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Global Packaging Blog

Why You Should be Measuring Overall Equipment Effectiveness

Posted on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by Scott Miller

There seem to be a million ways evaluate the performance of your packaging machinery. You can measure the efficiency of your line, its throughput, if the equipment is operating at maximum speed, and so on. These data points give you a measure of a piece of the system but not necessarily an overall view of how effective the equipment is. This is where Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) calculations step in to provide a big picture view of your packaging machinery peformance. In today's post, we explore OEE common terms, factors that affect OEE, and walk through an example of how to calculate Overall Equipment Effectiveness.

5 Questions to Ask your Packaging Machine Manufacturer About Service & Maintenance

Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2017 by Scott Miller

Whether you are just starting to investigate automated packaging equipment or already have ten full systems, it is always a good idea to assess your equipment maintenance and service needs. Here are 5 questions to ask your packaging OEM about their maintenance programs and service offerings.

What Should a Packaging Machine Inspection Involve?

Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 by Scott Miller

A regularly scheduled machine inspection should be an integral part of your packaging machine maintenance program. Similar to check-ups at the doctor, your machinery needs the same attention to ensure it will serve you well for many years, even decades, to come.

Packaging Equipment FAQs: How Fast Can the Machine Run?

Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2017 by David Dortman

"How fast does it go?"

Similar to shopping for cars, when consumers begin shopping around for packaging machines, they suddenly 'feel the need for speed', especially when they see how fast the top-performing models can go. Often clients think that faster equals better in the packaging equipment world. This is not always the case.

What is Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) and Should You Consider It?

Posted on Monday, November 21, 2016 by Danielle Ohl

Fresh. Natural. Preservative-free. These buzzwords used to describe food and beverage products are no longer just a passing trend, but are becoming the standard. Consumers demand fresh products that involve minimal processing, yet also desire them to have extended shelf lives. Busy consumers don't have time to stop at the grocery store everyday, and suburbanization has made the convenient neighborhood market a thing of the past. Food and beverage producers must supply their products to an increasingly globalized market, necessitating longer shelf stability for their products. Because of this, modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) has become increasingly popular for extending the shelf life of fresh items. So what is MAP and how do you know if it's right for your product?

Q&A With a Flexible Packaging Material Expert: Top 6 Questions Answered

Posted on Thursday, October 20, 2016 by Danielle Ohl

When it comes to perfecting your flexible packaging process, selection of proper packaging equipment and materials go hand in hand. As a packaging equipment manufacturer, we consider ourselves experts in the arena of machinery. But when it comes to packaging materials, film, and premade bags, we turn to our trusted expert source. Today we are doing a Q&A session with Wayne Shilka, VP of Innovation and Technical Support at Eagle Flexible Packaging, who will answer the top 6 questions they receive relating to flexible packaging materials.

FSMA Compliance Dates Are Here: What To Expect

Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 by Danielle Ohl

As of September 19, 2016, larger businesses must comply with certain new standards of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) set by the FDA. These new rules affect both human and animal food companies. The FSMA was drafted as a preventative and proactive measure to reduce risk and increase food and beverage manufacturer accountability when it comes to foodborne illness. The FDA reports that "48 million people (1 in 6 Americans) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die each year from foodborne diseases, according to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention." This issue is largely preventable, and the FSMA was drafted to officially establish and enforce prevention and accountability efforts.

Flexible Packaging Bag Style Spotlight: Pillow Bag

Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 by Rick Leonhard

The pillow bag was given its name because - you guessed it - it closely resembles a pillow. Simple, versatile, and economical, the pillow bag remains the most popular and widely used flexible packaging bag style today. The pillow bag is applicable to almost all industries and applications, from coffee to chips to soup. But is it right for your particular packaging project? Read on to find out.

Flexible Packaging Bag Style Spotlight: Doypack

Posted on Friday, September 2, 2016 by Rick Leonhard

You may not know it by its trademarked name, the Doypack, but you see this type of stand up pouch everyday. Containing anything from candy to soup to detergent to pet food, this popular packaging format is designed to stand alone unassisted and differentiates itself from typical flexible packaging bag styles for that reason. The Doy bag is its own billboard, providing a great canvas for marketing and having much greater shelf visibility than packages that must lay flat. This stand-up bag is loved by manufacturers and consumers alike because of its convenience, functionality, and pleasing aesthetic properties. 

Liquids Packaging Essentials: 3 Important Details You Must Know

Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 by Robb Leonhard

Whether it is sauces with or without particulates, thick creams and gels, or even water, liquids packaging is quick, clean, and easy using both VFFS flexible packaging machinery and premade pouch filling equipment. When it comes to packaging of liquids, there are three main things your packaging equipment manufacturer or equipment integrator needs to know to provide the best packaging solution for your application.