Author: Bradley Dunlap

How has e-commerce impacted case sealing?

It’s no surprise that e-commerce has made a major impact on how consumers make purchasing decisions. With online retailers putting shopping at our fingertips, more and more consumer goods are being transported in single parcel shipments. This shift away from brick-and-mortar shopping towards the convenience of online shopping has driven distribution centers and packaging operations to rethink their approach to packaging. When large brick-and-mortar retail stores receive deliveries of goods to be sold, using dress shirts as an example, those products are protected by the following: Primary packaging – the plastic bag containing that neatly folded dress shirt Secondary...

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How do hot and cold environments impact case sealing?

Manufacturers and packaging line workers know that the temperature at which a case sealing operation occurs has an impact on the success – or failure – of a carton seal. This application temperature – the temperature at which packaging tape is applied – is important to consider, as extreme hot and cold temperatures can negatively affect the integrity of many tapes. In the food and beverage industries, case sealing is often done in cold environments due to the need to keep carton contents refrigerated. When the application temperature is near or below freezing, many packaging tapes fail to properly...

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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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