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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

Better Packaging Saves Money

Posted by Elaine Spitz on May 16, 2011 6:36:00 AM

Choosing good packaging can save manufacturers of equipment, metals, machinery, electronics, parts, optics, and other items time, space, labor expense, reworks, waste, and money. And it can increase quality and reliability. Good packaging can be the difference between disposing of your entire product before the end of its expected life, or installing a few well protected replacement parts and enjoying the use of your product for its full life. Properly packaged small parts or large machinery can sit on shelf or even in outdoor storage for months or years until needed. If I'm being honest (to quote Simon Cowell) isn't it really all about money?

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Topics: manufacturers, how to reduce packaging waste, labor cost, cost of goods reduction

Intercept Packaging at EASTEC 2011 May 17 - 19

Posted by Elaine Spitz on May 12, 2011 4:58:00 AM

We're enthusiastic about our upcoming appearance as an exhibitor at EASTEC 2011 at the Eastern States Expo facility (home of The Big E) in Springfield, MA next week. Sponsored by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, EASTEC 2011 – the East Coast's largest annual manufacturing event – is centered on five exhibit categories: Design, Engineering, and Rapid Technologies; Tooling, Workholding and Machining Accessories; Automation, Quality and Process Improvement; Plant, Energy, and Environmental Efficiency; and Precision Manufacturing Equipment and Systems.

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Topics: Intercept Technology packaging, American manufacturing, Liberty Packaging, EASTEC

4 Failure Modes Affecting Electronics

Posted by Joe Spitz on May 10, 2011 5:49:00 AM

Where the icky brown rusty corrosion is easy to see on ferrous metals (steels; iron based), corrosion on non-ferrous metals is less visually intrusive, but may be more debilitating.  The electronics industry uses both ferrous and non-ferrous metals in their manufacturing.  Many of the chassis and support structures may be made of steel, but the conductive non-ferrous metals used for electron pathways are typically copper, silver, aluminum, and/or their alloys.

Here are four problems that can occur from corrosive reactions to the non-ferrous metals in electronics and their assemblies:

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Topics: corrosion, reliability, labor cost, reduce costs, quality assurance, electronics corrosion

Environmental Schadenfreude - Do You Feel It?

Posted by Elaine Spitz on May 5, 2011 4:01:00 AM

According to Merriam-Webster's online dictionary, schadenfreude is "enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others"; a certain sense of superiority to those whom one deems less fortunate. It's rife in the world of eco, reduce, reuse, recycle, earth-friendly sustainability. If you don't follow the prescription (and there are many from which to choose), you must hate the earth. The purported ignorance or carelessness of those who don't reduce, reuse, recycle exactly the way we do causes us to feel the schadenfreude.

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Topics: packaging labels, reduce

6 Reasons Manufacturers Choose Packaging

Posted by Joe Spitz on May 2, 2011 4:59:00 AM

When choosing packaging materials to wrap industrial items, a manufacturer must decide what the chosen packaging material does for them. Treat this packing materials choice like any other purchase for the business or home - what benefits will you receive from the product and will it provide the value you anticipate.

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Topics: manufacturers, protective oils, reasons for packaging, guitar string packaging, cost of goods reduction, supply chain safety net

Packaging Waste: Do Consumers Care?

Posted by Elaine Spitz on Apr 28, 2011 4:31:00 AM

According to a recent L.A. Times article, Wasteful Packaging: Do consumers care?, fewer American consumers now believe they should be responsible for recycling packaging materials than they did in 2009. This seems counter-intuitive to me considering all the public discourse about packaging waste available on a daily basis. On Twitter and StumbleUpon, in blog posts and news articles, there is much ado about packaging and packaging waste. Driving through my neighborhood on trash pickup day I see evidence that, at least locally, people are recycling more and throwing away less.

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Topics: consumer products, recycling packaging



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