packaging

September Trending Solution

The type of Shrink Film that you use can be a large contributor to how much you spend on the packaging of your product. Instead of using shrink film that may not be fitting your current needs or budget, you can make the switch to film that better suits you. Not only will the correct shrink film help you save, but it will also add appeal to the appearance of your package. Based on our large variety of Shrink Film, we can help you determine which type of film will best serve your purpose. Schedule a Free On-Site Analysis and we can help you find what shrink film you should be using to package your products.

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July Trending Solutions

Packaging your product is just as important as creating it. But, you should not be spending more time packaging it than you are producing it. You have the ability to maximize your case forming and case erecting line with higher production rates and less manual labor. With the swift motion of a semi-automatic or fully automatic case former, your productivity can increase while having the option to relocate labor to a different area. Your packaging can still be a top priority in your product, only in less time with a semi-automatic or fully automatic case former.

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All Boxed Up: Flute Box Hero (Part 3 of 3)

In a world where there are too many boxes to choose from only one can rescue you from selecting the wrong box…Flute Box Hero! Over the past two days, we’ve explored the world of corrugated boxes. From linerboard to box styles and now to flutes. No, not these flutes…

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All Boxed Up: Making Sense of All Those Acronyms (Part 2 of 3)

TBH I’m SMH with all the acronyms that pop up everywhere.  LOL  Translation: To be honest I’m shaking my head with all the acronyms that pop up everywhere.  Laugh out loud.  The other day I caught my teenager rolling her eyes at me when I told my husband, “BRB!” Translation: Be right back!  She quickly rebuked me, “Mom, not cool.  You’re not supposed to say those out loud.  Only use them in texts!”  Maybe I should have dropped a few of these corrugated carton acronyms on her: RSC, FPF or FOL. Okay, perhaps not.  If I had, there’s a chance her eyes would’ve rolled into the back of her head and stayed there. LOL

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All Boxed Up: Will That Be a Single, Double or Triple? (Part 1 of 3)

Who else besides me analyzes their package that was just delivered before you open it, while you’re opening and after you’ve opened it? Do you take the time to inspect every detail about the packaging? Then you start to form theories in your head why they sent that tiny little box of garbage liners in a 6 x 6 x 4 single-wall box, using water-activated tape to seal it and why there was 10 (yes, ten) air pillows inside to keep the garbage liners protected? Because you know, garbage liners are fragile, right?

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Glass Bottle Manufacturer Reduces Maintenance Downtime with the FoxJet SoloSeries 45 Printer

The client, an industry leader in glass bottle manufacturing, required a solution to replace their existing marking & coding equipment.  Their old equipment was becoming unreliable, causing frequent downtime for repairs which resulted in lost production time.

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Orion Flex HPD Strech Wrapper Provides 74% Material Savings and 11 Month Return-On-Investment to Plastic Extrusion Manufacturer

The client, a plastic extrusion manufacturer, was hand wrapping their 10’ long pallets. This was a labor-intensive method that caused them to use excessive amounts of stretch film and took approximately 7½ minutes to wrap each load. They required a solution that would allow them to wrap multiple pallets sizes up to 10’.

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Starview Semi-Automatic Rotary Blister Sealing Machine Provides Retail-Ready Packaging Solution

The client, a manufacturer of marine and small engine parts, was bagging all of their small engine parts for retail purchase.  Their customers asked for packaging that would allow for a retail display package, be tamper-evident and offer the ability for the finished package to hang or stand up.

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Case Forming Solution Helps Manufacturer “Pack Up” Polyurethane Components

The client, a manufacturer of polyurethane components for the heavy truck and trailer market, was previously manually forming their cartons prior to hand applying labels and feeding the cartons into an automatic case sealer. This method was time-consuming and labor intensive.

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Increase Your Productivity Rate and Reduce Your Labor Costs with the Autobag PS 125 Tabletop Bagger

The client, a manufacturer of firearm storage solutions, was manually hand packing product and display cards into bags with a bottom fold over seal.  The fold over seal had a strip that needed to be removed before sealing.  This process was extremely time consuming and labor intensive, and the client was producing only 2 to 3 packages per minutes.

