Bundling To Reduce Packaging

February 11th, 2015

Bundling Configurations There are multiple ways to bundle product  but two basic ones.  They involve creating the bundle in line, like soldiers or in layers side by side. Creating the Bundle In the first one the boxes are lined up like soldiers.  Since the most preferred method is to put the tuck and fold on […]

Will Producer Responsibility Reduce Packaging Waste?

February 5th, 2015

Packaging Waste Packaging waste is a big topic these days. Solid waste landfills are overflowing. Some states and municipalities are now requiring restaurants to compost food waste. As of January 2015, Fed Ex and UPS are charging not simply by weight but for volume.  The shipper  has to provide the dimensions of the package and is […]

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 […]

Candy and Food Entrepreneurs – Automating Packaging Is Challenging

October 2nd, 2014

Huge Growth in Candy and Food Entrepreneurs There seems to be a explosion of candy and food entrepreneurs.  And it makes sense.  Not only are many consumers looking to buy more locally, they want higher quality ingredients. Major food companies are buying up successful food entrepreneurs. So a food entrepreneur can exploit his or her […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Packaging and Food Waste

June 20th, 2012

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Resource Efficient Packaging

November 9th, 2011

What tradeoffs should be made on product waste and packaging? Is there a perfect wrapping material? Progress is being made. See the discussion.

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 […]

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