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Use Back-of-the-Envelope Calculations to Save Time and Understand Your Problems

When I was in engineering school, one of my professors told the class that an engineer is only as good as their approximations. Over 20 years of working on packaging designs, I’ve found that holds true for many situations we come across in designing...

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Why Benchmarking Your Package Matters

Do you have a section in your packaging brief that talks about competitive landscape? How well do you know the competitions’ package? How well do you know your own package?...

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Mold Better PET Preforms!

When it comes to injection molding PET preforms, defects that can’t easily be observed usually cause the biggest problems. For example excessive loss of intrinsic viscosity (IV) is a defect that is known to complicate the process of reheat stretch b...

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Sustainability is in the Designer's Hand

Packaging accounts for a small percentage of the total carbon footprint of a given beverage, the major contributor usually being the product itself, which is particularly important when dairy or plant-based ingredients are used....

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When You Pass All The Tests But Still Fail

Have you ever developed a new package all the way to commercialization, only to find it fails to perform in the real world? These types of setbacks are common and costly....

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The Carbon Footprint of the Plastic Bottle

Opportunities for Brand Owners and Bottle Manufacturers to save energy and improve their sustainability profile. The innovation race towards the most sustainable products presents formidable challenges, as many performance indicators are based on fu...

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Ergonomic Function Matters and Helps Sell Product

Ergonomic function matters and helps sell product. When I asked my wife why she buys a particular brand of detergent or bleach the answer was not what I expected. I expected to hear that brand X is so much more effective than brand Y....

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Can Simulation Harness Creative Energy?

The need today is more creative package design. Gone are the days of an engineered container that brand owners design a colorful label and fight for prime space on store shelves. The need now is to create a brand image or shape that is iconic and dis...

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Structure is King!

Like many things, design tends to follow cycles. The pendulum swings from intricate and ornate to simple and sleek and back again. Simple and sleek is currently en vogue, thanks at least in part to the success of Apple® products. However, simple and...

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They Beat Us To It!

We’ve all been there, one of your competitors or a start-up company launched a new product that is creating a lot of buzz. It might be so novel that it opened a new product format within your industry. Even more frustrating is when you were working...

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PDM vs PLM Differences Explained

While both systems have their own unique purpose, they are essential in managing data and information related to designs/products. Successful companies manage these tools to make themselves more efficient....

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The Importance of Communication - Both Good and Bad

If you were asked to rate the importance of communication on a scale from 1 to 10, how would you respond...8...9...10? We all seem to know that communication is important. Yet it is one of the hardest techniques to master....

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Plan for Your Package's End of Life!

Today we see packaging becoming more innovative, displaying unique designs and using newly developed materials. But do those driving innovation consider where that package is headed when it completes the consumer cycle? How do consumers look at pac...

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Simulations Are Not Straight Forward

Linear and non-linear. You may have heard one or both of these terms before when having simulation work done. “We ran this simulation linear because...” That’s great, and they sound like they know what they are talking about, but what does that actua...

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Can FEA Determine Quality of a CAD Plastic Container Design

In today’s fast paced development cycle, the role of employing a digital design solution cannot be minimized. At almost every design step, from creative rendering to the 3D printed consumer testing prototypes some electronic version of the package ge...

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Factors to check for your package to achieve sustainability

What does it mean to produce a sustainable package? The goal is to achieve lower carbon foot print, lower environmental impact, healthy and safe for the community, without sacrificing the performance and cost....

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New Biopolymers: Synchronizing Biomaterial Properties with Business Opportunities

The key to determining suitable applications for a biobased or bioderived material is to understand its properties and capabilities. What are its barrier, molding characteristics, mechanical properties, etc.?...

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Do Not Get Blindsided

Does this scenario sound familiar? You have completed the container design, ordered a mold; marketing approved the concepts, everything seems to be going great. Then the first prototypes get into your hands and it’s NOT what you expected....

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Can your choice of design CAD tool limit your creativity

Today there are many affordable entry level design tools available to the novice designer, the inventor or companies who do not have the budget for high end Computer Assisted Design (CAD) tools....

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Understanding the value of an EIEMP

An Experienced Independent Engineering and Manufacturing Partner can be a valuable asset to any company. Utilized correctly it becomes an extension of your own internal resources....

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Conferences and Trade Shows the what of it all

So, you have been given approval to attend a conference or trade show. “It’s good for your development”, they say “you need to network and develop relationships” then your manager walks away and leaves you wondering, that’s great but, where do I get...

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Why do package developments take longer and cost more than we want?

There are many reasons for timing and cost overruns, but often it is due to a lack of information earlier in the process....

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Documenting process change

Process change documentation is critically important to the effectiveness and timeliness of troubleshooting. Without it, we will repeat many of the same techniques that were unsuccessful....

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Why cool concept designs never see the light of day

Do you ever wonder why the cool concept cars on display at the car shows never make it to market?...

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