Food and Packaging as trash

March 7th, 2011

Food is the number one municipal solid waste. Packaging is a distant second. What we should do about it.

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 […]

Product Impact on Packaging Choices

January 26th, 2011

The product has an impact on packaging options. Keeping the needs of the product and its consumer in mind may alter the selection of packaging.

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.

What is excessive packaging?

December 28th, 2010

A recent suit in England over excess packaging leads me to wonder what constitutes excess. The article illustrates the continuing concern of consumers for reduction in packaging due to shortages of landfill space and the methane gas creation by landfills. In the December 25, 2010  New York Times, Elizabeth Rosenthal writes, “British regulations on excess packaging […]

Looking to Wrap in 2011

December 20th, 2010

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

Bio-plastics Roles in Wrapping

December 17th, 2010

See our newest whitepaper on bio-plastics roles in wrapping containing info about what makes a plastic a bio-plastic, where they come from, what they issues in using bio-plastic films.

Small Candy Wrapper a Hit at Pack Expo

November 4th, 2010

The TTDF wrapper was a big hit with candy companies and interested bystanders alike. Everyone was impressed with its ease of use and speed. Equally attractive was the candy wrapped on it. Thank you to Kelly and her staff for the delicious treats.

Package Machinery presents at PAC Green Den

October 25th, 2010

Package Machinery will be presenting at PAC Green Den at PACK EXPO. The inventive program, “Fast Tracking Sustainable Innovation,” takes place Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1:00–4:30 pm; at McCormick Place. Lakeshore building Level 3 Room 350. PAC Green Den brings together the ingredients of successful reality television and business matchmaking: “Innovators” will present their solutions to […]

Kelly Martin Recommendation

October 22nd, 2010

“From the entire team at Kelly’s Karamels we want to thank Package Machinery Company for their top notch service. Not only did they work with us to create a candy wrapping machine that suit our needs perfectly, PMC provided the very best in customer service and earned a life long customer. It didn’t matter which department […]

Bill Leva Recommendation

October 22nd, 2010

The New England Confectionery Company (  NECCO ) purchased a FAST Overwrapper from Package Machinery. At the beginning there were some reliability issues. A team from Package Machinery came in and in the true spirit of continuous improvement, they worked with us to solve any issues. The results are an incredibly reliable, robust machine that […]

Doug Farrell Recommendation

October 22nd, 2010

Your equipment is almost “bulletproof.”  I would be honored to be quoted and we are always open for you to send prospects here. Doug Farrell General Manager Redco Foods

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 […]

Changing Wrapping Materials: 3 Problems Solved

August 31st, 2010

There are lots of new wrapping materials out there today.  Between normal new product introductions and deletions, we are also seeing films from new sources, such as cellulose, and corn. Reductions in gauge as a way of reducing both weight and cost is also a factor in changing wrapping materials. We see many customers switching […]

What is green packaging?

August 20th, 2010

There has been an interesting dialog this week on the Green Packaging Forum on LinkedIn. It started with someone looking for clear but green packaging for sandwiches “for a retailer who still wants to show the sandwich ingredients while still being green.” The cool parts was this was a global conversation. Comments ranged from specific suggestions […]

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 […]

Candy box wrap – material savings with prettier wrap

August 3rd, 2010

What our customer taught us and you can benefit from. Our customer bought a new FA-ST overwrapper to replace his 1940’s vintage FA overwrapper last year. They bought with the initial intent of using it only to wrap their shrink-wrapped, two-piece  boxes of candy in seasonal gift paper. After some issues around programming the glue […]

Package Machinery's new machines to be at Pack Expo

July 26th, 2010

It is not too soon for us to be thinking about what wrapping machinery we will take to Pack Expo 2010 at the end of October in Chicago….. We will be showcasing how you can save film and energy by using overwrap rather than shrink wrap or flow wrap. We have demonstrated up to 50% […]

Wrapped Products Go to Those in Need

July 20th, 2010

When our customers permit and it is consumer safe, we donate all our FAT products to the local Food Bank for distribution to people in need. We might not have found this perfect outlet  for product that ranges from a few cartons to a pallet load if it were not for the fact that our […]

Why Wrapping Machinery wears out

July 13th, 2010

There is  a great recent article Maximizing Your Equipment Life by Determining Failure Modes by Terry Harris, in which he discusses how machinery failures can be prevented and preventive care enhanced. He says, “I have been in a few textile and oilseeds plants where the fan guard on the motor is covered with product. This […]

Green wrapping machine

June 30th, 2010

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

Meeting Expectations for Wrapping Machinery

June 3rd, 2010

Collaboration and sharing knowledge and expertise of product and wrapping machine is key to successful implementation and start up. Nothing substitutes for knowledgeable people working together.

Packaging People to Follow

May 26th, 2010

The packaging people that Package Machinery follows to learn and think about state of the art packaging and package design are reviewed here.

Affordable Candy Wrap Machine

May 12th, 2010

New inexpensive semi-automatic machine for individual candies and small items wrap that provides quality wrap with all folds on bottom.

Keep on wrapping – Overwrapping, that is

April 28th, 2010

Overwrapped bundles (vs. shrink and flow wrap) look better and use less film and usually less energy. This makes for tremendous material savings over the life of a machine.

Sustainable Packaging Coalition spring meeting

April 22nd, 2010

Lots to learn from Sustainable Packaging Coalition spring meeting. Most interesting items were WRAP, Global Packaging Partnership, World Wildlife Fund partnerships and debates over oxy-degradables.

Reduce packaging by not flow wrapping

April 12th, 2010

Products from Wal-Mart were unwrapped and re-wrapped using overwrap to demonstrate reduction in film consumption and more attractive packaging.

Sustainable Packaging Exposition

April 7th, 2010

Wal-Mart’s Sustainable Packaging Exposition is an opportunity to discuss making more attractive and sustainable wraps on products and bundles.

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