will take look at perforated shrink films and what they have to offer the modern packaging line.

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Environment  |  Packaging Materials  |  Plant Performance

Is There An Expiration Date On Shrink And Stretch Films?

The short answer to this question is "yes there is". Here at Industrial Packaging, we have been selling shrink and stretch films for decades. While there are a ton of benefits to packaging your products in shrink and stretch film, this packaging doesn’t have an unlimited shelf life.   Unfortunately, we have had customers experience premature expiration and expired shrink and stretch film. Our goal in this article is to inform companies that purchase these products on the expiration date of shrink and stretch films as well as other issues that can cause your film to expire sooner. You’ll also find advice on how to prevent said premature expiration.

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Equipment  |  Packaging Materials  |  Plant Performance  |  Technical Service and Support

Pros And Cons Of Buying Packaging Materials And Machinery From The Same Company

In 2020, there are countless vendors from which you can order packaging machinery. Likewise, there are thousands of options for purchasing materials. When buying materials and machinery, you may ask yourself; why not buy both from the same company? What are the pros and cons of doing this?   Here at Industrial Packaging we have been selling packaging machinery and materials for many years. During that time we have learned a lot about the benefits of buying materials and machinery from the same vendor. We value our customers and only want them buying the materials and machinery that’s best suited for them. And in some situations that means our customers don’t buy everything from us, and that’s OK.   In this article, we will review the pros and cons of buying your packaging machinery and materials from the same company.

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Investment  |  Packaging Materials  |  The Business of Packaging

Shrink Wrap Film Cost: Factors That Influence Price & How To Calculate

Hey there! Take a load off, stay awhile! It looks like you have been shopping for shrink wrap film all day, and I would guess that you probably need to sit back and reflect for a moment.   You have been reviewing prices for a roll or multiple rolls of shrink film. And, while you have seen a different array of pricing from various vendors, you are not sure how these prices are calculated.   You want to know how to do these calculations for yourself to figure out if you are getting the correct pricing for the rolls of film you want to buy.   Industrial Packaging has provided thousands upon thousands of shrink wrap consultations to companies just like yours. So, when it comes to shrink film, we know how to calculate roll pricing and translate it into an easy-to-understand process.   In the article below, we will help you understand the price of shrink wrap and show you how to calculate the cost of the film yourself.

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Packaging Materials  |  Plant Performance  |  Technical Service and Support

Top 5 Quality Issues With Shrink Film

If you are running shrink film on your packaging line, chances are you have run into performance issues at some point or another. Dog ears, poor seals and other annoyances can pop up based on various factors. Here at Industrial Packaging, we have been selling and working with shrink film for almost 70 years. During that time, we have run into every potential issue that the material has to offer. In this article, we will discuss the top 5 quality issues with shrink film and provide advice on how to avoid or negate them.

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Equipment  |  Packaging Materials  |  Packaging Psychology

Can You Use A Hair Dryer To Shrink Plastic Film?

The short answer to this question is yes. Technically, the heat produced by most hair dryers can shrink plastic film. Specifically, polyvinyl chloride or polyolefin. Now, is it a good idea? That is a whole other can of worms. Here at Industrial Packaging, we have been helping people shrink plastic film for over 65 years.   In the article below, we will dig deeper into one of the stranger questions we have received in regards to shrink film and discuss more appropriate ways to accomplish the same goal.

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Air Pillows  |  Environment  |  Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials  |  Packaging Psychology  |  Shipping Protection

What Is Protective Packaging? Definition, Types, And Uses

At Industrial Packaging we have been offering protective packaging supplies for close to 70 years. Now, while you have probably heard the term "protective packaging" before, you may be wondering, what exactly is it? In the article below, we will define and explore protective packaging materials and the various applications of which are most common for this type of packaging supply.

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Packaging Materials

The Top 5 Problems With Stretch Film

Does your company need to hold boxes and products together on a pallet for transportation? If so you’ve probably looked into and evaluated your options, starting with stretch film. It’s the most common product to hold objects together and protect them during transport and storage.    At Industrial Packaging we sell stretch film on a daily basis and believe in the many benefits of packaging your products with stretch film. That’s not to say that it’s a packaging solution without problems.    When using stretch film to properly contain your products, there are various issues that can arise from human error, improper settings on your machinery, and various other sources of trouble.    In the article below, we will explore the top 5 most common problems with using stretch film and offer advice on how to negate and avoid them.

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Environment  |  Investment  |  Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

Flexible Packaging VS Glass Packaging: Pros And Cons

When you are searching for a material to package your products in, there are countless options available. Today, both flexible packaging supplies like stand up pouches and traditional materials like glass are very popular. When choosing between flexible packaging (plastic) and glass, there are various pros and cons to each.   Here at Industrial Packaging, we have been selling flexible packaging supplies for over 60 years. We know exactly which applications are right for flexible packaging supplies and are honest about those which are not. When it comes down to it, there are certain applications that are best for plastics and those which are better suited for glass. We will be comparing variations of each material, looking at the pros and cons. This article should provide insight into which option is the right choice for your packaging needs.

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Environment  |  Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials  |  The Business of Packaging

Why Use Stand Up Pouches For Industrial Hemp Packaging?

