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The future of the Stand-Up Pouch

Posted by on Mon, Apr 6th, 2015 at 4:48 pm

PCI Films Consulting Ltd. has released a report showing the growth of the stand-up pouch in flexible packaging. Stand-up pouches currently have a global demand of 80 billion units, with a growth rate estimated at 5-8 percent per year. The US market only has increased by 50% in the last 5 years.

A number of factors are pushing the growth of the stand-up pouch market.

  • machinery improvements in terms of speed and ability to incorporate items such as zippers
  • improvements in barrier films
  • environmental benefits such as lower storage costs
  • consumer convenience
  • light weight
  • easy to open
  • increase of eating and drinking on the go
  • attractiveness to retailers
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Why work in a flat world if packaging isn’t: 3-D Packaging Proofs

Posted by on Mon, Apr 6th, 2015 at 4:45 pm

When it comes to the design of your packaging, there are a dozen questions.

Conceptually:

  • Will this package sell my product?
  • Who is my package targeting
  • Does my packaging portray the message of my product and brand

Functionality:

  • Will it hold my product
  • Will it protect my product
  • Is it user friendly

Tri-Cor now has the ability to produce 3-D packaging prototypes. The 3-D Packaging prototype allow us to show our clients an accurate virtual mock-up of their product.

The Benefits of of 3-D Prototypes

  1. Check for mistakes before making printing plates
  2. Allows you to fit artwork better to shape.
  3. Shorten artwork approval cycle
  4. Check for panel misalignments
  5. Spot structural mistakes
  6. Create the perfect back-match
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Increase your presence with printed lumber covers

Posted by on Mon, Apr 6th, 2015 at 4:28 pm

Lumber covers ward off the elements during outdoor storage and shipping and are produced with UV inhibitors and low slip surfaces. (UV inhibitors are chemical additives that are added to plastic which help to retard the damaging effects of ultraviolet light to the plastic). Available in numerous film colors and as both monolayer and co-extruded products, our lumber covers are tailored to your exact load dimensions. And with our array of printing capabilities, your lumber covers can reinforce your company’s image and communicate product descriptions, instructions and other messages.

Why have printed lumber covers?

When your company logo is printed on lumber covers your brand image is displayed during shipping, storage, at a location like home depot, even on a job site. You will increase your exposure tremendously with great advertising.

Top reasons for lumber covers:

  • You keep your product protected from harsh weather
  • They protect against vandalism and theft
  • Covers send the message that you care about the products and that your products are worth protecting
  • Displaying your logo is always good business
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Protective Slip Sheets save you money

Posted by on Mon, Apr 6th, 2015 at 4:12 pm

Protective Slip Sheets: The cost effective alternative to fiber slip-sheets.

Protective slip sheets save you room in your warehouse and space in your shipping cost. Plastic slip sheets take up significantly less space than fiber slip-sheets and wood pallets. A 5” pallet takes up 80 times more space than a 1/16” slip-sheet.

Plastic protective slip sheets are die cut flat sheets which are utilized in handling, storage, and shipping of goods. The replace traditional pallets and fiber slip sheets. Plastic slip sheets allow you to move packaged goods for less. You will be able to ship more product, in less space, and reduce overall freight cost associated with packaging.

Plastic slip sheets compared to fiber slip sheets:

  • Stronger
  • Secures load better
  • Slides easier on floor
  • Moisture resistant
  • Insect, bacteria and fungi resistant
  • Longer life
  • Few tab failures
  • 100% recyclable
  • Saves valuable storage space
  • More reliable in automated systems
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Advantages of Protective Slip Sheets

Posted by on Mon, Apr 6th, 2015 at 4:10 pm

Our protective slip sheets are used for heavy-duty applications, and is specifically formulated to provide maximum durability in harsh environments.

