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8 Criteria for Sustainable Packaging

Posted by Elaine Spitz on Jun 23, 2011 5:00:00 AM

The word “sustainable” means many things to many people. The Sustainable Packaging Coalition provides a common vision and a framework of guidelines toward the improvement of packaging. According to the SPC, their definition has been widely adopted throughout the packaging industry.

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Topics: better packaging, sustainable packaging, recyclable

Better Packaging and Beach Music

Posted by Joe Spitz on Jun 21, 2011 4:56:00 AM

We can talk about better packaging, shipping and storage, and decreased carbon footprint any day. It’s summer, and I’d like to share something different, a more personal story:

My wife and I were on one of my favorite beaches recently, Nantasket Beach in Hull, MA.  My fondness is based not only on memories of lifeguarding Nantasket in the mid to late 70s, but also because it’s a public beach where on any given hot day, thousands of sunbathers will visit, so it has a bit of a honky tonk edge.  You can people-watch all day long at Nantasket, observing all sorts of characters and the interplay between fellow sun worshipers.

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Topics: better packaging, consumer products

Reliability vs. Product Defects

Posted by Joe Spitz on Jun 16, 2011 7:16:00 AM

I had the opportunity to hear the vice president of a major computer company speak about reliability and the tactics they use to achieve increased product reliability.  Because human nature strives to keep things the same and views change as uncomfortable, he emphasized that the change process was long and arduous. This VP was brought in like the new sheriff arriving in Dodge City. It was apparent he had complete executive support to change this company’s operation and design systems; in doing so he would enact a change in its culture. It worked famously. Their return has been extraordinary; they achieved tremendous increases in product reliability which led to lowered cost of goods on every level of the corporation and a stronger reputation amongst their customers.

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Topics: American manufacturing, reliability, quality, cost of goods reduction

4 Benefits to Better Packaging - Outdoor Storage

Posted by Elaine Spitz on Jun 14, 2011 4:12:00 AM

Manufacturers looking to contain costs often consider outdoor storage for unused items: large machinery and vehicles are often stored outdoors so precious warehouse space can be reserved for other items. With the right packaging, outdoor storage is the perfect cost-saving solution for many companies.

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Topics: Intercept Technology packaging, industrial packaging, shrink film, outdoor storage

Plasticizers Harm Lakes and Streams

Posted by Joe Spitz on Jun 8, 2011 6:29:00 AM

Having worked with Intercept Technology protective plastic packaging for 15 years, one of the many benefits we depict about the Intercept product line is that it does not contain volatiles. Intercept packaging is volatile free. This emphasis is important, in part, to differentiate Intercept from common corrosion protection packaging materials that do use volatiles.  Reading a recent article on the pollution sources of our lakes and streams was a revelation and provided impetus to explain:  what is the significance of the term “volatile free”; what’s the big deal?

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Topics: environmental effects of volatiles, plastic packaging waste

Packaging Industry Can Reduce World Hunger

Posted by Elaine Spitz on Jun 3, 2011 5:34:00 AM

"The food packaging industry can make a valuable contribution to reducing the wastage of food. Appropriate packaging strategies help to protect food along the value chain and to make food available to more people. Packaging preserves food, protects it from physical damage and temperature influences and makes it transportable.” At the recent Interpack 2011 trade event in Dusseldorf, Germany Christian Traumann, president of the event and chief financial officer of Multivac, acknowledged the issue of food waste as one of the most pressing problems we face worldwide.

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Topics: good packaging matters, packaging industry, world hunger, how to reduce waste

Packaging - Simple Can Be Better

Posted by Elaine Spitz on May 31, 2011 9:52:00 AM

When manufacturers first learn of the benefits of Intercept Technology™ Packaging, they have questions about which form of Intercept will work best in their manufacturing or storage facility, or for shipping their parts or products.

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Topics: corrosion, ESD, Liberty Packaging, packaging, recyclable, Static Intercept

Good Packaging - Today's Examples

Posted by Elaine Spitz on May 26, 2011 5:33:00 AM

There's much experimentation going on in the packaging world. Focus on the environment and sustainability requires reworks, better materials, and enhanced features in retail and industrial packaging to ensure the highest freshness and viability of products during shipping, storage, and in use.

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Topics: American manufacturing, consumer products, good packaging matters, retail packaging

Does Corrosion Keep You Awake? EASTEC 2011

Posted by Elaine Spitz on May 24, 2011 11:52:00 AM

We spent three days on the trade show floor at EASTEC 2011 last week and had a blast. EASTEC is hosted by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and is the largest manufacturing trade show on the East Coast. It was the most fun I've ever had at an event like this. Our philosophy on trade shows is that attendees are there to learn about new products, machinery, techniques, and procedures. We, as an exhibitor, are there to ask questions of those who may have challenges with corrosion or ESD and want a new oil-free and environmentally safe solution with packaging.

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Topics: Intercept Technology packaging, corrosion, Liberty Packaging, trade show, EASTEC

Packaging Mil Spec Clarification

Posted by Joe Spitz on May 19, 2011 5:42:00 AM

The US Military has packaging specifications to which companies packing products for military use, if so designated in their contract, should adhere.  The central document is the MIL-STD-20731E Standard Practice for Military Packaging.  This 183 page document has a great deal of information for contractors to follow, including definitions such as what is reusable, what is consumable, how to prepare the product for packaging, marking, etc.  The 2073 document also includes the methods on how to package.  For instance, Method 41 – “Watervaporproof bag, heat sealed. The item, preserved, wrapped, and cushioned as required in 5.2.3.6, shall be enclosed in a close fitting heat sealed bag conforming to MIL-DTL-117, Type I, Class E, Style 1, 2 or 3; or Type I, Class F, Style 1; or Type II, Class E, Style 1. (Note: For electrostatic protection refer to 5.2.4.1.)”. 

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Topics: how to reduce packaging waste, good packaging matters, military, protective packaging



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