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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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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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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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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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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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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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