Author: Bradley Dunlap

Mission: Packaging 2017 – Mission 9: Alum Interview

With the end of the year approaching, and only two challenges remaining in our Mission: Packaging program, we asked our students to seek the wisdom of those who came before them – that is, packaging studies graduates from their universities. Each student interviewed an alumna to seek out the nuggets of wisdom that comes with hindsight and experience, in the hopes of learning something about what to expect from their future career in packaging. Take a look at what they gleamed: Caroline: Gaining Insight It’s important to gain as much insight as possible about the Packaging Industry prior to...

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How should packaging tape be stored?

A roll of tape is susceptible to damage before it even gets to the packaging line. The proper storage of packaging tape can make the difference between a strong carton seal and tape failure that leads to downtime and costly reworks. Automated packaging lines use large, 1,000-2,000-yard rolls of tape. Due to the weight of these rolls, it is best to store them laying flat on their sides – just like they are packaged – in order to prevent misshaping. Avoid standing the rolls upright; this can cause them to lose their roundness and develop a flat side, which...

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Mission: Packaging 2017 – Mission 8: Common Mistakes

True packaging pros are aware of common issues that can wreak havoc on their packaging line and know what corrective actions to take when challenges arise. As they study to become experts in their fields, our Mission: Packaging students took on the task of discovering some of the real world issues that manufacturers and packaging pros face every day. Follow along to find out what Caroline and Tristen learned: Caroline: Maintaining Seal Security The process behind packaging a product is a multi-step process where the final product is handled and packaged using both automated and manually controlled machinery. Products...

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How is packaging tape tested for performance?

Before it’s ready to hit the shelves, packaging tape must pass a series of rigorous tests to ensure that it can meet the demands of the job it was designed for and maintain a strong hold without failing. Many test methods exist, but the major test methods are performed during the Physical Testing and Application Testing processes of the tapes. Performance testing of packaging tape is regulated by the Pressure Sensitive Tape Council (PSTC) and the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM). These organizations set the standards for quality testing for tape manufacturers. Physical testing examines the tape’s...

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Mission: Packaging 2017 – Mission 7: Seal Security in E-commerce

E-commerce has boomed over the past decade, and the trend won’t be slowing down! According to BigCommerce.com, e-commerce is growing 23% year-over-year, and 67% of Millennials reportedly prefer shopping online versus shopping in brick-and-mortar retail stores. With more and more people shopping online and more businesses offering online retail, the packaging industry has needed to adjust to accommodate more single-parcel shipping and ensure secure carton seals.  E-commerce has boomed over the past decade, and the trend won’t be slowing down! According to BigCommerce.com, e-commerce is growing 23% year-over-year, and 67% of Millennials reportedly prefer shopping online versus shopping in brick-and-mortar...

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