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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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Packaging Materials

By: David Roberge
September 29th, 2022

Skin packaging is part of a family of packaging known as carded packaging. Carded packaging also includes other packaging supplies, including blister packaging and clamshells.   But if you are reading this article, it is clear that you are here to learn more about skin packaging. Well, you have come to the right place!   Skin packaging is a close relative of blister packaging; they are commonly confused by those new to carded packaging materials.   Generally speaking, skin packs have two features. The transparent plastic film (usually either Surlyn or skin poly) and the backer, more commonly known as a skinboard (which sometimes is replaced by another layer of film, see photo below).   For the most part, skin packaging has three main applications. In this article, we will review the top 3 applications for skin packs to help you identify if they are the right choice for your product packaging needs.

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Equipment | Packaging Materials | Plant Performance | Investment

By: David Roberge
September 1st, 2022

Have you considered upgrading from hand-wrapping your pallets to using a semi-automatic stretch wrapper?   If you have, chances are, now is the time to upgrade. There are various reasons why upgrading to a semi-automatic stretch wrapper is a good idea.   From cost savings to reducing labor, the are various benefits to switching to a wrapper from hand wrapping your pallets.   But is buying a semi-automatic stretch wrapper the right decision for your business? What are the other benefits of upgrading?   And where can you buy a semi-automatic stretch wrapper? Don't worry; with the information in this article, you can decide if upgrading to a semi-automatic stretch wrapper is the right choice for your business.

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Equipment | Packaging Materials | Environment | The Business of Packaging | Technical Service and Support | Plant Performance | Investment | Shipping Protection

By: David Roberge
August 9th, 2022

Are you stretch wrapping your pallets by hand? Relying on manual labor to consistently protect your products in transit may be causing your company to lose money in the long run.   Suppose your products are in high demand and you are cutting it close or, even worse, missing your customer's requested orders. In that case, you may be able to remedy this with automation at your end-of-line.   Hand-wrapping pallets are less cost-effective than using a stretch wrapper at a certain point. At the same time, automated stretch-wrapping machinery can save on time and costs.   Does the idea of saving money have your attention? Learn how to determine when to switch from hand-wrapping pallets to automated pallet-wrapping machinery.

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Equipment | Packaging Materials | Technical Service and Support | Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging | Plant Performance | Investment

By: David Roberge
July 28th, 2022

Are you still using hand stretch wrap to secure and palletize your products? If so, it might be time to consider upgrading to a stretch wrapper!   Depending on the volume of pallets you are wrapping and the number of laborers you are employing to handle these responsibilities, you may be able to save a ton of money by switching to a stretch wrapper.   For many businesses that are hand stretch wrapping their pallets, upgrading to a stretch wrapper can save labor, time, and most importantly, money.   Stretch wrappers are faster and more precise than human laborers. And, they do not take a vacation, personal time off, or sick days!   Depending on the unique dynamics of your company, a stretch wrapper may be a good investment for you.   But, how do you know if buying a stretch wrapper is the right decision for your business? What questions do you need to answer to determine if this is the right move for you?   This article will explain why upgrading to a stretch wrapper from using hand stretch wrap for your product palletizing processes may be a good choice for your company.

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Packaging Materials | The Business of Packaging

By: David Roberge
July 14th, 2022

Are you looking to improve your product's security and shelf life? If you answered yes, tamper-evident packaging might be suitable for you.   In an ever more dangerous world, product security and protection are more important than ever. With counterfeiting of products on the rise the world over, these items are of extreme importance.   In addition to ensuring that your products are safe and protected, the need for longer shelf life has also arisen. Fortunately, tamper-evident packaging can help to improve all three of these dynamics for your products.   But how can tamper-evident packaging improve your product's safety, security, and shelf life? What are the benefits of using tamper-evident packaging for your business?   And, most importantly, is tamper-evident packaging right for you?   This article will explore how tamper-evident packaging can improve your products' safety, security, and shelf life and why you may want to consider implementing it on your packaging line.

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Packaging Materials | Plant Performance

By: David Roberge
June 30th, 2022

Suppose you are having problems with pallets sticking together, causing tearing, and compromising your pallet's load containment. In that case, one-side cling stretch wrap may be for you.   Like you, many companies use stretch wrap to safely contain, secure and palletize their products for shipping and transportation.   Millions of stretch-wrapped loads can be found in warehouses throughout the country. And people often choose stretch wrap for their wrapping needs as it is a material that allows for the safe transportation and storage of their products.   However, stretch-wrapped loads often will get stuck to each other when pallets are transported or stored in close quarters.   This often leads to stretch film tearing, which can cause lopsided loads, collapsed loads, and other unwanted headaches.   And these headaches may result in safety issues that can compromise the well-being of your customers.   Thankfully, you can avoid these issues using one-sided cling stretch wrap. In today's article, we will explore one-sided cling stretch wrap and explain how this material can eliminate unwanted headaches and keep your palleted products safely contained.