Thanks to the 2018 farm bill signed by President Donald Trump, CBD rich industrial hemp is federally legal in all 50 states. As an agricultural crop, it has many potential uses from medicinal products to hemp-based paint, concrete, fiberboard, bio-fuels, bio-plastics, rope, and so many other applications.   When it comes to packaging for whole flower hemp, stand up pouches have become the go-to choice for many industrial hemp farms and vendors. As a packaging distributor with over 67 years in the business, we here at Industrial Packaging are not surprised to see stand up pouches as a go-to choice for packaging hemp.   Why are stand up pouches so prevalent for packaging industrial hemp flowers? In the article below, we will delve into the multi-billion dollar phenomenon of industrial hemp and explore why stand up pouches are so poplar for packaging this plant. 

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Environment  |  Packaging Design  |  Packaging Psychology  |  The Business of Packaging

Is Flexible Packaging An Environmentally Friendly Choice? An Honest Assessment

Now that we have reached the future and are currently living in 2020, (What a time to be alive) environmental friendliness, sustainability and recycling are going to be a major focal point for brands and consumers alike.   You’ve heard about the damage that plastics are causing in our oceans, but that’s not the full truth. Here at Industrial Packaging, we specialize in flexible packaging so we wanted to look at the facts to dispel a common myth.    When it comes to packaging materials, flexible packaging supplies such as shrink film and stand up pouches are currently the most environmentally friendly materials for packaging your products. This, however, isn’t the long-term solution. We will go into more detail on that later.   Yes, flexible packaging items are made of soft plastics. However, contrary to modern preconceptions and emotional reactions to this substrate, science proves that they are STILL the most environmentally friendly choice for packaging. This article will help to inform you of your packaging options and their impact on the environment

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Investment  |  Packaging Materials  |  The Business of Packaging

How Much Does A Roll Of Printed Shrink Film Cost? Understanding Pricing

Here at Industrial Packaging, we have been selling shrink film for over 60 years. When it comes to answering the question "How much does a roll of printed shrink film cost?" We can honestly say... It depends! The total purchase price of a roll of printed shrink film can be affected by the length, gauge, size, colors of ink used and brand of film chosen. In the article below, we will take a look at the various elements that play into the total cost of a roll of printed shrink film and guide you to choosing the right film for your packaging machinery.

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Packaging Materials  |  Packaging Psychology  |  The Business of Packaging

What Is Interactive Packaging?

When packaging invites you to interact with it, causing you to engage in activities like coloring, crushing, folding, listening, playing, reading, and etc., it pulls you into the brand and allows you to connect with the product in a way that traditional packaging supplies do not. These are the goals of interactive packaging. But what exactly is interactive packaging and how does it work? What are some examples of successful interactive packaging in the real world? In this post we will take a look at some excellent examples of interactive packaging and explore the hows and whys of this style of packaging.

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Equipment  |  Fulfillment  |  Plant Performance  |  Technical Service and Support

How A Distributor Works With A Packaging Integrator On An Automated Packaging Line

Building a robust, efficient and quality packaging line is no easy feat. While some companies attempt to accomplish this goal themselves, oftentimes, it makes more sense to outsource the process. When working to implement the creation of an automated packaging line it is often a good idea to recruit both a packaging distributor and integrator to ensure the proper implementation of machinery, robotics, physical layout, energy consumption and the other related dynamics of this endeavor. In the article below, we will explore the role of the packaging distributor in the implementation/creation of an automated packaging line.

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Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials  |  Packaging Psychology  |  The Business of Packaging

What Is Digital Packaging?

The future is here. Everyday, millions of people walk around with high powered tiny computers with glowing LCD screens in their pockets. We use these devices to catch a ride, buy food, prepay for movie tickets, find deals on everything under the sun and learn new things about our world. As this technology continues to evolve, we will see more and more packaging that we can interact with digitally. And while digital packaging is still a relatively new phenomenon, it will soon be prevalent everywhere. What is digital packaging exactly? Join me in the article below and we will explore this new exciting chapter in the history of the packaging industry.

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Equipment  |  Investment

How Much Does A Shrink Tunnel Cost?

For many companies, the shrink tunnel is a staple of their packaging line. From unitizing multi-packs and reducing one's carbon footprint, shrink tunnels and shrink film are an excellent choice for packaging many items. But how much does a shrink tunnel actually cost? Is there a way to find this information without digging through websites or bringing a sales professional into a meeting? In the article below, we will provide pricing for two shrink tunnels and the associated options in order to help you simplify the process of getting pricing for this type of equipment.

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Food Packaging  |  Packaging Design

Food Packaging Update: Understanding The New FDA Food Labeling Guidelines

Back in 2016, the FDA released a new set of requirements for nutrition and ingredient labeling for food products in the USA. Companies manufacturing food products that make $10 million or more in annual sales are required to have the new labeling in place no later than January 1, 2020. Companies that manufacture food products that are making less than $10 million dollars per year are to meet the same requirement by January 1, 2021.   So what has changed in food labeling per the FDA? How do these changes effect companies and consumers? In the article below, we will review the changes to the classic nutritional labeling we have all come to recognize over the years and ponder what these changes mean.

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