Friday, August 31, 2012

BestPack Taping Machines: Answering The Call Of Customization

Sometime in the third week of August, iNEMI released an announcement via Solid State Technology, that it is starting a new convergence project on semiconductor packaging equipment requirements, and is seeking input from the industry.

According to iNEMI, semiconductor packaging, equipment and manufacturing complexity have risen dramatically in the past decade. Integrated Circuit makers have increased their specific equipment requirements, but have not developed a consistent set of industry-wide requirements for precompetitive needs. The resultant “semi-custom” equipment set ups can increase cost and lead to integration or quality issues upon installation. Semi-custom packaging equipment cannot consistently meet common industry needs.

This is where BestPack comes in with an edge over competitors. BestPack offers custom made taping machines or packaging equipment and automation systems for its clients because packaging needs vary from one industry to another. Automatic taping machines or packaging equipment are great tools to optimize operational efficiency and reduce production costs. In addition to over ninety (90) models of both fully automated taping or packaging machines and manual taping or packaging machines to choose from that BestPack offers, the company is known for its engineering innovations and customization ability.

The objective of iNEMI’s project is to align Integrated Circuit maker and equipment supplier requirements and drive industry convergence in the following areas:

·      Equipment software automation
·      Equipment electro-static discharge (ESD) capabilities and test methods
·      Material handling systems (MHS) capabilities and test methods
·    Conservation efforts to reduce consumption (e.g., power, water, gas, etc.) and emissions (e.g., waste water, gas, etc.)

The project aims to develop a common set of requirements and targets that can be universally understood in the semiconductor packaging industry. It will also seek to define instrumentation specifications and methods to validate equipment requirements, and classify which types of packaging assembly equipment require which standards.

The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI) is a not-for-profit, highly efficient R&D consortium of approximately one hundred (100) leading electronics manufacturers, suppliers, associations, government agencies and universities. iNEMI roadmaps the future technology requirements of the global electronics industry, identifies and prioritizes technology and infrastructure gaps, and helps eliminate those gaps through timely, high-impact deployment projects.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Thinking Out Of The Global Packaging Industry Box

UPAKOVKA/UPAK ITALIA 2013 is the 21th International Trade Fair on Packaging Machinery, Packaging Processing, Packaging Production and Packaging Material. This trade fair is an event worthy to be considered by those involved in the Packaging Industry, especially taping machine manufacturers such as BestPack.

BestPack offers the most diverse line of taping machines in the packaging industry. The company is known for its engineering innovations and customization ability. Because packaging needs vary from one industry to another, BestPack offers custom made taping machines and automation systems for its clients. This lead in the industry does not make BestPack compliant but rather motivates the brand to seek new ways to improve, innovate, and excel.

The UPAKOVKA/UPAK ITALIA 2013—the 21th International Trade Fair on Packaging Machinery, Packaging Processing, Packaging Production and Packaging Material—is a good avenue to learn about packaging industries in other parts of the world in order to gain a more three-dimensional perspective on the pulse of the global packaging industry.

The Russian packaging market offers a wealth of opportunities. Demand for packaging remains constant and interest in innovative technologies and materials for production is unwavering. Russia is on track to emerge as one of the world’s biggest consumer markets, and packaging manufacturers in the Russian Federation continue to invest in order to meet the expectations of customers in such sectors as food, confectionery, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. UPAKOVKA / UPAK ITALIA is organized by Messe Düsseldorf in conjunction with its Italian partner, Centrexpo. Messe Düsseldorf has been one of Russia's premier foreign trade show organizers over the past 40 years.

Centrexpo organizes exhibitions dedicated to graphic arts, converting and package printing technology. Centrexpo’s efforts, strategy and organizational aspects are all aimed at one purpose: to create value for visitors and exhibitors. The company focuses on communication as a basic element of maintaining good relationships with companies: the more useful information gets around, the better work the exhibitions.

Exhibitors choosing Centrexpo know they can count on a partner capable of providing positive stimuli and of solving problems, with a knowledgeable staff helping them getting the most out of their participation in exhibitions and effectively using all marketing and communication tools available.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Five Packaging Options For Exporting Your Product

