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Packaging: More Than a Commodity

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It was hard to miss the mountains of products piled sky high that were vying for peoples’ attention, guiding me through the store like a maze. It could have been because it was early in the morning and the products hadn’t been thoroughly shopped yet, or maybe because the displays were simply meant to simplify the shopping experience. Whatever the reason was, the large piles of products made me feel something that I often hear…

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Specifying Cartons for Protecting a Product – Part 3

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Special Carton Enhancements Almost every folding carton is going to need some external coating applied. Whether these coatings are high-gloss UV or a lesser gloss aqueous, the thinking is that their primary purpose is more for enhancing the look of the carton rather than for its functionality. These coatings actually do provide some moisture protection, prevent the box from scuffing, and enhance the production speed as it goes through an…

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Specifying Cartons for Protecting a Product – Part 2

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Applied Engineering: Specifying the Folding Carton Having the actual product – the film cartridge plus the “primary package” canister – the packaging engineer can then easily weigh the two components together, take down the measurements, and then start the process of creating the carton specifications. In addition to knowing the weight and size dimensions of the end product, the engineer must also take into account its fragility and any possible…

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Specifying Cartons for Protecting a Product – Part 1

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The Folding Carton and Photographic Film Bringing the camera was a responsibility that could easily be forgotten among the many necessary tasks in preparing for a vacation or some other important event. With the rapid growth of mobile devices being used for picture taking, we have reached a point in which an entire generation has never even used a device solely for taking pictures. Although film is still in use,…

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David Olson: A Gentleman and a Tireless Advocate for Business

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  I was shocked and deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Minnesota Chamber of Commerce president David Olson. After undergoing several rounds of aggressive treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, David had been given a clean bill of health from his doctors. If it wasn’t for his hair loss related to these treatments I never would have known he was sick because he never stopped working. He shouted out a spirited…

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