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 | Investment

By: Nathan Dube
September 18th, 2020

If you are entering the market for a shrink tunnel, you will find yourself with a big variety of different types of machinery. Some machines work with steam. Others use hot air. Every kind of shrink tunnel is designed to work for specific applications.   Using the wrong shrink tunnel for the incorrect application can lead to various unwanted problems such as waste, downtime, costly repairs, and potentially, injury. When shopping for a shrink tunnel, you’re going to have many questions about the equipment.   At the end of the day, you just need to know which type of shrink tunnel is right for your products.  Luckily for you, it is a fairly easy process to identify the best machine for your needs after you have done a little homework!   Industrial Packaging has been working with shrink tunnels for generations. During that time, we have become experts on the various makes and models of shrink tunnels, what makes them tick, how to keep them running smoothly and how to repair them with ease when they eventually break down.   With the information in this article, you will be able to choose the right machinery for your shrink tunnel applications and product packaging needs.

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Equipment | Plant Performance | Investment

By: Nathan Dube
August 11th, 2020

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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Equipment | Technical Service and Support | Packaging Psychology

By: Jarrod Dizazzo, Vice President
August 6th, 2020

When you think about downtime, I bet a few things come to mind. Lost productivity, your workforce standing around, scrap packaging materials or finished goods, and missing deadlines you have agreed to meet. And while all those are true, there are a few more negative side-effects that carry as much, if not more, weight when it comes to downtime. One of our top priorities is making sure our customers can avoid unexpected downtime on their packaging lines.   At Industrial Packaging, we "eat our own dog food" and maintain regularly scheduled maintenance on our packaging machinery. By doing so, we can maintain the supply line for our customers, and we help them do the same in their facilities.   We know what it takes to succeed, and we know how to combat unwanted downtime. In the article below, we will explore the real cost of downtime and explain how to prevent it.

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Equipment

By: Nathan Dube
August 4th, 2020

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

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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Equipment | Plant Performance | Warehousing

By: Nathan Dube
July 21st, 2020

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.