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Thermal Transfer Overprinting from FlexPackPRO Provides Popcorn Manufacturer Coding Flexibility

The client, a popcorn manufacturer, was installing a new packaging line and was in need of a new Thermal Transfer Overprinting solution. They required a system that could offer a large print area, ability to change graphics and information quickly and easily integrate into their new packaging line.

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Seal-A-Tron L-Bar Sealer & Shrink Tunnel Reduces Material & Shipping Costs for Part Distributor

The client, a part distributor, was utilizing a third-party to package parts they received from overseas. They were being charged per piece, plus the cost of material. This method also resulted in the part being handled 2-3 times before it was shipped to the consumer. They required a solution begin packaging parts internally that could accommodate different part sizes and reduce their material and shipping costs.

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Signode MOD GPX Strapping Machine Reduces Downtime and Provides Flexibility to Printing Company

The client, a full-service printing company, was experiencing issues with their current strapping machine that was causing bundles of printed material to be damaged by over tensioning. The excessive tensioning produced an inordinate amount of reworks and downtime while trying to work on the aging strapping machines. They required a strapping machine that could have the flexibility to adjust the tension and provide easy serviceability should the need arise.

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Autobag 550 Bagging System Allows Co-Packer to Meet Increased Work Demand

The client, a logistics and contract packaging provider, was using flat poly bags with a tabletop impulse sealer for their kitting applications. Additionally, they were printing labels and hand applying them to the bags. They required a system to meet the increasing demand for their services, offer the ability to use multiple bags with a smooth changeover and provide an easy-to-use system for operators.

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AirPouch® Express 3 Provides Distributor 35% Cost Savings Over Kraft Paper Void-Fill

The client, a distributor in the telecommunication industry, was becoming frustrated with their current void-fill. The kraft paper was being compressed during shipment resulting in space inside the box. They required a system that would provide effective void-fill, reduce their shipping cost, and offer warehouse space savings.

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High-Performance CIJ Printers: A Closer Look at the Linx 8900 Series

The lineup of FoxJet Linx 8900 Series small character continuous inkjet (CIJ) printers offers manufacturers one of the smartest yet easiest to operate inkjet coding system on the market today. Designed for minimal interventions and maximum reliability, Linx 8900 Series users enjoy up to 18,000 hours between self-service preventative maintenance intervals, up to 100 starts and stops between printhead cleanings and eight-hour advance fluid refill warnings.

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MSSC DailyJet HP1000 Hand Coder Increases Worker Productivity for Agricultural Tech Manufacturer

The client, a manufacturer of agricultural technology products, was preprinting labels to hand apply to corrugated cartons. This method was time-consuming and labor intensive which required a regular inventory of labels.

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Pregis IntelliPack SmartBAGGER® Foam-In-Bag System Prevents Damages During Shipment

The client, a manufacturer of power transmission equipment industry, was packaging their product on a corrugated sheet contained in shrink film before placing them into a corrugated carton. This resulted in a high rate of returns dues to damages received during shipment and a decline in customer satisfaction.

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AirPouch® FastWrap™ Provides Product Protection & Saves Space for E-Commerce Retailer

The client, a farm supply store with multiple retail locations, was preparing to launch their E-Commerce business and required a protective packaging solution for shipping their products. They required a product that would protect, take up minimal storage space and a system that was easy to operate.

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Choosing a CIJ Printer: A 60-Second Analysis

Choosing a continuous inkjet (CIJ) printer can be complicated. Choosing what is right for you is always best done by working with a solutions representative. However, to get you started, it is best to know which manufacturers offer a specific key advantage you need- extended service intervals for more production time, lower maintenance costs, printing speeds, etc.

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Orion Vs. Leading Competitor: Pallet Wrapping Competition

Pallet wrapping, stretch wrapping, load wrapping- whichever you prefer to call it- is a big industry with a lot of options available. Whether you are looking for ways to reduce packaging costs, increase throughput, or reduce total cost of ownership, there are options for you. These options come from manufacturers like Orion Packaging, Wulftec, Lantech, Uline, Phoenix Packaging, ARPAC, and several more. Determining which is the best is entirely dependent on your application. However, to serve as a general reference point, we will compare the Orion Sentry with a popular competitor’s leading pallet wrapper.

