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What does COVID-19 mean for medical packaging?

Mar 30, 2020 3:14:38 PM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in flow wrapping, medical packaging, thermoforming

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The pressure is on for the government to supply hospitals around the country with enough medical equipment to fight Coronavirus.

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COVID-19 Update

Mar 23, 2020 4:30:34 PM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in CPG

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From Kevin Roach, Harpak-ULMA CEO

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Avoid Leakage! What You Need to Know about Seal Strength in Food Packaging

Mar 19, 2020 11:35:10 AM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Manufacturing, Packaging Machines, Packaging Materials, Food Packaging, seal integrity

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Seal strength and integrity are important for food safety and shelf life. But, what factors make a strong seal?

Heat, time, and pressure. The perfect combination of these three factors is essential for strong seal integrity and strength in packaging. Maintaining seal integrity throughout the package’s life cycle is important to guarantee high product quality upon opening. For the consumer, there is nothing worse than buying a product, such as a delicious cut of steak, only to find out the product has spoiled because of a seal breakage. Obviously, that reflects poorly upon the meat company.

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A Quick Guide for Food Packaging Methodologies

Mar 16, 2020 4:54:30 PM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Manufacturing, Plastic Packaging, Packaged Food, Food Packaging, Flowwrapping, vacuum seal, tray seal, C-Pak, MAP, skin packing, stretch seal

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There are several methods to package food. Which method is right for you?

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Why Use Cobots in Packaging?

Mar 13, 2020 10:10:05 AM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Labor, Packaging Machines, Plastic Packaging, Robots, Packaging, cobots, safety

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Incorporating Cobots into your packaging process can improve packaging efficiency and employee safety.

Cobots, short for collaborative robots, are designed to work alongside humans in shared workspaces. Cobots in packaging are used to make human workers more efficient, enhance performance and become more effective. Unlike robots, cobots usually work with employees, rather than replace them. It's also a safe technology for the employees working alongside cobots because there is no need for cages or closed areas separating the cobots and workers.

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Go with the Flow: New Trends in Flow Wrapping

Mar 10, 2020 9:23:07 AM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Manufacturing, Technology, Flowwrapping, cobots, sanitation, packaging automation, Industry 4.0

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How Flow Wrapping innovation is advancing and what to look for next.

Flow Wrapping is a versatile packaging technique that is used for many types of products. The technique is favored by production managers for its ease of use, its capacity for high volume with minimal waste, and its cost effectiveness.

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Why Flow Wrapping is the Best Packaging Choice

Mar 3, 2020 2:17:40 PM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Food Packaging Materials, Flexible, Packaging, Flowwrapping, sanitation, cost, flow wrapping

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Flow Wrapping offers a variety of benefits when deciding the best packaging for your product.

Flow wrapping provides numerous benefits for the product being packed and for packagers during the production process. This packaging method handles high volumes, the production process is user friendly, it creates minimal waste, and is cost effective.

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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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