The Flexible Packaging Blog

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

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By: Nathan Dube
June 7th, 2022

Many companies are looking for sustainable stretch film options in a world where sustainability is ever more critical. Stretch film is made from various plastic formulations. And plastic has caught the ire of the general public.   Even though soft, flexible plastics like stretch films are some of the packaging materials with the lowest carbon footprints, many people are looking for alternative materials.   But, stretch film is a necessary component for packaging lines worldwide. So many companies continue to use stretch film despite concerns about plastic because they are the best materials for what they do.   And what they do is safely contain, secure and palletize products for shipping and transportation.   However, many companies that use stretch film are now looking for sustainable forms of stretch wrap in an effort to reduce their impact on our planet earth.   Like you, many businesses wonder if there are sustainable stretch films on the market. Today, there is high interest in recyclable, recycled, and bio-based stretch film.   But are there stretch films out there that match these desires? The short answer is yes.   Today, we will take a look at the various forms of earth-friendly stretch films that are available today and those that will be available shortly.

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Packaging Materials | Environment | Packaging Design

By: Nathan Dube
June 2nd, 2022

You have a lot to consider when deciding between flexible pouches vs. glass bottles for beverage packaging. On the one hand, glass has been used for beverage packaging for hundreds of years.   On the other hand, flexible pouches are seeing massive growth in the beverage packaging industry. There are various pros and cons to both packaging materials.   Glass is entirely recyclable but has a much higher carbon footprint than flexible pouches. Most flexible pouches are not recyclable but have a significantly lower shipping cost and carbon footprint.   The are many reasons why you may want to choose one of these beverage packaging materials over the other. But which material is best for your beverage packaging needs?   We will compare flexible pouches to glass bottles for beverage packaging applications today. After reading this article, you will know which material suits your needs.

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Equipment | Investment

By: Nathan Dube
May 31st, 2022

Are you thinking about buying multi format case erectors? Rest assured, you are not alone in your desire for this equipment!   Many companies package their products in corrugated boxes or similar containers. And many companies use human labor to complete these processes.   When erecting cases by hand, a laborer will take a flattened corrugated box, open it up, seal the bottom, and then present it to the packaging line.   And while this is one way to pack your corrugated boxes, it may not be the right solution for your needs.   Depending on the number of laborers you are using, automating this process with a multi format case erector may make more sense for your business.   But, how do you know if a multi format case erector is right for your packaging needs?   This article will provide you with the answer to the question above. After reading this article, you will know if a multi format case erector is appropriate for your needs.

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Equipment | Investment | Warehousing

By: Nathan Dube
May 26th, 2022

When you first start thinking about packaging automation, the first question to answer is, can you automate your packaging?   Many companies want to automate their packaging. And they assume that this can be done by purchasing the right equipment and implementing the proper processes.   However, not all packaging can be automated. Automating your packaging may not be an option if your product packaging is very complicated with many steps.   If your packaging is relatively simple, there is a good chance that your packaging can be automated. But, how can you identify if your packaging can be automated?   What questions do you need to answer? How can you find out if packaging automation is in the cards for your business?   Before you attempt to automate your packaging, you will have to answer the questions above. And to do that, you need to figure out a few things in advance.   This article will help you to identify if your packaging can be automated or not.

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Packaging Materials | Packaging Design

By: Peter Jacobs
May 24th, 2022

What are the most common packaging materials for metal CNC milling parts?   Your packaging is typically a customer's first exposure to your products, which are precision metal CNC milling parts in this case.   Manufacturers must never overlook the metal parts packaging process as it goes a long way towards ensuring the safe and secure delivery of a well-functioning and reliable metal part from the manufacturer's end.   After every metal CNC milled component is produced, if the product packaging is not chosen correctly, the productivity and performance of the milled metal part might suffer.   Also, with so much care put into the isotropic CNC metal finishing process, the metal parts must reach their destination intact.   Clients demand that the components be in the best possible condition when they arrive. Hence it is critical to identify the most appropriate packaging material.

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Packaging Materials | Shipping Protection

By: Nathan Dube
May 19th, 2022

Did you know that you can stabilize slippery stretch wrapped loads with slip sheets? If you answered no, you are not alone!   Suppose you are like most companies who ship products. In that case, you probably use stretch film to properly contain and secure your palletized loads for transportation, shipping, and storage.   Stretch wrapping loads, for this reason, are a common practice implemented by countless companies worldwide.   People love how stretch film can wrap and secure their palleted products. But, some loads can be problematic due to slippery products.   These products can lead to lopsided loads and troublesome stretch wrapping processes. But thanks to slip sheets, these problems can be negated!   But, what exactly is a slip sheet? And how do they help slippery products get palletized properly?   Today, we will explore the world of slip sheets and explain how they can help you to contain your slippery loads of stretch-wrapped products better.