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 | Packaging Design | Food Packaging

By: Nathan Dube
October 1st, 2020

Many food producers are looking for ways to package their food products for various applications such as frozen food, grab-n-go, and pre-made meals. The demand for these types of packaging had been growing steadily for a while. However, with the arrival of COVID19, the market has only skyrocketed.   This is because many supermarkets, restaurants, country stores, and other producers and sellers of food products are offering more and more pre-packaged foods.   If you have been to the supermarket recently, chances are you have seen a few changes to staples of the shopping experience. For example, most serve-yourself salad bars are no longer "serve yourself". In their place, you will find pre-packaged salads in plastic containers.   More and more single items of produce are being shrink-wrapped to prevent the virus from touching the food inside. Many food sellers are now shifting to selling pre-made meals that are then frozen or packaged in film-covered trays.   People like you are turning to the idea of purchasing food packaging machinery and packaging their food items themselves, rather than outsourcing the process to contract packaging companies who will do the work for them. This allows you to fully control the process, machinery, materials and every other aspect of the food packaging process. It also allows you to personally ensure the safety of the food items you are selling to your clients.   But how much does a food packaging machine cost? What are the different kinds of food packaging machines available? Which one should you buy? Does it make sense for your business? If you are like many other companies, you have a ton of questions. With decades in the food packaging industry, we have been able to help large food manufacturing companies package their food items. As such, we are able to help you choose the right equipment for your food packaging needs and answer any questions that you may have.   We’re here to help you understand just how much of an investment you’d need to make to start packaging your own food. This article will detail the price, functionality, proper applications, and other valuable information to help you decide if a food packaging machine is right for you.

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Equipment | Packaging Materials | Investment | Packaging Design

By: Nathan Dube
September 24th, 2020

As the days slowly creep towards October, the humid air of summer begins to fall into the shaded paths of memory that only an Indian summer can remedy. Mornings and nightfall share the brisk cold air that calls to the trees as they start to ignite with the colors of fall.   Bright oranges, reds, and yellows begin to peek out from the edges of hardwoods, and you can often catch the scent of a campfire on the air throughout the day. Once again, pumpkin spice reigns supreme on the lips of many a passerby, and apples suddenly seem to be present in more than a few dessert offerings.   Indeed, autumn has arrived, and if you are like me, you savor every sweet second of cold air, tree lines ablaze with fiery color, and the toasted notes of campfire smoke enticing the senses to reminisce.   Now, if you work in the firewood industry, my guess is you are equally, if not even more excited than I am. During this time of year, many people begin to purchase firewood.   Some do this for the occasional campfire aesthetic, while many place their cord-wood orders in preparation for a long winter. When bundling firewood for the former application, there are several ways to go about this  process.   When it comes to bundling firewood, you generally have three options. Stretch film, shrink film or strapping. Each of these are viable and appropriate ways to package firewood for consumers. Industrial Packaging has been bundling products with stretch film, shrink film and strapping materials for ages. We have learned a thing or two about bundling firewood during our many years in the packaging industry.   This article will explore these firewood packaging processes and materials and help you decide which type of material and machinery is right for your firewood packaging business.

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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.