Struck by water

March 29th, 2010

Do manufacturers think about their water foot print along with a carbon footprint? Maybe they should.

What does LOHAS mean for Packaging

March 2nd, 2010

Consumer expectations for CPG companies is changing which will impact how, what and where they buy, ultimately impacting packaging of consumer goods.

Affordable wrapping for small products

February 25th, 2010

Package Machinery has created an affordable candy wrapping machine, the TTDF, for smaller candy companies. It puts all the tucks and folds on the bottom. This style of wrap is called diefold wrapping.

Our customers' consumers influence packaging

January 21st, 2010

Sometimes it is important to think about the impact that our customers’ customers have on packaging and therefore on our business. Packaging is a critical part of process of influencing consumers. An article by Kim T. Gordon, Identify New Consumer Norms notes that consumers have changed their behavior.  “Decitica has identified four distinct consumer segments: […]

2010 Package Machinery wrapping resolutions

January 6th, 2010

We decided 2010 was the year to have resolutions for Package Machinery and its wrapping machines as well as our personal ones. We are resolved to Create new machines. Our first will be a semi-automatic machine for wrapping individual rolls of tape. Yes, we are moving to wrapping round things!! Shorten the lead time for […]

6 Reasons to buy semi-automatic wrapper rather than used fully automatic one

December 16th, 2009

The purchase price to buy a wrapping machine should be weighed against the cost to operate  the wrapper. A cheap old machine that runs fast may not give you the throughput you require because of learning curve, set up time, maintenance expense. Initial purchase price can be misleading in that it does not include start […]

Understand Choices in Film to Wrap

December 3rd, 2009

Over the life of a product, you typically spend much more on the film but agonize over the purchase price of the machine to do the wrap. Lets try to understand how they work together.

Film Choice Makes All the Difference

November 16th, 2009

Choices in Film to Wrap Your product has its own special needs. Different products require different film characteristics to achieve an attractive wrap. Let’s discuss BOPP (biaxially oriented polypropylene) and its equivalents which are used for flowwrap and overwrap. Over the life of a product, you typically spend much more on the film but agonize […]

Are you there? Please share.

October 21st, 2009

Yesterday we were touring a customer’s facility. We had not been there in a long while and were amazed at the change in the atmosphere. Staff on the production floor smiled at us and looked us in the eye. If nothing else teaches us, that taught us that management makes a big difference. We got […]

The Wrapping God

October 8th, 2009

A few years ago, one of John’s co-workers started calling him the wrapping god. The name has stuck. John Bernet lives up to his name though. Not only did John invent our semi-automatic wrapping machine, the Wrapster, but he is hard at work on another semi-automatic machine , the TTDF, a machine designed to put […]

Ingenious Wrapping projects from Pack Expo

October 6th, 2009

The thrill of the trade show comes from the number of ingenious products that people bring you to wrap. While we cannot mention specific products, we can discuss some of the concepts and customers. The regulars that we see year after year who have yet to buy a machine but keep forgetting they have visited […]

Key Observations from Packaging Sustainability Forum

September 28th, 2009

Our President Kate Putnam attended last week’s Packaging Sustainability Forum in Atlanta and here are her observations. More major companies have Chief Sustainability Officers and they seem to have more clout. One was hiring while his employer was holding company -wide layoffs. Companies are not just thinking any more. Actions are being taken. We heard […]

Pack Expo Here We Come

September 21st, 2009

We are getting ready for the Pack Expo show. Usually this means polishing up our newest high speed overwrapper and getting it ready to ship. Unfortunately this year our customers could not wait and our latest FA-ST overwrapping machine shipped two weeks ago. So we are polishing up our DVDs and videos of our overwrappers […]

3 Important Film Wrap Properties

August 29th, 2009

It is important to think about what film characteristics best complement your product. When looking at how to wrap a product, the important things to keep in mind are the balance between Moisture/Air Barrier or Breathability Folds vs. Sealing Product  Enhancement/Protection Moisture or air may enhance a product, but some products need protection from one or […]

Working to the moving timetable – our apologies!

August 20th, 2009

Building a wrapping machine is always “hurry up and wait.” First sales, then engineering are busy, then purchasing and manufacturing. Like the pig in the belly of a snake, it is a big lump at each step of the way and cannot be distributed evenly. As much as we try to plan for this, it […]

Why servo overwrapping?

August 6th, 2009

Lots of companies that now build packaging machinery use servo motors. Back in 2001, when we started building our overwrapping machines using servo motors, we had to explain why we were doing it and heard lots of stories of breakdowns or inadequate support on servo  wrappers. Today most plant managers and engineers understand the benefits […]

Confectionery and Food Packaging help

August 3rd, 2009

Just a quick suggestion this week for those in the food packaging business – elefant oil. This oil is great for lubricating overwrapping machinery or dissolving sugar where it might accumulate and prevent smooth operation of your overwrapper. It is safe for food contact. We have used it with great success and it comes […]

when Healthcare costs hit home

July 30th, 2009

Yesterday our president Kate Putnam was interviewed on Fox Business News about healthcare  reform in Massachusetts and its impact on small businesses.   Here is the link to her appearance. Here are her elaborations on the topic of her appearance. I find the topic of healthcare reform scary, because someone’s ox has to be […]

Flow wrap vs. Overwrap: Cost, Benefit and Sustainable

July 24th, 2009

Recently we were asked to evaluate a consumer product that was flow wrapped for overwrap. We carefully undid the wrapping, so that we could see how much material was being used to flow wrap. We laid that film out flat against what we cut to do the overwrap; then we measured the difference.  The difference […]

Shrink wrap vs. Overwrap – Film Costs vs. Performance

July 13th, 2009

In the past year, we have had two customers shift from shrink wrap to overwrap for their candy boxes.  In one case, it was to achieve costs savings in wrapping material. This customer is now looking at the energy savings that accompany getting rid of a shrink tunnel. Oddly though, the energy savings seem less […]

5 tips when buying packaging equipment

July 6th, 2009

You need a packaging machine. You pretty much know what kind of machine you like. You place an order for your wrapping equipment. Now What? Show up for the Factory Acceptance Test. These guys are your partners in a successful installation.  In fact, come visit ahead, if you can, to see how it is going […]

Tricks to Automated Wrapping a Tray

June 29th, 2009

One way to cut packaging cost is to switch from a carton to a tray. Automated wrapping using trays, whether with printed film or clear  film, uses less cartoning material. This makes tray wrapping both greener – less packaging material and less weight – and sustainable – less packaging cost and reduced transportation cost. While […]

Tools for Sustainability

June 26th, 2009

The SUSTAINABLE word is now so heavy with meaning that it seems scary to say out loud. So let’s just talk about it as that spot where preserving our planet and making a profit meet. I don’t think we have a single wrapping customer who does not want to achieve both of those goals but […]

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