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It’s Time for Change In Mass-Produced Poultry Packaging

Consumers say sustainability, not Styrofoam, should be poultry packaging’s new status quo Packaging for mass-produced poultry has not seen significant change in over 30 years. For more than three decades, many of the top producers in the nation have relied on overwrapped polystyrene foam trays to preserve food and transport goods to market. These non-recyclable…

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How should you justify investments in packaging automation?

Building a business case for implementing automation on your packaging line is no easy task. The project is a large investment, and like any other business investment, it needs to be justified. In many cases, this justification includes a strong financial return on investment. While that’s important to calculate, the increasingly strategic nature of automation…

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3 Key Questions to Ask Yourself When Considering Automation

You’ve heard of all the amazing benefits of automation and now you’re considering implementing it on your line, but how do you know your operation is ready to make that investment? And further, how do you know you are automating the right processes? There is no universal answer to both of those questions. Your goals and requirements for an automation…

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The 3 primary components of an automated packaging system

Automation is a broad term in the manufacturing world and can apply to many parts of your production line, from processing to packaging to palletizing. Our expertise is in packaging automation, which starts with your unwrapped product fresh off your processing line, and ends with a finished pallet, ready to load onto your trucks. There are…

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Why is automation the future of food packaging?

Whether this is your first automation project or your fifth, chances are it’s far from your last. Current trends indicate that automation is the future of packaging across virtually every market, including food. It’s fair to say that the perceived value of automation has evolved over time. Today, automation’s biggest driver is business optimization, as…

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What kind of packaging robot should you use?

There are several different packaging automation options to achieve your goals at each stage of your process. The basic types of automation are primary, secondary, and palletizing. While robotic packaging can be a part of each of these types of automation, it offers some unique solutions that are worth taking a closer look at. We’ll…

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Key Ingredients for Meal Kits: Leak-free and Flexible Packaging

Meal kits are quickly gaining popularity due to Covid-19 with more consumers staying home to cook; by 2027, the industry is expected to reach 20 billion dollars. There are many opportunities for you to earn contracts from meal kit companies because they change their offerings frequently and require many different types of packaging. The amount and variety of packaging is what affords you…

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The Many Faces of Flexibility: Lessons in Fresh Food Packaging

What did COVID-19 show us? COVID-19 had a deep and far-reaching impact on the fresh food industry. Social distancing and outbreaks at meat and poultry processing plants slowed production and caused mass shortages. As the pandemic drove restaurant closures, producers scrambled to redirect product originally meant for food service into retail distribution. In the fresh food industry, retail packaging attributes and quantities are highly dependent on intended distribution channel. As the pandemic stretched on, producers had to shift a significant portion of…