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To Freeze or Not to Freeze

To Freeze or Not to Freeze

The Impact of Freezing on Meat Quality. In our house, we have a constant battle regarding the freezing of meat. My wife always wants to freeze it as soon as we get it home – even if we plan on cooking it in the next couple of days. As long as we don’t get close to the...

What is Smart Packaging?

What is Smart Packaging?

A few years ago, I attended a GS1 Connects conference, and one of the presentations focused on how a product's primary packaging can be a brand's most important communication tool for interacting with customers. This was an excellent introduction to smart packaging –...

Tesco – Tube-Free Kitchen Foil

Tesco – Tube-Free Kitchen Foil

A new initiative by the UK's largest retailer aims to reduce packaging and save customers money.Kitchen foil is a staple item in many households, but it also comes with a hidden cost: the cardboard tube that holds the foil together. According to Tesco, the UK's...

New York Bill Could Ban Laundry and Dishwasher Pods

New York Bill Could Ban Laundry and Dishwasher Pods

Using those little pods for laundry and dishwashing has become very popular in recent years. However, New York City is contemplating a groundbreaking piece of legislation that would ban the sale and distribution of laundry and dishwasher detergent pods and sheets...

Labeling for SLAM Lines

Labeling for SLAM Lines

The concept of a SLAM line is essential for high productivity in e-commerce operations. In the SLAM process (Scan, Label, Apply, Manifest) part of the process, the package to be shipped is scanned to determine the size and weight and the shipping label produced...

Plastics Recycling is Just a Sham?

Plastics Recycling is Just a Sham?

Has it turned out that the concept of recycling plastic material used in packaging was just a sham? A recent report has cast a shadow over the recycling claims made by plastic producers, revealing a potential decades-long deception. Despite promoting recycling as a...

New 4-Inch TIJ Printhead From HP

New 4-Inch TIJ Printhead From HP

I remember some years ago discussing a new wider thermal inkjet printhead with the team at HP. This concept promised an excellent opportunity for packaging and labeling OEMs to offer an alternative solution to the legacy print technologies used in their equipment. As...

Coca-Cola Tests Labelless Sprite Bottles

Coca-Cola Tests Labelless Sprite Bottles

In the most interesting development for labelless PET bottles, Coca-Cola has announced a trial of label-free bottles of its Sprite product in the UK. Running until March 2024, eight Tesco stores will be selling the new package for Sprite and Sprite Zero. The bottles...

Why Laser Coding Needs Fume Extraction

Why Laser Coding Needs Fume Extraction

Introduction Laser coding systems have revolutionized industrial marking with precision, speed, and versatility. However, the laser marking process can generate harmful fumes and particles, especially with materials like plastics, rubber, and metals. This can pose...

California, Bisphenols & Direct Thermal Labels

California, Bisphenols & Direct Thermal Labels

I read a news item this week that the Tag and Label Manufacturer's Institute (TMLI) has formed a Direct Thermal Task Force to keep members up to date with proposed regulations that will affect the use of bisphenols in direct thermal products in California and...

Safety for Laser Coding Installations

Safety for Laser Coding Installations

Are you planning on installing laser coders on your production lines to add variable information to your packages? If you are, one of the most important aspects is laser safety. Uncontrolled laser light can cause eye injuries, burns, or even fires. That's why there...