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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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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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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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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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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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