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7 things to consider before designing your new packaging

Brands that sell similar products compete for the same consumer’s money on the shelf (or webpage). Your packaging could make or break that consumer’s decision to buy your product or your competitors at the point of purchase. And while aesthetics and differentiation are key packaging design considerations, your packaging ideas and designs must be, first…

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Breaking down the cost of unplanned packaging line downtime

Downtime is the undisputed enemy in manufacturing. But do you know how much an hour of downtime actually costs? If you’re unsure, then you should start tracking downtime. Start by calculating the overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and true downtime costs (TDC) to measure your equipment’s efficiency and overall downtime costs, respectively. You can’t fix a…

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Don’t worry! FATs are still happening, remotely!

Like many other aspects of your lives inside and outside of business, restrictions caused by COVID-19 have disrupted the normal way of conducting Factory Acceptance Tests (FAT’s). Because of travel restrictions, social distancing, and other precautions companies and governments are taking, the typical way of conducting a FAT is put on hold. Similar to how…

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How enhanced OEE can neutralize your packaging line acquisition cost

When you purchase a new packaging machine, are you buying it for the next year? Or how about the next five years? Neither should be your answer because you’re looking to invest in a machine that will package your products for the next 20 years. When deciding on a new packaging machine there are many…

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Time to Protect Your Produce, Peace of Mind and Bottom Line!

Our current situation has placed a strain on the fresh food supply chain. Issues like border restrictions and workforce shortages have caused increased delays in the fresh produce trade causing large shipment of fresh produce to sit for prolonged periods of time. From the time produce is picked on a farm to when it’s eaten there’s…

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What are 6 points to consider when automating your cheese stick line?

Automation affords several major benefits for CPG packaging manufacturers. It reduces operational costs by lowering labor costs and minimizing waste from human interaction, increases throughput and productivity, and creates a safer work environment by replacing repetitive and strenuous manual jobs. Cheese stick packaging is certainly a product that could benefit from automation. Cheese stick lines…

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7 Tips on Choosing the Right Packaging Equipment & Supplier

Choosing the right packaging equipment and supplier can make or break a project. There are so many different variables that it can be challenging to find the exact equipment and support that will meet your needs for now and for the future. Here we have outlined some things to consider when evaluating your options. 1. Work with qualified & reputable suppliers. Do the…

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What you need to know about cheese snack packs

Snacking today is as popular as ever. The fast moving, timed crunched society we live in demands packaging be convenient for eating on the go. While there are ways to eat a meal, such as sandwich, on the go, more consumers are opting to snack throughout the day to satisfy their hunger. Moreover, consumers are…

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What does COVID-19 mean for medical packaging?

The pressure is on for the government to supply hospitals around the country with enough medical equipment to fight Coronavirus. The most urgent needs of hospitals are diagnostic tools to identify those infected by the virus, followed pharmaceutical remedies like vaccines. While diagnostic solutions and pharmaceutical remedies are the most urgent needs, basic medical devices…