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

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Packaging Materials | Investment | Shipping Protection

By: Nathan Dube
October 19th, 2021

After diligently scouring the internet for a packaging material that is good for packaging heavy-weight items, you stumbled across strapping material.   Curious as to whether this would be a good fit, you took a look at the most popular types of strapping and have narrowed your choices down to polyester strapping and steel strapping.   However, you are not sure what the differences between these two types of strapping materials are. You know that they are both well suited for heavy products, but you need a clear understanding of which of these two materials is the best one for your heavy products.   You want to move forward with a purchase to complete your current product packaging project, but you are having trouble finding the information you are looking for to complete this process.   Well, the good news is, you have come to the Industrial Packaging blog!   With over six decades in the packaging industry, we know all there is to know about strapping materials. And, we can educate you on the types of strapping that you are looking to compare.   This article will explain the differences between polyester strapping and steel strapping. With the information in this article, you will be able to purchase the correct type of strapping for your heavy product packaging needs.

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Packaging Materials | Investment

By: Nathan Dube
October 12th, 2021

It's go time! You are super excited because you are ready to package some products with printed shrink film. You are really happy because you know your products will look beautiful and have excellent shelf appeal with your branded printed shrink film.   You are ready to make a purchase and want to place an order for printed shrink film today. The only problem is, you don't know how much it costs.   You have been searching online, browsing countless websites, looking for this information. The data you have researched thus far is vague and unclear.   You are frustrated because you are ready to buy yesterday. Still, you can't find any straightforward pricing for printed shrink film no matter where you look.   Fortunately, you have come to the Industrial Packaging blog.   Industrial packaging has been consulting clients on printed shrink film pricing for decades. And we can consult you on this topic as well.   This article will explain how much printed shrink film costs. After reading, you will know the price of printed shrink film. And you will be able to make a purchase.

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Equipment | Investment

By: Nathan Dube
August 5th, 2021

Man, sometimes the universe seems to have it out for you, huh? I mean, here you are, all excited about launching a new product and getting it to market, but you can't afford the packaging machinery required to do the job!   Or, maybe, your packaging equipment is getting so old that it is time to put it out to pasture and let it cross the rainbow bridge. And, for whatever reason, you cannot currently afford to replace it.   You have been racking your brain, trying to figure out a way to finagle this bagel, but no matter where you turn, you keep hitting brick walls.   It's enough to make you think about dropping the whole project altogether. But, before you hang your head in defeat and walk off into the sunset, you will want to read this article!   After multiple generations in the packaging industry, Industrial Packaging has helped so many businesses out of this pickle; we can't even count them anymore!   We know of some solutions you may not have thought of, and they may just be the thing to get your product packaging dreams back on track.   This article will review the top 4 solutions if you can't afford new packaging machinery. With the information in this article, you will figure out if you can save your packaging project or not.

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Packaging Materials | Investment

By: Nathan Dube
June 8th, 2021

What type of shrink film should I use?   We get some form of this question all the time. There are some general protocols and information available to answer this question. However, the truth is, there isn't a quick and straightforward answer.   And still, you visit our website, or perhaps even one of our competitors, and ask questions like this. You are probably looking for an answer through live chat, email, or, worst-case scenario, a phone call.   And hey, it's 2021. I get it. We all want instant gratification. We want what modern technology is supposedly able to give us. But your packaging line, products, and processes are all highly case-sensitive. They are unique to your business.   There are some situations where a simple answer may be provided. However, more often than not, the ability to correctly answer this question is based on your response to several questions. A process of which is far more involved than what you can achieve through live chat.   To correctly answer this question well, there needs to be a proper understanding of your packaging line. We need to understand your products (their weight, size, shape), the machinery you currently run, and other related dynamics.   After more than 65 years in the packaging industry, Industrial Packaging has identified the specific questions you need to answer to find the proper shrink film. The four questions that we cover in this article will help anyone provide appropriate recommendations for the best shrink film for your products.   This article will provide you with the insight necessary to collect the information that we need. In addition, this will help us to give you the proper recommendations for the best shrink film for your products.

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Equipment | Plant Performance | Investment

By: Nathan Dube
March 11th, 2021

If you are currently running a successful in-house 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.   You refuse to use contract packaging services and will never be outsourcing your packaging because you know  you can produce better packaging solutions yourself. You are part of a company that is proud to package its product in-house. You have a flawless product line and you prefer to package your products on your own.   You properly manage your own primary packaging, general packaging, filling machines, packaging machines, and various other types of packaging equipment and processes. You have a long-term plan to package-specific products at a level of quality your competitors cannot match. 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 collecting data, and have detailed reports to keep track of your performance. Your boss and your boss's boss are happy with the progress you are continually making and tell you to keep up the excellent work!   First of all, if this describes you, I would like to congratulate you on your diligence, focus, hard work, and dedication to ensuring that your 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 line to you. This article will show you several benefits that an analysis of your in-house packaging line could have to help you run a better, faster, and less costly production.

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Equipment | Plant Performance | Investment

By: Nathan Dube
February 18th, 2021

If you buy shrink packaging machinery or upgrade older equipment, your mind probably goes to one of two places. Shrink tunnels or sealers.   Those are the two pieces of shrink packaging machinery that come to mind for most buyers. This is a common starting point when beginning the buying process for shrink packaging machinery. But, there is another important element to consider, conveyors.   As for which type of conveyor is right for your packaging line, well, that all depends on various factors, the size, weight, and shape of your products will all play a part in determining this.   The Industrial Packaging crew has been working with shrink packaging machinery for generations. Along the way, we have learned a lot about shrink machinery. And conveyors are no exception to the rule.   This article will explore the different types of conveyors currently available. We will discuss the applications for this type of packaging equipment.