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Listen…. Do You Smell Something?

It’s not uncommon for our customers to package products that have a particularly strong odor such as car fresheners, incense, food, or even animal bait. Sometimes, it is desirable for the smell to permeate through the bag so that the consumer can sample it. In other cases, the odor must be kept securely inside the bag.  The property commonly used to quantify how well a material contains an aroma is called its Oxygen Transfer Rate or OTR. OTR is the steady state rate at which oxygen gas permeates through a material at a specific temperature and humidity.

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Rising Turnover Costs in Manufacturing: Mitigation Through Automation

Employee turnover can be expensive. In fact, Josh Bersin of Deloitte believes the cost of losing an employee can range from tens of thousands of dollars to 1.5–2.0x the employee’s annual salary. These costs include hiring, onboarding, training, ramp time to peak productivity, the loss of engagement from others due to high turnover, and higher business error rates. (Altman, 2017).

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High-Speed, Low Maintenance CIJ Printing: The Linx 8940

The Linx 8940 is part of the Linx 8900 range of CIJ printers designed to make your coding life easier. With its IP65 rating (dust and washdown tight) and highest printing speeds (up to 16% faster than the Linx 8920), the Linx 8940 is designed for the most challenging coding applications. The Linx 8940 makes code creation easy with the large touch screen interface, and downtime is reduced with the self-servicing module, unique system monitoring and click-into-place fluid cartridges.

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Hytrol Conveyor Solution Keeps Electric Load Center Manufacturer’s Pallets Moving

The problem: Pallets have been hanging up in this area and not transferring to the end of the exit conveyor where fork truck drivers can pick them up. Consequently, the Fork truck drivers have to get off the truck to manually push pallets to the end of the conveyor line. These double stacked pallets can be more than 100″ tall and weigh 3,000 to 4,000 lbs.

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Lift Table “Elevates” Productivity for High Temperature Masonry Brick Manufacturer

The client, a manufacturer of high temperature masonry bricks, has a dedicated staging area in their facility to hand load bricks onto pallets for shipment.  They had to dedicate the use of a fork truck to elevate the pallets up to the proper loading height.

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Automated Packaging Systems – Poly Bagging Solutions Part 4 of 4 – Selecting the Right Poly Bag

In part one, we discussed if an automated packaging system is right for your company, along with an overview of various poly bagging systems in part two, and the different infeeds and printers for bagging systems in part three. Now, it’s time to figure out the “right” bag for your poly bagging application! What are the different materials available? Which bag dimension and thickness is best? What are your options? Let’s find out.

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Automated Packaging Systems – Poly Bagging Solutions Part 3 of 4 – Infeeds and Printers

Many of the Automated Packaging systems mentioned in part two of the Automated Packaging Systems – Poly Bagging Solutions series can be paired with different equipment to enhance the process of bagging. Here is a brief overview of the different infeeds and printers that can be added to the Automated Packaging systems.

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Automated Packaging Systems – Poly Bagging Solutions Part 2 of 4 – Overview of Different Systems

Part one of the Automated Packaging Systems – Poly Bagging Solutions 4 part series helped you decide if an automated packaging system was right for your company. This blog post will give you a brief overview of the Autobag PaceSetter PS 125 and PS 125 OneStep, Autobag AB 180, the new Autobag 850S, Autobag AB 255, and the automated SPrint SidePouch.

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Safety and Savings

Making sure a workplace is meeting safety standards can be expensive, but a good safety program can save $4 to $6 for every $1 invested.

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Automated Packaging Systems – Poly Bagging Solutions Part 1 of 4 – Should Your Company have One?

An Automated Packaging poly bagging system is designed to make your packaging process easier and more cost effective. These systems use poly bags perfed on rolls that get imprinted and filled with a wide variety of products.

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Inflatable Air Cushions “Fulfill” Protective Packaging Needs of E-Commerce Company

The client, a member of the e-commerce fulfillment industry, was previously using a paper dunnage form of protective packaging and void fill in their packaging and shipping process.

