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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

By: David Roberge
September 29th, 2022

Skin packaging is part of a family of packaging known as carded packaging. Carded packaging also includes other packaging supplies, including blister packaging and clamshells.   But if you are reading this article, it is clear that you are here to learn more about skin packaging. Well, you have come to the right place!   Skin packaging is a close relative of blister packaging; they are commonly confused by those new to carded packaging materials.   Generally speaking, skin packs have two features. The transparent plastic film (usually either Surlyn or skin poly) and the backer, more commonly known as a skinboard (which sometimes is replaced by another layer of film, see photo below).   For the most part, skin packaging has three main applications. In this article, we will review the top 3 applications for skin packs to help you identify if they are the right choice for your product packaging needs.

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Packaging Materials | Packaging Design

By: Nathan Dube
September 22nd, 2022

Hey there! Do you enjoy social media? Based on the fact that you are reading a blog article, I will assume the answer is yes! OK, question two. Do you enjoy contests?   Do you have access to or own a smartphone or digital camera? Would you like to win $500 off your next order of $1,500 or more from Industrial Packaging? If you answered yes to the questions above, we think you will be excited to learn about the Industrial Packaging Social Media Photo Contest!    If we have piqued your interest and you would like to learn more about the contest or take part in the event, you will find the rest of this article enlightening.   In it, we will look at an overview of the contest, the rules and regulations, and other pieces of information discussing the event and how it will work!   There is no cost to enter the contest, and it will be super fun! So, if having fun taking photos and getting a $500 prize sounds like a good time to you, please read on!

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Packaging Materials | Shipping Protection

By: Nathan Dube
September 8th, 2022

Are you looking to reduce your costs for machine stretch film? If so, switching to steelflex nano stretch film may be the right solution for you.   As inflation continues to be a problem while the global supply chain disruptions and the war in Ukraine push prices for practically everything upward, many companies are looking for new ways to cut costs.   When it comes to packaging, many businesses are looking for ways to save money on the packaging materials they buy. Many people are trying new packaging supplies, using less material, and downgauging their flexible packaging films.   And the same tactics are being employed by countless companies in relation to their stretch film applications. Thousands of businesses realize reduced stretch film costs by switching to a lower gauge of stretch film.   And while downgauging is one way to reduce your stretch film costs, new material formulations are paving the way for even better cost reductions.   If you are looking to source the thinnest machine film possible while cutting costs and maintaining the best load containment and strength available today, steelflex nano stretch film is a stretch wrap that you will want to consider implementing in your business.   Today, we will explore steelflex nano stretch film, explain what it is, review the benefits of switching to this material and go over the other features of the film.

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Equipment | Packaging Materials | Plant Performance | Investment

By: David Roberge
September 1st, 2022

Have you considered upgrading from hand-wrapping your pallets to using a semi-automatic stretch wrapper?   If you have, chances are, now is the time to upgrade. There are various reasons why upgrading to a semi-automatic stretch wrapper is a good idea.   From cost savings to reducing labor, the are various benefits to switching to a wrapper from hand wrapping your pallets.   But is buying a semi-automatic stretch wrapper the right decision for your business? What are the other benefits of upgrading?   And where can you buy a semi-automatic stretch wrapper? Don't worry; with the information in this article, you can decide if upgrading to a semi-automatic stretch wrapper is the right choice for your business.

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Packaging Materials | Environment

By: Nathan Dube
August 30th, 2022

Suppose you are looking for a way for your business to go green. In that case, Steelflex bio biodegradable stretch film may be a perfect fit for your business.   Today, countless companies are on a mission to become more sustainable. From fortune 500 companies to small mom-and-pop businesses, sustainability is on the minds of everyone.   And one way that companies can become greener is by switching from traditional plastic stretch film to Steelflex Bio biodegradable stretch film.   Steelflex Bio is an excellent way to start producing less of an impact on our planet. But is Steelflex Bio suitable for wrapping pallets of your products?   Is Steelflex Bio as strong as a traditional stretch film? Is it as clear? Is it the right choice for your business and its sustainability goals?   This article will answer all of these questions and more. After reading this piece, you will know if Steelflex Bio is the right sustainable stretch film option for your product palletizing and securing needs.

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Packaging Materials | Environment

By: Nathan Dube
August 23rd, 2022

Curious about PCR and PIR packaging materials? In a world where sustainability is becoming ever more prevalent, that is no surprise.   If you are like most companies, you are looking for sustainable packaging solutions to some extent or another. Maybe you are looking for recyclable packaging materials.   Then again, you might be looking for information about biodegradable packaging. Perhaps you are looking for ways to recycle plastics that your local recycling center can't recycle.   Regardless of what brought you here today, you are interested in learning more about PCR (post-consumer recycled) and PIR (post-industrial recycled) packaging materials.   You have probably seen the terms PCR and PIR popping up in newsletters, emails, websites, or social accounts from some of the manufacturers and distributors that you use.   But, you are new to these items, and you don't fully grasp what they are or what they mean. You would like to understand these terms better as they may help you source more sustainable packaging materials.   Today, we will explain what PCR and PIR packaging materials are and the benefits of using these packaging supplies.