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.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Does Overwrap Machine Help?

May 23rd, 2013

When it comes to wrapping machines, there are lots of opportunities to be confused about what makes an overwrap machine more cost effective and therefore more sustainable than a shrink wrapper or flowwrapper. In this day and age of reduce, reuse and recycle, it is hard to know which factor is more important and which […]

What’s Old Is New Again for Holyoke and for Package overwrappers

April 10th, 2013

As you know, we recently moved to Holyoke Massachusetts, one of the first planned cities in the United States and one that still gets most of its electricity from renewable sources. We are still completing the renovations of our new old building to meet our needs but work on our customers’ machine is our highest […]

Upgrade Your FA-ST Servo Overwrapper – or older Package® wrapping machine

March 14th, 2013

From our first FA overwrapper in 1933 to our current line of servo over wrappers, the potential for upgrading the wrapping machine as your needs change has always existed. Having introduced the first servo overwrapper in 2001, Package is now using third and fourth generation controls for its servo wrappers. While controls may become dated […]

Where our wrapping machinery buyers come from

March 8th, 2013

Not only do over 47% of the visits to our website come from outside the United States, but orders for wrapping machinery are following.  I wish I thought most of the visitors were truly likely to be buyers. i know that we are providing lots of valuable information to people who may never buy from […]

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 […]

Consumer Product Packaging Trends Show Conflict

January 30th, 2013

Consumer product packaging trends show increasing pushback on packaging. Whenever I say we make wrapping machinery for consumer products, I get immediate feedback from frustrated consumers.  Usually they launch into packaging they hate such as clamshells, but sometimes they extend it to all packaging as a complete waste designed to frustrate consumers, create waste and […]

Made in America – 5 Reasons to Buy Local

January 25th, 2013

Recently USA Today ran an article entitled Made in USA Makes Comeback as Marketing Tool. This made me think about how that applies to our wrapping machinery. We offer the following five reasons as guidelines for why you should consider Package Machinery’s overwrappers. Our wrapping machinery dates back to the early 1900’s. In fact, when […]

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 […]

New Address

January 7th, 2013

Please note our new address: 80 Commercial Street, Holyoke MA 01040 and the directions to our new facility. Our phone number is still the same.

We are moving

December 12th, 2012

Effective January 1, 2013 we will be in our new home at 80 Commercial Street, Holyoke MA 01040. Please make a note of this for all mail and deliveries.

Saving Cost by Replacing Intermediate Packaging with a Wrap

November 20th, 2012

Usually we are providing an overwrapper for the end of the primary packaging line. Recently we were asked to provide an overwrapper for both end of the primary packaging line but also to replace the intermediate box that is used at the start of  secondary packaging. Primary packaging is defined as that which the customer […]

Pack Expo 2012

October 26th, 2012

We are unpacking at Pack Expo and looking forward to showing off new wrapping machinery at Booth 1613. Come see us for overwrappers, flowwrappers and diefold wrappers.

See Us at Pack Expo

September 10th, 2012

Vist us October 28-31, 2012 in Booth 1613 in the South Building McCormick Place Chicago to see our flowwrappers, overwrappers and diefold wrappers. We look forward to seeing you.

Learning from the Past

September 6th, 2012

Last spring my husband decided that our big storage closet needed to be reorganized, something he is very good at. At the end he handed me a stack of boxes and said “Do something with these.” One was a mantilla my grandmother had worn to meet two Popes. Another turned out to be a flag […]

Packaging and Food Waste

June 20th, 2012

Food waste is something that should be controlled. Sustainable packaging can help.

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 […]

Energy savings, film savings… and an avid market waiting for you to “go green”

May 2nd, 2012

Engineers, manufacturers and shippers know that shrink wrapped packages use 20% more film than overwrapped packages and some of them know that switching from shrink wrap to overwrap saves them at least half their current energy costs. Consumers are becoming savvy about packaging, too. Consumers have been environmentally conscious for decades, but never has “reduce, […]

For Earth Day: is Compostable better than Recyclable?

April 23rd, 2012

In honor of Earth Day, I was reading Anton Steeman’s blog on Earth Day and the Future of Packaging. Steeman thinks (rightly in my opinion) that Extended Producer Responsibility is coming to more countries. (it is in 30 countries now.)  EPR will make the manufacturer responsible for disposing of the leftover product and packaging. Steeman […]

Look at Our New Flow Wrappers

April 22nd, 2012

We have recognized over the years that overwrappers are the most economical operating wrapping machines. They use the least material and energy of all automated forms of wrapping consumer products.

Boi-sourced? biobased? compostable? cogen?

April 13th, 2012

Last week I attended a packaging sustainability conference in Houston. One speaker was from Coca Cola and I finally learned what they mean by the Plant Bottle.  As you probably know, most soda, water and juice bottles are made from PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) – try saying that 3 times fast and you know what it […]

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