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What Type of Flow Wrapping Film Should I Use?

Feb 25, 2020 3:01:46 PM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in packaging product, packaging automation, flow wrapping, film, seal integrity

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Finding the correct film type and film usage is just as important as choice of packaging method.

Flow Wrapping accommodates many types of products; from candy bars to medical devices, flow wrapping offers extensive benefits for production managers. Factors like cost-effectiveness, minimal waste and a high volume of production makes flow wrapping a preferred choice for packers.

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I’ll Take my Food to Go, in Convenient Sustainable Packaging! I’m a Millennial!

Feb 21, 2020 10:37:28 AM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Sustainability in Packaging, Food Packaging, Sustainability, Packaging, convenient, millennials

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Millennials prefer eating out, ordering in, and snacking. They also want their food in convenient sustainable packaging.

Millennials are shifting the food market from home cooking to convenient snacking, prepared meals, carry-out, and delivery. Moreover, millennials want to eat food from establishments and brands that keep sustainability in mind. A combination of convenience-oriented eating and sustainability demands puts packaging in the spotlight.

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5 Top Packaging Trends in 2020

Feb 14, 2020 10:11:22 AM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Sustainability in Packaging, Technology, Sustainability, minimalistic packaging design, AR, Augmented Reality, eCommerce, Industry 4.0, trends

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Sustainability, technology, and classic design headline packaging trends in 2020

As consumer habits, needs and demands evolve and develop, the packaging industry must innovate and stay up to date with new trends in packaging. According to a report by McKinsey & Company, as of 2019 the packaging industry creates $900 billion in annual revenues throughout the world. The report also states the industry is projected to grow at a rate of 3.1% each year through 2022.[1]

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How Are Food Manufacturers Solving Their Packaging Logistics Issues

Feb 7, 2020 2:59:22 PM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Efficient, Sustainability, Robots, Environment, Packaging, supply chain, Flexible Packaging, manufacturers, Disposal, EPA, Integrated

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Innovation, Alternative Packaging Technology and Updated Materials Can Help Improve Efficiency and Costs. 

Manufacturers must be efficient in all aspects of the supply chain to reduce costs. Rising shipping and material costs, combined with an emphasis on sustainability and consumer preference has created a need for innovation in the packaging industry.

One of the main costs in the supply chain is shipping. In general, it is becoming more expensive to operate a truck. Taking factors such as tires, fuel costs and labor into account the average marginal cost per mile was $1.69 in 2017 compared to $1.45 in 2009. Using the same factors, the average marginal cost per hour in 2017 was $66.65 compared to $58 in 2009.[1] According to the U.S.

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How Environmental Responsibility Affects Food Manufacturing

Dec 19, 2019 12:22:53 PM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Food Packaging, Greenhouse, Sustainability, Consumers, Waste, Recycle, Flexible, Environment, Green, Carbon Emissions

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Use sustainable and environmentally friendly packaging methods to decrease greenhouse emissions.

The packaging industry has put an emphasis on reducing waste, recycling and creating sustainable packaging solutions to limit greenhouse emissions, while recognizing the demands of consumers. Selecting recyclable materials, cutting down on waste and being efficient are ways packaging companies can make a difference in the environment. The current concern over our environment makes it the perfect time for your company to develop a carbon footprint plan.

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Sanitation Concerns in Food Manufacturing

Dec 19, 2019 11:54:48 AM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Food Pack, Food Packaging Materials, Packaging Materials, Plastic Packaging, Packaged Food, Food Packaging, Food Packaging Companies

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Improve sanitation practices in food packaging to decrease overall costs associated with product recall and cross contamination issues.

Over the past few months several major companies in the food packaging industry have made headlines as a result of product recalls. Regardless of the cause of the contamination, this is an excellent reminder to examine the sanitation protocol of your facility, and identify its strengths and weaknesses. Effective sanitation is an area that all food processors must continually work to improve.

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What are the Food Manufacturers Growing Technology Needs?

Dec 19, 2019 11:24:22 AM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Smart Connected Packaging Systems, Automation, Packaging Machines, Technology, Efficient, Trouble Shoot, Uniform, Structure

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Use a uniform technology architecture to improve packaging operations. Having a uniform technology structure within automated packaging machines provides several benefits for companies to optimize the efficiency of the machines. Automation is continuing to expand; in a study done by PMMI in 2017, over 50% of users interviewed use automation on their plant floor. These numbers are expected to grow soon with expanded capital budgets. Automation is proven to reduce costs, provide consistent quality, meet the demands of flexible manufacturing and help overcome labor issues. Using uniform technology across automated machines on the plant floor is the best way to achieve maximum efficiency.

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The Labor Crisis in Food Manufacturing

Dec 19, 2019 10:49:23 AM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Turnover, Separation, Manufacturing, Unemployment, Budget, Labor, Automation, Packaging Machines

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Increase and update packaging automation technology to alleviate labor concerns and cost.

The past year has seen historically low unemployment rates which means the availability of labor is scarce. Low unemployment combined with high turnover rates has created an environment in packaging and manufacturing with rising costs. The current job economy is the perfect opportunity for your company to plan to advance automation.

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