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Reviews, trends, and tips covering all things flexible packaging to protect your products and your bottom line.

David Roberge

Part of the outstanding Industrial Packaging team. I'm lucky to hang out with some of the most knowledgeable folks in the packaging industry. I feel even luckier to be able to share our knowledge with you. I love learning about our readers and helping them grow their brand through unique, flexible package design from the birth of the product idea, through the supply chain, and to the launch and placement on the shelf or at the consumer's door.

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Equipment | Investment

By: David Roberge
July 28th, 2020

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 Strappers 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 strappers 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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Packaging Materials | Shipping Protection | Food Packaging | Warehousing

By: David Roberge
June 23rd, 2020

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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Packaging Materials | Environment | The Business of Packaging | Packaging Design | Shipping Protection | Food Packaging

By: David Roberge
October 1st, 2019

Flexible film is essential for any company that needs to package consumer and institutional products, especially for industrial applications. Exceptional flexibility is key to protect, market, and distribute a vast array of products without damage.   From ensuring food safety and extending shelf life, to providing even heating, barrier protection, ease of use, resealability, and superb printability, the packaging industry continues to advance with flexible packaging offerings at an unprecedented rate.  

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Equipment | The Business of Packaging | Technical Service and Support | Investment

By: David Roberge
September 3rd, 2019

Companies who have been in business for decades often find themselves as the owners of outdated and borderline dysfunctional packaging equipment. These older machines are less efficient and often produce more problems than they do quality packaged products. When your machines begin to age, what should you do with them? Should you just replace them or consider refurbishing? What are the problems associated with old machinery and what can you do about them? In the article below we will discuss these topics at length.

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Equipment | Technical Service and Support | Plant Performance

By: David Roberge
June 28th, 2019

Your packaging line is one of the most important parts of your production line. This is where you protect your product and where the visual display for your product line in the market place comes to life. The packaging machines that comprise your line need to be kept in good repair if you want to have a successful production.   Having a plan for regular preventive maintenance (PM) should be a requirement in your plan for many reasons. Here are a few of the top reasons that preventative maintenance (PM) is important for your packaging machinery:

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Packaging Materials | Environment | Investment

By: David Roberge
June 21st, 2019

When it comes to choosing the right materials to package your products, you can’t go wrong by paying close attention to the details. After all, the package you choose for your product may just be one of the biggest factors in making your product a success.   The right package not only attracts consumers, it will keep your product safe in transportation and keep it fresh. This reinforces the quality of the brand and item when customers know they can count on a fresh item from when it hits the shelf to when it’s in their hand.