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 | Technical Service and Support | Plant Performance | Packaging Psychology

By: Nathan Dube
August 22nd, 2019

Sooo... You have just purchased a brand new collection of packaging machinery and you are ready to get your line pumping out products at top speed and high efficiency. But wait, did you remember to acquire some form of preventative maintenance or at least find a vendor for packaging machinery repair? If not, who should you choose?   Should you hire a full time maintenance technician or contract a 3rd party? Which is a better choice for your business? What are the related costs? In today's article we will reveal the answers to these questions and provide expert advice on packaging machinery service and repair options.

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Equipment | Technical Service and Support | Plant Performance

By: David Roberge
June 28th, 2019

Your packaging line is one of the most important parts of your production line. This is where you protect your product and where the visual display for your product line in the market place comes to life. The packaging machines that comprise your line need to be kept in good repair if you want to have a successful production.   Having a plan for regular preventive maintenance (PM) should be a requirement in your plan for many reasons. Here are a few of the top reasons that preventative maintenance (PM) is important for your packaging machinery:

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Equipment | Packaging Materials | The Business of Packaging | Technical Service and Support | Plant Performance | Food Packaging

By: David Roberge
June 12th, 2019

Shrink wrapping is an easy process that only requires two things: the right kind of plastic wrap and heat. With just a roll of shrink wrap and a heating source, you can waterproof, weatherproof and tamper proof just about anything you have. Since there is no restriction on size to shrink wrap items, you have a way to protect even your bulkiest of items. But even this great packaging solution has a few potential hiccups.

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Equipment | Packaging Materials | Environment | The Business of Packaging | Technical Service and Support | Plant Performance | Shipping Protection | Food Packaging

By: David Roberge
March 7th, 2019

Minimizing excess stretch film usage is important for reducing waste, saving money, and keeping your operation as efficient as possible. While stretch film is an invaluable product, the less you use while properly securing your loads, the better for your bottom line.   Load containment is one of the most important factors in this process. The term refers to the different forces that work in unison to hold your pallets together.   Proper load containment secures your product so it can travel and arrive intact. Here’s everything you need to know about making load containment your secret weapon:  

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Equipment | Technical Service and Support | Plant Performance

By: David Roberge
February 28th, 2019

Whether you’re in food service or consumer packaged goods, shrink wrap is an amazing tool.   It’s customizable, efficient, and protects your products as they travel. It’s been an incredibly useful development in the manufacturing space.   But if your shrink wrap system isn’t working to its full potential, you could be wasting money, time, and manpower. Issues with shrink wrap could even damage your reputation with customers.   Common shrink wrap issues tend to fall back on three issues: temperature, time, and pressure. Read on to assess your shrink wrap status and troubleshoot any common shrink wrap problems you may have with your equipment or line.  

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Equipment | The Business of Packaging | Technical Service and Support | Plant Performance | Investment

By: David Roberge
June 28th, 2018

No plant can streamline its operations and maximize its efficiency without preventative maintenance and planned shutdowns. Of course, you have to develop an optimal plan to make the most of a such a project.   Temporarily shutting down your plant or factory can be very expensive, whether it was planned for two years or due to an emergency. Yet studies have demonstrated that the short-term expenses are more than offset by improved plant efficiency and operations, including lower energy use and markedly fewer unexpected mechanical failures.