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The Flexible Packaging Blog

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

Nathan Dube

As the Digital Marketing Specialist at Industrial Packaging, I am honored to create content for such a phenomenal company and work with one of the greatest teams in the Packaging Industry. Whether creating a video, writing blog posts or generating other pieces of content and multimedia, I am always excited to help educate and inspire our prospects and clients to reach their highest potential in regards to their packaging processes and needs.

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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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Shrink Film Cheat Sheet

Shrink Film Cheat Sheet

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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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Equipment  |  Investment  |  Plant Performance

Why Get An Analysis Of Your Packaging Line?

If you are currently running a successful 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.     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 collect data, and have detailed reports to keep track of your performance. Your boss and boss's boss are happy with the progress you are continually making and continuously tell you to keep up the excellent work!     First of all, if this describes you, I would like to congratulate you on diligence, focus, hard work, and dedication to ensuring that your packaging 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 packaging line to you. Where does Industrial Packaging get off recommending such a thing to someone of your talent and skill?*     *OR MAYBE, you are saying, well actually, yes, we could stand to make some improvements around here and well, what exactly would you suggest?     If that is the case, then, by all means, skip the rest of this intro and dig deeper down into the meat of this post!    Let me start by saying, I get it. I understand, and I, for one, would react the same way. I mean, why would you need someone to analyze your work to find ways to improve it when you are already doing that?     The truth is that getting a different perspective from another human being, one that is highly trained exclusively on packaging machinery and materials (Industrial Packaging collectively waves at you here) can show you things that you simply may not be able to see from your vantage point.     Third-party packaging experts can help you uncover various places for improvement that can save you money (sometimes A LOT of money).     This article will show you how an analysis of your packaging line can help you run a better, faster, and less costly production.

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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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