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  1. How To Accurately Measure Low WVTR
    4/5/2016

    Organic light emitting diodes (OLED) is a light emitting technology used to make flexible electronic displays and lighting. They are constructed by placing two or three layers of organic material in between a cathode and an anode. When an electrical current is applied, the organic material gives off light.

  2. Testing Oxygen Permeation Of Capsule Seals
    4/5/2016

    Capsules such as those used in pharmaceutical products are critical in ensuring the shelf life of the medications they contain. Many of the next generation of pharmaceutical drugs are highly oxygen-sensitive, so a capsule that allows too much oxygen to permeate in will decrease their shelf life and make them unsafe or ineffective. Therefore, it is essential to test both the material used to make these capsules as well as the finished capsules to ensure that the oxygen transmission rate (OTR) is within the desired limit.

  3. Packaging Machine Speed Is Easy, Capacity Is Difficult, Output Is Hard
    4/4/2016

    Packaging machine speed is easy to calculate. Just count products out, divide by time, and you have instantaneous speed per minute. In theory, you should be able to multiply by 480 to get output per shift. In reality, that instantaneous speed probably doesn't match shift output. During the shift, the machine may have stopped. That may be because the operators went to lunch, because the upstream or downstream machine stopped, because it had its own problems, or a host of other reasons. What you are really interested in is output: how many pallets can you get on the truck at the end of the day? This is related to speed, but is not the same thing.

  4. Fixed Gas Detector Calibration Kits Datasheet
    4/1/2016

    All gas sensors must be calibrated to on-site environmental conditions once installation is complete.

  5. Total Cost Of Ownership: Analysis For Capital Packaging Equipment Purchasing
    3/14/2016

    Minimizing capital cost is a common strategy for purchasing packaging line equipment. But, operating costs can offset that strategy. This article details the full picture of purchasing packaging line equipment.

  6. How Much Does That Packaging Machine Cost?
    3/14/2016

    This sounds like a simple question, no? Don't be fooled; it is actually a quite complex one and you need to know that if you don't know how much a machine costs, it is very easy to spend too much money on one.

  7. Understanding The Impact Of Digital Printing On Flexible Package Laminating
    3/8/2016

    Digital printing is an emerging print technology for flexible food packaging that’s enabling brand owners and converters to effectively deliver shorter run lengths, improve shelf appeal, and meet speed-to-market demands. There are several digital technologies in the market, but presses that require attention to detail regarding the packaging design, especially the adhesives, are emerging as the dominant technology. Selecting the proper laminating adhesive is imperative to the integrity of the packaging structure, preventing tunnels, leaks, and other packaging defects. It also impacts the substrate choice, which will affect chemical migration.

  8. The Packaging Landscape: Global Trends & Regional Factors Impacting Demand, Packaging Machinery, And Market Growth
    2/12/2016

    Here is what you need to know: the global packaging market is sustaining growth. According to Smithers Pira, the 2015 global packaging market was valued at about $400 billion. Growth underlines a shift in balance toward emerging markets, such as BRIC. North America showed a moderate increase from the prior year and is valued at $108 billion. Food packaging is the largest segment, accounting for 51 percent of the total market value. Beverage packaging accounts for 18 percent, followed by 6 percent for pharmaceutical.

  9. Improving Shelf Life With Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP)
    2/11/2016

    Tulip, one of Denmark’s leading producers of processed food for the domestic and export market, produces around 90 tons of sausages each day. A large proportion of these – about 60 tons a day – is packaged under a modified atmosphere of carbon dioxide and nitrogen to keep the product fresh and improve its shelf life. This case study shows how the company improved its efficiency by installing a Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) system.

  10. On-Line Gas Analyzer Improves Shelf Life For Meat Processing Company
    2/11/2016

    Bye-bye manual testing: Replaced by new on-line gas analyzer. This case study examines how a meat processing company made the switch from manually and randomly testing of its packages five times each day to an on-line headspace analyzer for its Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) products.