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New to Carton Closing Stapling? Here’s What You Need to Know to Get Started.

With the help of our friends at Bostitch, the following will help you identify the best carton closing stapler and carton closing staples to staple the tops and bottoms of boxes.

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Budget Friendly Solutions for Your Packaging Equipment Investment Needs

Do you have a packaging project where new equipment is needed, but the scope of the project doesn’t justify an outright purchase of new packaging equipment? Do you need to meet an increase in production, but your budget won’t allow a capital investment in new packaging equipment?

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Walking Sticks Make Easy Work of Attaching Gaylord Boxes to Pallets

When it comes to shipping and storage of bulk materials, Gaylord boxes are a commonly used product.  A Gaylord box is a triple-wall corrugated pallet box.  Before filling, Gaylord boxes are typically fastened to a pallet, for easier shipping and storage.

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Industrial Packaging: Functions and Materials

Industrial packaging includes a variety of materials, forms, applications, and equipment. There are multiple facets of industrial packaging, including Primary Packaging, Secondary Packaging, the function of each type of material, and the variety of applications in which you can utilize plastic industrial packaging.

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Ergonomics and How We Can Help

According to Merriam-Webster, ergonomics is a science that deals with designing and arranging things so that people can use them easily and safely. Although the R&D departments of manufacturers are sure to design all of their products to fit into this mold, they unfortunately don’t have the time or the resources to make sure that the correct product is being used to its greatest capacity to ensure an ergonomically sound process...

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Are Your Barcodes Readable?

Although a barcode may seem readable to the human eye, it may not be readable to a scanner. This can create a plethora of issues, and can make it very hard to track a product, or even have your customer sending the product back to you. The obvious solution to this is to make your barcodes more readable, but how do you do that?

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Which Printing Technology is Right For You?

Direct printing onto your product can potentially save costs up to 10x per year over printing onto a label. But which technology should you be using to print your barcodes and text? We analyzed four different printing technologies from FoxJet to find out which works best with certain applications.

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The Difference Between Polyester and Steel Strapping

Your shipment is about to go out, and there’s a sudden snap. One of the metal straps holding your product together and in place has broken. One of your workers sighs and goes over to replace it. As he’s removing the strap, he grabs the edge the wrong way and it cuts him. He’s bleeding, and needs medical attention...

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Overview of Stenciling vs Hand Held InkJet Printing

Marking and coding is an important part of the manufacturing process as well as throughout the supply chain process. Larger products and skids are among the products that often need to be organized, branded, numbered, or marked with codes,

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It’s All About the Tapeheads

We’ve talked in previous blogs about keeping products safe and secure once they leave the warehouse.  Good stretch film can keep products securely together on a skid, and custom products can keep everything in place while keeping your brand at the forefront of your customers mind.  Carton stapling tools are great for closing certain boxes...

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How to Understand Pre-Stretch Tests

Stretch film is there for the safety of products. That much is obvious. However, without the best stretch film available, your company can be losing money and actually decreasing your product’s safety.

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Bostitch Cordless Carton Closing

Getting your cartons closed and out the door absolutely needs to be a quick and efficient process. If your business is spending more than a few seconds just getting your cartons sealed, the process and tools your team is using needs to be examined and changed. Fortunately, Bostitch has a series of Cordless Carton Closers that can improve the durability of your packages while getting them out of your warehouse quicker, and with an added aspect of safety.

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Branding Beyond the Box

Your brand is one of the most essential parts of your business. It is a constant reminder to your customers that your company offers the best solutions, at the best time, in the best way possible. So how do you consistently prove your commitment to quality while keeping your company and your brand at the forefront of your customers mind?

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When is a label the best solution?

Even with improvements in the inkjet world on printing consistency, resolution, and barcode readability, these newer solutions are not always on par with some classic methods of labeling.

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Manufacturer of Polyurethane Components Increases Productivity with Dual-Tamp Labeling Solution

The client, a manufacturer of polyurethane components for the heavy truck and trailer market, was previously manually applying labels to their cartons before feeding the cartons into an automatic case sealer. This method was time consuming and labor intensive.

