Cardboard Halloween – Tips for costumes and decorations

For an entire year, we are mostly focused on cartoners, case packers, tray packers, and robotics. We love our job, but we also love holidays, especially if they allow us to express our creativity and do something fun. And what’s more fun than Halloween? Who doesn’t enjoy costumes, spooky decorations, and candy? Halloween is also a very special time for us because this particular holiday has led to the first manual candy packaging solutions (learn more).

One of the most common Halloween dilemmas is: which costume should I pick? At Tishma Technologies we don’t have such problems, since we have plenty of material that can be used for really cool costumes and decorations. These costumes and decorations are easy to make and they are almost completely recyclable. So here are some ideas for Halloween inspired by various packaging solutions and formats.

 

Costume ideas by Tishma Technologies

 

  1. Robot

In order to make an appropriate cardboard robot costume, we decided to use packaging of various sizes. We got some cardboard cases utilized by our TI 1300 case packer and used them for the head and the body. Then we took some trays utilized by TI 1300 tray packer and used them as robots shoulder pads. For arms and legs we needed some long good packaging, so we borrowed a few cartons from TI 600 horizontal cartoner. For eyes and other switch buttons, we decided to use K-cups and Flip-top tubes. Other small details are made out of cartons we usually utilize to pack small pharma bottles, candy or gum. What do you think?

 

Packaging as Halloween inspiration by Tishma Technologies

 

  1. Knight

If you want to pull off a more ambitious look, you can try the knight costume. It requires some artwork, cutting and combining, but the result can be pretty impressive. As you can see, parts of larger cases are used for body armor, while the smaller ones are used for arm pads and helmet. Use lined carton for that extra metallic look! In the packaging industry we use glue or tape for closing the package, but here, instead of gluing the parts, we suggest to try lacing them together.

 

  1. Cardboard pumpkin decoration

Carving a real pumpkin requires a lot of work and skill for the full effect. A Cardboard pumpkin can be made with much less effort and without making a big mess, so making it can be something you can enjoy with your kids. Cut out the mouth and the eyes in any shape you like and then let the young ones do the artwork. If you intend to use it as a lantern, make sure to leave a hole at the top and place a candle inside a glass or a jar before placing it in a pumpkin.

 

Halloween decoration ideas by Tishma Technologies

 

  1. Goofy spiders and other decorations

Small cartons used for pharma or cosmetic packaging can also be used to make really awesome decorations. Combine the carton with some pipe cleaners, googly eyes and artwork to create these cool spiders. You can also do a bat or skull shaped cutout from any type of box and use it as a decoration. Another cool and simple idea is to use larger cardboard cases to make faux planks you will stick on your door or windows for a “haunted house” effect.

We hope that you enjoyed this little detour from our usual topics, and that these tips and tricks will make Halloween even more fun for you and your kids. Trick or treat!

 

Tips on Organic Food Packaging

We all witnessed the tremendous growth of the organic food marketing the last few years. Increase in demand for organic products encouraged big food companies to incorporate organic and all-natural items into their product lines. Increase in demand also encouraged individuals to start their own, small organic food production. Many of these individuals start with homemade products and manual packaging and later they invest in packaging equipment that can follow their growth. Investing in the right cartoner, case packer or palletizer is especially important for organic food manufacturers for several reasons.

4 tips on organic packaging
4 tips on organic packaging

To differentiate themselves, organic foods producers have to compete with other organic products, but also with non-organic products on the market. Since organic goods are higher-priced than non-organic products, packaging for these products must reflect the same quality standards. Organic products packaging requires creativity in order to meet consumer expectations on quality and brand promise. Additionally, the entire packaging process also has to be eco-friendly. So, what do consumers want from organic food packaging?

Premium Quality

The first association with organic products is quality. Organic food companies need to reflect the qualities of the best, all natural ingredients in their packaging as well. This sense of premium quality can be achieved with packaging designs that include higher-quality materials, structures, and finishes. Packaging is the first impression a consumer has with a brand and it’s critical to respond to consumers’ value expectations. Organic packaging design should distinguish an organic, natural product from standard, mass-produced products.

Transparency

Organic food products rely on transparency to deliver a “good for you” quality to consumers. Unique packaging that allows consumers to see the foods can be a great way to be transparent. Additionally, strategically placed text and graphics can be used to educate the consumer about ingredients and their origin.

Organic product packaging

Purity

Consumers consider organic goods to be pure and better for them. They expect the same when it comes to their packaging. Purity can be communicated through packaging in many ways: soy-based inks, recycled materials or recyclability. Organic structures that make the products easy to use can also create a sense of purity. Less is more: keep the packaging simple, yet elegant and exciting!

Visual Elements

Text, graphics and other visual elements are crucial for any packaging. Going back to nature is a common association that consumers make when deciding to buy organic products. This can be achieved by using high-quality photography that makes the healthful benefits apparent. Ingredient call-outs and color choices can also be a significant tool. Photography that showcases products in their natural state and paying special attention to the representation of nutritional qualities are a must. You want to create a packaging design that is as healthful and wholesome as consumers expect.

