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Example Of Packaging Design For Meat Manufacturers

Sep 11, 2020 11:02:20 AM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Packaging Materials, Packaged Food, Packaging, packaging product, packaging automation, meat

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Packaged meatballs are one of the leading products for an industry-leading meat manufacturer.

Their product flies off grocery store shelves, and they’d like to expand into convenience stores and dollar stores. And while they do sell their meatballs in club stores, their current packaging simply isn’t efficient.

To tackle the introduction of meatballs to convenience and dollar stores, along with revamping of their club store packaging, they teamed up with Harpak-ULMA to design the proper packaging for each store.

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3 ways industrial controls help future-proof your packaging line

Sep 10, 2020 3:14:02 PM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Packaging, packaging automation, IOT, industrial controls, open architectures

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Investing in a new packaging line requires a considerable amount of due diligence. It’s a significant expense, and an asset you expect to utilize for a long time. Maybe a very long time.

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Can planning really help you avoid packaging downtime? You bet.

Aug 4, 2020 3:04:45 PM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Labor, Packaging, maintenance, employment, downtime

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Downtime, the term coined to reflect when a production line is not producing product, is estimated by The International Society of Automation (ISA) to cost the manufacturing industry nearly $650 billion every year. While downtime can occur at any point in a production process, we’ll explore what producers can do to help minimize the risk and impact of downtime in the packaging phase of production. Good packaging machine and automation design works to prevent planned or unplanned downtime, and packaging process analysis can help identify potential downtime risks and improvement opportunities. Equipment designs that minimize the impact of tool changeovers, consumable replenishment, washdown, and other planned maintenance activities are an important piece of this puzzle. However, the unpredictable nature of unplanned downtime combined with many interrelated causation factors makes this a cause-celebre for most producers.

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Marketers, here’s how your packaging design choices affect manufacturability

Aug 4, 2020 9:00:55 AM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Manufacturing, Packaging Machines, Packaging, Flexible Packaging, packaging design

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As a marketer looking to drive sales, your packaging designs likely focus on product differentiation, consumer convenience, and consumer expectations. Designing the package can be an artistic experience. However, you need to also be aware of the manufacturability of your design and your engineering team’s goals.

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7 things to consider before designing your new packaging

Jul 28, 2020 10:22:34 AM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Sustainability in Packaging, Packaging Machines, Packaged Food, Consumers, Packaging, Flexible Packaging, Packaging test, cost, point of purchase

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Brands that sell similar products compete for the same consumer’s money on the shelf (or webpage). Your packaging could make or break that consumer’s decision to buy your product or your competitors at the point of purchase.

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Breaking down the cost of unplanned packaging line downtime

Jul 21, 2020 1:43:15 PM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Packaging Machines, Efficient, packaging product, cost, downtime

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Downtime is the undisputed enemy in manufacturing. But do you know how much an hour of downtime actually costs?

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How enhanced OEE can neutralize your packaging line acquisition cost

Jul 14, 2020 10:09:14 AM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Packaging Machines, Efficient, Packaging, TCO, OEE

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When you purchase a new packaging machine, are you buying it for the next year? Or how about the next five years?

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Don’t worry! FATs are still happening, remotely!

Jun 15, 2020 9:37:34 AM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Manufacturing, FAT, cost, covid-19, remote FAT

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Like many other aspects of your lives inside and outside of business, restrictions caused by COVID-19 have  disrupted the normal way of conducting Factory Acceptance Tests (FAT’s). Because of travel restrictions, social distancing, and other precautions companies and governments are taking, the typical way of conducting a FAT is put on hold. Similar to how business has evolved during this time, FATs are now being successfully carried out remotely using digital tools. As the world and industry changes, OEMs must evolve with it.

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What you need to know to quickly start syringe packaging

May 27, 2020 4:01:39 PM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Packaging Machines, cobots, packaging automation, medical packaging, thermoforming, covid-19

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COVID-19 has created an increase in demand for medical equipment including syringes. Hospitals are increasing orders for syringes because of the influx of more patients requiring care and the inevitable mass immunization of COVID-19 once a vaccine is created and approved. Early estimates suggest that at least 70% of the population will need the vaccine including more than 300 million people in the United States.

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Time to Protect Your Produce, Peace of Mind and Bottom Line!

May 12, 2020 1:43:48 PM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Food Packaging, Sustainability, Flowwrapping, tray seal, MAP, packaging automation, thermoforming, covid-19, produce

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Our current situation has placed a strain on the fresh food supply chain. Issues like border restrictions and workforce shortages have caused increased delays in the fresh produce trade causing large shipment of fresh produce to sit for prolonged periods of time. From the time produce is picked on a farm to when it’s eaten there’s a race against time. The tried, tested, and accepted way of packaging produce in the U.S. is not to package it at all. Most fruits and vegetables make their way through the food chain in crates, totes, cartons or some sort of vessel for distribution. This method of transporting produce through the supply chain, from farm to table, can (and does) expose the produce to germs and spoilage, ultimately resulting in health risks and unnecessary waste. 

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