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Equipment | Packaging Materials

By: Nathan Dube
March 29th, 2022

I am super excited to present the top 5 episodes of the Industrial Packaging Podcast to you! But, before we get started, I have to ask, did you even know we have a podcast?   After perusing our social media follower count, I have concluded that some of you (our beloved blog subscribers) don’t even know we have a podcast!   And, if you are not already subscribed to our YouTube channel, you are missing out on the best content in the packaging industry!   While our YouTube channel features other amazing content such as our cartoon edutainment show, company culture videos, product explorations, and some hilarious videos, some of our most popular videos are, in fact, the podcast.   And, what better way to explore the Industrial Packaging Podcast than by reviewing the most popular episodes all in one spot?   After reading this article, you will have a good idea of what the show is all about and how the content can help you to make better packaging purchasing decisions.

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Equipment | Packaging Materials | Supply Chain Services/ Contract Packaging | Fulfillment

By: Nathan Dube
March 1st, 2022

By now, you, like the majority of the rest of the world, are probably aware of the crisis in Ukraine. War is never an event that we look forward to, and it has lasting, often significant consequences.   For packaging companies and their customers, one of these consequences may very well be a notable cost increase for materials, services, and machinery.   But, how exactly is the war in Ukraine responsible for causing such changes in the prices of these items?   From cost increases in the resin market to the potential skyrocketing gasoline and crude oil prices, there are various ways in which this conflict may result in serious financial repercussions throughout various industries the world over.   This article will explain what types of cost increases you can expect in the wake of the war. After reading this article, you will be armed with knowledge about these dynamics.   Hopefully, with this knowledge in hand, you will be able to formulate ideas to navigate these potentially severe cost increases.

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Equipment | Packaging Materials | Investment | Packaging Design

By: Nathan Dube
February 1st, 2022

If you are looking to redesign your packaging, you probably have various reasons to do this. Maybe you have been running a packaging line with the same materials for decades and want to upgrade to something more modern.   Or maybe your customers are calling for you to switch to a more environmentally friendly packaging material.   There are many reasons why you are thinking about redesigning your packaging. But, one thing is for sure.   Whatever your reasons are for starting the process of redesigning your packaging, you do not want to rush. And, to choose the proper elements for your new packaging, you have to take time to think about them.   There are various questions you will need to answer and several different items of consideration you should meditate upon before you commit to a redesign.   What should you think about when working on upgrading your packaging to a new design? What questions do you need to answer to make the right decision for your budget, clients, business, and brand?   Honestly, it can be a little overwhelming at the beginning. But, we will help you move through the appropriate questions and considerations that you need to ponder before moving forward.   After reading this article, you will have the tools necessary to decide if now is the time to redesign your packaging or not.

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Equipment | Investment

By: Nathan Dube
January 13th, 2022

So, you have compared single-wound shrink film to centerfold shrink film. You know which type of film that you would like to use.   You may even have use for both types of film on your packaging line. However, you are not sure if you already have the correct type of packaging machinery to run the film.   Perhaps you have used Google or another search engine to identify the proper shrink wrap sealer for the films you will be using.   You have read a few articles, but you still aren't clear on which type of machinery you need to buy or have in-house to run your chosen film.   Industrial packaging has a long history of selling this type of packaging machinery. We have a lot of information about this equipment. You can use this information to help you purchase or upgrade to the right machinery for your packaging applications.   This article will explore the shrink wrap sealers and related devices that you will need for the films mentioned above. With the information here, you will be able to identify which type of machinery is right for your shrink film packaging applications.

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Equipment | Investment

By: Nathan Dube
November 2nd, 2021

After deciding that you want to package your products in shrink film, you began your journey to find the proper packaging equipment for your product packaging needs.   You have learned that in addition to a heat tunnel and conveyors, you will also need to purchase a heat sealer. After researching the different types of heat sealers, you have decided that a side sealer is the appropriate type of heat sealer for your packaging line.   You are looking to buy a side sealer. But, you are having trouble getting pricing information. Most of the dealer's websites you have visited will not give you straightforward pricing and are attempting to force you to speak with a sales rep.   However, you are not ready to speak with a sales professional yet. You just want a solid ballpark price for a side sealer without having to talk with anyone first.   Despite your efforts, you have not been able to find this information, and you are finding this whole process to be more than a little frustrating.   Don't worry. We are here to help!   With over six decades in the packaging machinery industry, Industrial Packaging has helped countless clients find pricing for side sealing equipment.   And, we can do the same for you. This article will give you a foundational ballpark price for a side sealer.   When you have completed reading this article, you will understand how much a side sealer costs and what additional items can increase or decrease the cost of your equipment.

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Equipment | Plant Performance

By: Nathan Dube
October 28th, 2021

As a company running an in-house packaging line, you’ve got to admit that it has been a complicated couple of years.   Between months of unexpected downtime due to the COVID pandemic, the labor shortage of 2021, the ever given container ship debacle, and now the great resignation, running an in-house packaging line has been anything but easy.   It seems that your supply chain has been taking hit after hit, month after month, for some time now.   As we head closer to 2022, you want to make sure that you make the best choices for your in-house packaging line as we dive deeper into this new world and the significant changes that have come with it.   In many ways, business will never be the same again. But, for a company with an in-house packaging line, things are even harder to predict when choosing which actions should be taken to keep your production running.   But what exactly does that look like? Should you hire more line workers? Or would it be better to partially automate your packaging line? With the ever-looming complexities of COVID variants and the possibility of other unexpected black swan events, perhaps it makes more sense to fully automate. But is automation right for your business?   Truth be told, there are no simple answers to these questions. Each of the options mentioned above has its pros and cons. And those variables will undoubtedly change from one scenario to the next.   How can you be sure that you are making the right choices for the safety of your employees, clients, and business partners?   Navigating a semi-post-pandemic ecosystem may seem like an insurmountable challenge, but life and business must go on.   While we can’t predict the future, we can look back on recent events and make educated guesses about the best course of action.   With over six decades in the packaging industry, Industrial Packaging has traversed the stormy seas of change within this ecosystem to great success. And we can help your business to do the same.   This article will review your options for running an in-house packaging line in 2022 and beyond. With the information in this article, you will be able to select the best options for the safety and success of your people, products, and brands.