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A primer on hygienically designed packaging machines: Part 2

Apr 13, 2021 10:42:52 AM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Packaging Machines, safety, sanitation, cleaning, sterilization, hygienic

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The ongoing implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has made prevention a key buzzword in the packaging industry. One of the fundamentals of sanitation management is designing equipment to facilitate easy cleanable access to optimize effectiveness and efficiency, including access for sampling and inspection. Analogous to Dr. Demming’s often quoted precept, “if you can’t measure it, you can’t control it”, the rule in Hygienic design is “If you can’t see it, you can’t clean it or sample it.” 

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How to Create a Cohesive Production Line Team: The Answer May Be in Your Machine

Apr 7, 2021 5:59:27 PM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Labor, Packaging Machines, Efficient, manufacturers, trends

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The saying goes, “a clean machine is a happy machine, and a happy machine is one that is operating effectively and efficiently.” Sometimes that’s easier said than done, especially when it comes to your production line team’s ability to work together cohesively. 

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A primer on hygienically designed packaging machines

Apr 1, 2021 3:21:16 PM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Packaging Machines, safety, cleaning, sterilization, hygienic

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In its simplest form, hygienic principles apply to two fundamental aspects of design: surfaces designed for contact with food products, and those not meant to be (non-contact). In general, surfaces meant to be in contact with food must be non-porous, smooth and impervious without cracks or crevices.

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[Gorilla 76 Podcast] Creating a Well-Designed Sales Playbook

Mar 31, 2021 5:43:12 PM / by Harpak-ULMA

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Harpak-ULMA's President, Kevin Roach, recently joined Gorilla 76's Joe Sullivan for an episode in their podcast series, "The Manufacturing Executive". Kevin talks about why manufacturers need a defined, consistently executed sales process.

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[PTC On Demand Webinar] Why Measure? Using CSAT scores in service operational decision making

Mar 31, 2021 5:33:36 PM / by Harpak-ULMA

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What does CSAT mean for your service operations? Is it translating to your bottom line?

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[PTC Podcast Series] How Harpak-ULMA drove Digital Transformation

Mar 31, 2021 5:29:45 PM / by Harpak-ULMA

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Our friends at PTC invited our CEO, Kevin Roach, to be a guest on their "Digital Transformation for Industrial Machine Builders" podcast.

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Buns, Dogs, & Burgers: Why can’t we all just get along?

Mar 23, 2021 5:17:25 PM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Packaged Food, Food Packaging, Flexible, Flexible Packaging, Flowwrapping, trends

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One of the great mysteries of our modern age is why hot dog and hamburger buns are always produced in packs of eight?” – unlike the products they are intended to hold. Truth is, when these products began mass production, and standards developed, there was no assumed link between buns and the meat that fills them.   

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The Many Faces of Flexibility: Lessons in Fresh Food Packaging

Mar 17, 2021 7:52:42 AM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Packaging Machines, Food Packaging, Flexible, Flexible Packaging, covid-19

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What did COVID-19 show us?  

COVID-19 had a deep and far-reaching impact on the fresh food industry. Social distancing and outbreaks at meat and poultry processing plants slowed production and caused mass shortages. As the pandemic drove restaurant closures, producers scrambled to redirect product originally meant for food service into retail distribution

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Get a longer shelf life for your clean label baked product with MAP

Mar 16, 2021 5:02:21 PM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Food Packaging, MAP, flow wrapping, thermoforming, baking, clean label

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Consumers are becoming increasingly conscious of what they are putting in their bodies. Many food manufacturers have begun to reflect those concerns by reformulating recipes and releasing “clean” label products.

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2021 Bakery Packaging Trends: Lessons North American brands can learn from Europe

Mar 9, 2021 5:58:40 PM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Packaged Food, Food Packaging, Sustainability, Flexible, trends

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It’s the same in packaging as it is in fashion: What’s currently in vogue in Europe will make its way across the Atlantic in a few short years.

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