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7 Tips on Choosing the Right Packaging Equipment & Supplier

May 6, 2020 11:23:57 AM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Automation, Sustainability, Packaging, packaging automation, legacy equipment

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Choosing the right packaging equipment and supplier can make or break a project. There are so many different variables that it can be challenging to find the exact equipment and support that will meet your needs for now and for the future. Here we have outlined some things to consider when evaluating your options

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What you need to know about cheese snack packs

Apr 29, 2020 11:48:52 AM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Flowwrapping, tray seal, thermoforming, trends, cheese, snack packaging

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Snacking today is as popular as ever. The fast moving, timed crunched society we live in demands packaging be convenient for eating on the go. While there are ways to eat a meal, such as sandwich, on the go, more consumers are opting to snack throughout the day to satisfy their hunger. Moreover, consumers are becoming more health conscious. Consumers want snacks that reflect their on-the-go lifestyle that offer convenience and are healthy.

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What are 6 points to consider when automating your cheese stick line?

Apr 29, 2020 9:54:25 AM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Automation, Packaged Food, investment, packaging automation, flow wrapping, thermoforming, cheese

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Automation affords several major benefits for CPG packaging manufacturers. It reduces operational costs by lowering labor costs and minimizing waste from human interaction, increases throughput and productivity, and creates a safer work environment by replacing repetitive and strenuous manual jobs. 

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Which packaging method is best for your medical devices. Thermoforming or Flow Wrapping?

Apr 20, 2020 10:29:01 AM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Packaging, sanitation, flow wrapping, medical packaging, thermoforming, sterilization

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Deciding on the correct packaging method for medical devices is important for package integrity.

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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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Flow wrapping is a versatile packaging technique that is used for 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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