Columbus Day closing

September 30th, 2014

Package Machinery will be closed October 13 but we look forward to talking to you on October 14.


What Makes for a Successful Factory Acceptance Test

August 5th, 2014

Set Up to Fail a Factory Acceptance Test We recently had a challenging factory acceptance test. The  product was not yet on the market so the boxes were not filled to the right levels with the real product. The cartons we had to wrap were made by hand and therefore not consistently folded. They had […]



Changing the Packaging Process Takes Time & Commitment

June 19th, 2014

Changing the Packaging Process It is wonderful to see our customers embracing waste reduction. When they call us, it is to talk about changing the packaging process to reduce their materials consumption. Two blogs crossed my computer today and they both relate to this indirectly.   The first – Why Going Lean is the New […]


Positioning Printed Film

June 3rd, 2014

How important is registered  or printed film to your branding? If it is important, how accurate is the positioning of your printed film?   Film positioning is critically important when working with printed film. It is how the manufacturer gets to communicate with the customer about the product they are buying. All the areas of […]


Transportation, Packaging and Bundling

April 22nd, 2014

Everyone is on the bandwagon about minimizing packaging materials.  And there is significant opportunity to do that with bundling. I read an article recently that discussed product and packaging shipability.  I always think about the issue from the packaging perspective but this pointed out that an investment in the product sometimes pays off in improved […]


Wrapping Material Is As Important As the Wrapping Machine

April 3rd, 2014

Flexibility to change speed or product size are the most common considerations but ability to change material should also be a consideration in purchasing a wrapping machine. When we are approached about buying a wrapping machine, often an inquiry regarding material for wrapping follows on its heels. Over the lifetime of one of our wrappers, far […]


Bundling Is a Job To Be Done

March 19th, 2014

I was reading an article on Clay Christensen’s MilkShake Marketing and applying it to what we do at Package Machinery.   It made me realize that Bundling is a job to be done by many of our customers and what we provide is a means to help them do it with our bundle wrappers. It […]


Wrapping Machines We Make, Wrapping Machines We Can’t

February 25th, 2014

Wrapping is about branding and product protection. There are many ways to do branding and product protection and we get inquiries all the time for wrapping machines for a variety of applications. We like to think we are wrapping experts, but we also know our limitations.  So here is our little guide to what we […]


Evaluating Wrapping Machinery

February 18th, 2014

The best approach in evaluating wrapping machinery is to look at the Total Cost of Ownership. However, some products requires specific kinds of wrap in order for issues of product preservation to be effective.  As I wrote in Deciding How to Wrap, product and marketing requirements are paramount. Beyond that, it is important to think about […]


Deciding How to Wrap a Product

February 11th, 2014

Once you know you need to wrap a product, you need to decide how to wrap the product. You need to weigh the appearance, product protection and costs of your options. In all cases we are talking about consumer products needing to be wrapped for one reason or another. Factors to consider: Appearance: What does […]


Why Products are Wrapped

February 4th, 2014

Sometimes it helps to think about why products are wrapped in the first place. In a dynamic packaging market, this is a useful first step toward sustainability and cost reduction. Whether we are talking bananas, which come with their own built in wrapping, or a delicate piece of glass, products are wrapped for a very […]


2014 Sustainability in Packaging

January 7th, 2014

In 2014 sustainability in packaging will make serious progress. 2014 should be a fascinating year for sharing best practices in packaging with our customers and for seeing our customers share internally and externally themselves. What do  I mean by that?  Beyond simple changes in process,  I see much greater sharing of knowledge leading to improved sustainability […]


Welcome 2014

January 2nd, 2014

Thank you to our employees, vendors and customers for your support in 2013. We are very grateful and look forward to working with you in 2014.


Upcoming Holidays

December 18th, 2013

We will be closed December 23- January 1. If you need emergency assistance, please call 413.732.4000 and leave a message. We will return your call. We will you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous and fulfilling New Year.


Delivering Packaging Sustainability

December 11th, 2013

What is Packaging Sustainability? One thing I have learned is that packaging sustainability is not simply about making the earth greener. No company looks at sustainability without internal motivations to strengthen their brand, increase their profits and improve their market position. Usually those motivations relate to savings or branding. Let’s face it: packaging is a […]


Why Flow wrap?

December 5th, 2013

Why Flow wrap? There are several critical reasons to flow wrap products. The product to wrap has nuts, whole grains or raisins that need to be wrapped in an airtight package so they don’t go rancid. A gas flush to remove oxygen can be used to extend the flavor and life of the product. Shelf life […]



Happy Thanksgiving

November 20th, 2013

May you enjoy the time to be grateful, as we are grateful for the support of our vendors, customers and associates. Happy Thanksgiving.


Primary Packaging’s Impact on Bundling

November 20th, 2013

I find the process of creating a new wrapping machine fascinating, perhaps even more because I am not an engineer. From there I wonder about how the packaging is created from a brand owner’s viewpoint. A lot of thought goes into the package appearance on the shelf, the tensile strength of the packaging materials to […]


Welcome Vince Pisani and Bob Eccher

November 6th, 2013

Welcome Vince Pisani as our new sales engineer and Bob Eccher as Director of Engineering and Production. For more information, see here.


