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Global Packaging Blog

Meal Kit Delivery Companies Keep Cool With In-House Packaging Machines

Posted on Thursday, June 22, 2017 by Nick Roelse

Meal kit home delivery services bring fresh ingredients to consumer's homes, pre-measured and ready to combine into a meal. While in transit, perishable items in meal kits must be kept cold to ensure their freshness and safety. Most meal kit companies use flexible cold packs for this purpose, and most of the time outsource their manufacture. An increasingly popular option is for these companies to bring the production and packaging of cold packs in-house, and here's why:

Packed With Potential: The Accounting Intern Experience at Viking Masek

Posted on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 by Danielle Ohl

Internships offer real-world, practical career experience in a student's field of interest. They are a way to 'try out' a vocation prior to making a commitment and are often a student's first taste of a professional environment. But what is an internship at a packaging machine manufacturer like Viking Masek really like? In this first article of our Packed With Potential series, we're pulling back the curtain on the experience of being an intern in the accounting department.

How to Prevent Arc Flash in a Packaging Environment

Posted on Thursday, June 15, 2017 by Jack Posewitz

Control Design writes that "arc flashes are the most common electrical incidents" and are "responsible for about 80% of electrical-related injuries." With an increased focus on safety in the workplace, preventing and mitigating the effects of arc flash has become increasingly important in the packaging equipment industry. Today we're taking a deeper look into the risk of arc flash events and what can be done to prevent them when working with packaging machinery.

How to Create the Perfect Seal with Automated Packaging Machines

Posted on Monday, June 12, 2017 by Danielle Ohl

Packages with faulty seals compromise your product's integrity and your company's bottom line. Inadequate seals mean that you incur additional costs for machine recalibration, rework, scrap, and clean up of spills. For perishable items, a bag with a compromised seal that slips past inspection can mean decreased shelf life, diminished product quality, increased contamination risk, and an inconvenient mess for the consumer. Here are a few ways to create a perfect seal with automated packaging equipment, every time.

8 Ways to Combat Dust in Your Automated Packaging Process

Posted on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 by Scott Miller

Dust and airborne particulates can pose a problem for even the most advanced packaging process. Products like ground coffee, protein powders, flour, and even some dry snacks and pet foods can create a fair amount of dust in your packaging environment. 

Dust emissions are most likely to occur when dry, powdered, or dusty product passes through transfer points in the packaging system. Basically, any time the product is in motion, or starts/stops motion suddenly, airborne particulates may occur. 

Here are eight features of modern packaging machinery that can help reduce or eliminate the negative affects of dust in your automated packaging line:

A Guide to Stick Pack Machines

Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2017 by Robb Leonhard

Multilane stick pack machines are used in many industries today for powder and liquid packaging. The stick pack format is popular for single-serve products which modern consumers love for their portability, convenience, and ease of use. Stick pack machines achieve high throughput and conserve valuable plant floor space. In today's article, we are walking through how a stick pack machine turns a single roll of film into multiple shelf-ready packages.

Considering Used Packaging Equipment? Read This First.

Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 by Danielle Ohl

We buy pre-owned items all the time: Cars, clothes, homes...but what about packaging equipment? There are plenty of used packaging machines available on the secondary market. It can be difficult to know how to properly evaluate used machinery, so today we are providing some recommended questions to ask the equipment seller.

A Guide to Automatic Pouch Filling Machines

Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2017 by Rick Leonhard

Automatic pouch filling machines are becoming increasingly popular today for their simplicity, ease-of-use, and the superior aesthetics of their finished product. Whether you are new to packaging automation or are considering adding premade pouch packaging to your product lineup, you are probably interested in how these machines operate. Today we are taking a step-by-step look into the processes involved in turning an empty premade pouch into a shelf-ready finished product.

5 Expert Tips for Proper Packaging Machine Maintenance

Posted on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 by Scott Miller

Maintenance of packaging equipment is critical to its longevity and performance. A well-maintained machine will serve you and your operation for many years to come. To get you started on the road to maximum throughput, here are some expert tips for proper packaging machine maintenance: 

A Guide to Vertical Form Fill Seal Machines

Posted on Thursday, May 4, 2017 by Scott Miller

Vertical form fill seal (VFFS) packaging machines are used in almost every industry today, for good reason: They are fast, economical packaging solutions that conserve valuable plant floor space. Whether you're new to packaging automation or already have multiple systems, chances are you're curious as to how they work. In this article, we are walking through how a vertical form fill seal machine turns a roll of packaging film into a shelf-ready finished bag.