The key advantages of protective slip sheets:

  • Long durability
  • light weight
  • High strength, tear, and puncture resistance
  • Non-slipper surface
  • Can be stored and used in all humid environments
  • Space saving, waterproof, environmentally friendly
  • Cost effective
  • Couls be cut from a roll to fit desired size
  • Reusable, sustainable 100% recycled content

A protective slip sheets deliver packagers value thanks to these features:

  • Skid and pallet proection sheet cover
  • Divider sheets for packaged sku
  • Top and bottom cover sheet
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Types of Compostable and Biodegradable Plastic Bags

Posted by on Mon, Apr 6th, 2015 at 4:06 pm
  • Cornstarch Bags: Almost half of the biodegradable poly bags use cornstarch incorporated into the plastic. The cornstarch component will begin to decay when exposed to a microbe rich environment. This breaks the plastic into tiny pieces.
  • Photo Sensitive Bags: These bags are designed to decay with prolonged exposure to the ultra violet rays in sunlight.
  • Oxo-Biodegradable Bags: These bags are among the most economical to manufacture and the most effective to use. They are completely biodegradable. This happens in a two-step process. First, the bag is oxidized by prolonged exposure to the oxygen in the air. After that, the oxidized fragments convert into carbon dioxide, a harmless biomass and water.
  • Bags Using Aliphatic Technology: Somewhat similar to using starch to encourage nature to deconstruct poly bags, Ailphatic poly bags also rely on microbes to breakdown the bag into its constituent molecules.

Stand-up Pouches, Bags, Printed Pallet Covers all on Pinterest!

Posted by on Mon, Apr 6th, 2015 at 3:27 pm

If you follow us on twitter you know we jumped on the band wagon and joined pinterest! I’ve had a personal pinterest account for a while now, and I am borderline obsessed with it. I’ve planned my friends weddings, redecorated my house, and made the most amazing meals all on this virtual pin board. What has been most beneficial for me though has been the ability to learn and be exposed to really interesting, and innovative products. I thought it would it be a great tool to display some of my favorite packages, pouches, bags, printed pallet cover advertising, and innovative packaging solutions. Each day I am “pinning” a new product, called our packaging of the day, something that caught my eye. Every Friday I will recap my favorites on the blog. So make sure to check us out on twitter and pinterest.

Can the packaging of a product matter more than what is inside?

Posted by on Mon, Apr 6th, 2015 at 3:21 pm

Can the packaging of a product matter more than what is inside?

I gravitate towards the candy bag with the mouth watering picture of chocolate on the front, the decedent truffles that seem to pop off the packaging right at me. My daughter, she isn’t as interested in how this guilty pleasure is calling my name, she is reaching for the bright colored skittles rainbow on the second shelf.

Of course the demographics of a truffle and a skittle are different, and these companies knew just how to catch the right person’s attention. Interestingly enough I like skittles more than I like chocolate, so can the packaging of a product matter more than what is inside?

Why do we spend so much time wrapping Christmas presents, only to rip it off? Does the presentation of your present make the surprise inside better? In reality no, a piece of coal, is a piece of coal, is a piece of coal, but waking up on Christmas morning and seeing all those beautiful packages makes the experience more enjoyable. Does this theory work with our shopping experience, I believe it does.

The fact that a packages simplistic purpose is to hold a product, very well may be its secondary goal. The way I see it, a package is created to sell a product. Now don’t get me wrong the consumer is smart, while the fancy product may catch their eye first that doesn’t mean it will keep it. The consumer wants to know what they are buying, they want to know the features and benefits, and this all needs to be incorporated into the packaging.

When we choose one product over another the design and packaging influence our decision a lot more than we realize. For a products packaging to be an effective marketing tool it may need to break away from the standard rules we are used to, and give the product a unique edge above the competition. Your packaging needs to appeal to your target market, while still giving the pertinent information about the product and its benefits.

“In a conveyance store, if a theater-style package is next to a peg bag, the peg bags will outsell”-Jessica Miller, purchaser with MarKan Sales, “A hanging bag is much more visual. You can see how much product you’ll get for the price you’re paying”

The stand-up pouch is giving iconic American snack foods an entirely new shelf presence. Traditional packages lay flat, and are easily lost in a sea of flat packages, by simply standing the package up you instantly display your name and logo at eye level, and show the amount of product in your package. The convenience to the consumer is often the re-closeable top as well, this allows the consumer to save the product and keep it fresh longer.