Materials

The Organic movement is not just about human health. Consumers of organic food also show great concern for nature and the environment. Choosing the right packaging material can show that you share the same values as them. Glass is infinitely recyclable and it can also give your product a vintage feel. Highly Recyclable Plastics are especially applicable for organic cleaners and they represent a great opportunity to reduce landfill waste. Lightweight packaging reduces the amount of overall material used. Less material used means less waste in landfills, less weight for shipping and a lesser impact of carbon emissions. Natural corks are typically viewed as a very sustainable option. Because of this, it can be a great closure option for spirits, olive oils, and other products.

Organic Friendly Packaging Machines by Tishma
Organic Friendly Packaging Machines by Tishma

Organic food brands need to be associated with values of health, purity, environmental concern and energy efficiency. These values are reflected in the entire manufacturing process, not just in the final product and its packaging. If you are a small company manufacturing organic goods and looking for a way to automate your packaging line, make sure to check Tishma Technologies’ packaging solutions.

 

Packaging lines and energy efficiency

How much of the electrical energy you pay for each month is actually used to power your cartoners, palletizers, case packers and other industrial and packaging lines? Did you know it could be less than half, with the majority of energy leaking through air compressors, outdated equipment, and other energy hogs?

It sounds a bit discouraging, but it is true: Our country wastes more energy than any other, including China. The United States had an energy efficiency of just 42 percent in 2013, which means that 58 percent of all the energy we produce is essentially wasted.

Here, at Tishma Technologies, we are devoted to efficiency, but we are also aware that a good packaging line is just a first step towards increasing efficiency through power savings.

In order to make your manufacturing facility and packaging line less expensive to run and more energy efficient, we have prepared six ways to reduce industrial energy costs on your production floor.

Power Saving By Tishma Technologies
Power Saving By Tishma Technologies
  1. Develop an Energy Management Team

Most energy and cost-saving initiatives fail because it’s not clear whose responsibility it is to manage power saving activities. What you need to do is to develop a power management team by including a representative from each department. Choose those who already have an incentive to keep expenses low, or introduce a bonus that can be given to the team that saves the largest amount of energy. They can work together to monitor energy usage in the facility and find ways to reduce waste.

  1. Strategically Schedule Packaging and Manufacturing Machinery Use

Which packaging machinery requires the most energy to run? Once you discover which one it is, schedule operation of this machine outside of peak hours. Peak hours may constitute up to 30 percent of a manufacturing facilities monthly utility bill.

  1. Schedule Shut-Downs and Start-Ups

You can lower industrial energy cost by scheduling shutdowns where all machinery is powered off for a length of time (during the weekend or off-shift periods). Before scheduling these shutdowns, you’ll need an insight into peak operational hours in order to decide what is the best time for the shutdown. Production floors should also stagger manufacturing and packaging equipment start-up because powering up all machinery at once can create a large spike in your facilities energy demand.

  1. Optimize Air Compressors

Industrial air compressors are responsible for huge amounts of energy consumption and waste. Whether it’s the matter of poor design or improper maintenance, air compressors account for up to $3.2 billion in wasted energy per year. Just one leak can cost your business $500 annually, or even more. If you have multiple leaks, your air compressors are practically sucking money right out of your operations budget.

  1. Optimize your HVAC System

HVAC systems are used for maintaining air quality and comfort on a production floor. They also consume nearly 52 percent of the total energy used in a building. There are several ways to make your HVAC system more efficient. You can try by installing a programmable thermostat (which can reduce consumption by as much as 15 percent). You can also invest in a demand-controlled ventilation (DCV) system, which regulates outdoor air intake based on a facility’s concentration of carbon dioxide due to the number of staff inside. Sometimes, the simple repair and insulation of the ducting is enough to reduce HVAC energy consumption by 30-percent.

  1. Lighting:

Energy efficient lighting is also a way to lower energy bills. Consider the location, conditions, and lighting quality you need when installing or replacing commercial lights. Do your research and choose appropriate energy-efficient controls, lamp technology, and other components for a high-performance lighting system.

Energy efficiency by Tishma Technologies
Energy efficiency by Tishma Technologies

By increasing energy efficiency you are saving money and taking care of the environment. As you can see, good management and the right equipment are crucial for cutting down energy costs. If you think your outdated packaging equipment consumes way too much power, consider investing in a new one. Start here, by checking out Tishma Technologies’ cartoners, case packers, tray packers, and palletizers.

Impressions from Pack Expo 2017 in Las Vegas

We are back from Pack Expo in Las Vegas and we are full of impressions! In this case, the saying: “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” doesn’t apply. Quite contrary, we are eager to share the part of the atmosphere, and of course, some top trends we saw regarding packaging and equipment.

