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The Do’s and Don’ts of Installing a Shrink Wrap Machine into an Existing Line

Posted on January 5 2017 by Jarlath Harkin

Preparing to upgrade your shrink wrap machine and install it into an existing packaging line may seem straightforward, but it can potentially lead to delays if not approached correctly.

Before deciding on any new packaging equipment, you first need to evaluate how the machine will affect your entire packaging process and whether it may also be time to reassess the overall design and style of your packaging. If you decide the time is right, here are some guidelines to follow when preparing for a new shrink wrap machine:

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This entry was posted in Packaging System Upgrades

6 Factors that Affect the Return on Investment (ROI) of a Double Tight Wrap Shrink Bundling Machine

Posted on October 18 2016 by Jarlath Harkin

Prior to a purchasing a new shrink bundling packaging machine, many production engineers must identify the benefits and justify the cost, otherwise known as Return on Investment (ROI). When calculating it for EDL’s signature  Double Tight Wrap System there are many misconceptions that can affect the shrink bundler’s ROI if not understood and calculated properly.   
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5 Tips for Transitioning from Rigid to Flexible Packaging

Posted on September 23 2016 by Jarlath Harkin

According to the Flexible Packaging Association 2016 State of the Flexible Packaging Industry report, flexible packaging is forecasted to grow 2.1% to 31.6 Billion during 2016.  Its unique features compared to rigid packaging make it widely appealing to consumers of a wide range of products. In addition, its flexible format can translate into a smaller footprint, which reduces transportation costs for manufacturers. 

If you’re considering transitioning your current ridged primary packaging line to flexible packaging, considering the following five tips can help increase the project’s overall success.

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This entry was posted in Packaging System Upgrades, Flexible Packaging

3 Considerations You Should Take into Account When Calculating the ROI of a Shrink Wrap Machine

Posted on August 11 2016 by Jarlath Harkin

While it is desirable to calculate return on investment (ROI) when looking to justify an automated packaging machine, it is not always possible. Oftentimes the value of a packaging machine is achieved in the feeling or attitude the new equipment generates. Here are three considerations that should be taken into account when ROI is challenging to identify and quantify for a new shrink wrap machine.

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This entry was posted in Packaging System Upgrades

How Ancillary Components Impact Packaging Line Efficiency

Posted on June 23 2016 by Jarlath Harkin

When designing a new packaging line or retooling an existing one, the emphasis is understandably on the major packaging functions and related capital equipment. In fact, the amount of attention paid to investigating, specifying and selecting a particular piece of machinery is roughly proportionate to the financial investment for that component relative to the overall project.

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This entry was posted in Packaging Line Efficiency, Equipment Purchasing, Project Planning

Controlling Labor Costs on Automated Secondary Packaging Equipment

Posted on May 6 2016 by Jarlath Harkin

On today’s highly automated and flexible secondary packaging equipment, it’s not unusual to find several or even dozens of mechanical and electronic adjustment points to accommodate repeated product changeovers. However, on older machines and lines where new products are frequently introduced, oftentimes operators rely on their experience rather than defined settings to change over a machine from one product to another. This practice is not effective in terms of labor time spent on setting up and operating a machine, line efficiency and/or the quality of packages produced.

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This entry was posted in Packaging System Upgrades, Project Planning, Cost Savings

Moving Secondary Packaging Materials to Point of Use Comes at a (Hard and Soft) Cost

Posted on March 30 2016 by Jarlath Harkin

In selecting secondary packaging methods, or identifying opportunities for improvement of current processes, the cost of getting materials to the point of use are of significant concern. However, it’s often only the “hard” costs of supplying those materials that are considered when determining what methods to use, despite the impact “soft” costs may have on the bottom line.

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This entry was posted in Equipment Purchasing, Project Planning

Is It Time To Reconsider Your LDPE Film Options for Secondary Packaging?

Posted on March 10 2016 by Jarlath Harkin


In the past, “no replacement for displacement” was the default response to secondary packaging challenges wherein LDPE films were underperforming. As a result, film gauge would often be increased to provide more protection or containment.

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This entry was posted in Packaging System Upgrades, Project Planning

Can Shrink Bundling Really Beat Corrugate for Stability?

Posted on January 22 2016 by Jarlath Harkin

While it may seem counterintuitive, there are many circumstances where shrink bundling with LDPE delivers increased stability compared to corrugate shipping containers — while also delivering material cost savings and environmental benefits.

The biggest stability challenge with corrugate shipping containers arises when excess headspace within the box—along with external factors such as moisture or overtight pallet stretch wrap—cause the container to become compromised. While one way to overcome this issue would be to increase the container’s board strength and/or corrugate style, doing so will add even more cost to the secondary packaging.

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This entry was posted in LDPE, Shrink Bundling Systems

How Shrink Bundling Fits Into 3 Up-and-coming Pouch and Bag Trends

Posted on December 17 2015 by Jarlath Harkin

It’s a pretty exciting time to launch projects involving products packaged in bags and pouches. The overwhelming consumer acceptance of, and continued demand for, flexible packaging is driving its advancement at a blistering pace.

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This entry was posted in Double Tight Wrap, Flexible Packaging, Bags and Pouches