FollowForever #4: Movers, Shakers, & Great Stuff-Makers

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FollowForever #4: Movers, Shakers, & Great Stuff-Makers

Last week I put together a new list on twitter featuring “People who make the stuff that helps make the stuff we all need.” Simply stated, the list contains manufacturers of components, machinery, systems, bits and pieces that, added together, make the systems that lead to usable, consumable products. I wanted to point out a […]

Sustainable Manufacturing, P&G Style

Keeping stride with their own commitment to power plants with 30% renewable energy by 2020, P&G constructed the 100m-tall turbine in a single day at the Coevorden Pet Care plant. The turbine is expected to generate some 17% of the energy normally consumed by the plant – enough to power 1500 Dutch households. Then, in […]

FollowForever #3: Priceless Publications

The coolest thing about working in a knife factory (besides the knives, of course) is all the great trivia I get to learn about so many different industries.  That said, I really have to manage my time well as I try to keep up with the trends and top news in every arena. Manufacturing, food, […]

Modern Marvels: Packaging Insight for the People

Friday night’s premier of Modern Marvels: Packaging was so interesting I watched it twice. Yes, it covered a lot about packaging I already knew, but it also presented some great facts and insight I never could have guessed – like how bell peppers were an inspiration for water bottle design. Or how bubble wrap was […]

FollowForever #1: 5 Must-Know Industry Pros

Dear Fellow Twitter Friends, This year, I’m shifting away from the traditional #FollowFriday memes of the past in favor of something a little more personal.  Instead of the customary laundry list of @ recommendations,  each week I’ll post a short list of top tweeters – who may or may not be related in any conventional […]

Making Social Media Work for Packaging Design

Earlier this year we tallied up 5 important trends for packaging in 2010: one was the growing influence of social media on package design. Most notable is its growing impact on crowdsourcing as a way to decide which path to take in rebranding an old product or launching something new. Asking consumers to “vote for […]

Top 5 Questions by Pack Expo Visitors

After what may go down as the shortest week in recorded history,  we are happy to be home safe and recovering from another exciting Pack Expo.  Yours truly had an opportunity to join the team for all of Tuesday, and in the same breath I’m happy to report it was as exciting as it was […]

Clamshells are Great. Clamshells are Evil.

Packaging is amazing. It protects products, informs consumers, helps us build our brand, and looks awesome in the process. High-visibility packaging options  also offer offering a clear way to showcase products and sometimes even reduce materials, too. Of all the high-visibility packaging out there, the clamshell remains one of the most popular, especially in the […]

5 Things We Can’t Live Without: Machine Knives in Action

Machine knives are some of the unsung heroes of the manufacturing process. They are silent, dedicated workers that help cut and shape our products from raw material to packaged product. Without them, all the engineering skill, all the experienced labor, and all the automation in the world would yield a whole mangled heap of unfinished […]

Are Packaging Materials Innovations Hurting your Machine Performance?

It goes without saying that innovations in packaging materials and the evolution of packaging as we know it are great things. We’re evolving with the expectations of a new breed of consumer.  We’re reducing waste, saving cost and resources as we invent, test, and improve new materials; making us leaner, meaner, and greener than before. […]