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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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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Equipment | Packaging Materials | The Business of Packaging | Fulfillment

By: Nathan Dube
June 28th, 2022

I am sure you are sick of hearing about supply chain problems, but they significantly affect lead times for packaging machinery and materials.   Suppose you are thinking about making a large packaging machinery or materials purchase but do not plan on receiving them for several months. In that case, you will still want to consider buying now rather than later.   While that may seem "salesy" at first glance, the truth is, it is sound advice in these difficult times. Due to severe supply chain problems, a packaging materials or machinery order you need in six months may need to be placed today to receive it on time.   Waiting to purchase your packaging machinery or materials close to the date when you need them to arrive in your warehouse may result in severe problems and unwanted headaches.   In order to ensure that your equipment and materials arrive on time, it is essential to make sure that you order far enough in advance so that your items arrive when you need them.   But why are lead times so long today? Why is it necessary to order your packaging machinery and materials so far in advance?   This article will review the evermore important factor of lead times for purchasing packaging machinery and materials and explain why lead times are significantly longer today.

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Equipment | Technical Service and Support

By: Nathan Dube
June 9th, 2022

While you may not be familiar with the term predictive maintenance, it is an essential consideration for your packaging machinery.   When it comes to packaging machinery maintenance, most people think of preventive maintenance (also commonly referred to as preventative maintenance).   While this is fair and makes sense, as preventive maintenance is one of the most important aspects of keeping your packaging machinery running correctly, predictive maintenance may be equally important.   Predictive maintenance allows you to address problems before they happen. By working in tandem with regular preventative maintenance, strong predictive maintenance protocols will help keep your machinery running.   And together, they will help you achieve the lowest amount of downtime possible while allowing you to make quicker adjustments and parts replacement when needed.   But, what is predictive maintenance? How does it work? And how can you use predictive maintenance on your packaging line to ensure that your packaging equipment stays in peak condition?   Today, we will define predictive maintenance and explain how it can help you to run a world-class packaging line with as little downtime as possible.

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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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Equipment | Packaging Materials | The Business of Packaging | Investment | Fulfillment

By: Nathan Dube
May 17th, 2022

During these days, one of the most common questions that we are receiving from customers is, "why do packaging prices continue to increase"?   And, it goes without saying; that we are living through unprecedented times.   As we all still collectively try to adapt to the world that COVID has changed for the foreseeable future, new challenges continue to press an already struggling supply chain.    And while the global supply chain had already been complicated enough from the months of shutdowns due to the pandemic, other factors are driving these cost increases.   From trucker strikes and protests to disruptions in the plastic resins market as a byproduct of the issues seen in the petroleum industry. These and other problems have led to these price increases that we are seeing now.   But, what exactly are the issues that are causing the prices of packaging materials to rise continually?   Today, we will explore why the price of packaging materials continues to climb higher as the costs of many products also continue to soar.