Author: Bradley Dunlap

What are the benefits of Water-Activated Tape?

Odds are, if you have ordered something online, you have seen water-activated tape. Water-Activated Tape (WAT) is popular among retailers for e-commerce carton sealing because of its reliability in single parcel manual case sealing operations. Take a look at the benefits – and how WAT differs from traditional packaging tapes. Find a Water-Activated Tape for your packaging operation at...

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Does tape tab length matter?

In both automated and manual carton sealing applications ensuring a reliable case seal, while also limiting tape waste can be a balancing act. One way to achieve both is to determine and apply the proper tape tab length. When we say, “tab length,” we are referring to the length of tape that folds over the edges and adheres to the sides of a carton. This section of tape is critical for ensuring that a carton remains sealed throughout its journey through the supply chain – but it can also be a pesky source of tape waste. Tabs that are...

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Mission: Packaging 2017 – Challenge Ten: Dear Packaging Student

For their final mission, we like to ask our Mission: Packaging students to share some nuggets of wisdom that they have gleamed during the year and would like to pass on to the next class of packaging students. Whether they developed a stronger passion for the packaging industry or discovered a new avenue in the industry that suits their interests, Caroline, Tristen, and Kari gained valuable insight into their future careers. One central theme was reflected in each of their responses: the most important thing for up and coming packaging professionals is to love what you do. Congratulations to...

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What is wash-down?

In the food and beverage industry, wash-down refers to the process of cleaning manufacturing and processing equipment using a high-pressure spray of water and/or chemicals. This is an important process because it kills bacteria and other contaminants to sanitize the surfaces that food products may come in contact with during packaging and shipping. It is important to consider wash-down when investing in packaging equipment because your machinery needs to be able to withstand the corrosive nature of frequent wash-downs without becoming damaged. Equipment utilizing stainless steel resists corrosion and pitting caused by the water and cleaning agents often used...

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Mission: Packaging 2017 – Challenge Nine: 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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