The United States is the largest trading nation around the globe.  This is also the reason why non-Americans were lured to work in this nation to fulfill their vision of the American Dream.  Although affected by the recent Housing bubble which had a huge impact in the lives of the people, US still remains a world leader in terms of exporting.  Even though fuel is the number one product that the US exports to other countries, there is still a need for quality packaging for other products that are imported by other countries from the US such as meat, fruits, medicines and clothes.  This is where taping machines and case erectors come into place.  A quality case erector, carton sealers and taping machine will definitely make your production line more efficient.
Packaging is very important in the export industry.  Its role is to hold, secure and to preserve a particular product.  This is the most important stage after manufacturing a product.  Aside from protecting and securing the product until it reaches the end consumer, it also aids in saving money and adding profits.  Packaging adds character to the product; hence choosing the right type of packaging is very crucial to your business. There are different types of packaging for different variety of product.  Below is a list of packaging types:
1.     Loose/Unpacked – this type of packaging is usually used for large items such as heavy vehicles.  An extra protective material (dunnage) is used to protect these vehicles from damages caused by transporting and other elements.
2.     Drums – this is usually made out of steel, carbon steel or fiber is used for liquids or powders that needs to be kept dry for the duration of the shipment.
3.     Containers – these metal containers can withstand the weight of the cargo.  It is also used to secure goods from theft.
4.     Boxes or Crates – this is the most used type of packaging.  You would see these boxes often in shipping goods such as clothes, canned goods, gadgets and a lot more.  This type of packaging uses taping machines and box erectors for more economical operation.  These machines also help secure the products from any damage caused by moisture, dust, vibration and other elements.  Boxes and Crates are also stacked in pallets and shrink-wrapped to make it more stable.
5.     Pallets – made out of wood and usually used to stack boxes and crates.  Pallets make it easier for forklift operators to lift those boxes that are grouped together.  Loading, unloading and warehousing of these crates and boxes are now more efficient because of these pallets.
Choosing the right packaging for your products is not an easy task.  You should know what fits your requirements and what will protect your goods.  Be intentional.  Be creative.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Export Packaging Options

When shipping a product overseas, the exporter must be aware of packing, labeling, documentation, and insurance requirements. It is important that exporters ensure that the merchandise is:

1.     Packed correctly so that it arrives in good condition; using a good standard taping machine greatly helps with this requirement;

2.     Labeled correctly to ensure that the goods are handled properly and arrive on time at the right place;

3.     Documented correctly to meet U.S. and foreign government requirements, as well as proper collection standards; and

4.     Insured against damage, loss, pilferage and delay.

There are a variety of options on packaging goods for export. Such materials include but are not limited to: wood, paper, metal, plastic, glass and commonly used textiles.
The main types of export packaging are:

Loose or unpacked – is only normally only applied to transport of such goods as heavy vehicles. Making sure they are stowed securely is more important than adding a layer of protective packaging.

Boxes or crates – that are securely sealed by carton sealers are the commonly utilized option. They are often stacked on pallets and shrink-wrapped for stability. Less durability is required if goods are also containerized.

Drums - usually made of metal or plastic are what are regularly used for transporting liquids and powders or goods that need to be kept dry.

Wrapping - often used with goods stacked on pallets, wrapping - such as shrinkwrap or foil - both adds to stability and protects goods.

Pallets - allow smaller packing units such as boxes and cartons to be grouped together. They allow easy mechanical transporting, which eases the process of loading, unloading and warehousing.

These options are not mutually exclusive, so you may want or need to use more than one.

Many markets abroad have waste regulations that favor packaging which can be easily recycled or has a minimal impact on the environment when disposed of.  Exporters must comply with The Packaging (Essential Requirements) Regulations that aim to minimize the amount of waste packaging businesses generate and ensure that packaging can be reused, recovered or recycled. If a business handles more than 50 tons of packaging in a year, they must also comply with the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Basic Guidelines for Export Packing

When packaging a product for export you need to keep in mind the four major factors: protection, security, mode of transport, and cost. There are also considerations when it comes to waste legislation and special requirements when it comes to packing wood, dangerous goods, and food and other perishable goods.
Generally, items packed for export should be packed by a good standard taping machine, instead of being packed manually using human effort. The taping machine packaging adds to the endurance needed for the package to handle stress factors such as repeated loading and unloading, being unloaded in the rain and stored in the open, stacked, pushed, shoved, dragged, dropped, and processed on a conveyer belt or even sent down a chute.
One of the main purposes of exporting your goods is to avoid damage. Containers and pallets are primarily standard so that they combine efficiency with excellent cargo protection.
Necessary steps need to be taken to prevent goods being stolen or tampered with. There are now available taping machines and packaging equipment with special anti-pilferage engineering that can help increase the security of your packaged goods. Shrink-wrapping and secure straps also act as deterrents. Export packaging should be kept as plain as possible - providing details of the contents, like brand names, encourages theft. Containerization helps with this, and using container seals makes tampering even less likely.
Mode of transport
How a product is packaged also depends on the destination and the method of transportation. For example, bulk ocean shipments of liquids, grain and ores don't need any packaging. And goods transported by air generally need less protective packaging than those sent by ship.
It is a false economy to try to cut costs by using sub-standard packaging. The standard options (like buying a good taping machines, cartons grouped on pallets and then loaded into containers) have become the standard because they are reliable. However, unless your goods require special care, you are unlikely to gain much by opting for above-standard packaging. You can buy, lease, or hire most types of packaging so it makes sense to shop around.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Importance of Packaging in the Logistics Industry