There is one thing in common to all these trends: they are mostly consumer-driven. It is the consumer and his desire for convenience that dictate changes in packaging equipment, package design, and materials.

 

Challenges of multi-channel distribution

Companies are turning to multi-channel distribution in order to achieve better access for the consumer whether it is online or in-store.

However, each channel requires different packaging. A wholesale warehouse requires larger case packs, a convenience store will require smaller, snack-sized packages for individual sale, packaging for e-commerce need extra protective packaging due to shipping.

Since it is no longer possible to completely standardize packaging, companies are turning to packaging equipment that is versatile, modular, and offers tool-free changeover. This is where we see our main opportunity: Tishma Technologies can provide you with packaging solutions built according to your needs, whether it is in-store packaging, packaging for e-commerce, shelf ready packaging or packaging suitable for wholesale.

 

Pouch – Packaging solution no 1 for snacks

Large companies are going back to simple, traditional bag types; pillow style bags and stick-packs. A simplified packaging process, above all, means costs savings and efficiency increases, which contributes to a larger bottom line.

Consumers also love this package format because it is lightweight, convenient, and it complements their on-the-go lifestyles. It’s no secret that people are snacking more. Flexible pouches are the answer for snack packaging. They are portable, lightweight, and cost-effective, and above all much more convenient for a busy consumer to enjoy on-the-go than a rigid container. This is why we chose RO 100 flexible packaging system to be our headliner. It is a cost-effective and compact sized packaging machine with compact footprints and fast changeover, up to every challenge of today’s market!

A picture says a 1000 words, so if you take a look at the video below you might grasp a part of this amazing event we were part of.

Tips on Increasing Packaging Automation Uptime

Imagine a cartoner, case packer, tray packer or palletizer that can work 24/7, with no downtime. Sounds good, doesn’t it? But even the most reliable machines sometimes need to be turned off in order to perform maintenance and replenish materials that the machines utilize. It is every manager’s goal to increase the efficiency of certain processes. One of the ways to increase efficiency is to maximize the automation processes and minimize downtime.

Key techniques for increasing efficiency

The first step to increasing line efficiency and minimizing downtime is gathering precise information about your packaging line. By measuring the numerical performance of the line, operators can analyze the efficiency of the line and discover if there is a room for improvements. This can be especially beneficial when the workers on the factory floor are engaged in the process. Encouraging your employees to benchmark and objectively analyze their performance results in energized workers, willing to find ways to improve efficiency.

Besides measuring, certain changes to manufacturing practices can create efficiencies and increase throughput. If we take into consideration that one of the major cause of downtime is material or product loading, it is clear that utilizing an automatic system will significantly reduce downtime and increase profitability.

In addition, automation of processes often means that fewer operators can manage the task, which reduces the labor costs.

There are two areas you should focus on in order to ensure a high degree of packaging automation up-time: redundancy and availability. Redundancy refers to back up systems that can take over the production during the maintenance, servicing or failure of some of the main components. Without the backup system, all these cases would result in system downtime.

Redundancy in Packaging Automation

Printer/applicators: These machines need a steady supply of labels that come in large rolls. Instead of shutting down the operation when it is time for a roll change, a second machine can take over the full production load during maintenance. Actually in many cases, having two printers running at the same time enables a higher label application rate and actually works better than keeping one machine as a backup, because it eliminates the time needed to get the spare machine online.

Packing list inserters: These machines require paper replenishment, and depending on the air humidity, there is a constant risk of paper jams. This can be easily solved with 2 machines working side by side.

Availability in Packaging Automation

Availability refers to the percentage of time the system components are available for operation in comparison to the time they are not (when they need to be shut down for maintenance or repair)

Some solutions are better than others in terms of availability. So, for promoting packaging automation uptime, consider these solutions:

  • Use glue machines for carton sealing instead of tape: Gluing the top and bottom of a carton saves money in materials, it can improve the opening experience for your customers and it dramatically increases up-time for your automated packing system as well. In order to replace tape rolls, the machine has to be shut down. Glue, on the other hand is stored in a reservoir that can be refilled while the machine is in operation.
  • Use machines with servo controls instead of VFD driven or pneumatic machines: Servo controlled equipment requires less maintenance and adjustment during operation and it is easier to change over between sizes than VFD driven or pneumatic equipment because of pre-loaded programs.

 

Increases in productivity and efficiency can lead to an increase in the profitability of the business. With maximum line efficiency, each package is able to absorb more of the plant overhead. The existing capital structure can be used to fulfill more customer orders at less cost per unit. Relatively small but highly strategic capital investments, such as automatic packaging equipment, can be returned quickly and ultimately lead to even greater line profitability.

If you are looking for a way to minimize downtime and increase efficiency, search no longer! Tishma Technologies manufactures fully automated packaging machines and systems with various modular add-ons that allow you to automate every aspect of the packaging process, from product feeding to printing and labeling.