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Retail Distribution Center’s Pallet Loads are “All Wrapped Up” with Orion Stretch Wrapper Solution

The client, a distribution center for over 50 retail store locations, was previously manually applying hand grade stretch film to unitize their outgoing pallets of merchandise. This method was time consuming, labor intensive, and provided inconsistent load containment....

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Wine, Chocolate, Perfect Protective Packaging…What More Could a Girl Ask For?

After all…Valentine’s Day is coming! (Hint Hint – Just a helpful reminder for all of the guys out there!)  And to avoid any confusion, what I mean when I say “Perfect Protective Packaging”…I am talking about Storopack Perfect Protective Packaging.

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Carton Sealing Tape – A Review of Specifications May Make All the Difference in Your Carton Closing Application

When it comes to pressure sensitive packaging tape, there is a sea of options out there and deciding the best option for your application can sometimes be a daunting task. Many of you may succumb to “analysis paralysis” and go with the “vanilla” variety of the bunch...

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Productivity “In the Bag” for Sporting Industry Manufacturer

The client, a manufacturer of firearm storage solutions, was manually hand packing product and display cards into bags with a bottom fold over seal. The fold over seal had a strip that needed to be removed prior to sealing. This process was extremely time consuming and labor intensive and the client was producing only 2 to 3 packages per minute.

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Ways to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle in Your Packaging & Fastening Process

November 15th was America Recycles Day so it seems fitting to provide businesses with some ideas that may help them reduce, reuse, and recycle in their industrial packaging and fastening processes.

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Pallet Unitizing: The Different Types of Pallets and How to Protect Them

Using strapping material to secure pallets has been around for forever. Using stretch wrapping as a method to unitize pallets really came on board in the 70’s. It has since changed the way that people unitize pallets and can be a huge asset to any company. The whole key to determining the best approach to take with stretch wrapping is the size, weight and shape of the customer’s product on the pallet.

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2 Questions to Ask Yourself about Protective Packaging

Protective packaging can be something that people who package or ship an item may work with all the time, but give very little thought to. The problem that most people run into is deciding which type of protective packaging they should use. Some people just continue using whatever the person before them used and others just pick the first thing they come across...

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3 Things You Should Know About Carton Closing

There are a variety of ways to close and seal a carton. The method that you choose to close the cartons in your packaging process can greatly affect the condition of the product when it arrives to your customer...

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Is There a Difference in Strapping Joint Strength?

A question that we hear a lot here at the R.V. Evans Company when discussing strapping is; “Is there a difference in joint strength between strapping materials?” This is often times brought on by the difference in appearance between steel strap and polyester strap.

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4 Benefits of a Stretch Wrapping Machine vs Hand Wrapping

There is a fairly good chance that if you were to ask someone that works in a warehouse packaging/shipping department, what the worst job was, the answer would be stretch wrapping pallets by hand.

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Carton Forming and Corrugated

There are many different options that the corrugated industry provides to meet the needs of a business. However, factors that can negatively affect corrugated are often times overlooked by companies...

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Sustainability in Packaging

The word sustainability in packaging can often times be a scary one. Most manufacturers see it as an overwhelming endeavor and choose to not approach it for fear of failing. The important thing to remember, however, is that attaining sustainability in packaging is not a one-time feat. It is an on-going process and takes time.....

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Bar Code Printing

One of the most commonly applied bar code in packaging is the GTIN-14 Interleaved 2 of 5 (also known as I 2 of 5). A few features about GTIN-14 I 2 of 5...

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4 Ways to Reduce Packaging Costs and Increase Productivity

“Stretch wrappers are one of the easiest pieces of machinery to cost justify, use, and maintain,” Mark Collins, Vice President of Sales at Orion Packaging, said. A majority of the cost justification comes from both material and labor cost savings. Stretch film is designed and engineered to be stretched (obviously). The interesting part is just …

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Foxjet Success Story: Food & Beverage Industry

This Food & Beverage industry customer was using print and apply label applicators prior to installing the Foxjet System. They were experiencing maintenance issues with the applicators that caused production delays along with high label and ribbon costs.

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