Four Components To Make the Wrapping Process Work

October 23rd, 2013

The four components to make the wrapping process work are the wrapping machine the product the wrapping material the operator and mechanics Seems pretty simple doesn’t it? But most people forget the impact of changing just one component on the whole process. No question but our FA-ST servo overwrappers are complex machine with lots of […]


Reduce the Junk in the Packaging Process

October 16th, 2013

There are times when it helps to think about how we live our lives and why we do what we do. By my calculations I have lived over 35 years within 1.5 miles of the Connecticut River. I had been on it once as a child, when I was not allowed by my mother to […]


Wrapping Cake, Bread or Other Baked Goods

October 11th, 2013

Over the past few years we have built overwrappers for both cake and bread. Wrapping cake, bread or other baked goods present their own unique challenges. What sets this overwrap process apart from a standard overwrapper is the demands of the product for a less than tight wrap.  Both cake and bread are fragile and […]


Caramel Wrapping Improved

October 4th, 2013

Gourmet caramels are growing in popularity. They represent a small treat that does not break the bank but gives a moment of pleasure. Over the past few years,  I have had a chance to sample some of the best as we have built  TTDF diefold wrapping machines to wrap caramels. Caramel wrapping has its peculiarities. […]



Teaching a Wrapping Machine

September 18th, 2013

Teaching a wrapping machine involves hands on learning. It is also a two-way street. While our customer’s staff need to learn the ins and outs of our overwrapper, we need to make sure that we understand their product and how it behaves while being wrapped. There are four component to a successful transition: a machine […]



Packaging Waste – What Can Package Machinery Do?

August 26th, 2013

What is Packaging Waste? Packaging waste is unnecessary packaging that does not provide protection, integrity and security to products from the manufacturer to the consumer. I was just reading about food waste is approximately 30% of total food.  This is scary in a world of growing population and shrinking agricultural lands with a little global […]


Packaging Waste- What Consumer Products Manufacturers Can Do

August 19th, 2013

The mantra for packaging waste is reduce, reuse and recycle. The EPA on its web site has the following statements. “In most parts of the developed world, packaging constitutes as much as one-third of the non-industrial solid waste stream. As the developing world races to raise living standards, more countries are seeing significant growth in […]


Why the Lead Time on an Overwrapping Machine Varies

August 15th, 2013

If you are buying a wrapping machine, you are worrying about delivery time the same way you worry about delivering your product on time. One impacts the other. I was recently discussing a food customer who has high seasonal variability. Their solution is to hire unskilled  temporary workers to operate their machines and use trained […]


Wrapping Frozen Food Makes for Healthier Consumers

July 25th, 2013

We have seen significant interest for overwrapping machines to wrap boxes of frozen vegetables over the past 18 months.  I was puzzled as to why that might be, so I did a little homework. According to Gene Lester, a plant physiologist at the USDA, quoted in Eating Well magazine, “Fruits and vegetables chosen for freezing […]


Bundler Wrappers Improve Corporate Social Responsibility

July 19th, 2013

There has been a significant increase in demand for bundle wrapping. Half our our machine volume in the past year has been bundle wrappers, so it seems bundle wrappers are useful all of a sudden. This is because bundle wrappers improve corporate social responsibility and corporations care more and more about that. The reason for […]


The Weather’s Effect On Wrapping Material

July 9th, 2013

The recent heat and humidity make me think about the weather’s effect on wrapping material. What our customers spend on wrapping material far exceeds what they spend to buy an overwapping machine but gets far less attention. So I wanted to focus on the care of the wrapping material briefly. Dry air creates static which […]


Happy Independence Day

July 1st, 2013

For all our American customers, we wish a happy and grateful Fourth of July with friends and family. Enjoy the fireworks and stay safe. From your collaborators at Package Machinery


A Bundling Machine Can Drive Down Corrugate and Chipboard Costs

June 25th, 2013

Save Money, Be More Sustainable in Secondary Packaging through Bundling At Package we have based our business on providing the best overwrap we can for consumer products.  Our overwrap is one we are proud to see on the shelves in retail stores. We have taken great pride in our material and energy efficiency and in […]


Analyzing Packaging Alignment to Brand Strategy

June 13th, 2013

Analyzing Packaging Alignment to Brand Strategy When a customer comes to see us about wrapping their product, I am always curious about the alignment of their packaging to the brand strategy.  This article on Kind snack bars caught my eye because of the things that made sense about the product packaging. Its name Kind is […]


Wrap Candy

June 6th, 2013

How many ways can you wrap candy? Here are various ways to wrap candy through basic automation. twist wrap – the oldest way, and it is still being done especially for saltwater taffy diefold wrap – like some Reese’s peanut butter cups or caramels tuck and fold wrap with paper sleeve – high end chocolate bars […]


Cello Wrap – Does It Need Cellophane? or Cello Wrappers?

May 30th, 2013

Most people are surprised to know that cellophane is not commonly used, even for wrap styles called cello wrap. Cellophane has a century-long history. It comes from the words cellulose and diaphane (meaning transparent) and is a trademarked name of Innovia Films in some countries, although not in the United States. Cellophane was the original […]


Upcoming trade shows

May 29th, 2013

Please visit us in Mexico City at Expo Pack 18-21 June 2013. Our booth is 1402. Ken Davison is looking forward to seeing you there.


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