If I am going on a long car ride, to me the ideal solution would be to bring snacks that can be closed and my daughter won’t be able to make a mess with in my car, after the initial decision based on the packaging I read over the ingredients and nutrional information and make my choice. So my purchasing decision is not only based on the product, but also the packaging. Innovative packaging solutions will give you a step up from the competition.

Olympic Packaging and Branding

Posted by on Mon, Apr 6th, 2015 at 3:19 pm

Who doesn’t love a fairytale; just over a year ago millions of Americans watched as Kate Middleton became a Princess. Now the year of the Royal Wedding has officially been taken over by The Queen’s Jubilee and The World Olympics transforming England yet again into this magical place where fairytales do come true. It is the year of England 2.0!

Companies are taking advantage of American’s interest, by using the Olympic and Jubilee themes throughout their packaging. It’s almost impossible to make your way through the supermarket without seeing some type of Olympic packaging.

“There are two key opportunities that the 2012 Olympics bring to the packaging industry. First, sustainable packaging; London presented sustainability as part of its successful bid. What better opportunity than this to demonstrate the green credentials of so many of our modern packaging products and materials? Second is an increased sale through brand association using the Olympic motif. Clearly defined packaging using the Olympic motif will appeal to a mix of cultures and nationalities.”

– Nick Kirby, managing director, Swanline Print

The London Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games, has stated that all non-recyclable Olympic packages must be either combustible or incinerated for energy generation, as part of an effort to send no waste to landfills during the games. 8,250 tons of food and packaging waste is estimated to be generated by the 2012 Olympic Games. Coca Cola has committed to recycle their used plastic bottles from the games into new packaging.

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McDonald’s is making all of their cups, cutlery, straws, lids and containers used at its Olympic park restaurant made from biopolymer containing vegetable starches and oils which is biodegradable through composting They are also putting QR codes on all food packaging sold at its Olympics Park venue during the Games to give customers access to nutritional information about its products.

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Coca Cola and McDonald’s arn’t the only supporters of the 2012 Olympic Games. Here are a few more of my favorite Olympic packages. You may notice a trend, very regal and very patriotic!

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The latest in top quality flexographic printing, Kodak Flexcel NX

Posted by on Mon, Apr 6th, 2015 at 3:13 pm

Kodak Flexcel NX has taken flexographic printing to a whole new level! The new technology delivers results that surpass the quality of gravure printing. They are able to deliver print quality and performance that is a significant step ahead of traditional digital flexo.

The Flexcel NX system enables printing with high line screens in excess of 200 lpi, the product photography appear to jump off the packaging.

How do they do it? Below are the major benefits and advances in this technology.

Flat top dots:

In traditional digital flexo plate making, during UV exposure oxygen inhibition causes the dot profile to become rounded, particularly in highlight areas. With the Flexcel NX System all oxygen during UV exposure is eliminated. By eliminating the oxygen during UV exposure you are able to produce full amplitude flat-top dots with sturdy bases and strong shoulders. The dot structure is the key to delivering an unfailing, repeatable print.

One-to-one image Reproduction:

By using squarespot imaging technology, the fidelity of the thermal imaging layer, and the process of exposure in the absence of oxygen mean that the image in the digital filer is reproduced pixel for pixel on the printing plate.

Stability leads to consistency in prepress, which in turn leads to efficiency and cost savings. They produce precise and vigorous halftone dots that are less susceptible to variations in plate, processor, and environmental conditions.

High Resolution Imaging:

This advanced technology creates an effective resolution of 10,000 dpi compared to your average photograph of 300-500 dpi enabling printing dots as small as 10 microns. This allows for subtle highlight detail, vignettes that fade to zero and use of all available grey levels.

Sustainability and Reduction of Waste:

The Flexcel NX System is designed to produce plates that reduce the amount of substrate waste generated on press, and reduce the total number of plates used in production. On average a 20% reduction in substrate waste and an overall decrease in the number of plates was reported as well plates are capable of run lengths two to four times greater than traditional digital flexo plates.

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