What is the value of a simple taping machine in the large-scale of the logistics industry? The success of the logistics industry depends on the promptness with which the products can be delivered to a particular destination or to a client.
One of the most important aspects of the shipping process is timing. Consignees along with the supply chain are dependent on regular shipments of products in order to meet their own customers’ needs and expectations. The logistics services timeline actually begins prior to the shipment date and time, as pre-planned delivery schedules are provided to receivers and their clients so that they will be prepared to accept delivery.
Time constraints in the logistics industry would require high quality and reliable packaging systems to contribute to the efficiency needed to make a business in the industry competitive. BestPack offers the most diverse line of machines in the packaging industry with affordable, high-quality products that are built to last and proven to withstand heavy usage. Automatic taping machines are great tools to optimize operational efficiency and reduce production cost.
Location-wise, warehousing facilities and logistic facilities used to be situated in remote areas like water ports, beside rail tracks and other places not frequented by people. However, warehousing facilities have shifted to urban and suburban areas while logistic contact points have moved even to commercial centers primarily for the easy-access of potential customers. The logistics industry has experienced several changes over the years. These changes can be attributed to the growth in the retail and manufacturing industries as well as the transportation infrastructure sector. Deal flows in the transportation and logistics industry were robust during the second quarter of 2012, driven by mega deals in the transportation infrastructure sector.
Logistics is the management of business operations, such as the acquisition, storage, transportation and delivery of goods along the supply chain. It is the process of planning, implementing, and controlling the efficient, effective flow and storage of goods, services, and related information from point of origin to point of consumption for the purpose of conforming to customer requirements." Note that this definition includes inbound, outbound, internal, and external movements, and return of materials for environmental purposes.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Global Business and The Packaging Industry

The general public has little understanding of packaging and its relevance and impact to global business. The common view of packaging is that it is intended to influence the consumer or customer at the point of purchase – and that is its only purpose. Little or no attention is paid to the importance of packaging in preservation and transport of goods and products.
For instance, patronizing excellent taping machine brands help taping machine manufacturers increase their commitment to quality because they are motivated by the kind of returns that they see in their competitor’s business. Buying a good taping machine that fits the purpose and function of a particular product’s packaging needs ensures that the product is properly preserved from preparation to transport and distribution.
The retail industry and the automotive industry are driving forces in the selection and design of packaging materials. Both industries pay much attention to the consumer package, as well as the transport package because both are important in ensuring product quality and low cost distribution.
It is obvious in both the retail and automotive environments that excellence cannot be achieved in packaging selection if the designer or design team does not pay attention to the impact of packaging beyond the consumer level. For instance, transport package must be effective and efficient in the supply chain but in addition, aid in the assembly line. The personnel should not spend time opening packages and checking the product. They should be sure of grabbing the right product and installing it without worries about variations and malfunction.
The definition of packaging is “a coordinated system of preparing goods for safe, efficient and cost-effective transport, distribution, storage, retailing, consumption and recovery, reuse or disposal combined with maximizing consumer value, sales and hence profit.”(Paine, 1990)
That being said, promoting awareness of best practices in the packaging industry—not just on the aesthetic level of consumer appeal but also on the functionality, quality, and effective design of packaging—should be given more attention and importance by both industry movers, manufacturers, customers and consumers worldwide.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Buying Used Taping Machines For Business Expansion

If you want to save money for future investments, using a second hand taping machine can be an option. 
Taping machines are built to help a business in terms of efficiency in production.  It is also designed to make sure that products are sealed properly with consistency to maintain the product’s original state from the factory down to the end consumer.  Another benefit of using a taping machine is its cost effectiveness.  Business owners should feel the reduced costs not only in terms of manpower but also in terms of errors, which are commonly caused by the workers themselves.  Hence this will boost customer satisfaction and in the end increase the sales of the company.  It has become a staple of automated packaging lines.
Taping machines, also known as case sealers, are indeed beneficial to the company therefore requiring higher maintenance.  Buying used or second-hand taping machines is not a bad idea.  If you are just starting to expand your business, this is actually a great idea.  Here are some tips when buying a used case sealer to avoid getting into a bad investment:
1.     Plan before buying.  Knowing what you really need is your first consideration.  There are different varieties of this machine and you need to know what your production line would require.
2.     Know the machine’s specifications.  Checking the features and utilities will prevent you from buying the wrong machine.  Browsing the web would definitely help a lot.  There are a lot of companies selling different types of these machines online.  Get as many options as possible and get to know their selling point.  You can also browse online for bargains.
3.     Bring along professionals.  If you know anyone with who has operated such machine, bringing them with you during the selection process is a great idea.  They can actually check the machine for any defect since it is second hand.
4.     Ask around.  Getting information from both sides will help you decide what to buy.  Get to know some of the company’s technicians who are well versed with the machine.  They would often tell you the machine’s condition.  Do this discreetly.
5.     Check for any leaks.  This is also a good sign if machine is still ok.  Check if the machine is clean and oil free.  Again discreetly check the floor for any oil drippings; just make sure that you don’t slip.
Buying a used taping machine is not a bad idea.  Although it may come with a few headaches, you might want to treat those as good expenses.  But if you have the money to buy a new one, don’t hesitate to purchase a good one.
Taping machines indeed play a vital role in the expansion of a company’s production line.