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Increase Efficiency with an Automatic Packing Machine...

Posted by , on Jan, 2017

If your small business is growing a bit faster than you imagined, it’s great news. Yet, it may create problems you had not anticipated, as well. If you find that you’re getting behind on getting orders out the door, it’s important to tackle this problem head on. Getting a reputation for poor customer service and slow order delivery will take a toll on your business. There are several ways to speed up the distribution and shipping option. All of these will require some sort of investment on your part. First, it’s important to determine where the process gets bogged down. For many companies, it’s in the packaging of the product. If this is also where your process fails, you can either hire more employees to allow more packaging each day, or you can consider automating your packaging process. A simple, standalone automatic packing machine might do the trick. Or, you might consider a packing machine that can become a component of your existing manufacturing line. With the use of an automatic packing machine, you can significantly increase the quantity of orders you can pack in a day, without adding to your staff. In the long run, the automatic packing machine will cost less, because it can begin improving your process from the very first day, and because it has very little overhead to maintain once purchased. Additional staff requires training time and then has regular overhead costs such as salary, vacation and benefits. Talk to your distributor to see the options in automatic packing machines. There are many different choices, depending upon your business, your process and your budget. You can feel comfortable that your packing machine will pay for itself in no time by increasing the efficiency of your packing and shipping process. Be the first to like. Like...

A Brief History Of The Folding Box

Posted by , on Jul, 2016

In today’s world of consumer goods, packaging is the norm rather than the exception. Everything comes in some form of packaging. Marketing mavens have come up with a thousand different ways to present their goods; However, they would never have made it out of the gate if it hadn’t been for the invention of the folding box. This innocuous object changed the way people packaged items, including those they were planning to take with them on a move. The Beginnings The roots of this particular invention are ties to the discovery of cardboard. As in the case of paper, the genius behind cardboard was the Chinese. They created it from mulberry tree bark sometime during the Han Dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE). When trade opened up to the Western countries, this, together with silk, spices and other objects made its way to Europe. Probably in use by various European countries by the 15th century, cardboard was not employed in a box format. It acted as packaging material. It fact, it did not become a carton or box until the early 19th century. Its first known appearance as such was as a container for a popular German war strategy board game – “The Game of Besieging” in 1817. The Box Takes Off The 19th century was one of technological advancements and creations. Folding box legends state that Malcolm Thornhill, an English industrialist, was the first individual to produce a “single-sheet cardboard box.” He is said to have used it for commercial enterprises, but no documentary evidence of any such incident or product exists to support this claim. Instead, the actual inventors, Edward Allen and Edward Healey of England were the first to patent their version of a fluted, corrugated paper linerboard in 1856. They recognized the value of cardboard for protecting tall hats in their boxes. This idea was later borrowed by an American industrialist in 1871. Albert Jones of New York patented his version. However, it was not until 1874, when Oliver Long, another American industrialist, took the idea one-step further and introduced double-side corrugated boxes. When Robert Gair, a Brooklyn, New York printer, developed a machine that could mass-produce and pre-cut, pre-creased corrugated cardboard boxes, he provided the final link that would make cardboard containers readily accessible for the commercial market. Although his product initially was suited for smaller items such as toothpaste, tea and cosmetics, customers soon became aware of the potential for them to contain larger items. The first to do so was the National Biscuit Company (Nabisco). After that, the cardboard box never was to look...

What is Modified Atmosphere Packaging?

Posted by , on Apr, 2016

Many foods today are processed by a method known as modified atmosphere packaging or MAP. It provides several benefits to both food processors and the consumer, and although it is nothing new it is partly responsible for the wide range of fresh food products we enjoy today. Let’s look a little closer at MAP to see how it works and why it is beneficial. The MAP Process The main purpose behind the process is to provide the best blend of three gasses, nitrogen, carbon dioxide and oxygen. This requires a special gas mixture which has been specially developed for MAP processing. In order to maintain the specially produced atmosphere, foil and plastic films are utilized. They can be in the form of bags, trays or other containers. How MAP-Works? As foods age, they can change color, collect odors and taste can be seriously altered. In addition, when a food becomes spoiled it can get rancid and this is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and mold. When foods are placed in a controlled atmosphere, the process of aging is slowed down. This helps to limit spoilage. Modified atmosphere packaging allows food to breathe properly and helps to preserve the taste and visual appeal. It is often used for produce, cheeses, prepared and baked goods and dried and cured foods. The main purpose is to increase the shelf life of the products. MAP Benefits There are a number of benefits to MAP. For example: Longer shelf life means less work for those stocking the foods. Less waste is created and there is considerably less spoilage to deal with. Very few preservatives (or none) are added to the processed foods. This helps to maintain a fresh and natural taste and this is more appealing to consumers concerned about food additives. Products are effectively sealed so leakage and odors are not a problem. Containers can be easy to stack which requires less storage or warehouse space. Distribution costs are lowered considerably because products last longer and need to be replaced less frequently. Products are produced in highly visible packages making them more appealing. Map Disadvantages Cost – it costs more to pack foods under a controlled atmosphere Initial startup costs are higher for businesses If products become torn or damaged, they lose all the benefits of processing. Thanks to the many benefits of modified atmosphere packaging, we have a greater selection of foods which are tastier and more appealing to the senses. All the good things about the process far outweigh the few downsides. Be the first to like. Like...

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