Marden Edwards Limited acquires IP & Assets of Package Machinery

December 1st, 2015

Package Machinery Company, Inc. has sold its Intellectual Property and Assets to Marden Edwards Limited (United Kingdom) who are now in the process of transferring and integrating the Intellectual Property and Assets into its Business. You can contact Marden Edwards Inc. (USA) using the following:   For new machine enquiries   For new parts enquiries […]

Ask Our Customers or Ask Our Vendors?

November 18th, 2014

So much advice on the internet today about marketing says Ask Your Customers to get the best ideas or to build meaningful relationships. Yet most prospects don’t want to spend time with potential vendors until they have learned everything they can without direct contact.  So many mistakes could be averted if we would simply ask […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fine Tuning a Wrapping Machine

February 21st, 2013

We agonize over the design concepts of overwrapping machines and the detailing that goes on in engineering, but the real issues often show up late in the assembly process: fine tuning the wrapping machine for the specific product and wrapping material. Sometimes it is a shim or an adjustment that is mechanical in origin. Sometimes […]

The Moving Process for Wrapping Machines

January 11th, 2013

As of January 10,2013 Package Machinery is completely moved into, if not completely organized in, its new facility in Holyoke, MA. We are still finding our way through nonessential things, extra chairs and file cabinets, to the essential ones, like our machine shop and work in process. In making our move decision, we were driven […]

Co-Packers and Co-Manufacturing Increase Overwrapper Buys

May 8th, 2012

We have noticed an increasing trend toward outsourcing manufacturing of consumer products. Major consumer products companies are increasingly viewing themselves as brand managers. They want oversight and quality control on their products but are using private label manufacturers to produce their products. Grocery stores have been stocked for years with private label or house brand […]

Wrapping Frozen Vegetables with Waxed Paper

March 21st, 2012

A certain percent of consumers prefer to buy their frozen vegetables in boxes rather than bags. The process calls for using waxed paper to wrap the boxes. Today we did a run off for a company looking to do a classic wrap: frozen vegetables in a box wrapped in waxed paper. They plan to run […]

Packaging Follows Production Back On Shore

February 23rd, 2012

Calculating total cost of ownership is encouraging manufacturers to bring production back to the US. Higher productivity and increasing costs overseas are only 2 factors at work.

The Cost of Packaging by Hand

February 8th, 2012

Food and candy entrepreneurs approach us daily to learn more about automating their wrapping process.  In most cases they are either using pre-made packaging that they seal or they are packaging by hand. Sometime the packaging process has a festive atmosphere, as in those who invite friends over for wine and wrapping. At some point […]

Energy savings in Overwrapping vs. Shrink Wrap

February 3rd, 2012

When we sell an FA-ST overwrapper to replace a shrink wrapper, we always ask if they are calculating the energy savings. To a person, they never do. They calculate the film savings but never the energy savings. Last year I was touring a production facility with seven shrink wrappers. It was a lovely warm March […]

Food Entrepreneurs and Packaging

December 6th, 2011

For a while now, we have been providing a guest post to the Foodpreneur Domenick Celentano. Food & Beverage on focuses on food and beverage trends food entrepreneurs need to know plus tips and techniques for starting a food business or growing a food business. Our role is to provide advice on packaging and […]

ROI on Overwrapper

November 16th, 2011

how to calculate the ROI on overwrappers vs. alternative packaging including shrink wrappers and flow wrappers

What healthcare delivery and customized wrappers have in common?

October 18th, 2011

Occasionally my worlds intersect and I find myself applying lessons from my different roles to my other life: from hospital trustee to running a customized overwrapping machinery builder. Today it was about patient satisfaction, in my role as a trustee of a hospital. Satisfaction is about meeting or exceeding expectations. Patients have expectations about what […]

Partnering for Packaging Waste Reduction

June 21st, 2011

Retailers have led the working to reduce waste in the system. Worldwide Wal-Mart has led the way by working with its vendors to find new ways to reduce packaging. For five years Wal-Mart has hosted an annual Packaging Sustainable Vendor Network and conference. This conference is designed to support Wal-Mart vendors in search of ways […]

Packaging in the Landfill

April 4th, 2011

Green means more than reducing the carbon impact of product manufacture. Consider energy and water use too.

Brownie Wrapping

February 16th, 2011

Here is a sample of a brownie wrapped on our TTDF wrapper. It saves our customers from sore fingers. We have been hearing lots of complaints from artisanal food and candy makers about sore fingers. The more successful they are at selling their brownies, cookies or candies, the more wrapping they have to do by hand […]

How Quick Can a Product Size Changeover be?

January 10th, 2011

Whether it is the customer with fifteen SKUs to overwrap, the one with five wrap sizes or the one that wants to wrap double stacks of some SKUs but not others, changeover on overwrapping equipment can be time consuming. Servo controls shorten the time by allowing for recipe storage and digital setting of parameters.This feature […]

2011 trends in packaging

January 4th, 2011

packaging trends and thoughts for 2011 – What to expect and how to think about the issues.

Looking to Wrap in 2011

December 20th, 2010

Demand for wrapping machinery will pick up in 2011 and affect sustainable operations.

Green packaging machine

September 21st, 2010

As we were reading Green Your Supply Chain: 7 Questions and 7 Tips, we were thinking about how inexpensively one can buy new packaging machinery these days. The question is what value do you get for your money? One critical point this article makes is that more durable and reliable equipment usually costs more. What makes […]

Balanced View on Wrapping Materials

September 17th, 2010

Recently we listened to  a consumer products company’s director of manufacturing talking about how the packaging machinery people cannot speak about the consumables, but the consumables people do understand the machinery. This triggered a wrapping issue story in our brain. The first is about the customer who called last week because their wraps had become […]

Wrapping projects find Package Machinery

August 9th, 2010

One of the fun parts of our job is trying to figure out how to wrap or package different things. Here are some of the things we have been asked to package. hot dog bundles powdered metal tissues asparagus stacks of hexagonal waxed paper telephone cards scotch tape bundles fruit cake brownies frozen pies stamps […]

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